by amiee white beazley | December 1, 2009 | Lifestyle
The slopeside pool designed by Kelly Wearstler
Viceroy Snowmass is poised to redefine Snowmass Village. What was once Aspen’s quiet little sister is emerging as an attractive mountain town in its own right, and this hip hotel is ready to anchor the renaissance.
“We want to be the new face of Snowmass,” says Jeff David, the resort’s general manager. “We want to introduce a brand new culture.” Part of that experience, he says, is a keen attention to detail, such as the mix of modern and mountain architecture; signature music created specifically for and played continually throughout the hotel; and the staff’s “intuitive” customer service.
With a prime ski-in, ski-out location on Assay Hill, Viceroy has the vibe of a trendy urban hotel but offers the touches, quality and service of a luxury resort. “Hip and luxury have never been in the same sentence, and Viceroy merges that,” says David.
On target to receive LEED Silver designation, the Viceroy—with exterior design by Denver-based OZ Architecture—features 173 wholly owned condominiums that operate nightly as a hotel. Boasting scenic mountain views, the condos range from elegant studios to expansive four-bedroom units. The residence/hotel also includes a 9,000-square-foot conference-and-event space; the spa, which will be open to the public, follows a holistic wellness philosophy in an intimate, innovative setting.
Spa relaxation area
Visionary Jean-Michel Gathy spearheaded the interior design of Viceroy’s spa, rooms and public areas. Renowned for his international architecture with Asian touches, Gathy’s hotel interiors are dramatic
yet cozy, with rich earth tones mirroring the surrounding mountain environment. His design is encapsulated in the hotel’s signature fine-dining restaurant, featuring a glimmering exhibition kitchen, a stunning 87-foot glass bar and a lounge that spills into the lobby.
Contrasting Gathy’s dramatic design is the lighter aesthetic of Los Angeles-based designer Kelly Wearstler, who’s known for recasting classic elements in modern settings. She has brought her talent to the design scheme of Viceroy’s slopeside pool and pool café, dressing both spaces with her uniquely glamorous sensibility. Bright and light in whites, pale blues and greens, these areas are a dramatic
change from the rest of the hotel, providing the pool and café with their own story.
Nods to Snowmass Village’s unique character are found throughout the property, from faux pony-skin accessories in the rooms to Anderson Ranch resident artwork in the lobby.
“Guests want a sense of place,” explains David. “They value their vacations and want to know about the rodeo, what the history of the area is, the art, music, flavors. We try to bring all of that in and still maintain the luxury aspect.”
photographs by dennistoneinternational