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Striving to reinvent timeless. Shaken… and stirred. Different. Relaxed and casual, backstage, inside the velvet ropes. Creating new stories with family and friends. It’s curtain time.
Inspiration can come from anywhere. High and low. Here and there. But never inside the box. Freeing experiences that bolster that fuel for life. Mission accomplished. Ready for takeoff. Buckle up.
The architectural design of The Sky Residences at W Aspen is a modern-day translation and renaissance of the Mountain Chalet style that blends a recognizable mountain vernacular with contemporary details.
The Mountain Chalet style originates from the European Alps, and various design iterations can be seen around the world, as well as in many US ski resort areas, including Aspen. The long-sloping roof forms originate from one- and two-story elements tending to bring down the mass and scale of the building. The Sky Residences are designed and built with environmentally sustainable goals and materials.
Embracing authenticity. Permeability of space. The unexpected.
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Northridge Capital, LLC, based in Washington, DC, acquired the former Aspen Club Lodge in March 2001 and retained Kimpton Hotels & Restaurants to transform the lodge into a Kimpton Hotel, reopening as the Sky Hotel in 2002. As an independent commercial real estate investment and asset management firm, Northridge has successfully generated superior risk‑adjusted returns to its investors since inception, demonstrating its ability to acquire, manage, and sell real estate assets across a wide variety of property types. Northridge draws upon its substantial network of domestic and international relationships, extensive credit market expertise, and operating and management capabilities to implement U.S. real estate investment programs on behalf of its clients.
John Sarpa brings extensive international, national, and local real estate experience to his clients, having been responsible for the acquisition, development, and sales of over $2 billion of real estate in the U.S., Europe, and Middle East over his 30‑year real estate career. He has been a major real estate figure in Aspen and the Roaring Fork Valley since 1985. He came to Aspen as the head of the development team for The Ritz‑Carlton, Aspen, which today is the St. Regis Hotel. He also co‑chaired the citizens group that master planned and redeveloped the Aspen Meadows, home of the Aspen Institute, Aspen Music Festival & School, and the Aspen Center for Physics. He was one of the developers and very active in the sales and marketing of the Residences at The Little Nell in Aspen. He has also developed and sold luxury condominiums, single family homes, and ranches in the Aspen area.
Born from the bold attitude and 24/7 culture of New York City, W Hotels, part of Marriott International, Inc., has disrupted and redefined the hospitality scene for nearly two decades. Trailblazing its way around the globe, with over 50 hotels, W Hotels defies expectations and breaks the norms of traditional luxury wherever the iconic W sign lands. With a mission to fuel guests’ lust for life, W ignites an obsessive desire to soak it in, live it up, and hit repeat. The brand’s provocative design, iconic Whatever/Whenever service, and buzzing Living Rooms create an experience that is often copied but never matched. Innovative, inspiring, and infectious, the brand’s super‑charged energy celebrates guests’ endless appetite to discover what’s new/next in each destination, to see more, feel more, go longer, stay later.
nemaworkshop is a team of architects, designers, and thinkers who create spaces which are conceptually bold yet highly sensitive to cultural and social contexts. The studio approaches projects through research and collaborative brainstorming wherein ideas are discussed and reworked until the team emerges with a single cohesive concept. The process is a non-linear approach, adhering to the conviction that good ideas can come from unlikely places. Ultimately, the designs challenge architectural typologies, demonstrate acute cultural awareness, and propose original spatial concepts.
nemaworkshop has received multiple awards for its design of Delicatessen. nemaworkshop won best casual restaurant award by Hospitality Design 2011 for the design of D’espresso.
Rowland+Broughton Architecture and Urban Design is a Colorado-based architecture firm. The firm provides residential, commercial, hospitality, interiors, and urban design services that are sustainable and modern. R+B is a growing, boutique design firm that is comprised of AIA registered architects, ASID interior designers, and other highly qualified professionals that value leadership, sustainability, service, and design. As a Colorado award-winning architectural firm, they take their position seriously by serving on city commissions, non-profit boards, and professional association committees.
They place exceptional client service as the core value of their business. By being stewards to their clients, the environment, and sustainable design, they strive to improve their process in order to provide superior architecture and design services.
Forte Aspen is a full-service marketing, sales, communications, and design firm located in Aspen and Denver, Colorado. Over the past three decades, Forte has provided professional services in a broad range of industries, focused primarily on iconic residential and resort real estate development projects. The Partners in Forte have served as the marketing, sales, communications, design, and support partner for over $4.9 billion in real estate transactions for clients and projects worldwide. Forte's professional services to the development sector also include master planning, conceptual design, market research, financial inventory management, bulk sales programs, and operational development and implementation. Forte understands the industry and how to position projects and the sought-after lifestyle they offer to the narrowcast markets they are attempting to reach.
Vann Associates specializes in assisting its clients in obtaining local government approval for their real estate development projects. The firm functions as a liaison or intermediary between the developer and Aspen’s and Pitkin County’s complex approval process.
Vann Associates offers a variety of services to its clients, including development feasibility analysis, land use planning, development application preparation, and client representation before elected and appointed boards and commissions. Since its formation, the firm has successfully obtained development approvals for numerous land use applications. A significant number of feasibility analyses have also been prepared which seek to identify the impact of local land use regulations on real estate development potential. These activities uniquely qualify Vann in the evaluation of the effectiveness of land use regulations and their procedural requirements.
Bluegreen is a broadly talented studio that addresses all phases of planning and design, from shaping ideas to directing implementation. Their design work encompasses residential gardens, resort and hospitality landscapes, civic and transit oriented spaces, large scale master plans, streetscapes, and new communities. Their policy work includes comprehensive plans, land use and zoning strategies and codes, attainable housing programs, design guidelines, sustainability and performance standards, and community engagement programs.
Excellent service combined with an inherently collaborative process engages client, architect, engineer, artist, scientist, and ultimate user in multi‑disciplinary teams. This sets Bluegreen apart and has allowed them to earn 16 awards and be published in 44 national and regional magazines, including two books.
Aspen. Known for world-class skiing, arts, and cultural communities that rival the most sophisticated cities on the planet.
The ultimate place for unsurpassed recreational activities. An energizing social scene that invites and unites all who come to play. A spirit as vibrant as the explosion of colors that arrive every autumn as the Roaring Fork Valley awaits Aspen’s modern day treasure. A cache not from within the mountains but one found in abundance covering them. A gift from the heavens. A blanket of snow so light, it’s called “champagne.” Thirsty?
From its origin as a 19th century silver mining boom‑town, Aspen has evolved into a global destination for artists, musicians, intellectuals, thinkers, and political leaders. And those who just want to chill out in one of the most enduring and magical places… anywhere.
Aspen rocks. And rolls. Happy place found.
W Aspen and The Sky Residences at W Aspen are designed by award-winning design firm nemaworkshop in partnership with Rowland+Broughton Architecture. Locally‑inspired, this modern day mountain chalet celebrates the spirit of Aspen, offering 88 guestrooms, including six suites, and 11 W‑branded fractional Residences.
An oversized split‑level Living Room, the brand’s alternative to the staid hotel lobby, reimagines the traditional dining scene with a modern approach to dynamic cocktails and cuisine. To complete the experience of this incomparable location, the property features a rooftop WET Deck and bar area with heated pool and spa, fitness facility, fire pits, food service, lounge seating, and cabanas. There is also a private, Owners-only 4th floor roof deck with a spa, lounge seating, BBQ grill, outdoor kitchen, and fire pit.
The Sky Residences at W Aspen are located at 550 South Spring Street, directly across from The Little Nell, in what is widely considered a “100%” location in Aspen, Colorado. Mere steps from the Gondola Plaza, the location is ski-in, ski-out, which is only the case for the W Hotel/The Sky Residences at W Aspen and The Little Nell.
The Sky Residences at W Aspen are truly one of the most sought after addresses and prime locations in all of Aspen. Everything that the world-class resort of Aspen offers its residents and guests is just outside your door.
There are eleven branded Residences at W Aspen. Six three-bedroom, three-and-one-half-bath Residences, and five two-bedroom, two-and-one-half-bath Residences. The three-bedroom Residences average 1,993 square feet of interior living space, and the two-bedroom Residences average 1,567 square feet of interior living space.
The spacious floor plans are designed by NYC-based nemaworkshop and are strikingly furnished with open, gourmet kitchens, distinctive appointments, and impeccable detailing, and include expansive balconies, increasing the livable floor area for each Residence.
All the Residences are in prime locations within the building, featuring expansive views of Aspen Mountain, Independence Pass, Red Mountain, or downtown Aspen.
The Sky Residences at W Aspen are offered for sale as a 1/10th shared ownership interest in real estate. The shared ownership, or fractional ownership interest, allows Owners to enjoy their second home for just the perfect amount of time they wish to use it, at a fraction of the cost of whole ownership.
An Owner can enjoy all the benefits of owning a beautifully appointed Residence with impeccable amenities and services without worrying about maintenance and upkeep. Plus, ownership at The Sky Residences at W Aspen is a real estate asset that can be resold or transferred.
Ownership of a Sky Residence provides Owners the best of all worlds: carefree ownership of a second home in a world-famous location, plus access to the unsurpassed amenities and services for which W Hotels is recognized worldwide.
Each 1/10th ownership interest provides five weeks of use by each Owner. The four guaranteed Planned Vacation Weeks are established within the winter and summer seasons, with two weeks of use in each season. The fifth week of ownership, Space Available Nights, will be either dedicated to the winter or summer season, depending upon ownership preference.
Subject to current use rights, Owners, their family members, and accompanied guests may stay as often as they wish at The Sky Residences at W Aspen. Owners can plan ahead and reserve up to 28 Planned Vacation Nights per year or decide on a last-minute respite. In addition to Planned Vacation Nights, there are plentiful opportunities for Space Available and Short Notice Space Available Nights, based on availability.
