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Hotel Renovations in Aspen and Snowmass

Two Snowmass hotels reopen after significant upgrades, while the Limelight Aspen gets relit.

By Cindy Hirschfeld December 21, 2021 Published in the Winter/Spring 2021-22 issue of Aspen Sojourner

An updated room at Aspen's Limelight Hotel

After a summer of dormancy, the former Westin reemerges—one multimillion-dollar renovation later—as the Viewline Resort Snowmass, part of Marriott’s Autograph Collection of 200 design-forward hotels. The slopeside property’s overhaul and rebrand include an upgrade in luxury services like a ski concierge, pre-arrival outreach, and an Ayurvedic spa.

The Gettys Group, a hospitality design firm from Chicago that works with large brands worldwide, oversaw the interiors, which blend modern mountain furnishings with a nod to midcentury styles. The 254 guest rooms mix white with warm wood tones.

The flagship restaurant, Stark’s Alpine Grill, promises a tavern vibe and a seasonally changing menu of American fare along with coal-fired seafood and butcher’s cuts of meat. Meanwhile, the lobby bar’s après-ski menu includes a hot chocolate bar that tempts with various syrups and toppings for customized treats.

Next door, at sister hotel Wildwood Snowmass, the casual, 1960s-inspired ambience was freshened up—most notably in the lobby and bar. Last Chair, billed as a “cozy beer hall,” will serve 10 taps of Colorado brews along with apps, pizza, and more substantial fare.

Both properties reopen in December.

Limelight Hotel Aspen also took the summer off, so rooms and public spaces could be thoroughly made over for a December reopening. In addition to new furnishings in the 126 guest rooms, the reception area, lobby, and lounge have been reconfigured.

New York City–based architecture and interiors firm Stonehill Taylor led the project, creating an aesthetic that references both Aspen’s silver-mining past and its skiing legacy. The firm also designed the Limelight in Snowmass, as well as lodgings like New York’s TWA Hotel and the Ace and New Orleans’s Eliza Jane Hotel.

Can’t get enough of the new look? The Limelight lobby now includes a retail space with a selection of SkiCo’s new AspenX line of outerwear.

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