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  • Mondrian SOHO – NYC

    9 Crosby St
    New York, NY 10013

    (212) 389-1000

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    Rate: Starts at $375 USD per night 

    Booked ViaJetsetter

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    When we come to New York, we spend a majority of our time in SOHO, East and West Village, Tribeca or the Lower East Side. We’ve stayed many different places, but the Mondrian SOHO is the perfect location if you’re planning on spending time in any of these areas.

    Location:
    The Mondrian sits on Crosby Street which is a relatively quiet street. If that’s possible in NYC. As you approach the hotel, it’s impossible to miss as it has a large greenery covered arched walkway at it’s entrance. It seems like thousands of people stop here everyday to get their photo taken in front of it.  Check in is actually on the second floor, above the bar.  It’s accessed by either elevator or stairs.  Doorman service is primarily on the Crosby Street side of the hotel, although you can also enter on Lafayette.

    It’s an easy walk to anywhere in SOHO and Chinatown from here, as well as to the East or West Village.  Within a block or two, there’s great restaurants, bars and shopping.

    Rooms:
    Rooms here face either Crosby Street or Lafayette Street which is on the opposite side of the hotel. Rooms on the Lafayette Street side tend to be quieter as there’s less traffic and the hotel sits further off the street. There are only about 12 rooms per floor, so traffic in the halls is somewhat limited.

    We stayed in a one bedroom suite. Rooms at the Mondrian are typical NYC sized, so don’t expect a lot of space. But of course you’re in New York, so who spends any time in their rooms anyway? Bathrooms are on the small side, but the shower has ample room and large windows. No tubs in most rooms here. Sinks sit outside the bathroom area. The one bedrooms suite has a small sitting area with decent sized sectional that’s mostly separated from the sleeping area. There’s a small closet, with just enough room to get around both sides of a king bed.  You gotta love blue, because that’s the theme at the Mondrian SOHO, but it’s tastefully done.  Rooms are well furnished.

    Facilities & Service:
    The service here was very good.  We had a sink issue in the bathroom that took a couple of calls to resolve, but it did get resolved.  There’s a separate concierge desk for local information.  Housekeeping did a great job of keeping the room spotless and at leaving extra towels when asked.

    The beautiful glass covered restaurant sits on the first floor in front of the hotel.  Resembling a large greenhouse, it’s chandeliers and front patio are exceptional.  We dined in for breakfast one morning and the food and service were great.  The breakfast menu is a bit short on selection, but you’ll easily find something that fits your needs.  There’s a crude and cocktail bar on the first level as well, where we had very good drinks and appetizers.  We didn’t get a chance to check out the rooftop bar, but we will on the next trip.

    Pros: Location and comfy rooms are the hallmark of the Mondrian SOHO.

    Cons:  You will spend a bit more here, but it’s the location that makes this an easy choice.

    Look for specials on various luxury discount sites, like Jetsetter, Vacationist or Luxury Link. Sometimes, discounts can be substantial.

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  • Parc 55 – San Francisco

    55 Cyril Magnin St
     San Francisco, CA 94102

    (415) 392-8000

    Hotel Website

    Rate: Starts at $249 USD per night 

    Booked Via: Jet Lux Inc.

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    Parc 55 is all about location, location, location.  That’s not to say that’s all it has going for it, because it’s not.  But if you’re looking for convenience, this is your place.  We’ve stayed here a couple of times and it’s a great fit for personal or business travel.

    Location:
    Parc 55 is just steps from the Powell Street BART station.  Literally, steps.  From the time you get off the BART, to the time you walk through the hotel door is less than five minutes.  It’s also less than a 5 minute walk to Union Square or to the edge of SOMA (South of Market).  You just can’t beat the location.

    Rooms:
    You’re definitely better off here with rooms on higher floors as the first 5-10 floors can get a lot of street noise, even if the windows are closed.  The Parc 55 also has some unique “semi-corner” rooms, with a bit of extra space, but bathrooms at odd angles.  During our stay, we had one of these rooms.

    Rooms are well appointed.  There’s a large desk and plenty of outlets around the room.  They also have outlets near the bed, so it’s easy to work on your laptop or iPad without having to it at the desk.  You have plenty of pillows to choose from on the bed, as well as an easy to use alarm clock.  The bathrooms in the “semi-corner” rooms are larger than most.

    Facilities & Service:
    Service at the Parc 55 was very good.  The front desk check in was quick and the concierge and bell desk staff were very helpful.  Because of the location of the hotel on a busy corner, it can sometimes be difficult to hail a cab.  The Parc 55 staff jumped to the task and took the pain out of the process.

