Kimpton’s Sky Hotel Aspen, Colorado has been approved for demolition. The reconstructed hotel will be branded as W Hotel Aspen with Starwood Hotels. The owners of the 50-year old Aspen Sky Hotel managed by Kimpton Hotels have announced the hotel demolition will be delayed for one year. Factors cited for the delay are more time to develop the complexity of construction drawings for the new W hotel and a lack of hotel rooms in Aspen for the FIS Alpine Skiing World Cup Finals in March 2017.
Aspen City Council approved the plans last year to double the size of the hotel and increase the room count from 90 to 104. Eleven units will be time-share condos. The hotel plans call for a rooftop bar and pool.
In January 2016, W Hotels was announced as the new brand for the hotel project. Kimpton Hotels has managed the property for 14 years and Sky Hotel will continue as a Kimpton Hotel until the demolition in 2017.
W Hotel Aspen is scheduled for opening around December 2018.
I visited the Sky Hotel Aspen in 2010, but apparently I never wrote a hotel review. I did find some of my hotel photos in this 2012 post.
Loyalty Traveler – Kimpton March-April discounts for Aspen, Denver and Salt Lake City (March 15, 2012)
I have written a hotel review for St. Regis Aspen from a stay there several years ago. Even with a free hotel night, I was not impressed with that property at the time when it was undergoing renovations and the pool area was closed in summer. A W Hotel should provide a nice contrast to the traditional St. Regis Aspen ski lodge experience.
Loyalty Traveler – St. Regis Aspen – Too late to cancel (July 25, 2011).
Source: Aspen Daily News (March 11, 2016)