Once Owners have had the opportunity to book their two Planned Vacation Weeks for the upcoming season, Owners are then allowed to request their dedicated seasonal Space Available Nights. Once Owners have booked their Space Available Nights, Residence availability is then offered to Owners for usage on a short-notice basis within 30 days of arrival. Subject only to the reservation procedures, there is no limit to the number of times you can vacation at The Sky Residences each year.
Owners have equal access to each Residence within the inventory type they have purchased. Three-bedroom Owners will always occupy a three-bedroom Residence, and two-bedroom Owners will always occupy a two-bedroom Residence.
Most Owners will consider different times of the season to visit their Sky Residence. Owner usage will always fluctuate from year to year, and Owners have a number of flexible options beyond simply canceling one set of vacation dates and booking another. Owners can choose to send friends and family to enjoy their Sky Residence as unaccompanied guests during the Planned Vacation Weeks, subject to current ownership rules. Owners may also release their Residence as a short-term rental.
Yes. The Sky Residences at W Aspen property has an on-site, secure area to store recreational or ski equipment, clothing, or personal items.
Yes. Each Owner owns an undivided, deeded, fee simple interest in real estate. Ownership is evidenced by a real estate deed, recorded in the county records, and insured by a title insurance policy. The deeded 1/10th undivided interest can be financed, willed, placed in a trust, or owned by a separate legal entity, such as a corporation.
Each Owner receives a deed, a fee simple title, to a fraction of a Sky Residence and to an undivided interest in The Sky Residences’ common areas at closing. Owners also receive an ALTA title insurance policy, issued by a nationally recognized title insurance company.
The Annual Assessments cover property taxes, maintenance, professional management, and the operation of all facilities and amenities. The fees provide funds for staff salaries, supplies, interior and exterior maintenance, landscaping, window washing, trash removal, legal and accounting fees, fuel, utilities, insurance, cable TV, Wi-Fi, telephone service, and a capital fund for replacement of furniture and finishes. Housekeeping is included for Planned Vacation weeks but not for short-term stays.
Owners incur charges for use of a la carte amenities and services, provided by W Aspen.
Owners at The Sky Residences enjoy the convenience and exceptional experience of living in a fine resort property. Pre-arrival Residence preparation is offered along with other services, including a resourceful concierge and attentive staff. This is part of Whatever/Whenever® service offered at this property.
Owners at The Sky Residences will enjoy access to full amenities and services:
24-hour front desk services
Wheels W® Valet parking
Airport and local area transportation
Pre-arrival services and Residence preparation
Travel and transportation services
FIT® fitness facility with state-of-the-art exercise equipment
Access to all W Aspen amenities, including the rooftop WET Deck and bar area with heated pool and spa, fitness facility, fire pits, food service, lounge seating, and cabanas
Private Residence Owners-only fourth floor roof deck with private spa, lounge seating, BBQ grill, outdoor kitchen, and fire pit
On-property ski locker room
On-site ski/snowboard shop with daily and weekly equipment rentals and demos available
Private, year-round, climate-controlled storage area
Text messaging service (deliveries, guest arrivals, etc.)
Wireless and high-speed internet access
Boardroom/meeting rooms available for rent
Business center services
Please reach out to the Director of Sales of The Sky Residences, Erin McGuire, regarding more specific pricing information.
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Yes. Financing can be available for purchasers of a Sky Residence. The developer of The Sky Residences at W Aspen is working with several lenders to provide potential financing options.
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Set your sights Sky High. W Hotels Worldwide, part of Marriott International Inc., today announced the much-anticipated opening of W Aspen & The Sky Residences at W Aspen, located at the base of the world-renowned, eponymous mountain. With ski-in/ski-out access to some of the world’s most coveted slopes, stunning 360° mountain views and striking architectural and interior design, W Aspen is the second W Mountain Escape globally, following W Verbier in the Swiss Alps. Poised to carve out a new era of luxury in Aspen, W is bringing its bold point of view to the iconic mountain town for year-round access to alpine adventure.
W Aspen is nestled slope-side on Aspen Mountain — an 11,212-foot summit internationally-renowned for skiing and snowboarding – tucked in at the end of Durant Street, where Aspen’s famous Red-Light District once thrived. From the Ute Native Americans and the silver miners of the late 19th century to the swinging counterculture of the ‘60s and ‘70s and the current crop of globe-trotting billionaires, Aspen’s ever-evolving residents and curious culture rival the world’s most dynamic cities.
“Aspen’s people, vibrancy and natural beauty make this year-round mountain town the perfect place for the W lifestyle,” said Anthony Ingham, Global Brand Leader, W Hotels Worldwide. “W Aspen reimagines the traditional ski chalet and allows people to experience the town in a way they never have before, through evocative design, inclusive programming and a social scene that is sure to become an essential stop on the global jet-setting calendar. The first new build W Escape in the USA for 10 years, W Aspen marks a milestone in the brand’s reinvigorated focus on North America.”
W Aspen & The Sky Residences at W Aspen are owned by Northridge Capital of Washington, DC, the owner for 16 years of the former Sky Hotel situated on the same site, and co-developed by Northridge and local partner Sarpa Development. “After more than five years of hard work,” commented Northridge’s owner and president Dave Jackson, “we are thrilled to finally be opening the W Aspen for the enjoyment of its guests and the local community, and grateful to our partners at W Hotels, Haselden Construction, and too many other team members to name for their tireless efforts to reach this goal.”
Sky’s The Limit
W Aspen brings a luxurious, playful style to the historically-rich town of Aspen. Designed by global interior design firm NEMAWORKSHOP and Aspen-based architects Rowland + Broughton, alongside the W Brand’s award-winning design team, W Aspen centers on the natural beauty and bounty of the mountains and the historical context of the city it surrounds.
It begins with the exterior: a modern mountain chalet with long, sloping roof lines that draw inspiration from the Rocky Mountain landscape. The essence of the outdoors continues throughout the interior, where the Welcome Desk wood formations echo the Rocky Mountains and intricately-detailed terrariums represent seasonal Aspen activities from hiking and biking to skiing and snowboarding.
On the second floor is The Living Room, which serves as the central point of the Escape experience and showcases a grid-pattern display on the bar – a nod to traditional millwork structures used to create mine tunnels in Aspen during the silver boom. Seating in The Living Room features brass and polished rods that surround plush, velvety cushions synonymous with Aspen’s bohemian counterculture of the early ’70s. Along the side, stadium seating leads to an iconic suspended DJ booth that takes its cue from the largest silver nugget discovered in Aspen at the turn of the century. Continuing to honor Aspen’s role in the Colorado Silver Boom, light fixtures are informed by the look of a miner’s headlamp and floors are swept with curving patterns that echo the soil found at the bottom of a smuggler’s cove. At sundown, The Living Room’s outdoor fire pit acts as a beacon at the base of the mountain – signaling to the skiers above it is time to après.
Art reminiscent of iconic Americana paintings of the Rocky Mountains layer the walls of W Aspen. Commissioned artists impart a more modern vision through the lens of classic landscape paintings like those done by Albert Bierstad and other greats. Longtime W collaborator Gaia showcases a series of works throughout the Escape that tease an infatuation with American landscape paintings but are superimposed with local millennial fragmented culture spirit guides – adding a contemporary veil to the traditional. Accent pillows in the Living Room and guestrooms are inspired by artists Herbert Bayer and Thomas Benton and pay homage to the historical residents of Durant Street, named the ‘Soiled Doves of Durant’.
W Aspen features 88 guestrooms and 11 W-branded residences, along with four WOW suites and one Extreme WOW suite that can be a one, two or three bedroom, all of which offer modern takes on Ute patterns and furniture inspired by the decadence of ‘70s Aspen “pleasure palaces.” All guestrooms and suites are playfully marked with room plates in a style reminiscent of the pop culture icon Bob Ross, while interiors reference the cozy warmth of Swiss chalet architecture through the use of rustic wood finishes, sloped rooflines and a fireplace-inspired W MixBar. Each guestroom features pit and platform lounge seating that nods to the plasticity of mile-high bohemia and is complete with Ute-inspired accent pillows. Selected rooms feature a W design first, quad-queen bunk beds, which can sleep up to eight to cater to a younger adult clientele, as well as offer a wink to the more hedonistic qualities of Aspen’s past.
The 2-bedroom Extreme WOW Suite is inspired by Aspen’s mountain culture and is the quintessential location to play and stay. The suite features modern industrial touches, rich ski-wear fabrics, a central fire pit surrounded by curved pit seating, a hot tub open to the living area, a crystal and glass barrier embracing a circular bed on a pivoting platform, and a DJ booth with a mini LP vinyl player and curated music library – all playing on vintage luxury. The plush reds, blues and oranges in addition to psychedelic detailing add extra electricity to this warm mountain escape.
Whether one needs to cool down after a summer day of biking the trails or warm up for après-ski cocktails, the place to see and be seen is the WET® Deck, Aspen’s only year-round, all-weather, public rooftop. With jaw-dropping, panoramic mountain views, a heated pool, hot tub, fire pits, cabanas, full bar, dance floor and DJ booth, the WET Deck is poised to redefine Aspen’s social scene. Guests can enjoy signature beverages from the center bar, which features a ceiling of abstract crystal sculptures that mimic upside-down mountain peaks.
39 Degrees, a legendary après ski bar in the former Sky Hotel, returns as an underground ultra-lounge cocktail bar and grotto inspired by the famed Red-Light District of Aspen. Outfitted with platform and pit seating, crushed velvet touches, cheeky Gonzo-style posters and pillows and a W-commissioned, Gabriel Alcala mural that portrays an Aspen landscape through the lens of ‘excess,’ this hidden spot will keep the energy going late into the night. The menu is a canvas, painting each taste bud with the flavors of sweet, sour, bitter and salt. Highlights include sweet bites like Crab Dip with duck sauce, sour bites such as Grilled Yuzu and Mirin Tiger Prawns, and salt and vinegar dusted Chicken Wings with jalapeno are all designed to play perfectly with 39 Degrees libations. Cocktails include timeless favorites like a W Sazerac or Sherry Cobbler as well as new/next drinks like a Spiked Cucumber Splash with grapefruit and rose vodka or a shareable cocktail like the Hidden Treasure, made with Montanva Oro, Aperol, mango, orange, and pineapple.
