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December 18, 2011updated Feb 07, 2013

The St. Regis Aspen Reopens for the Season with a Luxe New Look

By Pardhasaradhi Gonuguntla

Aspen, Colorado – Reported by Elite Traveler, the private jet lifestyle magazine

Opening this month after a $40 million redesign at the hands of award-winning designer Lauren Rottet of New York Surrey fame, The St. Regis Aspen has been transformed into a grand manor evocative of the illustrious Gilded Age. The five-star hotel’s brand new persona blends luxurious historic styling with a contemporary sensibility that visitors to Aspen will find both deeply intriguing and inviting.

“I wanted the hotel to emulate what is unique about the market. Aspen is about being a part of the outdoors by day and engaging in festivities and the social lifestyle by night,” Rottet explains. “The new design allows the mountain views to take precedence over the interior during the day and engages the guest to be hosted by the grand manor lifestyle by night.”

In her artful design, Rottet employed a color palette reflective of Aspen’s natural hues, and used materials like hand wrought and cast dark bronze, antiqued nickel, local Aspen stone, Hickory wood paneling, and patterned cast glass from a local foundry. Drapes, pillows, and throws will change seasonally, rotating from “warm and cozy” during ski season, to “light and bright” during the spring and summer months. An eclectic collection of contemporary artwork from local galleries and artists both emerging and internationally renowned will feature alongside the oil paintings and bronzes that graced the original property.

Newly outfitted shared spaces include the Shadow Mountain Lounge (the perfect spot to socialize and take in staggering views of Aspen Mountain); a library complete with fireplace, bookshelves, game tables and cozy sofas; and a grand ballroom whose traditional moldings, large antique mirrors, and elegant furnishings will transport guests to another era. The heated pool has been refinished, and a labyrinth has been added to the hotel’s recreational offerings, lending an added touch of old-time whimsy.

Reinvented guest rooms, as you might expect, are rustic chic—beautifully and thoughtfully appointed to cater to your utmost comfort without taking away from the historic, late 19th-century mountain manor vibe. Custom leather beds by Ralph Lauren adorned with rotating throw blankets (faux fur in winter, white cable knit in summer) anchor the soothing space. Guests will especially appreciate the increased storage space, complete with a waterproof-lined boot drawer. Underfoot you’ll find gorgeous antiqued oak flooring, and in the bathroom, a freestanding soaking tub and separate mosaic-tiled shower.

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