New management at the Hotel Jerome
RockResorts, owned by Broomfield-based Vail Resorts, is expected to be replaced by Nov. 1.
Auberge's arrival will be a homecoming of sorts for its chief operating officer, Eric Calderon, who was the general manager of the Little Nell Hotel in Aspen for almost 20 years.
"It's a true pleasure for me to be a part of the Aspen community again. I'm thrilled that Auberge will oversee the next chapter in the Jerome's history," Calderon said.
Auberge Resorts owns and operates premier small luxury resorts and clubs in spectacular settings where they tout their extraordinary restaurants and spas and highly personal service. The Auberge portfolio includes Napa Valley resorts Auberge du Soleil, Calistoga Ranch and Solage Calistoga; Esperanza in Cabo San Lucas, Mexico; Rancho Valencia in Rancho Santa Fe, Calif.; Encantado in Santa Fe, N.M.; The Inn at Palmetto Bluff in Bluffton, S.C., and the Auberge Residences at Element 52, Telluride, Colo.
"We are delighted about the opportunity to manage the Hotel Jerome, and we're honored to play a role in the operation of this legendary hotel," said Mark Harmon, Principal and Chief Executive Officer, Auberge Resorts. "We recognize the historic quality of the Jerome and the important role it plays as a gathering place for locals and for guests from around the world."
A landmark in Aspen, the AAA Four Diamond Award-winning Hotel Jerome is in the heart of town. The hotel pioneered new levels of innovation and luxury when it opened in 1889 at the height of Aspen's boomtown silver-mining era and has been maintained to retain its Rocky Mountain character and identity as one of the great hotels of the American West.
The hotel features 94 guest rooms offering mountain views and suites, a fitness center and a spa. Its restaurants have earned the hotel acclaim as a culinary destination, and its popular J-Bar is an Aspen institution.
Hotel Jerome will be the third project in ski country for Auberge Resorts, which unveiled The Auberge Residences at Element 52, a collection of 33 slope-side residences in Telluride, Colo., in January 2011. In March, Auberge announced a partnership with the Aspen Club & Spa to design and develop The Aspen Club and Auberge Residences, a collection of innovative new luxury residences offering affluent living and an unparalleled wellness lifestyle.
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