From November through April, W Aspen’s Strategy Rooms serve as the hotel’s Ski & Snowboard shop which will be operated by Four Mountain Sports. The shop will rent and sell the hotel’s first edition series of snowboards, which were designed in partnership with Aspen’s own High Society Freeride and created by Denver-based Never Summer. Inspired by the historical, cultural and social aspects of the town, only 40 boards were made – 20 for women and 20 for men – and are available exclusively at the hotel. From May through October, each 350 square feet Strategy Room sets the stage for the hotel’s art, fashion and music programming as well as private events and intimate, mountainside weddings.
“The buzz and excitement for the debut of W Aspen has been building for some time and we could not be readier to bring the infectious energy, spirit and programming of W to this iconic American town,” says Greg Durrer, General Manager, W Aspen. “We know that W Aspen will not only serve as a year-round destination for travelers but that it will bring a bold new point of view to the local social scene and become the latest player in the legacy of this incredible cultural mecca.”
The Sky Residences Living
The Sky Residences at W Aspen offer an exclusive shared ownership opportunity with 11 W-branded Residences located slope-side on Aspen Mountain. With a limited collection of only six three-bedroom and five two-bedroom Residences, owners have access to a private, owners-only roof deck with a spa, lounge seating, BBQ grills, outdoor kitchen and fire pit. In addition, owners can enjoy all of the Escape’s amenities and services at W Aspen, including Welcome Ambassadors and round the clock security; in-residence dining and STYLE housekeeping services; WHEELS valet service; FIT® state-of-art fitness facilities; two WET® Deck pools; and W’s signature Whatever/Whenever® service promise, providing residents and hotel guests alike with whatever they want, whenever they want it! The Sky Residences at W Aspen are currently offered for sale by Forte Aspen. “The Sky Residences at W Aspen feature compelling statements of space and design that defy expectations,” said R.J. Gallagher, Jr. of Forte Aspen. “It’s where an owner can get away from it all, while having it all. Effortless ownership, where quality time with family and friends is the only order of the day. And night.”
The Sky Residences at W Aspen Team is thrilled to provide an opening update.
W Aspen will open August 29th. It’s a very exciting time for all connected to this truly exceptional Aspen project.
Thank you for your interest; the Team looks forward to hopefully having you on-property sometime soon.
Press play to see a time lapse of the construction progress of The Sky Residences at W Aspen from 2017 to 2019.
Press play to see the construction progress of The Sky Residences at W Aspen as of spring 2019.
Ski season is wrapping up after an epic winter, and W Aspen is following suit. The exterior enclosure is almost complete, and the interior finishes are close behind.
Exterior envelope The exterior siding is 98 percent complete with only deck finishes to be completed now that all exterior deck concrete has been poured. This allows crews to complete the slat wall trim at the balconies, completing the exterior siding. All soffits are built and finished, and fascia all installed, allowing finish roofing to proceed in earnest. Exterior flower boxes are also being installed, and the vertical railroad rail accent wall will follow on the Spring Street façade.
Interior framing and finishes The first, second, and third floors have been completely framed, dry walled, and painted. The first floor is now closed off as all finishes are complete with millwork being installed and the punch list completed. The second floor is also being completed with millwork installations and the punch list starting in the middle of April. The third floor is painted, and floor finishes, tile, and wood floors are being completed. Millwork in the Residences has begun in earnest. Fourth floor mechanical installations and inspections are complete, and drywall has started on both wings with finishes following closely behind. The Lobby, Living Room, Fitness Area, and 39 Degrees are all in the finish stages of completion. City inspections continue to take place daily on all levels and have gone extremely well with no issues.
Mechanical and plumbing systems All mechanical and plumbing systems continue to follow the interior finishes for rough installations, finish trim out, and signoff by City officials. Trim out is completed on the first floor and is in progress on both the second and third floors with fourth floor trim out following shortly behind. Finish sound and lighting systems in the common areas are also installed, and testing and programming of these systems will begin shortly. Water systems have been flushed, filed, and commissioned, which is an enormous milestone for the project. The main boiler will be fired up in mid-April allowing the start of full commissioning of the HVAC systems in preparation for turnover to Operations.
Roof structure Rooftop topping slabs are all poured. The pool and spas are installed, tiled, tested, and ready for Summer. The rooftop bar trellis structure is also complete with bar equipment and finishes starting within the week. All roof trim is complete, and the focus now is completing the main roof areas standing seam metal roofs. This task will be complete by the end of April. All waterproofing in the rooftop planters is also wrapping up, allowing for plantings to take place in May/early June.
Site work The site work around the entire facility as it pertains to concrete drive lanes, asphalt alley right-of-way’s, and major civil components like drainage, sewer, and water, are 100 percent complete. Final paving of Spring and Durant Streets is also complete. The final areas of sidewalks and exterior planters are now underway along with the final section of the concrete apron. This work will lead directly into soil and landscape installations starting in May when the weather and temperature become more consistent.
Construction should be finished by Memorial Day, allowing the W Aspen team to begin staff training prior to opening this Summer.
Partway through ski season, the progress on the exterior enclosure and interior finishes continues to proceed in earnest for W Aspen.
Exterior envelope The exterior finishes are between 80 percent and 95 percent complete on all elevations, with the exception of Durant Street, which will be the last elevation completed. Storefront windows and glazing have been installed at the entries and second floor Living Room. Stone, stucco, and wood trim are being installed on all elevations, which will then lead to final topping slabs at the decks.
Interior framing and finishes The first, second, and third floors have been completely framed. Drywall is completed on the first, second, and third levels with finish drywall tasks such as taping and sanding ongoing. Fourth floor framing of all corridors and demising walls is complete with interior walls now being built in preparation for rough mechanical installations. Finish paint, tile, mechanical and electrical trim, and carpet are all being installed on the first floor. The general contractor is actively having City inspections take place daily on all levels, allowing the floors to be finalized level-by-level in preparation for furniture and fixture installations.
Mechanical and plumbing systems All mechanical and plumbing systems are following the interior finishes for rough installations and signoff by City officials. Proceeding into the finish spaces, final installations of electrical trim pieces like outlet cover plates and lighting, as well as mechanical trim, will begin in earnest. The main boiler flue has been installed, and all trades are closing up walls and shafts around the flue in preparation for firing up of mechanical systems, which started in late January.
Roof structure This scope consists of the structural steel roof elements that will provide the bulk of the roof aesthetic and articulation around the top of the building. The rooftop deck is now 100 percent complete. One-hundred percent of the roof substrate is in place, allowing the installation of standing seam metal roofs and adjacent fascia trim. The rooftop pool and spas were installed in early January, followed by topping slabs, final planter waterproofing, and planter railings, which are all being installed currently.
Site work The site work around the entire facility as it pertains to concrete drive lanes, asphalt alley right-of-way’s, and major civil components like drainage, sewer, and water, are 100 percent complete. Final paving of Spring and Durant Streets is also complete. Work on the sidewalks and exterior planters is now 80 percent complete, and this will continue through the Winter. Final landscape elements, such as any shrubs, trees, perennials, and flowers, will be installed in Spring 2019.
Between 250 and 300 construction personnel are onsite daily, six days a week, working diligently to wrap up the exterior finishes, roof, and interior finishes in preparation for the final inspections, and testing of systems.
As of late Fall and heading into Winter 2018, the progress on the exterior enclosure and interior finishes continues to proceed in earnest for W Aspen.
Exterior envelope The exterior envelope is completely enclosed, with the majority of the exterior finishes, consisting of wood, stone, and stucco, now in place. The exterior finishes are between 70 percent and 90 percent complete on all elevations, with the exception of Durant Street, which will be the last elevation completed. Storefront windows and glazing have been installed at the entries, and their frames have been installed on the second floor Living Room. Work on the roof is also being completed, as it pertains to all waterproofing and planter installations, with the steel hot tubs and pool being craned up to the roof in mid-December.
Interior framing and finishes Framing, drywall, and tile wall and floor finishes in the lower/garage level of the building are ready for final paint in the office and fitness room areas. The first floor has been completely framed, with drywall completed at the end of November. The third floor framing is at 70 percent completion, and fourth floor framing of all corridors and demising walls is complete. Installation of the mechanical system on these levels, along with the roof, is also in process. Drywall will follow, which will then allow for finishing these levels with paint and wall coverings. The general contractor is actively having City inspections take place on all levels, allowing the floors to be finalized level-by-level in preparation for furniture and fixture installations starting in late first quarter, 2019.
Mechanical and plumbing systems All mechanical and plumbing systems are following the interior finishes for rough installations and signoff by City officials. Proceeding into the finish spaces, final installations of electrical trim pieces like outlet cover plates and lighting, as well as mechanical trim, will begin in earnest. The general contractor is also in the process of installing the main boiler flue over the next few weeks in order to fire up all the heating and cooling systems.
Roof structure This scope consists of the structural steel roof elements that will provide the bulk of the roof aesthetic and articulation around the top of the building and the roof top decks. All structural steel is complete, and 80 percent of the roof substrate is in place. This allows the general contractor to proceed with final roof materials, such as the standing seam metal roof. The steel hot tub and roof structures will be flown up to the roof via crane in mid‑December.
Interior finishes As of early Fall 2018, the installation of gypsum wall board on both the first and second floors has begun. The basement level is now being completed with the second side of drywall and is being taped and finished in preparation for prime painting.
Site work The site work around the entire facility as it pertains to concrete drive lanes, asphalt alley right-of-way’s, and major civil components like drainage, sewer, and water, are 100 percent complete. Final paving of Spring and Durant Streets is also complete. Work on the sidewalks and exterior planters is now 65 percent complete, and this will continue through the Winter. Final landscape elements, such as any shrubs, trees, perennials, and flowers, will be installed in Spring 2019.
Between 250 and 300 construction personnel are onsite daily, six days a week, working diligently to wrap up the exterior finishes, roof, and interior finishes in preparation for the final inspections, testing of systems, and turnover to the Operations team.
