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Gotta Go? Presenting the Best Hotel Bathrooms in Ski Country

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There's a reason every luxury hotel has a restroom in its lobby: demand equals supply, and great customer service dicates non-guests can use the facilities. Team Curbed Ski has logged its share of time living, playing, and partying in mountain towns, and we know that public bathrooms are multi-purpose. Besides the obvious, they serve as changing rooms and après-mountain places to freshen up. Our criteria are based on not just cool design and functionality, but maintenance, comfort, and privacy. Presenting the first-ever Curbed Ski guide to the best lobby bathrooms in ski country.

Note: The hotel restrooms are listed based on geography, not in any particular ranking. Don't see your special sanctuary on here? Shoot us an email or let us know in the comments.


· The 38 Essential Ski Town Hotels [Curbed Ski]
· Curbed Hotels Week 2014 [Curbed Ski]

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1. The St. Regis Aspen Resort

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315 E Dean St
Aspen, CO 81611
(970) 920-3300
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Curbed Ski has a great affinity for these mega-sized, marble-floored and counter-topped restrooms with full-wall stalls. Unless you’re in need of a quick pit stop, head to the lower ballroom level instead, as Aspen’s funky plumbing adds an unfortunate aroma to the main lobby restrooms near reception. That aside, on both levels the bathroom floors appear clean enough to eat off of (the prep counters at our local deli should look so good), water is solar-heated by rooftop panels, and soft washcloths and cushy embossed paper towels are in abundance. Note the downstairs restroom is larger, boasting 12 stalls and tightly louvered doors. There’s a well-lit “sitting area” ideal for touch-ups, and very little foot traffic.

2. Viceroy Snowmass

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130 Wood Rd
Snowmass Village, CO 81615
(970) 923-8000
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While the main lobby washrooms are pretty sweet, it’s the 3rd floor version you want (servicing Nest Public House gastropub and deck). The gorgeous, minimalist design includes funky, tiled marble walls in alternating hues of pistachio, sage, and white, a vast expanse of mirror, soothing lighting, and refined touches like marble pedestals beneath the sinks. The overall feeling is that you’re not so much in a public bathroom as a powder room in a (very large) private home. Even the toilet stalls are pretty, featuring the same tile backdrops, a handy shelf, and discreet-but-attractive louvered doors.

3. Hotel Jerome

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330 E Main St
Aspen, CO 81611
(970) 920-1000
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The lobby restrooms by the elevators may be small (just a handful of stalls with full walls) but they’re lovely in design, with wood paneling painted slate grey, white marble floors, and Oriental-influenced wallpaper. There’s also yummy, signature hand soap infused with botanicals like citrus, lavender, sage, Douglas fir, and black spruce (dry your mitts with washcloths or plush paper towels). The attention to detail make the most of a small space: two thumbs up.

4. St Julien Hotel & Spa

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900 Walnut St
Boulder, CO 80302
(720) 406-9696
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Since Boulder is the gateway to ski country, Curbed Ski couldn’t resist including this tranquil sanctuary. In true Boulder fashion, it’s a Zen place, with a tinkling (no pun intended) fountain, plants, and fully-enclosed stalls (beware the over-zealous autoflush toilets, however). Clean, quiet, and private for a highly-trafficked area, it’s great when you require a quick break from reality, or need to slip into your ski gear for the trek up I-70.

5. Washington School House Hotel

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543 Park Avenue
Park City, UT 84060
(435) 649-3800
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This stately, 19th century limestone schoolhouse (like many on this list, one of our 38 Essential Ski Town Hotels) was converted into a 12-room luxury boutique hotel in late 2011. While we’re a bit remiss to call the restrooms “public,” passerby are openly welcomed in to wander into the hotel and take in the stunning Shabby Chic-ish design. The interior features a mostly neutral palette of predominately white and grey tones, oak barn floors, Utah quartzite, and a carefully curated mix of antique furniture with quirky Western touches (painted antler chandeliers dripping with crystals; weathered farm tables). The single-occupancy restrooms are stunning, as well: “ice-white” marble, creamy wainscoting and walls, and fragrant Molton Brown liquid soap and lotion. This is the bathroom you long to have at home.

6. Four Seasons Resort Whistler

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4591 Blackcomb Way, Whistler
BC V0N 1B4, Canada
(604) 935-3400
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Sit and stay awhile, in this ground-level, marble-and-travertine tiled powder room, which includes a solid stone counter and mirror that just begs for touch-ups (slick on some lip balm, guys). The plentiful, fully-enclosed stalls are in a separate section from the sinks and three walls of mirrors. Soft, flattering light, a full-length entryway mirror, terrycloth hand towels, and L’Occitane hand soap and lotion (hooray!) ensure you leave feeling more put-together than when you arrived.

