Since its renovation in 2012, the historic Jerome Hotel in downtown Aspen has swapped ‘messy brocade lounges for cow-print armchairs and leather accents,’ turning the 19th-century classic into a place of Popular aprÃ¨s-ski (like a milder Ace hotel with portraits of borderers on its walls). The Deluxe Suites are larger than some Manhattan apartments, equipped with everything oversized: king bed, leather sofa bed, extra-large desk, extra-large tub. The dining options offer something for all occasions: The laid-back J-Bar at the front of the hotel is where Hunter S. Thompson’s liver used to go for regular training. Now locals and visitors alike settle into its low-back leather armchairs for cocktails and short-rib tacos. The lounge, apparently a lobby bar, offers a more low-key alternative to the J-Bar; it’s perfect for a glass of wine in front of the fire, or curled up in an oversized, plump, high-back chair that feels made for clandestine conversation. Prospect is an upscale American bistro with Sunday brunch to be expected. Editor’s Pick: Gold List 2018
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