Luxury hotels these days out-do themselves to out-“design” one another with decidedly mixed results. While many are impressive, few are inspiring in terms of ideas you might deploy in your own perhaps more modest domestic context. A hotel we visited in Aspen last week made me want to, well, get a room.
Ladies and gentlemen, start your tear-sheet files.
The beamed atrium ceiling, the silver chandeliers, the color scheme, the mix of periods- art media-objects-textures, the leather chesterfield sofas, the lucite tables, the crystal obelisks, the scale of the sconces, the framing of Mr. Jerome’s portrait, the tile floor. And that’s just the lobby.
Finally laying my eyes on the fab new re-design of the venerable Hotel Jerome was another highlight of our Aspen trip last week. There is sooo much to say about it that I’m going to restrain myself to brief design notes and links to more info should you desire.
The adventurous and innovative Las Vegas-based designer Todd-Avery Lenahan and his TAL Studio are responsible for the wonderfulness here, walking the fine line between respect for tradition and relevance for today, with just the right amounts of deference and bravado.
Says the designer on his website, “We believe the world to be neither “contemporary” nor “traditional” in a specific sense, and neither do we believe that a design or a designer’s body of work should be defined with such limitation.”
Nor did designer Lenahan succumb to the tired ol’ Western clichés so tempting in these parts, and yet he honors our universal affection for them. In the living room, Cowboy meets Le Corbusier, and and the whole room wants to giddy-up. Sconces on columns and pretty pleated rectangular lamp shades are–if I may say–luminous details. Elsewhere the objects, art, and styling conveying the feeling more of a stylish private house than a hotel–which one imagines was the point.
I confess His Grace and I did not go to the dining room just to look at it. I had one of those amazing burgers that drips a little down your arm when you bite into it and your eyes roll back in your head and your husband thinks you are going to have a seizure.
Here’s the Auberge Resorts Magazine feature on the Jerome’s renovation. I thought for sure the estimable HotelChic.com would have weighed in on the Jerome by now, but I didn’t see it. Do keep an eye on HotelChic if you don’t already. They’ll treat you to the most exotic and beautiful accommodations in the world, and you don’t even have to pack. Talk about high-end travel.
Have another look at this leather wrapped chair. Great looking and probably even better with wear. We like that about leather.
The floor is interesting as well. I’m not sure if the stripes are painted or inlaid. I was well into my burger by then and could not be distracted by such terrestrial concerns.
For a more on the Jerome’s cuisine, here’s a glowing report from GabbyGourmet.com
And I’d be remiss to omit the hotel’s charming, gracious, not-one-thing-gets-by-him General Manager Tony DiLucia. A longtime friend of His Grace’s family, Tony was also my dinner companion at a swell soirée in town hosted by my wife-in-law. (If you missed that post, click here.) And here is Tony–who’s spent nearly half his life at the hotel!–talking about his experience there.
I’m ‘on ski off into the sunset now… See y’all in a few days… Let me know if you find out about that chicken watercolor artist. Thanks.
Photos by Frances Schultz except as noted.