If you're looking for a luxury hotel destination in Aspen over the holidays, there are several options and the St. Regis Aspen Resort is a good one. The hotel always looks lovely decked in seasonal finery. Your experience at the property will be well above average, with a few qualifiers.
1)The property was just purchased which promises a major renovation (all rooms, public spaces) while maintaining the St. Regis name. By the 2011-2012 season, most of the renovations should be complete.
2)Current signature restaurant, formerly a Todd English outpost, is not worth a trip unless a blizzard would prevent you from walking to the many better options in town.
3)Public space for lounging around a blazing fire is limited and seats fill early. Cocktails and snacks for apres ski best consumed in town until the public space for such activity is expanded.
4)The spa is great and will be better after a refresh. Beware that you may be required to trudge through a room full of Aspen glitterati in your spa robe should they be holding a special event on the lower level of the hotel where the spa is located. We took photos in our robes at the event's logo wall to much applause by the party goers and paparazzi.
5)Breakfast buffet, included in the room rate during Christmas week, is nice but a bit hectic. We're hoping that this improves next year.
As with many American ski resort properties, service can be inconsistent. We did see consistency and get exceptional results in the following areas: concierge, valet parking/doorman, housekeeping, ski shop/ski valet. Food service can be greatly improved for a 5* property. While very good, it is not yet exceptional or outstanding. Hopefully the renovation will address this, too.
This was our 3rd visit in 4 years and, yes, we'll be back next year.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- The lavishly renovated St. Regis Aspen Resort offers a luxurious spa; world-renowned winter sports like skiing, sledding, and snowboarding; fine dining; and impressive event spaces in Colorado. ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- The St. Regis Aspen Resort Hotel Aspen
- St Regis Aspen
- St Regis Resort Aspen