A tribute to Aspen: Stonehill Taylor designs Limelight’s flagship hotel

Stonehill Taylor sensitively renovated Limelight Aspen to be fresh, light and welcoming environment that pays homage Aspen’s unique location’s dynamic past and vibrant present…

Large modern suite with window overlooking snowy mountain

Limelight Hotels tasked Stonehill Taylor to renovate its flagship property in the heart of downtown Aspen. The approximately 30,000 square-metre project encompassed all public spaces, including the lobby, lounge, meeting rooms, pool and fitness areas, and the restaurant and bar, in addition to the 120 guestrooms and six suites.

Luxury, contemporary bar in Aspen

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The design is a tribute to Aspen’s legacy as a place of innovation with reference to the discovery of silver and the subsequent use of ski lifts that made silver mining the city’s main industry, putting Aspen on the map. The design also nods to the area’s natural surroundings, notably the ‘Silver Queen’, the appearance of a reclining woman’s profile on the ridge of Aspen Mountain. The ‘Silver Queen’ remains an important part of local mythology.

Retail space inside hotel lobby

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The inspiration of the ‘Silver Queen’ manifests itself in graceful, layered textures and organic forms. The interiors have an industrial and modern yet playful spirit, reminiscent of an upscale chalet. The artful treatment of natural materials coupled with metallics and pops of bright colour firmly grounds the resort in a contemporary aesthetic. The palette is a neutral mix of earthy wood tones and lively accents that reflect the dynamism of the mountain lifestyle.

With a refined arrival experience, guests enter the property through a combined reception and retail space showcasing apparel and branded items. Amber-tinted glass, brushed bronze, and whitewashed oak create an atmosphere reminiscent of the golden glow of the sun setting over the mountain.

A wooden beamed ceiling and a pair of walnut reception pods are juxtaposed with grey silver-toned tiled flooring. In the back of the room, behind the reception pods, custom digital artwork will be displayed on an oversized TV screen. Collectively, these design elements convey a refined aesthetic.

To the left of the lobby is the living room space with dining and lounge furniture. Bright pops of colour are found in the upholstery and lamps. Blackened steel frames the fireplace. Overhead are custom chandeliers hanging from a walnut wood ceiling.

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The bar, which features metallic herringbone tiles, overflows into the restaurant and lounge area. With a copper-hued metal storage display unit and copper pendant lighting, the bar is awash in warm tones. The array of metallic finishes, which also include splashes of silver, tie back to the history of Aspen and the discovery of silver.

The feel of a modernised ski lodge continues into the typical guestroom. The bed, draped with a plaid blanket, is backed with a fully upholstered headboard and offset by nightstands and pendant lighting. White oak and walnut furnishings create an elegant effect, and each room has a collection of curated artwork.

Corner of bed and pendent light in guestroom

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Tucked in a corner of the room is a table flanked by banquette seating and a lounge chair for working or dining. Layered lines lend the carpet a three-dimensional quality, evocative of a snow flurry. A built-in kitchenette features a black Smeg refrigerator and a porcelain-tile backsplash and countertop.

Modern kitchenette in hotel in Aspen

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A sliding barn door opens to the bathroom. Large-format porcelain tiles and brushed champagne-hued hardware are used throughout the space to keep the design clean, simple and elegant. A floating cantilevered shelf in whitewashed oak sits under the sink.

Industrial style bathroom with LED light around the mirror

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In addition to the guestrooms, there are four different suite types: a penthouse suite with two bedrooms, two bathrooms, a fireplace, and a terrace; a casita suite; two Aspen suites; and two cathedral suites. Furnishings and finishes pull from the guest room selections but add an extra layer of luxury and sophistication with fabrics such as bouclé and plush faux fur. All suites boast a full customised kitchen, in addition to a separate living room space.

Stonehill Taylor previously renovated the Limelight Hotel in Snowmass Village, Colorado, using a similarly branded design language that the company plans to integrate into other locations in California and around the country.

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