    Fitness facilities here have recently been upgraded.  While we didn’t have a chance to check them out, a look at their website will give you an idea of what to expect.  There’s a bar and restaurant located near the main lobby on the second floor.  It’s packed both morning and night.

    Pros: Location, location.  Great for business or personal travel.  Comfortable rooms.

    Cons: Lower floor rooms can pickup quite a bit of noise from the street, depending upon which side of the hotel you’re staying on.

  • Hotel Corque – Solvang, CA

    400 Alisal Road
    Solvang, California 93464
    (800) 624-5572

    Hotel Website

    Rate: Starts at $219 USD per night 

    Booked Via: Hotel Corque

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    Hotel Corque is one of the nicer hotels in the Solvang area.  Owned by the Santa Ynez band of the Chumash indian tribe, the hotel is modern, quiet, with a great location.  It’s a perfect hub for your visit to wine country.

    Location:
    Hotel Corque is on one end of Solvang, on Alisal Rd, right off Route 246.  The hotel sits directly behind the Santa Ynez Mission.  It’s easy to walk from the hotel to anywhere in Solvang and has easy access to the main route in and out of town.

    Rooms:
    Rooms here are fairly nice and very clean.  They aren’t overly special, but are large in size and nicely furnished.  Rooms facing the poolside courtyard have sliding glass doors and a nice sized deck.  Rooms facing the street are windows only, with no patios.  Beds were comfy and the rooms quiet.  Bathrooms were fairly large with double sinks.  A nice touch is that the sinks were separated, one on each side of the bathroom.  That made it easy for two people to get ready at the same time.  Housekeeping did a great job of cleaning the room each day and keeping bathrooms stocked with plenty of towels.

    Facilities & Service:
    The hotel has a large pool, with a newly constructed cabanas.  The pool is good sized with a large concrete area surround that has lounge chairs.  There’s also an in-ground spa that holds up to 10 people.  Valet parking is available, however the hotel parking lot wraps around the hotel, so you’re never far from an entrance door.  There’s a complimentary shuttle that runs to the Chumash Casino multiple times an hour.  The lobby has a large fireplace with plenty of seating area that’s a nice way to warm up on a cool, central California day.

    All of the hotel staff here is very pleasant.  Check in was quick and efficient and the front desk staff and concierge are very familiar with the surrounding area.

    Next door to the hotel is Root 246, a great restaurant and bar.  Our review of that is here.

    Pros: One of the nicer places to stay in Solvang.  Close proximity to the towns of Los Olivos, Santa Ynez, Buellton and Lompoc, along with all of the associated wineries makes this a perfect location.

    Cons: Based upon the time of year when you stay, rates can be a bit on the high side for the quality of the hotel.  But, it beats staying in Santa Barbara if wine country is your thing.

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  • Inn of the Five Graces, Santa Fe, NM

    150 East De Vargas Street
    Santa Fe, NM 87501

    (505) 992-0957

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    Relais & Chateaux  

    Rates: $300-$900 per night depending upon room

    Our Rate:  $335 for room with a rack rate of $750 per night

    Booked Via: Direct

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    The Inn of the Five Graces is simply put, amazing.  24 unique rooms, no two alike,  spread on both sides of the street in a myriad of historic buildings, dating back to the 1600s. Another big plus is free parking (almost impossible to find in downtown Santa Fe) and a no gratuity policy.

    Location
    If you’ve been to Santa Fe before, you’ll wonder how you ever missed this place just three blocks from the square. Sitting just off Old Santa Fe Trail, the signs are off of the street, so it’s difficult to spot.  That’s part of the magic of this place.  Secluded, yet walking distance to everything that is Santa Fe, including not only the historic square, but also the Canyon Road art district.  The street running directly in front of the hotel is one way, so the best thing to do is map it out before you leave.  It can be the hardest, easiest place to find.

