By Lisa Loverro
An iconic hotel in the heart of downtown Aspen, the St. Regis Aspen, part of the Starwood Hotels and Resorts, brings together everything I love about this tony town in the mountains – hot tubs, mountain views and rustic charm. And, although I visited in the summer, it’s the ideal place to book a room during the ski season as it sits at the base of the slopes and is what I would call “mountain chic” at it’s best.
The hotel has a contemporary feel in a mountain setting with rich wood panels, warm earth-toned room accents and a Remède Spa, complete with an oxygen lounge, which was recently named the #1 hotel spa in the world by Travel + Leisure. Textures play a big part in the room furnishings with leather beds and desks designed by Ralph Lauren and marble bathrooms. There are a variety of categories ranging from their Classic Guest room to a 2,000 square foot Presidential Suite. The lobby bar is the perfect spot to grab a pre-dinner drink and it’s where you’ll find most of the hotel’s guests mingling with each other trading tales of their daily activities. There is live jazz music in the lounge on weekends which I thoroughly enjoyed as it added that extra special ambience to the property.
The St. Regis Aspen offers some cool programs as well. The hotel is a dog-friendly resort and has partnered with a certified professional dog trainer to assist in training guests, and their dogs, in the art of skijoring (a Scandinavian winter sport, in which athletes are pulled on skis by either a horse, dog, or motor vehicle). If you don’t have a dog, no worries, a local shelter will let you adopt a furry friend for the day! In the summer and fall months they’ve also recently launched a wine country program for a day-long journey venturing to the nearby vineyards and farms of Colorado’s Western Slope that make up the state’s burgeoning wine country. The hotel might also be one of the most family friendly in town. The SPG Kids Pass program is an all-inclusive dining program created specifically for children and their parents. For a flat daily rate, children (ages 12 and younger) of Starwood Preferred Guest® members can take advantage of all-inclusive access to a variety of dining options, including children’s menus, buffets (when available), and beverages at select participating resorts.
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