Changes continue at Westin, Wildwood in Snowmass
The owners of the Westin and Wildwood are continuing improvements on the hotels, adding a new restaurant and completing work on an outdoor plaza adjacent to the slopes.
Starwood Capital Group, headquartered in Greenwich, Conn., and Wasserman Real Estate, based in Providence, R.I., partnered to buy the two properties in 2011 and poured $55 million into renovating them last year. Now they are completing construction of the plaza below the Westin lobby, making it more accessible from the slopes, in time for the start of ski season. They also plan to add a ramen restaurant in the space where the Village Steakhouse was in the Wildwood, set to open the weekend of the Winter X Games, which are Jan. 23 through 26.
“We look at these hotels as works in progress,” said David Wasserman, principal of the ownership group.
The ramen restaurant will be affordable and family-friendly, Wasserman said, something the owners always had in mind for the hotel. Remaining open in the same space is the Arcave, which houses games, a pool table and hula hoops.
Serving ramen and other “fun bites,” the menu is meant to appeal to everyone, skiing or not, Wasserman said.
The three-tiered outdoor terrace was built below the Westin lobby on the mall level in 2012. Work began last week on grading the area surrounding the terrace, which will make it more accessible to skiers and snowboarders on Fanny Hill. Several fire pits also are being installed, including one near the pool, which is above the mall, and a path connecting it to the deck of the Snowmass Kitchen.
Wasserman said the construction provides “true ski-in/ski-out access to Snowmass Kitchen” and a “more comfortable seating area” adjacent to the Ranger Station and Starbucks. Visitors can order food from Ranger Station, Snowmass Kitchen or the Vue Lobby Lounge in that seating area, according to a statement.
The Westin also holds a concert series there in the summer and winter. Some Thursday-night concert attendees also might want to view the stage on Fanny Hill from the Westin Plaza.
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