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Location: Aspen, Colorado
On Offer: With its legendary architecture by Herbert Beyer, Aspen is among the world’s great hubs of Bauhaus design—an under-heralded legacy Post Company looks to revive with its new Mollie Aspen hotel, an homage to the town’s resident talent. The building’s rectangular form lends a touch of rationality to Main Street, as its two-story, wood-clad facade condenses into a single story on its west axis, scaled to greet the neighboring Victorian homes. The rocky Elk Mountains and Maroon Bells that rise around the 68-key stay find reference inside, lending its hue to the rock used throughout, complimenting the brick and sustainably harvested Radiata pine siding they laid vertically and in random widths.
Standout Amenities: Post Company looked to the work of another Bauhaus legend, Anni Albers, as inspiration for the branding and graphics; her influence might also be felt in the large-scale textile piece by Rachel Snack that defines the lobby. Mollie’s solar array keeps each room feel welcoming via energy-efficient heat pumps. Guests seeking solar power of their own might sun themselves on the rooftop pool and terrace, both with unobstructed 180-degree views of Aspen mountain, before refueling with a Mollie Old Fashioned and Niman Ranch strip steak at the restaurant MOLLIE, the latest offering from Death & Co.’s group Gin & Luck.