As of Fall 2018, the exterior enclosure and interior finishes for W Aspen have progressed significantly.
Exterior envelope The exterior envelope is continuing in earnest with the majority of the exterior framing now in place, as well as the exterior wall insulation and window installation. The exterior stone façade continuation is following the building envelope around from east to west. This allows for preparation for the exterior wood and stucco finishes, which are the finishes above the stone base. All of these scopes protect the interior finishes from weather damage as construction proceeds.
Interior framing Framing in the lower/garage level of the building has been completed. The first floor has been completely framed, and framing has begun on the second and third floors. Installation of mechanical systems on these levels, along with level four and the roof, are also in process. Framing will follow, and this will then allow for finishing the HVAC and electrical trades. Haselden Construction, the general contractor, is actively having City inspections take place on the lower levels, which allows for starting to close up the lower level walls and finish the drywall partitions.
Mechanical and plumbing systems All major HVAC systems have been placed in the garage, first, and second levels. This HVAC ductwork and electrical work leads to getting sign-offs on rough “MEP’s” (mechanical, electrical, and plumbing) as well as to start the finishing phases of these tasks. Moving up to levels three and four for rough “MEP’s” is next.
Roof structure This scope consists of the structural steel roof elements that will provide the bulk of the roof aesthetic and articulation around the top of the building and the roof top decks. The majority of these roof elements have now been put in place and are undergoing final connections. With this, people can really begin to see the form and shape of W Aspen. In addition to roof top structure, the project is now 75% waterproofed on the upper roof elements, adding to the ability to “dry in” the structure and proceed unimpeded by weather.
Interior finishes As of early Fall 2018, the installation of “single sided” gypsum wall board on both the first and second floors has begun. The basement level is now being completed with the second side of drywall and is being taped and finished in preparation for prime painting.
Site work The site work around the entire facility has ramped up significantly and consists of utility tie-ins (water, sewer, cable, final waterproofing, final grades, and sidewalks) in all the surrounding streets and alleys. The main focus this month is to get out of Durant and Spring Streets. Next month will be the alleys between the project and the adjacent properties to complete more specific drainage and storm systems specific to the new facility. The perimeter of the site will be extremely busy the next two months. The final landscaping will be installed in Spring 2019, prior to the Food & Wine Classic.
Between 250 and 300 construction personnel continue to be onsite daily, six days a week, working diligently to enclose the building before late Fall 2018. The project continues to be on schedule to meet this deadline.
Construction for W Aspen has accelerated dramatically now that the superstructure has been completed as of the end of June 2018. This has allowed the General Contractor to focus on the following tasks.
Exterior envelope This includes exterior wall framing, window installation, insulation on the first level, and installation of the stone exterior façade, which are critical to achieve “dry in” of the entire structure that will protect interior finishes.
Interior framing This process has begun in earnest, and framing in the lower/garage level of the building has been completed. In addition, the east half of the first floor has been completed, and framing on the second floor began in July. This allows the start of installation of mechanical systems on these levels, before then proceeding into drywall and finishes.
Mechanical and plumbing systems These systems have also begun in earnest with all major HVAC systems placed in the garage level, which houses all the major equipment, such as air handling units, chillers, and backup systems for the entire facility. This levels’ HVAC ductwork is also complete, and the focus is now on rough plumbing and electrical installations. These tasks have started on the first floor, and “hangers,” which suspend the ductwork from the ceiling, have been installed on the second floor and started on the third floor.
Roof structure This scope consists of the structural steel roof elements that will provide the bulk of the roof aesthetic and articulation around the top of the building and the roof top decks. This material has been fabricated, is being delivered daily, and is being “flown” into place via the onsite tower crane.
Interior finishes These consist of all the products and scope you can “touch and feel” once the project is complete. As of July 2018, the installation of “single-sided” gypsum wall board has begun, allowing for early installation and also the ability to complete all the mechanical and electrical systems that live inside the walls, or “partitions,” in a building.
Site work This consists of all the work around the exterior street level of the facility, including bringing the soils up to street level and finishing them with either landscaping, sidewalks, or paving of the adjacent roads and access alleys. As of July 2018, these levels, or “grades,” have been brought up to the street level along Spring Street, Durant Street, and between the project and the adjacent HOAs. Work between the site and the adjacent HOAs will take place during the Fall shoulder season when Public Right of Ways become accessible to the construction crews to install the remaining utility connections like water and sewer. Once those are complete, final completion of the remaining sidewalk and paving will proceed.
There are currently between 250 and 300 construction personnel onsite every day, six days a week, working diligently to enclose the building before late Fall 2018.
Welcome to altitude, W Hotels. Where the beloved Sky Hotel once stood, the just-opened W Aspen now marks the spot. And unlike its Kimpton predecessor, you can now call this piece of paradise a part-time home.
As part of W Hotels Worldwide’s first-ever North American alpine destination — the hotel group opened its first Mountain Escape property in Verbier, Switzerland in 2014 — The Sky Residences at W Aspen offer an exclusive shared real estate opportunity with 11 slopeside units. Upon its grand opening celebration in August, the inventory was already 40% sold, indicating a much-needed niche for fractional ownership.
Ski-in, ski-out access to Aspen Mountain is punctuated by a private, Residences-only roof deck with spa, lounge seating, BBQ grills, outdoor kitchen and fire pit, as well as on-property amenities including concierge, 24/7 security, in-residence dining, housekeeping, ski lockers, valet, and fitness center. W’s signature “Whatever/Whenever” service promise provides residents and hotel guests with “whatever they want, whenever they want it!”
The Sky Residences portfolio features five 2-bedrooms (approximately 1,567 square feet; starting in the mid-$500K price range) and six 3-bedrooms (approximately 1,993 square feet; starting in the $800K price range), available for a 1/10th shared ownership interest in real estate. Enjoy five weeks of usage — four of which are guaranteed Planned Vacation Weeks within the winter and summer (two weeks per season). The fifth week of ownership, Space Available Nights, can be either dedicated to the winter or summer season, depending upon ownership preference and availability.
“The Sky Residences at W Aspen feature compelling statements of space and design that defy expectations,” says R.J. Gallagher, Jr. of Forte Aspen, the agency managing sales. “It’s where an owner can get away from it all, while having it all. Effortless ownership, where quality time with family and friends is the only order of the day. And night.”
The building itself — Aspen’s first new luxury hotel in 25 years — was brought to life by locally-based architecture and design firm Rowland + Broughton, resulting in an environmentally sustainable, modern mountain chalet with long, sloping roof lines drawing inspiration from the Rocky Mountain landscape. W Aspen and The Sky Residences at W Aspen are owned and were co-developed by Washington, DC-based Northridge Capital (also owner of the Sky Hotel for 16 years), which financed the buildout and also tapped locally based Sarpa Development as a project partner.
The W brand’s signature luxurious, energetic vibe interior was dreamt up by global interior design firm nemaworkshop that pays homage to Aspen’s storied inhabitants from the silver miners of the late 19th century to the swinging counterculture of the ‘60s and ‘70s to the current crop of globe-trotting billionaires.
Each of the W Aspen’s 11 Sky Residences exude a cozy warmth reminiscent of a Swiss chalet through the use of rustic wood finishes, sloped ceilings and fireplaces, complete with decor channeling Herbert Bayer, Thomas Benton, and the Ute Indian Tribe mixed with modern industrial touches and rich, ski-wear-inspired fabrics.
Gallagher adds, “This shared ownership opportunity offers a unique combination of the hip W brand and the prime Aspen location. All of these amenities right at an owner’s fingertips — in one of the greatest locations, in one of the most desirable towns in the world.
Additional owner benefits include access to the Living Room restaurant and bar, 39 Degrees (a nod to the Sky Hotel’s beloved lounge, and the WET Deck — an open-to-the-public rooftop bar with a pool, cabanas and hot tub. Already proven to be Aspen’s hottest new spot, there’s no closer commute home than to a Sky Residence of your very own.READ MORE >
We explored a prominent pattern in hospitality today in our July-August issue, Frame 129: fashion’s stake in the sector. It’s a trend that’s showing no sign of stopping. Saint Laurent has opened a permanent Paris café neighbouring its new boutique in the space concept store Colette once lived, and womenswear brand Mansur Gavriel has a Ladurée eatery in its West Hollywood boutique.
There are aesthetic trends to mention, too. From Aspen to Amsterdam, the 1970s are seeing a spatial resurgence in the hotel world. Both W Hotels and FG Stijl credit the decade for inspiring the interiors of the recently opened W Aspen and Park Centraal, respectively; in our last hospitality Openings list, we featured Sinner, for which interior designer Tristan Auer proclaimed the same.
Read on to see more hotels, dining spaces – and even a medical gym in London – which have caught our eye as of late.
ASPEN: W ASPEN
The W Brand’s design team collaborated with interior design firm Nemaworkshop and architects Rowland + Broughton to complete the second global W Mountain Escape, opened in Aspen. Following W Verbier in the Swiss Alps, W Aspen is a re-imagination of the traditional ski chalet: it has 88 guestrooms, 11 branded residences and one suite, all which evoke the warmth of traditional Swiss architecture and wink at the decadence of Aspen in the ‘70s.
Tune in for an interview with W Aspen General Manager Greg Durrer.WATCH VIDEO >
The hopes and dreams of the many involved in the redevelopment of Aspen’s Sky Hotel were realized Thursday with the grand opening of the new W Hotel.
Since Northridge Capital bought the lodge they would turn into the Sky 16 years ago, partners on the project have been running numbers on a potential redevelopment.
“We went at it from every way you could possibly conceive and finally found a way that worked and that is why we have what we have here today,” Dave Jackson, president of Northridge, said in his remarks before the crowd that gathered at the W Hotel’s front door to witness the ribbon-cutting ceremony on Thursday afternoon.
He added, “We came into Aspen because we saw a niche in the market for younger people that have enough money to spend, but really the Nell or the St. Regis weren’t their place. … Financially it was very, very successful, but we never imagined it would serve the niche in the community that it served,” Jackson said.