    Rooms
    Out of the 24 rooms, no two are the same.  Some are single rooms of smaller size, while other larger rooms actually are multi-room suites with small kitchens and two baths.  Each room is uniquely furnished with antiques from the owner’s huge antique shop, located near the square (Seret’s).  Rooms are located in several small buildings along two sides of the street.  Some buildings have one or two rooms, while others have 6 or 8.  Most rooms share a courtyard and some have multiple entrances.  Upon arrival, we were upgraded to the Cottonwood Suite, which included a bedroom with bath, small kitchen, 1/4 bath and a large living area.  A stone-covered traditional kiva type fireplace was located in the living area and a wood burning stove was located in the bedroom.  Some rooms are located in adobe style buildings dating back to the 1600s, with walls over 12-18″ thick.  It makes for a quiet retreat and also stays very temperate, no matter what the weather outside.  The Five Graces also allows pets with a nightly charge.  Rooms include all of the amenities, including DVD player, CD/iPhone/iPod player and TV.  Fully stocked mini-bars (non-alcoholic) are included in the room rate.  You’ll find a wide selection of soft drinks, candy bars, snack bars and bottled water refreshed daily.

    Facilities
    In the main reception building, there’s several large sitting/relaxation areas with large overstuffed chairs and sofas.  There are computers that you can use as well as a couple of large TVs and a fireplace.  Also in the same building is the breakfast area.  Breakfast is included in most room rates and the selection of items is typical.  The bonus here is that you can order as much as you want from the menu.  Plus, if they can, they’ll also create a non-menu dish if you like with a bit of notice.  Right outside the breakfast area is a large courtyard, where in nice weather, you can dine outside.  The hotel also serves drinks throughout the day.  There is a new, modern exercise room located in a separate building.  It’s small, but all of the equipment is new.  Spa services are also available at the hotel, on a pre-reserved basis.  We had a massage while we were here and it was very, very good.  They use a large, quite room, well appointed and larger than most treatment rooms.  The hotel is associated with a restaurant located directly across the street, 315 Bistro.  You can order room service or take a short 2 minute walk and dine in.

    Staff
    Everyone here was extremely pleasant and helpful.  Almost everyone knows you by name, even if you’ve never seen them before.  The staff has a vast knowledge of the Santa Fe area and can recommend things to do and sights to see.

    Pros
    Just about everything.  There really isn’t any reason you shouldn’t stay here.  Five Graces has just about everything you could want or need.

    Cons
    One downside, can be cost.  In high season, this place is extremely popular and discounts are few and far between.

    Book for dates in the off season, November – April for significant discounts on rooms.

    You can see our photo album of Santa Fe by clicking here.  Below are some photos of the Inn of Five Graces.

  • Trump Las Vegas – Las Vegas, NV

    2000 Fashion Show Drive
    Las Vegas, NV 89109

    702-982-0000

    One Bedroom Corner Suite:
    Rack Rate: $379 per night + tax
    Our Rate: $164 per night + tax
    (PrePay Rate)

    Booked Via: Hotel Website

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    If you’re looking for 5 star accommodations at a 3 star price, the Trump Las Vegas is your place.  Close to everything in the central part of the strip and just steps from the Fashion Show mall, you can’t go wrong.  It’s also one of the few hotels on the strip that is completely non-smoking and has no casino.

    Location: The Trump is located about a block off of the strip, across from Nordstrom at the Fashion Show Mall. It’s less than a three minute walk from the Encore/Wynn complex.   I-15 runs about a block behind the hotel.  

    Rooms: Rooms here are perfectly sized and well appointed.  Originally planned as a condo complex, all rooms have a small kitchen including stove,refrigerator, dishwasher and bar. We stayed in a 1 BR corner suite that had views of the strip and downtown.  Each corner suite has a small entrance foyer, small dining area with 4 seat dining table, corner sectional, flat screen TV and a small 3/4 bath off of the kitchen.  The large bedroom is separate and had two closets, along with flat screen TV and sitting area.  The bathroom is huge.  It’s almost the same size as the bedroom itself.  A large soaking tub with a large picture window, along with double sinks, separate shower and toilet areas give you a ton of space.  Rooms were super quiet.  If you want turn-down service, you do need to request it.

    Facilities: The hotel has a fairly decent size pool along with plenty of chairs and outdoor seating.  A large exercise room with free weights and exercise equipment give you plenty of workout options.  There’s also a small spa, along with a restaurant and bar.  Your resort fee does include free wi-fi throughout the hotel.  The entire hotel is non-smoking and there is no casino.  The lobby is huge and it’s very quick and easy to check-in and out compared to other properties in Las Vegas.  Compared to other Las Vegas hotels, we never had to wait more than a minute for elevator service.

    Staff: Staff were great.  They were always willing to assist.  Doormen were quick to get taxi service as well as greet you when you return.  Restaurant service was quick at both breakfast and lunch.  

    Pros: Great service, large rooms and great location on the strip. Entirely non-smoking hotel.

    Cons: There really aren’t any cons to staying at the Trump in Las Vegas.  The only one that may be a “con” for some people is that there is no on-site casino.

