OVERVIEW of St Regis Aspen
St. Regis hotels have a rich heritage dating back 100 years to the opening of the St. Regis in New York by the Astor family. Many of the early traditions remain; fresh flowers in the rooms, the English style butler service, afternoon tea and midnight suppers. Another tradition, started by John Jacob Astor has guests gather at 4:15 each day for the ceremonial champagne sabering to celebrate the transition from the day into night. St. Regis Aspen also celebrates the “Bloody Mary” invented at the NY hotel, with the Bloody Mary Ritual where samples of the Downhilll Snapper are served from 11am-noon. I just love tradition!
Aspen is a beautiful, quaint village that charms in any season. Winter brings the jet set for skiing and other cold weather sports and summer offers the Food & Wine Classic, a myriad of warm weather activities and gorgeous weather.
Nestled at the base of Aspen Mountain between the two most popular ski lifts, the St. Regis is ideally located in reach of everything the town has to offer. Rich wood paneling, stone fireplaces, gorgeous fabrics and carpeting create the feel of a luxury hunting lodge. Views of the mountain from the hotel are breathtaking. A $40 million renovation in 2011 was completed in time for the 2011-2012 ski season. This is true luxury where design, service and accommodations create a wonderful sense of well-being.
THE ROOMS at St Regis Aspen
There are 179 rooms and suites, 20 with fireplaces, yet the hotel has a small, intimate, boutique feel to it. Starting at 690 square feet, the rooms are huge by any standard and are decorated in warm grays with splashes of gold, green and red accents. Pillow top beds are covered in Pratesi linens with a down comforter and down pillows and a faux fur throw. A leather trimmed headboard and writing desk were designed by Ralph Lauren. Large gray marble baths feature a soaking tub, a rain forest shower and Remede bath amenities. Floor to ceiling windows that actually open afford great views of the mountain or the town. Antique oak floors with a dark stain are covered with an accent rug completing the luxurious mountain lodge feel.
DINING at St Regis Aspen
Velvet Buck is a rustic, casual restaurant serving all meals. Mountain Social Bar & Lounge is a lively spot for cocktails and a light menu. Excellent selection of martinis, craft beers and wines by the glass. Comfortable seating with stunning mountain views and a wonderful mural behind the bar. Live jazz or piano make this a cozy spot for apres ski or for a nightcap.
Chefs Club by FOOD & WINE at The St. Regis Aspen Resort, the flagship restaurant under the Chefs Club USA brand, brings the FOOD & WINE brand to life through their signature Best New Chefs awards platform honoring the country’s most promising up-and-coming chefs. Each year, FOOD & WINE selects from their coveted list of Best New Chefs to consult and curate new menu items in collaboration with the culinary team at the restaurant to create an epicurean experience beyond expectation.
FOOD & WINE Executive Wine Editor Ray Isle oversees the wine program, while Beverage Director Anthony Bohlinger creates the innovative cocktail program.
THE SERVICE at St Regis Aspen
Great effort has been made to anticipate guest needs and the hotel has succeeded on every level. The staff is friendly and helpful. There are excellent children and pet programs, a ski valet service, twice daily housekeeping, complimentary morning coffee and newspaper, complimentary Aspen airport transfers, 24 hour room service, a business center and fitness center and a humidifier for that dry mountain air. Upon arrival St. Regis Butler Service will arrange for coffee or tea to be served in your room. They will unpack and pack your luggage and they’ll even press two items of clothing upon arrival.
THE RATES at St Regis Aspen
From $1,799 Peak Season Weekend
WHAT OTHERS SAY About St Regis Aspen
AAA Four Diamond Award
Get the “royal Aspen treatment” at this “terrific ski resort” with an amazing location at the base of the mountain and within walking distance to everything in town; expect excellence in every respect from the faultless service and “luxurious rooms” to the amazing amenities that include a sexy coed spa and grotto and live music in the bar (“lots of jet-setter sightings”); although penny-pinchers pout over “absurd rates”, most say this one has it all. ZAGAT.