Up until December 2012, Aspen’s venerable (and luxurious) Hotel Jerome, which dates back to 1889, didn’t have an on-site spa. A travesty, right?! After all, once you’re finished skiing or hiking in the Colorado mountains for the day, it’s nice to return to your lodging for a steam, a soak and a rubdown.
Well, a multi-million-dollar Hotel Jerome renovation a year ago brought a major guest-room makeover, a revamped lobby (and upbeat new bar/lounge called the Living Room), as well as a small spa. The garden-level spa isn’t as decked out as, say, the amenity-filled setting at the Remede Spa at St. Regis Resort, Aspen, but it does provide guests with a convenient, comfortable spot for a massage, facial or body scrub
Auberge Spa at Hotel Jerome Facility
The Auberge Spa is below the lobby of the red-brick Hotel Jerome, which occupies a premier spot on the corner of Mill and Main streets in downtown Aspen. Entrance is through a small boutique, and visitors pass through the four-chair, dimly lit relaxation room – decorated in warm tones with soft leather chairs and striped pillows – en route to the men’s and women’s locker rooms.
The women’s locker room has one steam shower (that doubles, of course, as a “regular” shower) and six lockers that are trimmed in brown and golden yellow textured leather. The space isn’t huge, and if four women were in the locker room getting dressed, it would be a little tight. But if you’re the only one getting ready for a treatment – or sharing the space with a friend – it’s just fine. All the typical helpful products are on hand: cotton swabs, mouthwash, combs, nail files and tampons, as well toothpaste and disposable toothbrushes (nice). Another thoughtful amenity: a “30-second mini manicure,” hand scrub for quick exfoliation, followed by moisturizer.
Auberge Spa at Hotel Jerome Treatments
Services here pay homage to Aspen’s history and its lifestyle – which I love. For example, three different treatments – a facial, body treatment and massage – are “In Reference Of the Utes.” The Ute Indians settled in Aspen and its valley centuries ago. These treatments all feature products derived from plants to honor the way the Utes used local botanicals and herbs in their healing. “In Tribute to the Mining Years” treatments, such as Hematite and Basalt Stone Massage, use mineral products (Aspen was a booming silver-mining town in the late 1800s). And “In Honor of Outdoor Adventure” services, such as a High Alpine Lift Facial, focus on moisturizing and hydrating to sooth skin in the dry air (Aspen sits at 7,890 feet in elevation).
I sampled the 50-minute Arnica & Birch Massage with Steam Vapor, which is said to help reduce muscle pain and inflammation. Indeed, my therapist used firm strokes to help work out some ever-present knots in my neck and shoulders. While my full-body massage was quite good, I’m not sure I’d book this service with “steam vapor” again – the hot wet towels placed on my back and limbs felt really good at first, but then once they were removed and my wet skin cooled, I became a little too chilly. I wasn’t cold enough to ask for a blanket, or to stop the hot towels… but I think it’s just an extra part of this particular massage I didn’t need.
Hotel Jerome Accommodations
I spent the night in one of the fabulous renovated rooms last month, and I really like the nod to Aspen’s Victorian era and Wild West heritage…. without any overpowering, flowery lace or cliche spurs on the wall. Instead, rooms are decorated in warm tones with rich leather, velvet and cashmere accents. Touches like a chair covered in red and black buffalo plaid and historic photos and maps of Aspen on the walls do evoke the past, but contemporary features include iPads in all the rooms, humidifiers to help combat the effects of high altitude, and yoga mats for exercise-on-the-go. A $30 resort fee covers wi-fi, airport shuttle, in-town transportation, fitness center access and other nice perks, like use of a kids’ game room and complimentary snacks in guest rooms.
Another nice service for guests: use of the Aspen Club, a full-service fitness center and spa about a three-minute drive away. So, if you’d like to check out a spa that has a larger steam room and a more expansive treatment menu (plus salon with hair and nail services) you can always ask to borrow the Hotel Jerome’s guest passes and get a complimentary ride over there.
Also to note: The Hotel Jerome has some great dining options – including Prospect, a classy American bistro, and the more casual J Bar. An outdoor pool and hot tub are also available to guests.
Bottom Line: I’m glad the Hotel Jerome now has its own on-site spa, even with just three treatment rooms. It’s much more convenient for overnight guests to enjoy a pampering treatment at the hotel versus traveling to the Aspen Club.
Learn More: Auberge Spa at Hotel Jerome website.
As is common in the travel industry, I received complimentary accommodations and spa treatment.