Aspen’s Sky Hotel faces two-part renovation
ASPEN – The Sky Hotel in Aspen soon will undergo a two-part renovation, with the first phase planned to start in mid-April and the second phase scheduled for spring 2013.San Francisco-based Kimpton Hotels & Restaurants, which owns the East Durant Avenue lodging property, said Tuesday that the first phase mainly involves renovations to guest rooms and interior corridors. Most of the work will be tackled during the hotel’s scheduled offseason closure from April 23 to May 23.The hotel’s general manager, Cory Enloe, said the guest-room and interior changes will involve different color patterns. The new look will be a mixture of retro and contemporary styles, he said.The project’s first phase will cost an estimated $500,000, Enloe said. A swimming-pool resurfacing also is planned for that initial phase, he said.A company statement said Hollywood designer Dayna Lee, of Powerstrip Studios, will be the woman “behind the vision” for the project, offering color and style updates that enhance comfort through distinctive design. The second phase, according to the company, will focus on additional open space and patio renovations. Enloe said changes to the hotel’s lounge, 39 Degrees, also will be part of that phase, which is planned to start in April 2013. The cost of Phase 2 has yet to be determined, he said. The work is slated to coincide with the hotel’s 10th anniversary. Enloe said the hotel opened in the summer of 2002 during the annual Aspen Food & Wine Classic.Enloe said the hotel has always prided itself on being “one of the chicest hotels in the U.S.” He said that Lee did “an amazing job” with her redesign of the lodging property back in 2007.”We’re thrilled to have her back on board and excited to see what her creativity brings to our upscale, yet playful, hotel,” he said.Design teams plan to stay true to the Sky Hotel’s 1970s ski-lodge timber architecture and will emphasize the hotel’s casual playfulness by designing a grown-up version of the classic ski chalet laced with modern expectations, the hotel company said. Inspiration will be found through timeless ski films. “Think Robert Redford in the 1969 film ‘Downhill Racer,'” the company said.The hotel will debut the completion of the project’s first phase with a launch party on June 1, just in time to kick off the summer season in Aspen, the company said.The Sky Hotel recently was recognized as “A Place to be Scene” by Travel + Leisure magazine, and 39 Degrees was named “One of the Top 10 Places to Bar Hop Around the Globe” by USA Today.Enloe said all 90 rooms will be part of the upgrade. The Aspen hotel employs 85 people, which includes 70 full-time employees, he firstname.lastname@example.org
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