He conceded that people were concerned about what was going to replace the Sky, with its funky decor and accessible restaurant, bar and pool scene frequented by locals.
“I hope you see now that what replaced it continues the values and culture of the Sky but really at a different level,” he said.
John Sarpa, a longtime Aspen developer who guided the approval process on the W Hotel and who has been involved in local lodging projects including the St. Regis Aspen Resort and the Hyatt Grand Aspen, spoke about the welcoming posture city officials, from the mayor to the building department, took toward the project.
Everyone worked to find answers whenever an issue arose, he said.
“But It’s not just approvals and all that stuff,” Sarpa added. “You have got to have people that understand Aspen and who have a boatload of money. This is an expensive proposition.”
He thanked Jackson and the Northridge team for having the vision and the gumption to see the project through.
According to records on file with the city’s building department, the W’s reported construction valuation — which is limited to the value of structural building materials and labor and excludes soft costs and furnishings — is $56.5 million. Plans examination manager Denis Murray noted that the figures developers use to benchmark the total financial value of their projects tend to be about double the building permit valuation number.
The 128,000-square-foot building contains 88 hotel rooms and 11 two- and three-bedroom fractional ownership residences, which are being sold in one-tenth shares.
Hotel room prices in the week leading up the opening were between $419 and $619 per night.
The 8,000-square-foot rooftop deck has a pool and is open to the public, even to those who are not purchasing food and drink from the bar. That stipulation is a condition of the project’s approval, confirmed the W’s director of operations, Scott Cochran.
The food and drinks are not cheap but not out of line by Aspen standards. Signature cocktails run between $18 and $20 and most beers are $7, according to the menu. The “Vapor Burger” on the menu in the downstairs restaurant is priced at $26 and includes two patties, braised short rib and bacon.
“We are totally committed to hitting that whole spectrum, from the international guest to local guests and doing specials all the time,” Cochran said, adding that what the specials are will come into focus in the coming weeks.
The hotel will employ more than 200 people when it is fully staffed. General manager Greg Durrer thanked those who have been on the team in the lead up to opening for their tireless work “to make this place amazing, so you all can enjoy it.”READ MORE >
The W Aspen & The Sky Residences at W Aspen debuts today, the first new luxury hotel to open in Aspen in 25 years. The W Aspen is the second W Mountain Escape globally, following W Verbier in the Swiss Alps. Situated on prime real estate at the base of Aspen Mountain, W Aspen has ski-in/ski-out access to Aspen Mountain. Guestrooms have dramatic views and the architecture and interior design may well prove to be game changers in this design-conscious town.
W Aspen has been designed by NEMAWORKSHOP, Aspen-based architects Rowland + Broughton, and Marriott’s design team. The design references were inspired by the Ute Native Americans, 19th century silver miners, the 60’s counterculture and yes, today’s billionaire inhabitants.
W Aspen will feature 88 guestrooms and 11 W-branded residences, along with four WOW suites and one Extreme WOW suite that can be one, two or three bedrooms. Interiors reference classic Swiss chalet architecture, thanks to rustic wood finishes, sloped rooflines and a fireplace-inspired mini-bar. Each guestroom features pit and platform lounge seating that’s intended to be a nod to the 60’s.
Select rooms feature a W design first, quad-queen bunk beds. These beds can sleep up to eight youthful guests. The two-bedroom Extreme WOW suite features a central fire pit, a hot tub open to the living area, a circular bed on a pivoting platform and a DJ booth, a suite that Austin Powers might well enjoy.
On the hotel’s second floor is The Living Room, with velvety cushions, stadium seating and a suspended DJ booth. Light fixtures are inspired by miner’s headlamps and there’s also an outdoor fire pit.
For après ski, W Aspen offers up a WET Deck, which is Aspen’s only year-round, all-weather, public rooftop bar. Beyond the views, the gathering area offers a heated pool, hot tub, fire pits, cabanas, full bar, dance floor and DJ booth. There’s also 39°, a restaurant, lounge and cocktail bar.
From November through April, W Aspen’s Strategy Rooms serve as the hotel’s Ski & Snowboard shop which will be operated by Four Mountain Sports. The shop will also rent and sell the hotel’s first edition series of snowboards. They were designed in partnership with Aspen’s High Society Freeride and created by Denver-based Never Summer.
For those who want to take a stay to the next level, The Sky Residences at W Aspen offer shared ownership opportunity with 11 W-branded Residences located slope-side on Aspen Mountain. There are six three-bedroom and five two-bedroom Residences. Owners have access to a private, owner-only roof deck with a spa, lounge seating, BBQ grills, outdoor kitchen and fire pit. Owners can enjoy all of the amenities and services at W Aspen, including in-residence dining and STYLE housekeeping services; WHEELS valet service; FUEL® state-of-art fitness facilities; two WET® Deck pools; and W’s signature Whatever/Whenever® service promise, which provides residents and hotel guests alike with whatever they want, whenever they want it.
A special opening package is available for stays between September 4 and December 15, 2019. The package includes a two-night minimum stay, $100 B&F credit, complimentary valet parking, 4pm late check out based on availability, and two signature welcome cocktails. Rates available upon request and dependent on time of year.READ MORE >
Thursday’s opening of the W Aspen marks the first time in 25 years that the town has had a new luxury hotel.
Approved in 2015 to replace the Sky Hotel, the new W Aspen is an 88-room hotel, along with 11 free-market residences that are currently for sale for fractional ownership.
The property is the W brand’s second “Mountain Escape,” following the W Verbier in the Swiss Alps.
Greg Durrer, general manager of the W Aspen, said the word “escape” is the W brand’s way to describe an alpine resort.
“The W brand has a different word for just about everything,” he said Wednesday in the hotel’s “Living Room,” which serves as the central point of the “Mountain Escape” experience.
For locals, the central point of the property, located at the base of Aspen Mountain, will likely be the W’s “WET Deck” — an 8,000-square-foot rooftop area that’s open to the public.
It includes a heated pool, hot tubs, cabanas, couches, fire pits, DJ booth, dance floor, a U-shaped bar and 360-degree views.
W Aspen and The Sky Residences at W Aspen are owned by Northridge Capital of Washington, D.C., the owner for 16 years of the former Sky Hotel.
The property was co-developed by Northridge and local partner Sarpa Development.
Northridge’s owner and president, Dave Jackson, was on site this week helping with the final details before Thursday’s grand opening.
In the world of the W brand, the finishing touches are called “styling,” and there is plenty of it throughout the 128,000-square-foot property.
Part of Marriott International Inc., the W Aspen is a big move for W Hotels Worldwide’s global reach, Jackson noted.
The property’s demographic are young professionals who are connected globally by social media, who have disposable incomes and who will spend money and travel the world for the W experience.
When Jackson’s group bought the Aspen Club Lodge, which then became the Sky Hotel run by Kimpton Hotel & Restaurant Group, it was envisioned as moderately priced lodging for affluent young people.
“They don’t fit into The Little Nell” category, Jackson said of Aspen’s five-star hotel.
When Northridge put out the request for proposals to would-be hotel operators, the W brand won out over nine others.
“What drew us to the W was the continuation of the Sky clientele, the young and young at heart,” Jackson said. “Plus its global reach … and the ability to project that out was really appealing.”
Durrer said the W Aspen’s introductory rate is between $300 and $500 a night.
Those prices will fluctuate as the seasons change, he noted.
Reservations are strong going into the first quarter of 2020, according to Durrer, and the property is attracting national and international attention within the industry.
The demographic of buyers for the condos, called the Sky Residences at the W Aspen, are a bit different than the hotel guest, but align with multi-generations, said R.J. Gallagher Jr. of Forte Aspen, the firm that is selling the fractional interests.
“We have buyers from the 40ish to the 80ish,” he said Wednesday.
Buyers are young families, empty nesters, international travelers, movers and shakers and entrepreneurs, coming from as far away as Australia and Hong Kong and as close as in state, according to Gallagher.
Just shy of 40% of the fractionals have been sold, with over 50% of them being the three-bedroom condos.
Sales prices range from just over $551,000 for an interest in a two-bedroom suite, to $797,000 for a three-bedroom.
Each 1/10th ownership interest provides five weeks of use by each owner. The four weeks are guaranteed throughout the year — two in the winter and two in the summer.
The fifth week will be either dedicated to the winter or summer season, depending upon ownership preference and availability.
People are buying into the W Aspen through word of mouth from friends and family and business relationships.
“It’s creating community and that’s the value of the W brand,” Gallagher said. “It’s a rarified property in Aspen. … It’s a lifestyle. It’s beyond bricks and mortar.”
Inside the walls of the W Aspen, the town’s rich history is displayed in subtle and not-so subtle ways — from the red light district that once thrived on Durant Street, to the Ute Native Americans and the silver miners of the late 19th century to the swinging counterculture of the ’60s and ’70s.
It was all created by interior design firm Nemaworkshop and Aspen-based architects Rowland + Broughton, along with W Brand’s design team.
Accent pillows in the Living Room and guest rooms are inspired by local artists Herbert Bayer and Thomas Benton and pay homage to the historical residents of Durant Street, named the “Soiled Doves of Durant.”
During the ski season, W Aspen will have a ski and snowboard shop operated by Aspen Skiing Co.’s Four Mountain Sports.
These so-called “Strategy Rooms” will rent and sell the hotel’s first-edition series of snowboards, which were designed in partnership with Aspen-based High Society Freeride and created by Denver-based Never Summer.
The hotel employs between 120 and 140 people, Durrer said.
They will be on hand Thursday when the doors open at noon. A ribbon-cutting ceremony begins at 3:30 p.m.
“The buzz and excitement for the debut of W Aspen has been building for some time and we could not be readier to bring the infectious energy, spirit and programming of W to this iconic American town,” Durrer said. “We know that W Aspen will not only serve as a year-round destination for travelers but that it will bring a bold new point of view to the local social scene and become the latest player in the legacy of this incredible cultural mecca.”READ MORE >
Stepping into the W Aspen is like being swept up in an avalanche of déjà-vu.
