Aspen was originally a silver mining town built in the late 19th century and is one of the most charming of the North American ski resorts. This mountain town has very carefully preserved much of its rich history, but also has a fantastic selection of modern shops and restaurants which cater to the budget as […]
Aspen was originally a silver mining town built in the late 19th century and is one of the most charming of the North American ski resorts. This mountain town has very carefully preserved much of its rich history, but also has a fantastic selection of modern shops and restaurants which cater to the budget as well as the affluent traveler. In our opinion Aspen is comparable in price to Vail and other major Colorado resorts, so don’t let the glitzy reputation put you off visiting this great mountain resort!
There are many choices of accommodation in the Aspen & Snowmass area and with an efficient and free bus service connecting the four ski areas there is little need for a rental car. We recommend staying in Aspen if you want to have good access to the shopping, bars, restaurants and nightlife. Families with children may want to consider staying in Snowmass, as most accommodations are only a short walk to the ski slopes. The ski school in Snowmass has the best selection of ski lessons and programs for children and teenagers, as well as extensive terrain parks for both snowboarders and skiers. In the summer Snowmass ski lifts continue to operate to enable easy access to the mountain biking trails. The four mountains are all within 25 mins of each other and easily served by the free shuttle buses, with continous departures throughout the day.
Aspen Mountain also known as ‘Ajax Mountain’ to the locals, is located in the heart of Aspen and only minutes from many Aspen accommodations. Aspen Mountain is perfect for strong intermediate to advanced skiers and snowboarders. The Silver Queen Gondola runs from the base to the summit of Aspen mountain in 18 minutes and operates year round. Non-skiers can meet up for lunch at the Sundeck restaurant and admire the beautiful views, or even take a guided snow-shoe wildlife tour, that are available daily. There are also daily snowcat tours for powder skiing on the back of Aspen Mtn. In summer, hikers and walkers can also access the mountain-top to enjoy a ridge hike or relax over lunch and listen to the live music concerts on the restaurant’s terrace. There is even an 18 hole golf-frisbee course for the energetic!
Aspen Highlands is the ‘locals-mountain’ with its uncrowded groomers, challenging, steep bumps and the famous hike up to Highland’s Bowl for a rewarding 360 degree view and an even more exciting skiing experience on the double diamond terrain below.
Snowmass, the biggest ski area of the four, is only 25 mins by bus from Aspen. Ski the entire day and never do the same run twice. From Powderhorn all the way over to Long Shot, which is 5 miles in length and the longest run in the area. Endless Cruisers, inbounds backcountry, parks, pipes, steeps are all here. There is skiing here for all abilities, with an excellent ski school for children and adults. With a vertical drop of 4,406 feet and 3,132 acres of terrain, the sheer volume of Snowmass demands repeat visits. Perfect for families and the base village features the Treehouse Kids’ Adventure Center. In summer there are 3 ski lifts that operate for mountain bikers and hikers. Free weekly concerts take place each Thursday evening and are a great way to meet locals and enjoy a picnic with some family and friends.
Buttermilk is a family mountain and and perfect place for learning to ski or snowboard. Buttermilk also hosts the ESPN X-Games the last weekend in January. There is a superpipe and top-to-bottom terrain park, as well as many rolling slopes perfect for learning a new sport or improving your technique. Buttermilk is located 10 mins on the bus from the city of Aspen.
Our selection of properties, from great value family run lodges to beautifully styled condominiums, cater to all budgets. Aspen & Snowmass is really more affordable than many people realise due to the large selection of accommodations and extensive choice of restaurants. There are over 50 restaurants in Aspen and they offer a range of cuisine from simple dining to the finest gourmet. Some of the best chefs in the country have chosen Aspen to live and work. Aspen is also home to the annual Food & Wine Festival in June, which attracts food and wine aficionados from all over the world. There is a great selection of bars and nightclubs, as well as regular live music at the Belly Up, which often has world famous artists performing at this intimate venue. There are also two cinemas and a theatre, so there’s no shortage of entertainment off the ski slopes! In the summer Aspen Music School has a summer concert series of classical music that highlights some of the world’s best conductors and musicians.
Aspen/Snowmass is one of the most accessible Rocky Mountain resorts, with the choice of Aspen, Eagle and Denver airports. The Aspen/Pitkin airport is located just three miles from Aspen and six miles from Snowmass Village, Aspen/Pitkin County Airport is one of the most conveniently located winter resort airports in the world. Snowmass is 220 miles or four hours from Denver. Snowmass is located 9 miles from downtown Aspen.
The 4 Mountain Lift Ticket includes free transport between each mountain.
|ST MORITZ LODGE, 2 star
The St. Moritz Lodge is a friendly, European–style lodge which offers our guests a comfortable and relaxed atmosphere at an affordable price. We are located at the foot of Shadow Mountain, in the quiet West end of town.
