Skiing in Colorado is renowned throughout the world as a real adventure waiting to be had. Among the many ski towns, Aspen is one of the highest rated. And after a day on the slopes, travelers always need somewhere to kick back and relax. Here are the best places to stay.
The Little Nell
Ski area behind St Regis | © Paul Swansen/Flickr
The Little Nell
With five stars and five diamonds, this hotel is nestled amidst the beautiful Aspen landscape of snowcapped mountains and the sprawl of shops and buildings that make up the town. The Little Nell has ski-in, ski-out access to the slopes, meaning visitors can head straight for the comfort of this luxury establishment after a fun day carving through the snow. What’s more, the rooms here are all uniquely laid out and contain works of contemporary art, making an environment of truly high quality.
The Little Nell, 675 E Durant Ave, Aspen, CO, US, +1 970 920 4600
Relax in a contemporary version of Aspen’s Gilded Age mountainside manors at St Regis Aspen Resort. Rooms here are lavishly decorated with the warm browns and reds of the mountains and offer a great amount of services, including pet beds and blankets for travelers with dogs. At the same time, St Regis has a fabulous spa where visitors can treat themselves to a massage or unwind in the sauna after spending a day working hard on the slopes. Additionally, guests can discover the wealth of activities available through the hotel for really getting a taste of the Aspen area.
St. Regis Aspen Resort, 315 E Dean St, Aspen, CO, US, +1 970 920 3300
For an elevated experience of the Rocky Mountains, check out the historical landmark that is Aspen’s Hotel Jerome. The hotel was originally built in the 1880s by Jerome Wheeler, during Aspen’s boom years and has managed to stay in use to the present day. Some guests have remarked the hotel is haunted, yet this prospect has not deterred visitors from flocking to the crown jewel of Aspen. Hotel Jerome offers a variety of dining opportunities and hotel activities, such as cooking classes that make it stand apart from several other Aspen establishments.
Hotel Jerome, 330 E Main St, Aspen, CO, US, +1 855 331 7213
Limelight Hotel lobby | © RPerro/Flickr
Ski right into the Viceroy Snowmass, located at the base of the mountains in Base Village. The expansive and luxurious hotel is filled with delicious restaurants and bars while offering a comfortable setting for any traveler. Taking initiative to promote environmentalism, Viceroy Snowmass employs an extensive recycling system, uses power-saving light fixtures and encourages guests to participate in green practices by providing a free electric car charging station. Besides this, the hotel is a friendly place that is ready to meet the needs of guests at every turn.
130 Wood Rd, Snowmass Village, CO, United States, +1 970 923 8000
Aspen Meadows sign | © Joi Ito/Flickr
Welcoming and accommodating, this hotel eliminates the need for guests to rent vehicles by offering to transport visitors to and fro from not just the airport but also the heart of downtown Aspen. Limelight Hotel is a place of sleek glamour for those seeking rugged adventure or just a calm visit to the mountains. Guests to its modern interior benefit from guided ski and snowboard tours, free lift passes depending on the length of the stay, and access to delectable and dog-friendly dining venues just inside the hotel.
355 S Monarch St, Aspen, CO, United States, +1 970 925 3025
Set on 40 spacious acres of land nestled among the picturesque Rocky Mountains, travelers will discover this versatile and refreshing hotel. Aspen Meadows Resort features design in the historic 1949 Bauhaus style, where every room is equipped with floor-to-ceiling windows as well as space for working, resting and living. Besides the comfortable rooms and suites, the hotel also offers award-winning dining services that help make every vacation truly indulgent.
Aspen Meadows Resort, 845 Meadows Rd, Aspen, CO, US, +1 970 925 4240
Right in downtown Aspen, the quaint Innsbruck Hotel has every guest’s comfort at heart. The hotel is pleasantly not in the same expansive style as some of the other resorts around Aspen, which allows for the staff’s quality service and attention. Guests here can enjoy on-site laundry services, as well as a kitchen in the room to cook up a good old family dinner instead of heading out for the night. Every room is finely furnished with a modern touch that is at once both elegant and comforting
Innsbruck, 233 W Main St, Aspen, CO, US, +1 970 925 2980
Aspen Square Hotel
Amidst the warmth of the wood-burning fireplaces at the Aspen Square Hotel, travelers can take a break from the biting cold and frost of the mountains. This hotel is located right downtown, so when guests aren’t chilling in the cozy interior of the modern rooms or on thier private balconies, they can hit the town for all its alluring shops and restaurants. Take time to soak outdoors in the heated swimming pool and enjoy the frothing warmth of the two hot tubs after speeding down the pistes by day.
Aspen Square Hotel, 617 E Cooper Ave, Aspen, CO, US, +1 970 925 1000
Designed like a mountain cabin but with a contemporary twist, this hotel brings guests into a world of lavish rooms and tantalizingly good dining, all complete with a heated pool and spa, and access to the mountains for prime skiing. Sky Hotel is a friendly environment to have a good time in Aspen after skiing all day; the hotel is just a short walk from the shops of downtown, which makes for a nice convenience for those desiring to explore Aspen’s nightlife as well as its pistes!
Sky Hotel, 709 E Durant Ave, Aspen, CO, US, +1 970 925 6760
Explore the beautifully landscaped gardens that encircle this welcoming hotel and enjoy the presence of specialty water fixtures, aspen-lined paths and mountain flowers. The Gant is a gorgeous and contemporary hotel made up of various styles of suites that range in price, while still maintaining a high sense of quality. When not relaxing in rooms that are furnished with comfortable tables and chairs and equipped kitchens, guests can enjoy a drink at the hotel bar or grab a light meal at the hotel’s restaurant. Oh, and the pool is also a real bonus!
The Gant, 610 S W End St, Aspen, CO, US, +1 970 925 5000
By Michelle Schmid