The swirling, topographical-print carpet, glossy wood paneling, mélange of fabrics and textures and sparkling metallic accents hark back to the Sky Hotel’s decidedly retro vibe. Yet the totally rebuilt, rebranded Marriott International property—a massive project more than five years in the making, two-and-a-half in construction—is a modern design masterwork that feels breathtakingly brand new.
As impressive as the dazzling décor (silver nugget DJ booth! Stairwell street art!) and edgy amenities (“Love Kit” for amorous escapades) are executive chef Jackie Siao’s plans for playful, creative cuisine. Siao will serve cosmopolitan fare in three distinct venues: the Living Room, with dining area, bar and outdoor terrace; 39°, a cushy, nighttime cocktail “grotto” tucked into a semi-sunken site where the Sky lounge of the same name was located; and the Wet Deck, an 8,000-square- foot rooftop patio tricked out with heated pool, hot tub, bar, cabanas and stunning 360-degree views of Aspen Mountain and environs.
I skipped away from an exclusive behind-the-scenes tour thinking that the W Aspen is a bundle of dynamite sure to blow up our après-ski scene like a powder bomb. At last, it opens to the public on Thursday, Aug. 29. A few enticing highlights among Siao’s ambitious program of party fuel:
FIFTEEN PIECES INTERNATIONAL FLAIR—MINIMUM
Siao’s overall culinary theme is “globally inspired, locally sourced.” Evidence: coconut-kaffir lime-lemongrass green curry meatballs; chicken tikka masala brochettes with cilantro-lime-cumin yogurt; edamame tossed in ginger shoyu with crispy garlic, ginger and a touch of candied orange zest; charred mirin-yuzu prawns with grilled shishito peppers and cucumber pickles; jalapeño salt-and-vinegar rubbed chicken wings; barbecue-dusted chicharróns with ranch dip. Lunch and dinner entrées include the K Bowl (kalbi Korean barbecue short ribs, sticky rice, kimchi, wilted spinach) and the J Bowl (lump crabmeat, ebi shrimp, tuna, sticky rice, sauces, wakame seaweed)—“like a poke bowl on steroids,” Siao quips.
Sticky buns, cider doughnuts and muffin tops, oh my! “Our continental isn’t exactly a continental—it’s sharable, like an appetizer section, to start the day while socializing before going skiing,” Siao explains. Expect staples—eggs, bacon, potatoes—plus nontraditional offerings by way of a build-your-own hash bowl menu. Plus: coconut milk chia seed porridge. “The W brand is all about being healthy and at the same time indulging—detox to retox,” Siao adds.
TWO BIG BURGERS…AND SHORT-RIB GRILLED CHEESE
Siao’s Vapor Burger is a double patty with braised short ribs, double cheese, fried onion straws, and bacon. The Fancy Pantsy Burger, only at the Wet Deck, is a wagyu beef patty dosed with liquid Crescenza Brie and Gouda cheeses, maple-pepper bacon, and truffled Béarnaise sauce. Both are stabbed, heart-attack style, with a steak knife. Meanwhile, Siao’s short-rib grilled cheese on house-made sourdough is filled with American, cheddar, and caramelized onion spread, then encrusted on its exterior with extra cheese.
‘THE PINK PLATE’
“It’s a mix of everything you crave…a remake of a ‘Garbage Plate’ out of Rochester (N.Y.),” explains Siao of her nightly special announced via DJ at 10 p.m. in the 39° bar and lounge. “I want to do a huge Bavarian pretzel, and in the middle of the holes are a bunch of different dips. Maybe it’s ribs. Maybe it’s a total garbage plate of sausage gravy, chili cheese fries, nachos. And it’s literally on a pink plate.”
THE GONDOLA: SEMI-PRIVATE DINING
Silly hats, surprise boxes, dice games, and physical challenges (pour wine for your group) rule this area of the Living Room, which may be reserved for semi-private dining. Siao practiced the concept last year at the Lodge at Spruce Peak in Stowe, Vermont: “Everyone got into it. We had the silly hats—Viking hats, hotdog hats, cows. There’s interaction among the guests and with staff. It’s a night they won’t forget.”
‘ANGELS VS. DEVILS’ CHEESE DELIVERY
“I’m really excited about the cheese program: cold/room temperature cheeses versus hot cheeses,” Siao shares. “You don’t see that (combination) a lot. During après, this mobile cart with different cheeses from around the world will go from Living Room to 39° to Wet Deck.”
HOT-BOX SPECIAL OF THE DAY
A Traeger wood-pellet smoker grill on the Living Room terrace (former site of Sky Hotel’s pool) will send barbecue scents wafting through the hotel’s accordian glass doors. Servers will mention the day’s “hot-box special,” be it hickory-smoked pork shoulder, baby-back ribs or elk-jalapeno sausage sandwiches, the latter prepared with custom links crafted by Colorado Meat Company in Avon.
‘B VS. F’ BATTLES
Beverage versus Food: Sommelier LeeAnn Kaufman and chef Siao, who worked together at Chefs Club at the St. Regis Aspen Resort, will go head-to-head in a friendly three-course, four-course, or “all-out war” competition, leaving guests to choose who wins each round. “The food is going to be great,” Siao declares. “What makes the experience better is (our) interaction with guests, making it fun.”
DIM SUM CARTS + ACTION STATIONS
Call it instant gratification in the Instagram age: wheeled trays of “playful, snacky” food will traverse the 39° nighttime cocktail lounge. On busy Thursday, Friday or Saturday nights, guests might find a sushi bar, poke bowl station, or raw bar set up. “You can come up and talk to the chefs and see them making your food,” Siao says. “That makes people curious.”
COCKTAIL-SIZED POOL COASTERS
Inflatable flamingo and ducky drink-holders to match adult-size loungers on the Wet Deck—’nuff said!
‘AN ICE CREAM COOKIE SANDWICH THE SIZE OF YOUR FACE’
Siao makes just three frozen dessert sammies per sheet tray, each pressing together homemade salted caramel, chocolate or vanilla ice cream with classic candy. “I did it at the Lodge at Spruce Peak at Stowe,” Siao recalls. “Then we removed it, and there was an all-out riot.”
A GROWN-UP ROOT BEER FLOAT
Served in a beer mug with a shot of Bailey’s, the W Aspen’s buzzy root beer float pays homage to Mr. J. Willard Marriott himself—who launched his empire in 1927 with a nine-seat root beer float stand that mushroomed into a restaurant chain, motor lodges, and now luxury hotels and residences around the world.
The highly anticipated W Aspen opens this summer
Employee training sessions have started at the city’s newest hotel, the W Aspen, which is scheduled to open Aug. 29.
“Our plan is to have the hotel open and fully operational for Labor Day weekend,” said Greg Durrer, general manager of the W Aspen and the Sky Residences at W Aspen. “We are at the final stages of our pre-opening process, finishing up details as related to construction and embarking on the beginning of our training process with our talent members.”
Construction on the 88-room hotel and the property’s 11 fractional residences, located at the same East Durant Avenue location as the former Sky Hotel, took a little more than two years following May 2017’s groundbreaking ceremony.
In an interview earlier this week, Durrer expressed excitement about the future of the property and the response he’s received so far.
“A lot of time and effort was put into making sure that the look and the feel of the hotel — this modern day chalet if you will — would fit into the local neighborhood and the community and [add] to the overall Aspen aesthetic,” he said. “I think we invested a lot of time on that. Overall, in speaking with different neighbors of the hotel and individuals around town, everyone’s very pleased with the way it turned out.”
The property is owned by Northridge Capital LLC of Washington, D.C., the same group that took control of the Sky Hotel in 2001. The W Hotel brand is affiliated with Marriott International, which will manage the lodging operation and residences.
Last spring, it was reported that the hotel would open in July. Durrer said “there was a desire to accelerate construction and potentially open the hotel at the beginning of summer.” The pace of construction didn’t allow it.
“One of the things we didn’t want to do is sacrifice the level of quality,” he said. “Now we have a tremendous world-class product. I think all of the local community as well as guests from around the United States and the world will agree when they see it. It’s world-class in terms of design, architecture and the overall hotel experience.”READ MORE >
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The highly anticipated W Aspen opens this summer
Mountain deluxe architecture and decor, rooftop amenities with some of the best views in Aspen, and urban-chic vibes thanks to the iconic W Hotels brand — The Sky Residences at W Aspen are transforming the town’s luxury shared ownership market.
The Sky Residences at W Aspen, a limited collection of only six three-bedroom and five two-bedroom W-branded Residences, are debuting this summer. The Sky Residences are offered for sale as a 1/10th shared ownership interest in real estate.
As the property at the base of Aspen Mountain has taken its new shape after the Sky Hotel’s demolition in 2017, it’s clear that what was once one of Aspen’s most exciting and hip gathering spots is not only going to carry on that tradition, it’s going to exceed it.
“The Sky Residences at W Aspen feature compelling statements of space and design that defy expectations,” said R.J. Gallagher, Jr. of Forte Aspen: Residential Marketing & Sales. “It’s where an Owner can get away from it all, while having it all. Effortless ownership, where quality time with family and friends is the only order of the day. And night.”
Built for Aspen
Located on the third and fourth floors of W Aspen, The Sky Residences are modern and luxurious, with many energy-efficient building and lifestyle features fit for this environmentally-conscious town.
“W Hotels Worldwide is a really unique brand in the sense that no two properties are the same,” said Owner and Co-Developer David Jackson of Northridge Capital. “W Hotels starts with the local community and comes up with a design narrative that fits in with that community.”
In Aspen, reflections and echoes of Aspen’s past, as well as its current environment, will be visible throughout the property. Patterns in carpets will feature Ute Indian tribal designs, while artwork and other interior decor will incorporate some of the go-go days and Aspen’s jetsetters, as well as silver mining relics.
“As you walk around, you’ll recognize so many details unique to Aspen and its history,” he said.
Well known street artists are completing artwork on the walls at several highly visible locations throughout the property. The staircase on the north end of the property is the site of a street art installation expanding from the basement level all the way to the rooftop. “This art is going to be incredible. I predict people will want to travel to Aspen just to see it,” said Jackson.