We offer an array of accommodations, from our lodge rooms and rooms with kitchenettes, to our 1 and 2 bedroom condominiums. For the economy minded traveler, we offer small private rooms with shared baths, as well as shared hostel rooms.
The St. Moritz is located only 2 blocks away from Aspen’s convenient transportation system and the free skier shuttle. Off-street parking is also available.
|MOUNTAIN CHALET ASPEN, 2+ star
Located less than two blocks from the Silver Queen Gondola and just a quick walk from all the restaurants and shops, this family owned lodge is one of the more affordable finds at the base of Aspen Mountain. A variety of cozy rooms are available, from deluxe two-bedroom apartment suites to economy rooms. Many of the rooms feature fireplaces and kitchenettes. Complimentary full hot cooked breakfast with fruit and yogurt.
|ASPEN MEADOWS RESORT, 4 star
One of our favourite Aspen hotels, offering 4 star quality at 3 star prices! Surrounded by the spectacular mountains of Aspen, the Aspen Meadows Resort Hotel offers luxurious suite accommodations on 40 acres in Aspen’s Historic West End. All suites have floor-to ceiling windows with stunning views of the surrounding mountains of Aspen. We provide complimentary transportation to and from the Aspen airport, downtown Aspen, to the Silver Queen Gondola at Aspen Mountain and to the Rubey Park transit center.
Plato’s Restaurant serves breakfast, lunch and dinner daily with in-room dining available. The Hefner Lounge provides a variety of wines, micro-brews, cocktails, and a light appetizer menu.
|MOLLY GIBSON LODGE, 3 star
The Molly Gibson Lodge is a unique Aspen property, located right on Main Street and the shuttle route, and featuring a variety of room types and amenities. Many rooms have oversized Jacuzzis, wood-burning fireplaces, or both. One- and two-bedroom apartments with kitchens are available to accommodate larger groups, families, or those planning extended stays. Our popular Lodge rooms and Courtyard rooms, located adjacent to the landscaped hot tubs, are a great Aspen value. Whatever style room you choose, each includes a small refrigerator, voice mail, remote control television and VCR, and air-conditioning.
|HOTEL ASPEN, 3 star
Relax in our spacious, delightfully appointed guest rooms where “home comforts” take on a whole new meaning… Enjoy a leisurely swim in our year-round heated pool… Experience panoramic views of Independence Pass as you lounge in our open and airy Great Room…Fuel up for a day on the slopes with our complimentary buffet breakfast, or wind down after, with wine and cheese…
|LIMELIGHT HOTEL, 4 star
The new Limelite Hotel is located on the north side of Wagner Park on a quiet street in the very HEART of Aspen. Recently opened in November 2008. With our fantastic location you are just steps away from all the excitement, and over 90 restaurants. Limelite lodge is family owned by the Paas family for over 4 generations.
|HOTEL LENADO, 4+ star
Escape to the rustic mountain elegance of the Hotel Lenado, just steps away from the heart of Aspen and situated next to Whitaker Park. Summoning guests with its 19 distinctive rooms, this award-winning boutique inn revels in the character that is uniquely Aspen.
Each room is appointed with a four-poster hickory or carved applewood bed, Bose Wave Radio/CD player, down comforter and terry robes. The ultimate in comfort can be experienced by reserving a Smuggler room boasting a wood-burning stove, TV/DVD player, wet bar, whirlpool bath and private balcony.
|HOTEL JEROME, 4+ star
Hotel Jerome, the heart and soul of Aspen, is the town’s most exclusive vacation address. Surrounded by the magnificent Rocky Mountains and located in downtown Aspen, the Jerome offers an elegant and relaxed ambiance, impeccable service, unsurpassed accommodations and exquisite dining. Beautifully appointed, each of the 92 oversized luxurious guest rooms and spacious suites is decorated in comfortable, sophisticated d‚cor. Bathrooms include a separate walk-in shower, double-basin vanity and luxury bath amenities including bathrobes. Favorites of locals and guests alike, the celebrated J-Bar was recognized in USA Today’s “Top 10 List of Great Places to See the Stars Come Out.” A distinguished member of Leading Hotels of the World. Designated as a National Historic Landmark. Aspen’s crown jewel since 1889.
|INN AT ASPEN RESORT, 2+ star
The Inn at Aspen Hotel by ResortQuest is located at the base of Buttermilk Mountain. The two-story hotel is the only property to feature ski-in/ski-out access to the Summit Express, Pup Lift and the half-board snowboarding area. The boutique shops and restaurants of downtown Aspen are just a few miles by free shuttle away.
The hotel offers ski storage and locker rooms, and the lobby features comfortable furnishings and board games. Complimentary buffet-style breakfasts are available. Wireless Internet access is complimentary throughout the hotel. Other on-site amenities include a heated outdoor pool and sauna, fitness center with massage therapy and complimentary airport transportation.
