Aspen’s iconic Hotel Jerome has a new owner.
Houston businessman Dan Friedkin closed on his purchase of the Main Street lodge Monday following negotiations that begun in the fall. The seller was Chicago-based DRW Real Estate. The price of the transaction was not immediately available.
The sale won’t translate into an overhaul of management, staff or operations, said Tony DiLucia, the hotel’s general manager.
That’s because Friedkin is the majority owner and chairman of the board of Auberge Resorts Collection, a California-based company that manages high-end hotels that include Hotel Jerome.
In a statement about the purchase, Friedkin said, “My family and I have enjoyed many years of visiting and owning residences in Aspen, and it’s a very special place to me personally. I could not be more pleased to welcome Hotel Jerome into our investment portfolio. It has an enviable and storied history as a landmark American hotel, and it is most certainly one of the flagship properties of the Auberge Resorts Collection.”
Don Wilson, managing partner of DRW, said: “We fully support Dan Friedkin and Auberge Resorts in this transition. Under Dan’s stewardship and Auberge’s management, Hotel Jerome has a very bright future.”
Under Wilson’s ownership, the 93-room hotel, which spans more than 113,000 square feet, underwent a major renovation in 2012.
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