With architecture by Aspen firm Rowland + Broughton, local expertise from Sarpa Development, and Northridge Capital’s experience as owner of the Sky Hotel for 16 years, this is a team that knows Aspen. The result is a property that fits in with the town both architecturally and culturally.
“Our incredibly beautiful views of the majestic mountains and our historic town are open for everyone to enjoy. When combined with the excitement and fun the W Aspen team will bring to the property, Aspen will once again set the bar as no other place can,” expressed Co-Developer John Sarpa.
Owning a piece of Aspen
From a dedicated residential staff to the perks of Whatever/Whenever® Concierge services, The Sky Residences at W Aspen Owners can enjoy a carefree lifestyle where everything is taken care of. Amenities include 24-hour front desk services, housekeeping, a state-of-the-art fitness facility, below-grade parking garage, room service, and more.
Jackson and Sarpa point out that the W Aspen staff will make Owners feel like celebrities around the clock. W Hotels is known for impeccable service combined with an unsurpassed ability to quench guests’ lust for life. The Sky Residences at W Aspen are a place where Owners can begin new family traditions and create lasting memories.
“This shared ownership opportunity offers a unique combination of the hip W brand and the prime Aspen location,” said Gallagher. “All of these amenities right at Owners’ fingertips — in one of the greatest locations, in one of the most desirable towns, in the world.”
Public amenities include an underground late-night speakeasy — named 39 Degrees as an homage to the Sky Hotel — a rooftop bar with hot tub, cabanas, and spectacular views of Aspen Mountain from one of the highest points in town. Owners have access to all W Aspen amenities, plus Owners-only perks such as an exclusive rooftop, the private Owners’ deck on the 4th floor, with a fire pit, hot tub, and BBQs.
“If Owners want to be part of the scene, it’s there and accessible to them. If they want to escape from it, they can retreat to the Owners’ deck,” Jackson said. “This is a very special property in terms of its rare and prominent location and its colorful history with the community of Aspen and its visitors. As the owners, developers, and stewards of W Aspen, we understand its significance as a resort asset and the role it plays in keeping Aspen a desirable, must-do tourism hot spot. But most of all, we are proud to carry on the Sky Hotel legacy as a neighborhood gathering place and the heartbeat of Aspen.”
The Sky Residences at W Aspen Amenities
Aspen’s restaurant and bar scene never sleeps. Even as the town shuts down in the dead of offseason, behind closed doors deals are being made, and in the light of day, construction season flourishes.
Here’s a look at some of this summer’s most anticipated additions.
The W Aspen
Replacing the local favorite Sky Hotel, this swanky new spot has some big shoes to fill.
The W Aspen will boast a rooftop patio bar with a pool and jacuzzi, fire pits, cabanas, and views of Aspen Mountain. It also will house a living room area with a built-in DJ booth suspended from the wall.
“Our team is focused on activating W Aspen around our guests’ passion points of design, music, fashion and fuel,” says hotel general manager Greg Durrer. “We will be partnering with local and regional experts in order to bring these experiences to life.”
An homage to the defunct Sky Hotel, the ground floor lounge will be called 39 Degrees. The menu will include craft cocktails and bar bites, while the living room lounge will serve up breakfast, lunch and dinner.
Nestled at the base of Aspen Mountain, the hotel will offer 88 bedrooms and suites and 11 residences.
The Aspen location is the second of the international brand’s mountain resorts; the first opened in Verbier, Switzerland in December 2013.
As of press time, the W Aspen expects to open its doors the third week of July.READ MORE >
Ask someone to imagine Aspen, and there’s a good chance they’ll picture wintry Rocky Mountain slopes glinting with fresh powder or autumn sun illuminating a hillside dotted with the golden trees that give the town its name.
But to those in the know, Aspen’s prime season just might be summer, when the weather is sublime, festivals overlap and musicians, chefs, mixologists, creatives and visionaries from around the world flock here.
The possibilities for Aspen summer fun and adventure stretch as high as the Maroon Bells peaks, and packed days are best brought to a close while lingering with friends over world-class cuisine and drinks.
Experience the Summer Festival Scene
In the summertime, sweeping mountain vistas inspire lofty thoughts as the world’s leading thinkers, writers, artists, entrepreneurs and dreamers gather for the Aspen Ideas Festival and Aspen Summer Words literary festival in June.
Summer Words is a six-day event for writers and readers that includes creative writing workshops, panel discussions and readings by top authors. The Ideas Festival brings scientists, public officials, economists and more to Aspen for 10 days of public panels, on-stage interviews, debates and lectures.
One year’s typically eclectic lineup for the Ideas Festival included luminaries such as the musician Common, the bestselling author Tara Westover, professional basketball player Kevin Love and Vincente Fox, the former President of Mexico.
Even if you don’t register for the daytime workshops, talks and symposiums, the guest speakers and attendees tend to spill out into the town’s bars and restaurants at night and engage in lively discussions with anyone who sparks them.
Impress your friends with your skills at identifying the Pulitzer Prize winner while sipping a Burning Man cocktail at local steakhouse The Monarch.
Unwind on the W Aspen Rooftop Deck
Rising directly at the base of Aspen Mountain and just steps from downtown’s trendy restaurants and shops, The Sky Residences at W Aspen offer the premier location for grooving on mountain views.
The outdoor WET Deck is open year-round, but in summer the mountainside turns vivid green under the vast blue sky, and the 360-degree view is breathtaking. Dance to live DJs, soak in the hot tub and swimming pool, or just hang out by the fire pit and sip a cocktail with friends knowing that Aspen’s summer playground lies just beyond this hip enclave.
Summertime and the Living Is Easy
Although the opportunities for alpine sporting adventures abound for miles in every direction, the town of Aspen itself is compact, providing the perfect atmosphere for skipping from one experience to the next.
Outdoor lovers have it good here, as they’re in easy access to top-notch hikes like the easy Rio Grande Trail, or the slightly more difficult Smuggler Mountain Trail, which rewards hikers with stunning valley and mountain views. For wildflower spotting, head to Cathedral and American lakes.
Adrenaline junkies should point themselves to Aspen Paragliding for a flight through the Colorado sky, or hit Roaring Fork River for whitewater rafting and casting a line for brown, cutthroat and rainbow trout.
Once you’re had your sporty fix, hit the Aspen Saturday Market, open in summer and early fall, for local produce, a food court and live music. Enjoy the high-country atmosphere in the outdoor beer garden at Hops Culture and choose from 30 different on-tap brews. Or for an underground experience, savor a Oaxacan Daiquiri at Hooch Craft Cocktail Bar, tucked into the basement of Meat & Cheese Restaurant & Farm Shop.
The Aspen Art Museum attracted international notice when its striking new building, designed by Pritzker prize–winning architect Shigeru Ban, opened in 2014. The building, a modernist, latticelike cube, spills sunlight into an interior filled with provocative contemporary art.
Plus, the SO Café at the top of the museum features delicious food and drinks, views of Independence Pass, and in the summer, various evening entertainments, including Movies at the Museum, Jazz Aspen Snowmass café shows, dance performances and “Music with a View” collaborations with the Aspen Music Festival.
A wide variety of bands and singer-songwriters appear on the intimate stage at The Belly Up year-round. If you’d rather party with the see-and-be-seen set, try your luck at making it past the velvet rope outside the Escobar Aspen, or to be safe, reserve a table in advance. The club’s décor is reminiscent of the inside of an airplane — if the airplane were filled with neon decor, laser accents, pulsing DJ beats and dancing revelers.
Tune into Aspen’s Music Festivals
Almost 30 years ago, the Jazz in Marciac festival in southern France inspired music lovers in Aspen to create their own mountain music extravaganza, which has since expanded into a series of concerts in June and an open-air Labor Day festival that encourages crowds of 10,000 attendees to dance their cares away.
Today, Jazz Aspen Snowmass (JAS) has expanded to usher in a new format. The June Experience fills smaller downtown venues with live performances, allowing concertgoers to walk from one show to the next and catch multiple acts in one day.
Over the years, a variety of greats from a myriad of genres have played JAS, including Al Green, B.B. King, Bob Dylan, Michael Franti, Mumford and Sons, and the Roots.
Classical music lovers descend on Aspen each summer to attend the Aspen Music Festival and School, an eight-week season of performances and training of mostly young-adult musicians.
More than 400 classical music events fill the schedule and feature orchestras, solo and chamber music performances, opera productions, master classes and more.
Find Your Foodie Haven
Does food taste better at 8,000 feet? Maybe, especially after a day spent working up an appetite while hiking, biking and shopping in and around this Rocky Mountain town. But the talented chefs who create innovative feasts for foodies every June at the Food & Wine Classic don’t need any altitude assistance.
A pass to the festival buys savory meals and a chance to mingle with celebrity chefs, James Beard Award winners, Food & Wine Best New Chefs and champion cocktail mixologists.
Attendance is capped at 5,000, ensuring prime access to all pass holders. Tickets sell out months in advance, and events include wine seminars, cooking demonstrations and dinners in which chefs from across the country recreate the dining experiences of their signature restaurants.
The Sky Residences at W Aspen represent an exclusive shared ownership opportunity slope-side on Aspen Mountain. The Sky Residences are a limited collection of only six three-bedroom and five two-bedroom W-branded Residences. W Aspen is opening this Summer 2019.READ MORE >
What you can expect at the W Aspen
The W Aspen, built from scratch on the site of the former Sky Hotel, will open in mid-July after two years of construction. Curious? So were we. The hotel’s general manager, Greg Durrer, shared with us what to look for.
1. A striking egg-shape pod, designed to resemble a silver nugget, hangs suspended over the lobby. Inside the pod … a DJ booth.
2. Local celebrated architecture firm Rowland and Broughton designed the modern chalet; in-demand New York firm Nemaworkshop did all of the interiors.
3. The 8,000-square-foot rooftop pool area (or the Wet Deck, in W parlance) features a full bar, cabanas, firepits, an oversize hot tub, and the aforementioned pool, along with an up-close view of Aspen Mountain. Better yet, it’s open to the public.