    You can get better rates via the hotel website on stays of 3 nights or longer.

  • Hotel Andra – Seattle, WA

    2000 Fourth Avenue
    Seattle, WA  98121

    (206) 448-8600

    Luxe Suite:
    Rack Rate: $299 per night + tax
    Our Rate: $169 per night + tax
    (PrePay Rate)

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    The Hotel Andra is a boutique hotel located near Seattle Center on the edge of the Belltown neighborhood in downtown Seattle.  We’ve also stayed at their sister property in Portland, the Hotel Modera.  Both are great places to stay when you’re in either city.

    The Hotel Andra is a SLH (Small Luxury Hotel) located in the heart of downtown.  It’s in a 10 story refurbished building right on the corner of 4th & Seneca.  You’re within a 5 minute walk of shopping at Seattle Center, Pike Place Market and the best of Seattle’s restaurant scene.

    We booked a discounted weekend rate of $160 per night via the hotel’s website.  Our room was a “luxe suite” located on a corner of the building on the 10th floor.  Since the building is over 50 years old, rooms here can be a bit smaller than most. Luckily, our suite was comprised of two rooms.  A separate sitting are with full size desk, couch and plenty of room to spread out was separated with double doors from the bedroom area.  The bedroom was equipped with a large, king size platform bed and small closet.  Bathrooms here are very small in comparison to most hotels.  The bathroom is a shower only (albeit oversized), plus toilet and small sink.  There is a small shelf to keep your travel items close by.  Across from the bathroom is a small dressing area with full size closet and safe.  Rooms are furnished with modern european style furniture and styling.  Flat panel TVs are in both the sitting room and bedroom area.

    Check-in and check out was easy and simple.  Valet parking is available for a rather steep $30 per day.  It may be cheaper to park in local parking garages that are within a block of the hotel, if you don’t need someone to park your vehicle.

    Hotel Andra has Lola, a Tom Douglas restaurant located on-site.  Lola serves breakfast, lunch and dinner featuring greek/mediterranean fare.  Prices are a bit on the high side, but you can beat the convenience.  There’s also an Italian restaurant located right next door and Dahlia Bakery, Dahlia Lounge and Serious Pie are located directly across the street.  Other dining options abound within a 5-10 minute walk of the hotel.  The Pike Place Market is a short 5 minute walk from the hotel as is the Seattle Center shopping complex.

    Overall we really enjoyed our stay at Hotel Andra.  You can’t beat it for location and the convenience of being able to walk to most places in the core downtown area of Seattle.

    IAH TIP:  Is the Hotel Andra haunted by ghosts of the past?  Check out this article and maybe you can find out during your stay.

     

  • Trump SOHO – NYC

    246 Spring Street
    New York, NY 10013

    (212) 842-5500

    Subway: Spring St.

    Deluxe King Room:
    Rack Rate: $595 per night + tax
    Our Rate: $399 per night + tax
    (PrePay Rate)

    Booked ViaJet Luxury Resorts

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    We really liked the Trump SOHO.  The website gives you the impression that the hotel is much larger than it really is.  With about 8 rooms per floor, it’s not huge.  But, it has everything anyone could need and it’s close to shopping and great places to eat.

    Location: You can’t beat the location of the Trump SOHO.  At the intersection of SOHO, Tribeca and the West Village, it’s close to just about everything you could ever want to do.  It’s also the tallest building around, so you can’t miss it.  From LaGuardia in average traffic, it’s about 35 minutes via the Williamsburg Bridge.  Subway stops are less than 3 minutes walk.

    Rooms: Rooms here are very spacious for NYC.  At just over 400 sq feet, the bathrooms are almost as big as the room itself.  Well laid out, there’s a good sized desk, full size sofa and floor to ceiling windows.  We were on the 22nd floor, so we had views across SOHO to the Lower East Side and the Williamsburg Bridge.  You could also look towards midtown and see the Empire State Building.  There’s a large soaking tub, dual vanities and walk in shower.  Closet space is the only things that’s limited here.  If you’re bringing more than 4-5 days of clothes for two that need to be hung, you may be disappointed.  You can control everything in the room via the TV remote control including heating/AC, curtains, etc.  WIth only 8 rooms on each floor, noise outside the rooms is minimal.

