First North American W Mountain Escape opens

W Aspen and The Sky Residences at W Aspen includes 88 guestrooms, five suites and 11 W-branded residences. Photo credit: Marriott International

The W Aspen and The Sky Residences at W Aspen opened in Aspen, Colo., marking the second W Mountain Escape globally and first in North America. The property, owned by Northridge Capital, features 88 guestrooms, five suites and 11 W-branded residences.

W Aspen is a ski-in/ski-out resort located slope-side on Aspen Mountain at the site of the former Sky Hotel. Northridge Capital owned the former hotel for 16 years and co-developed the new W-branded property with local partner Sarpa Development. Interior design firm Nemaworkshop and Aspen-based architects Rowland + Broughton designed the hotel alongside the W brand’s team.

“After more than five years of hard work, we are thrilled to finally be opening the W Aspen for the enjoyment of its guests and the local community, and grateful to our partners at W Hotels, Haselden Construction, and too many other team members to name for their tireless efforts to reach this goal,” Dave Jackson, Northridge’s owner and president, said in a statement.

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The property includes a year-round Wet Deck with a heated pool, a hot tub, fire pits, cabanas, a full bar, a dance floor and a DJ booth. The former Sky Hotel’s 39 Degrees bar also will return as a cocktail lounge.

Northridge Capital is a Washington, D.C.-based real estate management firm. Since its founding in 1997, it has invested in more than 50 assets on behalf of its investors with a combined acquisition value of approximately $1.25 billion.

Marriott International’s W Hotels brand consists of more than 50 hotels. W Aspen follows W Verbier in the Swiss Alps as the brand’s second W Mountain Escape globally.