7. The Ritz-Carlton, Bachelor Gulch

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0130 Daybreak Ridge
Avon, CO 81620
(970) 748-6200
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Most everything at the Ritz-Carlton Bachelor Gulch is fancy and the bathrooms follow suit. If you're coming from the lifts, head through the lobby and turn left. The bathrooms are past the elevators. Expect large stalls, hand towels, and plenty of tissue and lotion to freshen up.

1. The St. Regis Aspen Resort

315 E Dean St, Aspen, CO 81611

Curbed Ski has a great affinity for these mega-sized, marble-floored and counter-topped restrooms with full-wall stalls. Unless you’re in need of a quick pit stop, head to the lower ballroom level instead, as Aspen’s funky plumbing adds an unfortunate aroma to the main lobby restrooms near reception. That aside, on both levels the bathroom floors appear clean enough to eat off of (the prep counters at our local deli should look so good), water is solar-heated by rooftop panels, and soft washcloths and cushy embossed paper towels are in abundance. Note the downstairs restroom is larger, boasting 12 stalls and tightly louvered doors. There’s a well-lit “sitting area” ideal for touch-ups, and very little foot traffic.

315 E Dean St
Aspen, CO 81611

2. Viceroy Snowmass

130 Wood Rd, Snowmass Village, CO 81615

While the main lobby washrooms are pretty sweet, it’s the 3rd floor version you want (servicing Nest Public House gastropub and deck). The gorgeous, minimalist design includes funky, tiled marble walls in alternating hues of pistachio, sage, and white, a vast expanse of mirror, soothing lighting, and refined touches like marble pedestals beneath the sinks. The overall feeling is that you’re not so much in a public bathroom as a powder room in a (very large) private home. Even the toilet stalls are pretty, featuring the same tile backdrops, a handy shelf, and discreet-but-attractive louvered doors.

130 Wood Rd
Snowmass Village, CO 81615

3. Hotel Jerome

330 E Main St, Aspen, CO 81611

The lobby restrooms by the elevators may be small (just a handful of stalls with full walls) but they’re lovely in design, with wood paneling painted slate grey, white marble floors, and Oriental-influenced wallpaper. There’s also yummy, signature hand soap infused with botanicals like citrus, lavender, sage, Douglas fir, and black spruce (dry your mitts with washcloths or plush paper towels). The attention to detail make the most of a small space: two thumbs up.

330 E Main St
Aspen, CO 81611

4. St Julien Hotel & Spa

900 Walnut St, Boulder, CO 80302

Since Boulder is the gateway to ski country, Curbed Ski couldn’t resist including this tranquil sanctuary. In true Boulder fashion, it’s a Zen place, with a tinkling (no pun intended) fountain, plants, and fully-enclosed stalls (beware the over-zealous autoflush toilets, however). Clean, quiet, and private for a highly-trafficked area, it’s great when you require a quick break from reality, or need to slip into your ski gear for the trek up I-70.

900 Walnut St
Boulder, CO 80302

5. Washington School House Hotel

543 Park Avenue, Park City, UT 84060

This stately, 19th century limestone schoolhouse (like many on this list, one of our 38 Essential Ski Town Hotels) was converted into a 12-room luxury boutique hotel in late 2011. While we’re a bit remiss to call the restrooms “public,” passerby are openly welcomed in to wander into the hotel and take in the stunning Shabby Chic-ish design. The interior features a mostly neutral palette of predominately white and grey tones, oak barn floors, Utah quartzite, and a carefully curated mix of antique furniture with quirky Western touches (painted antler chandeliers dripping with crystals; weathered farm tables). The single-occupancy restrooms are stunning, as well: “ice-white” marble, creamy wainscoting and walls, and fragrant Molton Brown liquid soap and lotion. This is the bathroom you long to have at home.

543 Park Avenue
Park City, UT 84060

6. Four Seasons Resort Whistler

4591 Blackcomb Way, Whistler, BC V0N 1B4, Canada

Sit and stay awhile, in this ground-level, marble-and-travertine tiled powder room, which includes a solid stone counter and mirror that just begs for touch-ups (slick on some lip balm, guys). The plentiful, fully-enclosed stalls are in a separate section from the sinks and three walls of mirrors. Soft, flattering light, a full-length entryway mirror, terrycloth hand towels, and L’Occitane hand soap and lotion (hooray!) ensure you leave feeling more put-together than when you arrived.

4591 Blackcomb Way, Whistler
BC V0N 1B4, Canada

7. The Ritz-Carlton, Bachelor Gulch

0130 Daybreak Ridge, Avon, CO 81620

Most everything at the Ritz-Carlton Bachelor Gulch is fancy and the bathrooms follow suit. If you're coming from the lifts, head through the lobby and turn left. The bathrooms are past the elevators. Expect large stalls, hand towels, and plenty of tissue and lotion to freshen up.

0130 Daybreak Ridge
Avon, CO 81620