Guests staying on the ground floor can ski directly to their rooms, while second-floor units offer balconies. The guestrooms are spacious and comfortable, with cable television and VCRs, bathrobes, coffeemakers, premium bedding, multi-line phones, desks and refrigerators. Housekeeping service and cribs are available for a fee.
|THE LITTLE NELL, 5 star
Little Nell Aspen receives the highest hotel rating from every rating service, including AAA and Mobil, and was featured on the 2007 Condé Nast Travelers Gold List. It is not hard to see why. In addition to being the only true ski-in, ski-out hotel on the prime Aspen Colorado ski resort (there is plentiful slopeside accommodation in Snowmass, but this is a 15 minute drive from Aspen), Little Nell has a two to one staff to guest ration, a highly rated restaurant, and luxurious suites.
All the rooms at the Little Nell Aspen have fireplaces, overstuffed sofas, king-sized beds piled with down comforters, room-sized closets, and elegant marble bathrooms. This is just the standard room; more expensive suites can include self-enclosed bedrooms, multiple bathrooms, large living areas, double balconies, and a full wet bar.
With only 92 rooms, Little Nell Aspen feels like a small chalet, and intimate home away from home surrounded by a premier Colorado ski area and a charming and lively mountain town. You can even bring your dog. A special menu is available for canine needs.
Little Nell is just steps away from the Silver Queen Gondola at the base of the Aspen Colorado ski resort. A ski concierge is available from the hotel to take you up for some fresh powder tracks before anyone else can get there.
The Montagna restaurant at Little Nell is recognized as one of the best in Colorado, a pleasant change from the standard Colorado ski area fare of chili and crackers. The bar is a favorite après ski hangout, with a superb fondue menu and an extensive drinks list. The newly expanded hotel lounge is a great place to relax after a day on the slopes.
|MOUNTAIN HOUSE LODGE, 3 star
The Mountain House Lodge is a perfect combination of location, hospitality and value that keeps bringing guests back year after year. The Mountain House Lodge is centrally located in downtown Aspen, just a short walking distance (4 blocks) from the finest shops and restaurants and Aspen Ski Resort Silver Queen Gondola. The free shuttle is situated just one block from the Lodge.
|INDEPENDENCE SQUARE LODGE, 3 star
The Independence Square, Aspen’s only lodge on the downtown mall, provides concierge and guest services, complimentary continental breakfast, rooftop Jacuzzi, privileges at the Aspen Athletic Club and a central downtown location only seconds away from Aspen’s finest shops and restaurants. This historic landmark lodge offers modern day convenience, just one block from Aspen Mountain and Ruby Park free shuttle service in the heart of downtown Aspen, Colorado. Take a step back in time without leaving the conveniences of today at our Aspen, Colorado lodge.
|HEARTHSTONE HOUSE, 3+ star
The Hearthstone House offers guests the plush amenities of a grand hotel in a more private setting, at excellent value prices. Just 200m from the Aspen lifts.
Finish your afternoon with a glass of wine by the fire, soaking in our outdoor hot tub under the stars of Aspen or relaxing in our herbal steam room while you reminisce about your latest adventure.
|ASPEN SQUARE CONDOMINIUM HOTEL 4 star
Expect a marked alternative to the usual “cookie cutter” hotel stay. Aspen Square features the perfect balance between style and comfort, providing everything you need for an unforgettable escape in your own Aspen vacation rental.
CHATEAU EAU CLAIRE & CHATEAU ROARING FORK, 3 & 4 star
Located 4 blocks from the Aspen Mountain gondola, the Chateau Eau Claire (13 units) and Chateau Roaring Fork (20 units) Condominiums offers 1-3 bedroom condominiums that feature full kitchens, fireplaces and centrally located hot tub. Standard to Deluxe rated. Offers great value lodging, a short walk from downtown Aspen.
Amenities: Outdoor hot tub and pool, complimentary wireless internet, complimentary shuttle to Aspen Airport and downtown Aspen and Gondola.
|THE GANT, 3 – 4 star
The comforts of home and the services of a fine hotel, all within a world-class destination. It’s no wonder The Gant is Aspen’s finest condominium resort.
Elegant private residences — Choose among luxury Colorado condominiums that range from one to four bedrooms and include full kitchens, fireplaces, balconies and more
|ST. REGIS, 5 star
Located just 200m from the Aspen ski slopes, the St. Regis offers the perfect combination of winter pleasures from superb skiing, fine dining, and first class ammenities. The hotel delivers a benchmark of personalized service and unending attention to detail amidst the relaxed spirit of the Rocky Mountains. Our impeccably appointed guestrooms and suites, relaxing heated outdoor pool, fitness center, and health club ensure that our guests can expect nothing less than a remarkable experience.