4. Instead of parallel beds, double queen rooms have a tiered setup; along one wall, one bed sits behind the other, elevated on a platform that also provides extra storage for bulky items. The unique arrangement allows for more open floor space, too. Dance party, anyone?
5. 39°, which Durrer calls an “ultra-lounge,” evokes Aspen’s long-ago red-light district—located where the hotel now sits—with bordello-inspired décor trended up by craft cocktails and a menu of shareable eats. And, of course, the moniker reflects the name of the much-loved lounge and après-ski party spot in the Sky Hotel.READ MORE >
Aspen’s first major new hotel offering in a decade is scheduled to debut this summer, at the base of Aspen Mountain. Promising to cater to the cachet of Aspen-aspiring, affluent millennials, W Aspen’s modern chalet will also please locals with a chic public rooftop reminiscent of the property’s former iterations as the Sky Hotel and Aspen Club Lodge, both known for killer après scenes—no matter the season.
Marriott International (owner of the St. Regis and W luxury brands) now occupies both east and west sides of Aspen Mountain.
“Our strategy was to layer various stories of Aspen throughout,” says Anurag Nema, principal of Nemaworkshop of New York. “Mainly, we drew from Aspen’s history as a silver mining town [beginning in 1881]. This informed everything from the lobby lounge, guest room corridors, miner-style lamps and the illuminated dioramas found in each of the standard rooms to the metallic silver palette in the rooms.”
The opening of W Aspen brings the total of ski-in/ski-out hotels in Aspen to two. Its neighbor, The Little Nell, is the other.
“The iconic chalet style was first introduced to Aspen in the 1940s, and over time, the style has been slowly eroding,” says John Rowland, principal of Rowland+Broughton. “The opportunity to create a modern interpretation of the chalet speaks to Aspen’s ski heritage and the prominence of being at the base of the mountain.”
The WET Deck, W Aspen’s public rooftop, will feature a heated pool, hot tub, cabanas, fire pits, a dance floor, bar and 360-degree views—the perfect gathering spot for locals and visitors.
The Sky Residences offer 11 shared ownership units (six three-bedroom and five two-bedroom) on the property.
Anyone who remembers the 2017 ski season closing party at The Sky Hotel knows that what now stands in its place, the new W Aspen and The Sky Residences at W Aspen, has a lot to live up to. Specifically, a reputation as one of Aspen's foremost places for fun and frolic. (Its '80s iteration, the Aspen Club Lodge, held its own as well.)
Launching this summer as parent company Marriott International's only alpine resort escape property in the United States, the W Aspen and The Sky Residences at W Aspen promise a youthful, energetic vibe conviviality for locals and visitors alike. Aspen's historical and cultural legacy lives on, right at the outset.
"W Aspen and The Sky Residences at W Aspen are a great example of how the true spirit of a property can be maintained, while elevating the experiences of the next generation of travelers and residents," says John Rowland, of Rowland+Broughton, architects on the project. "The design concept of a modern ski chalet—including long, sloping rooflines—that was prevalent in Aspen when skiing was first introduced, links Aspen's past, present and future."
Interiors within the 88-room hotel and 11 W-branded fractional Residences feature bespoke furnishings, details and accents that speak to both Aspen's heritage and inherent decadence. Well-being of body, mind, and spirit, an ode to Aspen's historical credo, is addressed via a split-level living room-lounge, the 39° lounge (think high-style cocktails and light fare), topped off by the 8,000-square-foot WET Deck's heated pool and hot tub, fire pit and cabanas, and 360-degree town and Aspen Mountain views.READ MORE >
The opening of one of Aspen’s most anticipated hotels in years won’t make it in time for the Food & Wine Classic held June 14 to 16, with the launch now anticipated to be sometime in July.
“Construction is progressing very, very well,” said Greg Durrer, general manager of W Aspen and the Sky Residences at W Aspen, both of which are being built at the base of Aspen Mountain in the space most recently inhabited by Sky Hotel. The physical address is 709 E. Durant Ave.
“We’ll be opening in the early July time frame, but it’s hard to say exactly what day.”
The opening will come after ground was broken May 26, 2017. Washington, D.C.-based Northridge Capital LLC is partnering with Sarpa Development, run by Aspen developer John Sarpa, on the project. Bethesda, Maryland-based Marriott International owns the W Hotels brand, which debuted in 1998 in New York City. The luxury chain now has worldwide presence with 80 properties, and the Aspen location will mark its first slopeside property in North America.
Durrer said he expects the certificate of occupancy for W Aspen to be issued around the end of May.
W Aspen is considered a boutique hotel. It will have 88 guest rooms along with 11 residences spread over the building’s top floors — the fourth story on the west side, the third story on the east side.
The residences, comprised of six three-bedroom units and five two-bedroom units, come in one-tenth fractionals, ranging in price from approximately $550,000 to the mid $700,000s, according to R.J. Gallagher of Forte Aspen, which is handling marketing and sales for the Sky Residences.
“We have hard contracts on about 35 to 40% of our total inventory,” Gallagher said. “That’s very high.”
The new property will create roughly 140 to 160 full-time jobs, according to Durrer, a Marriott International employee since 1997. Durrer and his family moved to Aspen in August.
“I think that the overall design and architecture is a fantastic fit for the Aspen market,” he said of the hotel’s chalet-style design. The lodge’s interior elements will make a nod to Aspen’s past with inspiration drawn from Bauhaus artist Herbert Beyer as well as the Ute Indians, who had been settled in the Roaring Fork Valley for some 800 years before the mining prospectors arrived in 1879.
“There’s a wonderful historical context that’s woven into the design and architecture,” Sarpa said. “Upon walking in the front you’ll notice a iconic silver nugget suspended over the lobby.”
The hotel replaces the former 90-room Sky Hotel, a popular haunt for the local crowd in large part because of its slope-side, public pool.
The public also will be able to enjoy W Aspen’s rooftop patio bar with a pool and hot tub, fire pits, a dance floor, a cabana and panoramic views of Aspen Mountain, among other features.
“It’s really important to know that these are public spaces, just like it was at the Sky,” Sarpa said. “It’s open to everybody. … We know that it’s extremely important that our local community feels welcome and comfortable, and the people that come from all over the globe will love the fact they’re with the locals.”
New York City-based Fortress Investment Group LLC is providing construction financing, while the general contractor is Haselden Construction of Denver. Rowland+Broughton Architecture and Urban Design of Aspen is the architect, while Nemaworkshop of New York City is handling interior design. Bluegreen of Aspen is handling the landscape architecture. Vann Associates of Aspen is the project planner.READ MORE >
The June debut of W Aspen, the former Sky Hotel, got some love from a Forbes contributor who put it among his "most exciting hotels to open in 2019."
"The redeveloped property will feature some contemporary Colorado conceits, including an outdoor 'wet' deck with a pool, jacuzzi and fire pits plus a dance floor with views of Aspen Mountain," the article said. "There will also be an underground speakeasy, a restaurant called 39 Degrees 2, and a full-service ski shop on the premises. The hotel will have 88 guestrooms, including six suites and 11 fractional-ownership residences."READ MORE >
W Aspen: June 2019
Aspen’s former Sky Hotel is turning into a W this summer. The redeveloped property will feature some contemporary Colorado conceits, including an outdoor “Wet” deck with a pool, Jacuzzi and fire pits plus a dance floor with views of Aspen Mountain. There will also be an underground speakeasy, a restaurant called 39 Degrees 2, and a full-service ski shop on the premises. The hotel will have 88 guestrooms including six suites and 11 fractional-ownership residences.READ MORE >
A crew that was demolishing the Sky Hotel last year to make way for the new W Aspen property found some surprises like fake walls and a swimming pool foundation that no one knew existed.
But the most surreal of the crew’s discoveries, and illustrative of the property’s happening past, was a fully made-up hotel room with decor, linens and nightstands that were popular during the “Miami Vice” heyday of the 1980s when the Aspen Club Lodge, the Sky’s predecessor, was an après-ski epicenter. The room was tucked behind a side door to the old 39 Degrees bar’s bathroom.
“The bed was perfectly made up and there was a nightstand next to it. It was a vision of 1980, like you could spend the night there,” said RJ Gallagher, founder and managing partner of Forte Aspen, the firm managing the residential marketing and sales for The Sky Residences at W Aspen.
Gallagher and two associates spoke last week of the property’s progress, and how the developers are undeterred by what a slowdown in the global economy could potentially mean for sales of shares in the 11 fractional units that comprise The Sky Residences.
There will also be 88 hotel rooms available in the W Aspen, the first significant new construction at the base of Aspen Mountain since the last economic downturn. A mid-June 2019 opening date is targeted, according to general manager Greg Durrer.READ MORE >
With an eye on opening the W Hotel by 2019, developers began site work last week to prep for demolition of the slopeside Sky Hotel on Aspen Mountain.
The work signaled the end of a more than yearlong construction delay that was due to litigation with neighbors and financing obstacles for Washington, D.C.-based developer and Sky Hotel owner Northridge Capital, which is working with Aspen developer John Sarpa on the project.
Developers originally had hoped to break ground in April 2016 and open the hotel in time for the World Cup Finals held in March. Last week will have to do instead.
"We started our work on site on Tuesday and for the next few weeks will be putting up the sound fencing and getting the site ready for demolition," Sarpa said Friday in an email to The Aspen Times. "Demolition and then excavation will start soon thereafter."READ MORE >
Permit is issued to tear down and redevelop site of former Sky Hotel
A $56 million, 20-month-long construction project to tear down Aspen’s Sky Hotel and rebuild a new W Hotel kicked off on Thursday.
Project developers David Jackson of Washington, D.C.-based Northridge Capital and local representative John Sarpa said it’s been a long road to get to this point with a long road still ahead. They had initially planned to start construction one year ago, after receiving land use approval in early 2015.
“The extra year did wonders in tying up details and answering questions about how this will work,” Sarpa said.READ MORE >
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