No vacancy: Aspen’s top three hotels closed for the offseason |

No vacancy: Aspen’s top three hotels closed for the offseason

Jeanne McGovernThe Aspen TimesAspen CO Colorado

ASPEN – Offseason in Aspen might be a little more off than usual this spring, at least when it comes to luxury accommodations.”This is the first time I can recall that all three of our high-end, full-service properties – The Little Nell, the St. Regis and the Hotel Jerome – will be closed down at the same time,” said Bill Tomcich, president of Stay Aspen Snowmass, a local reservations agency. The St. Regis and Little Nell are already shuttered; the Hotel Jerome closes on Sunday. The Jerome will close for general maintenance and deep cleaning and will re-open May 13; the Nell is closed for minor renovations and will re-open May 11. The St. Regis, on the other hand, is in the midst of a $30 million renovation that will close the four-star property’s 179 guest rooms until the Food & Wine Classic in Aspen, which is scheduled June 17-19. When the hotel re-opens, approximately 90 guest rooms will be available. It’s anticipated that all of the guest rooms will be open by December (the 25 fractional-ownership suites will be available for use during the entire renovation period).”We certainly have plenty of other great lodging options available,” noted Tomcich, adding that The Residences at The Little Nell is open and offering “residence rooms … that should be enough to meet the luxury demand.” Tomcich continued to say that most Aspen hotels will remain open through the offseason and that many are offering cut-rate room deals. “If you look around, you can find some amazing, last-minute deals,” he said.Similar offseason deals can be found at local restaurants, according to Debbie Braun, president of the Aspen Chamber Resort Association. “Right now is the perfect time to support your local restaurants,” she said. “It’s a great time to catch up with everyone and there are great local specials to be had.”According to a list of more than 80 Aspen restaurants compiled by ACRA, about half will remain open for business through the offseason, though some will operate with abbreviated hours and only on certain days. The other half will close for some portion of April and/or May. A cursory poll of those restaurants closing up shop for a week or more shows that the first few weeks of May will likely be the slowest with some 30 eateries listed as closed at some point. Those restaurants include: 39 Degrees at the Sky, 520 Grill, Ajax Tavern, Big Wrap, Brexi, Cache Cache, Caribou Club, Casa Tua, Ellina, Highlands Pizza Co., J Bar, Jacob’s Corner, La Palapa, Montagna, Lulu Wilson, Main Street Bakery, N9Ne Steakhouse, New York Pizza, Pacifica, Papa Johns, Parallel 15, Pinons, Plato’s, Red Mountain Grill, Su Casa, Syzygy, Takah Sushi, The Restaurant at the St. Regis, Willow Creek Bistro, and


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