This 125-year-old Aspen icon has a storied past: in the 1970’s Hunter S. Thompson was a regular at the hotel’s J Bar; 19th-century silver miners used the property as a boarding house; ghosts are said to haunt the place. Now a multimillion-dollar overhaul opens a shiny new chapter. While the Victorian red-brick façade remains, the common areas offer a playful take on the Old West: tufted leather sofas and mounted deer heads are juxtaposed with modern accents such as black-and-white cowhide rugs and crystal obelisks. The theme extends to the guest rooms, filled with vintage-inspired tree-stump lamps, plaid steamer-trunk dressers, and chairs upholstered in tartans and pinstripes. Add to all this the jaw-dropping mountain views and a lively après-ski scene, and Hotel Jerome is poised for a new golden era.