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History and Heritage

Inside The Residence every wall tells a story, and the very building itself has been part of the Aspen community for over 130 years. The hotel opened its doors to guests in 1996 after being aesthetically curated by long-time Aspen native, Terry Butler.

Butler, whose life is like something out of an adventure novel; set out to create a place that any traveler could escape to, yet still get a sense of home. As a lifelong wanderlust, Butler’s voyages have taken her to far reaches of the globe, where she’s carefully collected the finest furniture, art and antiques to decorate the halls and rooms at The Residence. With this, the hotel is a true extension of a compelling woman who shares her passion for life, culture, adventure, and love with every guest who enters up the hotel’s stairs from prestigious Galena Street.

These are the things that make The Residence a pillar in the Aspen community, and even with two decades of loyal and distinguished guests that span from entertainers and athletes to artists and politicians, somehow the hotel still maintains a subtle mystique as the city’s hidden gem.