Viewline and Wildwood hotels set to reopen in mid-December
There’s more than just a coat of fresh paint that arrives at one of Snowmass Village’s larger hotels – though most onlookers will have to wait until December to see for themselves what is going on behind the gates of the property formerly known as the Westin since last guests checked in in April.
The mainstay of the slopeside accommodation at Snowmass Shopping Center is now called “Viewline Resort Snowmass” and will operate as an independent hotel part of the Marriott Autograph collection.
It was acquired along with the Wildwood and Snowmass Conference Center for $ 70 million late last year and is managed by Davidson Hotels; the ownership structure also includes RGP Partners – a subsidiary of Ajax Holdings of Aspen – and High Street Real Estate of Atlanta, with the Zurich-based ACRON group as a financial partner.
The new name made its low-key debut this month in an announcement about an upcoming job fair and on a banner that now hangs outside the property opposite Fanny Hill; the conference center has been renamed the Viewline Event Center, but the Wildwood will retain its name when the properties reopen in a few months, according to a press release.
Both properties were closed just before the end of last ski season as teams work on nearly $ 40 million in renovations on the properties. The Gettys Group oversaw this work, the statement said.
The initial reopening targets were slated for Thanksgiving weekend when the ski lifts begin to operate in Snowmass, but resort general manager Jeffery Burrell is now considering an opening date by December 17, a- he said in a phone call this week.
Although it’s a bit later than originally expected, Burrell said that – ‘knock on wood’ – the renovations’ went incredibly, incredibly smoothly considering all the supply chain stories you hear in the news”. When delays occurred, the team was able to transfer the workforce to other projects on site to meet the schedule.
There hasn’t been much of a change to the exterior of either structure (despite a new coat of paint and other touch-ups), but the rooms, common areas, and other interior spaces have been redesigned. improved.
At Viewline Resort – housed in a building that has been around since the late 1960s, a decade older than the city was incorporated – renderings of the common areas show renovations date back to those early days of the Snowmass Mall.
“We took a lot of inspiration from the late 1960s when the hotel was originally opened. … You’re going to feel the energy of that time, but we’re not recreating the ’60s, if you will – just a few design influences and the mindset from which we create the service, ”said Burrell.
The rooms at the hotel and at the neighboring Wildwood aren’t as much of a throwback.
Several new food and beverage options will also debut. At Viewline, the tavern-style Stark’s Alpine Grill will serve American fare as a signature restaurant, connected by extension to the Lobby Bar, which will offer service on a three-level terrace. At the Wildwood, the Last Chair Bar and Restaurant will cultivate a slightly more casual vibe and is “really meant as a local hangout,” Burrell said.
In preparation for reopening, the two properties are looking to hire staff for more than 50 positions spanning nearly every department at both properties and will be hosting a career fair Monday at the Collectif in Base Village. Burrell said the hotels have invited former staff to return if they wish and have “a lot” to come back, but there are still many vacancies to be filled and positions will be offered locally at some candidates at the show.
“It’s a little more intimidating this year,” Burrell said. “But the buzz in the community and our current staff – we were really happy with the flow of applicants, quite honestly, pleasantly surprised.”