    Facilities: The hotel has a great spa and the only personal Turkish Hammam’s in NYC.  We’ve covered that in a separate review.  The lobby has plenty of seating areas and there’s also a great on-site restaurant, Quattro and also a bar called Kastel that turns into a night club after 11PM.  We didn’t try Quattro, but we did visit Kastel earlier in the afternoon for happy hour.  It opens at 5PM and is fairly small.  If you had 100 people in here, you’d be claustrophobic.  Drinks were phenomenal, but a bit high priced even for NYC.  Average prices were $18-$25 each.

    Staff: Staff were nice and helpful.  Bar staff were very helpful and always made sure we had what we needed.  Housekeeping was prompt and we received turn down service every night.

    Pros: Good service, large rooms and location, location, location.

    Cons: Even with 4 elevators, there can be a bit of a wait during busy periods.  Cab drivers have a hard time finding the hotel, so it’s a good idea to make sure you take the cross street address with you when you’re out and about.

    IAH TIP:  Jet Luxury Resorts “owns” a block of rooms with better rates than booking with the hotel direct.  They also have great last minute deals.

     

     

  • Inn at Loretto, Santa Fe, NM

    211 Old Santa Fe Trail
    Santa Fe, NM 87501-2184

    (505) 988-5531

    Deluxe King Room:
    Rack Rate: $300 per night + tax
    Our Rate: $155 per night + tax
    (PrePay Rate)

    Booked Via: Jetsetter

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    If you’re looking for a nice hotel within walking distance of just about everything in downtown Santa Fe, the Inn at Loretto is an excellent choice.  An AAA 4-Diamond property, as well as having been on Travel & Leisures Top 100 hotel list, the Inn at Loretto lives up to expectations.

    Location: The Inn at Loretto is just two blocks off of the main plaza in Santa Fe.  You’re less than 5 minutes away from shops, restaurants, and most of the historical sights downtown.  If you’re arriving by car from I-25, it takes about 15-20 minutes to get to the hotel.  From Albuquerque, it’s a bit over an hour to the northwest.

    Rooms: Rooms here are very good sized, especially if you go with the Deluxe rooms.  Most of those have sitting areas and some with balconies.  Beds are extremely comfortable and the rooms are well appointed.  Bathrooms are just a touch on the small side, but still adequate.  One thing that is nice here is that rooms are very quiet.  Due to the thick adobe-style walls, you’ll barely hear a peep from anywhere.  Some rooms on the first level have small outdoor patios facing the parking lot.  There are only one or two elevator banks in this hotel, so some rooms can be rather far away for some guests.  The Inn is pet-friendly and charges $25 per stay per pet, up to two.

    Facilities: The hotel has a pool, exercise room and full-service spa.  There’s a huge bar area just off the main lobby and the on-site restaurant is Lumenaria.  We were only able to have breakfast at Lumenaria, but if their breakfast was any indication of what lunch or dinner is like, it’s phenomenal.  Parking is via valet.  The entire hotel and parking area is enclosed by a wall around the perimeter.

    Staff: Staff was great from the valet and check-in to the restaurant.

    Pros: Best location in town, ultra quiet rooms and great restaurant.

    Cons: None.

    Occasionally the hotel has special rates on Jetsetter.

     

  • Mandarin Oriental, Washington, DC

    1330 Maryland Avenue Southwest
    Washington D.C., DC 20024

    (202) 554-8588

    www.mandarinoriental.com

    Deluxe Water View Room:

    Rack Rate: $315 per night + tax
    Our Rate: $255 per night + tax
    (Discounted, Event Rate)

    Booked Via: Direct w/Hotel

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    We’ve been to the Mandarin Oriental DC several times.  If you’ve never stayed at a Mandarin before, you’re in for a great experience.  We’ve also stayed at the Mandarin in San Francisco, Singapore and Kuala Lumpur and we’ve always had consistently good experiences and the DC outpost didn’t disappoint.

    Location: The Mandarin is located just a short 10 minute walk from the National Mall, very near the Smithsonian.  Directly across the highway is the Jefferson Memorial.  It’s also near two Metro stops.  L’Enfant Plaza is the closest, with the Smithsonian stop just a bit further away.  One disadvantage is that there aren’t many shops or restaurants near the hotel.  While there is a Starbucks, sandwich shop and CVS right across the street, you’ll be headed to the Metro or a good 15-20 minute walk to other shops or restaurants.

    Rooms: Rooms here are average sized and very well appointed.  Beds are very comfortable and they all have the “signature” Mandarin bathroom.  It consists of a large soaker tub, separate shower with marble throughout.  Bathrooms here tend to be larger than in most other hotels.  Rooms on the Tai Pan club floor tend to be a few square foot larger, plus you’ll also have access to free breakfast, happy hour and all day snacks.  All rooms have large windows, a spacious work area, flat screen TV and plenty of outlets to connect your electronics.

