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The Greatest Hotels in the World – HOTEL JEROME

The Greatest Hotels in the World – HOTEL JEROME

Hotel Jerome’s history parallels Aspen’s. During the height of Colorado’s silver boom, the Hotel Jerome was born of the vision of Jerome B. Wheeler who built the Jerome in 1889 to emulate the great European hotels of the time. Built in the heart of downtown Aspen, the Hotel Jerome was designed to be a paragon of hospitality for its day.

 The hotel pioneered new levels of innovation and luxury when it opened in 1889 at the height of Aspen’s boomtown silver-mining era. For decades, the Jerome had the only bathroom in town that was open to the public. It had the only elevator in town and was one of the first buildings west of the Mississippi to have full electric lighting.

During the 1950’s, the hotel became a popular watering hole for writers, avant-garde artists and screen stars, including Gary Cooper, Lana Turner, Hedy LaMarr and John “Duke” Wayne.  With the emergence of the Aspen Institute, it was not unusual to find intellectuals, artists and notable industrialists gathered around the swimming pool listening to lectures by Mortimer Adler.

In the ensuing years, the hotel was the site of the founding of the Aspen Institute, the Aspen Music Festival and School, the International Design Conference and the Aspen Ski Company.

Hotel Jerome’s history parallels Aspen’s. During the height of Colorado’s silver boom, the Hotel Jerome was born of the vision of Jerome B. Wheeler who built the Jerome in 1889 to emulate the great European hotels of the time. Built in the heart of downtown Aspen, the Hotel Jerome was designed to be a paragon of hospitality for its day.

 The hotel pioneered new levels of innovation and luxury when it opened in 1889 at the height of Aspen’s boomtown silver-mining era. For decades, the Jerome had the only bathroom in town that was open to the public. It had the only elevator in town and was one of the first buildings west of the Mississippi to have full electric lighting.

During the 1950’s, the hotel became a popular watering hole for writers, avant-garde artists and screen stars, including Gary Cooper, Lana Turner, Hedy LaMarr and John “Duke” Wayne.  With the emergence of the Aspen Institute, it was not unusual to find intellectuals, artists and notable industrialists gathered around the swimming pool listening to lectures by Mortimer Adler.

In the ensuing years, the hotel was the site of the founding of the Aspen Institute, the Aspen Music Festival and School, the International Design Conference and the Aspen Ski Company.

 

 

 

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