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Viceroy Snowmass

For now it's the best deal in Aspen, or at least almost-Aspen, within a sloped roofed Swiss-meets-Rocky Mountained architecture that has one of the prettiest lobby's you'll find in any snow resort.

With a lobby of vertical exotic wood paneling and a leather seating area tossed with faux-fur throws facing an elongated gas fireplace. Viceroy’s famous designer, Kelly Wearstler’s work is confined to the bright and airy pool café and slope-side pool experience complete with cabanas and contrasting feminine loungers. Once inside the Viceroy Snowmass a full resort experience, is rounded-out with a dark and moody eatery called Eight-K, a local dining hit with a New American menu that combines locally-sourced cuisine and innovative preparations. A slope-side ski valet offers stow-away services for quick getaways to the 87-foot-long, glass-topped, après-ski lobby bar or the full-service 7,000-square foot spa with fitness room designed by Jean Michel-Gathy.

Free of Wearstler-isms like porcelain greyhounds of geometric-print settees, the rooms of Viceroy Snowmass don’t look very Viceroy that’s a bit of a disappointment. Dark décor of wood furnishings and creative furniture placement make you crave the pizazz found in the hotel’s Nest café and lounges that were actually designed by the Kelly herself. Guest rooms range from simple studios to expansive four bedroom residences, with galley or full kitchens, stunning mountain views and contemporary alpine décor. Kelly Wearstler, Neil George and Marcia Gay-Harden.