    Facilities: The hotel has two highly rated restaurants.  For less formal fare, Sou’Wester is the hotels more casual dining spot serving breakfast, lunch and dinner.  CityZen, open for dinner only, is one of the DC areas most highly ranked restaurants.  Advance reservations are highly recommended, even if you’re a guest in the hotel.  There’s also the Empress Lounge, located in a large open area right inside the hotel entrance and a small coffee shop just off the check-in area.  Also on-site is a sensational spa and workout facility, which has a separate review here.

    Staff: Everyone at the hotel from the doorman and front desk staff, to the maids are always very friendly and helpful.  During our stay we did have a small concern at the Spa.  The issue was resolved quickly and very professionally.

    Pros: Great rooms, great spa and five star treatment.

    Cons: Restaurants and stores are a 20 minute walk or metro ride away.

    The spa and restaurants are popular, so if you’re planning a visit to either, reserve early.
     

     

  • Hotel Jerome – Aspen, CO

    330 East Main Street
    Aspen, CO 81611

    (970) 920-1000

    www.hoteljerome.com

    Junior King Suite (High Season):
    Rack Rate: $839 per night + tax
    Our Rate: $324 per night + tax
    (prepay, non-cancellable)

    Booked ViaJetsetter

     

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    We’ve stayed twice at the Hotel Jerome over the past three years.  Once in low season and this time in high season. Unfortunately, our hearts weren’t won over either time.  Owned by Rock Resorts, it’s a 4-Diamond AAA property.  How they earn that award, we’re not sure.  There are many better options for places to stay in this price range or less.

    Location: Hotel Jerome is located on Aspen’s Main Street.  If you’re unfamiliar with Aspen, the most popular part of town sits on one side of Main Street.  Everything from Hotel Jerome is within walking distance.  Ajax Mountain, the main ski mountain in Aspen is about a 10 minute walk of 7-8 blocks.  The hotel offers free transportation to and from the mountain.

    Rooms at Hotel Jerome

    Rooms: One positive thing that the Jerome has going for it is room size.  Even standard rooms are around 500 sq feet, so there’s plenty of room to spread out.  The original part of the hotel was built in 1889.  In the early 1980s, a wing with additional rooms and ballrooms were added.  Rooms are available in both sections of the hotel.

    Rooms at Hotel Jerome

    Rooms are appointed in Victorian style, as is the rest of the hotel.  The look and feel of the rooms is not for everyone.  Rooms have tons of storage space, both in the form of closets and dressers.  Furniture and beds are “well worn”.  The bathrooms are large and well appointed.  Luckily, the hotel has added flat screen hotels in every room to at least attempt to look somewhat updated.  We found out the hard way that heating and air conditioning in the hotel are “seasonal”.  If you’re there during a warm day in the Spring, you won’t have AC.  Stay there during a cold spell in the Summer and you won’t have heat.

    Facilities: The hotel has an average sized pool and two small outdoor jacuzzis, all surrounded by a large deck.  There are two bars located inside the hotel, The Library, a small, quiet bar and the J-Bar, which has a more sports bar feel.  Breakfast, lunch and dinner is served in the Garden Terrace.  We ate breakfast on one day and it was just OK.  A small, simple buffet was $15.  Based upon what you received for the money, it was a bit overpriced, even by Aspen standards.  Valet parking is available.

    Staff: Front desk and valet staff were very nice.  They were always willing and able to help with any request.  Service was better in the J-Bar during this visit than our previous one.

    Other: While the hotel bills itself as a “resort”, don’t be misled.  It’s a basic hotel.  They may choose to call it a resort so they can charge you a $30 daily “resort fee”.  We hate “add-on”fees.  Just include it in the rate.  What do you get for the $30 per day?  Valet parking, internet access, use of the business center and in-town transportation.

    Pros: Large rooms and friendly service.

    Cons: An old, tired hotel on the edge of town of 3 star quality with 5+ star pricing.

    When we saw the Jerome on Jetsetter, we thought we’d give it another try.  When your in the price range, even with the substantial discount, there are many better alternatives in Aspen that are closer to the ski area, as well as being in the heart of the popular places in town.  While the service at the Jerome was good, other hotels go above and beyond.  Next time, we’ll put our money elsewhere.

    If you want a good nights rest, make sure you request a room far away from the ball room/conference area.