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Since the 1940s, Aspen, Colorado has been known as a popular ski resort town in the winter, and has the charm of a small village with an outstanding culinary and arts scene. In the summer months, Aspen is an outdoor-enthusiasts dream with rolling rivers for kayaking and peaceful mountain trails for hiking and biking. The area is also known for its luxurious hotels that pamper weary travelers after a day spent in the mountains – at a hefty price tag. Here are the best hotels in Aspen for an unforgettable vacation.
Best Overall: Limelight Hotel
Whether in town for a ski getaway, hiking and biking, a family vacation, or romantic weekend, the Limelight Hotel offers excellent service, amenities, and location for every type of traveler. Rooms have a minimum of 315 square feet of space, contemporary mountain décor, oversized closets and granite baths, plus iPod docking stations, Keurigs, premium bath products and iPads (upon request). Guests can take the bicycles out for a spin, enjoy live music from local bands at the hotel lounge, soak in the scenery at the rooftop bar, or take a dip in the heated pool or hot tub. Breakfast buffet and shuttle service are included. A number of skiing tours, and beer and whiskey tastings are also available.
Best Budget: Tyrolean Lodge
Finding a low-priced hotel in Aspen is difficult, but the Tyrolean Lodge offers budget-friendly rates and is within walking distance to downtown. Perfect for travelers who don’t need luxury, the 16-room lodge is family owned and provides friendly service and comfortable accommodations. The lodge is full of ski history and memorabilia, and rooms are fairly spacious and equipped with kitchenettes, wood furnishings, a work desk, three beds (extra charge applies for three people) and a kitchen table. A free shuttle transports guests to four ski areas. TripAdvisor members noted that although the rooms are basic, they felt like the hotel was a gem that offered an overall excellent value and fantastic location.
Best for Romance: The Little Nell
Aspen is a great place to curl up near the fire with your sweetheart and staying at the Little Nell Hotel makes for a perfect romantic weekend getaway. For starters, every room in the 92-hotel has a fabulous view of either the Aspen Mountain, Red Mountain range or Continental Divide, the charming streets or the courtyard and pool. There’s also a gas-burning fireplace, private balconies and vaulted ceilings (in most), soaking tubs, goose-down pillows, as well as an average of 600 square feet of space. Couples can sample new American fare at the chic, fine-dining restaurant or sip on a cocktail at the outdoor bar and lounge (seasonal). In the winter, the ski-in, ski-out hotel also offers a ski concierge service.
Best Inn: Residence Hotel
For a cozy, home-like experience near the slopes, the Residence Hotel offers eight elegant accommodations and European, Asian, Indian and Tibetan décor. The historic building was transformed into a hotel in 1996 by a lifelong traveler and every inch is filled with worldly antiques and Victorian furnishings. Fine china and fresh flowers are found in the dining area, while Goan lanterns and chandeliers dangle in guestrooms. Accommodations feature mountain views, Jacuzzi tubs, four-poster beds, fireplaces, full kitchens (in some rooms) and other unique touches. TripAdvisor members gushed about the friendly owners, the convenient location in the center of town near shops and restaurants and the gorgeous décor.
Best For Families: Aspen Meadows Resort
If you’re bringing the whole family on vacation in Aspen, the all-suite, Aspen Meadows Resort has plenty of space to stretch out and is also pet-friendly. The 98 suites have a minimum of 550 square feet of space and feature a full-length window wall for panoramic views of the beautiful grounds; distinct living, sleeping and dining areas, plus a kitchenette for preparing meals. The resort is set of 40 pristine acres of woodlands with hiking and biking trails, five tennis courts, a heated pool and two art galleries. Guests can enjoy a breakfast buffet each morning or dine at Plato’s restaurant for fresh, seasonal fare. In the winter months, s’mores are also available. The hotel also has a shuttle to transport guests to town.
Best Nightlife: Hotel Jerome
The 93-room, Hotel Jerome is a historic landmark hotel perched in the center of downtown just steps away from the nightlife of Aspen. The hotel’s bar (JBar) is a social hotspot with a casual - yet sophisticated - vibe (once frequented by Hunter S. Thompson), but also serves up brunch, lunch and dinner. Luxurious guestrooms feature nods to the native culture of the West and have a sprawling 525 square feet of space (minimum) with fantastic views of the mountains, oversized marble baths and plush bedding. Guests can cozy up near the lobby fireplace or unwind at the full-service spa with a detoxification or revitalization treatment after a night on the town.
Best Boutique: Annabelle Inn
Perched in the center of downtown Aspen, the 34-room Annabelle Inn is a charming, European-style boutique hotel. Conjuring up the atmosphere of a vintage ski lodge, the hotel consists of wood and stone walls, leather furnishings in the lobby and other rustic décor. Many rooms have fireplaces, balconies, individually-controlled heating/cooling units, granite baths and four-poster beds, plus lovely mountain views. Guests can take a soak in the soothing hot tubs, take in the views on the observation deck, gather by the outdoor fire pit or sample freshly-baked cookies by indoor fireplace. The hotel is located steps away from the free ski shuttle and a continental breakfast is included.
Best Business: The Gant
If you’re in Aspen for a mix of business and pleasure, The Gant’s 120-room condominium resort is a perfect host with access to world-class skiing and downtown Aspen. The hotel’s conference center features indoor and outdoor meeting space, a panoramic rooftop terrace, a specialty café, plus teleconferencing and printing and faxing services. After work, guests can relax in the two heated pools or three jetted hot tubs, take the shuttle service to town or hit the slopes with their ski lessons and equipment storage services. Gorgeous, welcoming condos offer living rooms with wood-paned ceilings, spacious baths, wood-burning fireplaces, private balconies and dining areas with full kitchens.
Best Luxury: St. Regis Resort Aspen
There is no shortage of high-end hotels in Aspen, but for a vacation full of pampering, premium accommodations and five-star service, the St. Regis is the “creme de la crème.” Nestled at the base of the majestic Aspen Mountain, guests at the 179-room hotel can relax in the award-winning spa complete with an oxygen lounge, steam caves, cold plunges and a waterfall. Rooms and suites have a minimum of 400 square feet of space with Ralph Lauren furnishings, a custom leather bed and marble baths with separate glass-enclosed showers. Suites also include butler service, fireplaces and private balconies. The hotel’s five epicurean options feature fresh, seasonal cuisine from a roster of 20 celebrity chefs.