Aspen…the name is synonymous with luxury. Best known for its posh resort properties, epic skiing and high-end shopping, the town is a bucket list destination for good reason. Along the streets of downtown, you’ll find designer shops like Ralph Lauren, Gucci and Prada alongside art galleries, museums and independently-owned restaurants. This is a nature lover’s paradise–with unparalleled skiing in the winter, to exceptional mountain biking, fly fishing and hiking in the summer. Off the slopes, you’ll find celebrity chefs outposts, decadent dining, luxe lodges and nightlife galore (especially for such a small town).
It’s quite a ways from Denver and unlike anywhere else in Colorado, but everyone should visit Aspen at least once. The Elk Mountains are a sight to behold. The following lodging options were selected according to location, guest reviews and amenities. Whichever season you choose to visit, you’ll find amenities galore at these fine establishments.
From $320/ night
Set on five landscaped acres at the base of Aspen Mountain, The Gant has every amenity you’ll need to make the most of your time in town. The property is three blocks from downtown Aspen, with its world-class dining, shopping, nightlife, and the Silver Queen Gondola. A fleet of branded vans is available to transport guests from Aspen/Pitkin County Airport and around town via a complimentary shuttle service. The on-site restaurant, Pepperjack’s Café, overlooks one of two heated pools and offers casual dining and grab-n-go options. Guests also have access to five tennis courts, a fitness center, free bike and ski storage and grocery delivery services. This state-of-the-art property even has two Tesla charging stations!
From $525/ night
Located at the foot of Aspen Mountain, Hotel Jerome is the ultimate in Aspen luxury. Its spacious rooms have contemporary furnishings and mountain views, and come equipped with iPads, iPod docking stations and flat screen televisions with DVD players. An upscale eatery, Prospect Restaurant, serves American cuisine all day, while J-Bar has lighter fare and a lively bar. Many guests prefer to simply have cocktails and conversations in the Living Room, (which is just as warm and comfy as it sounds). A luxurious spa has sumptuous facial and body treatments on the menu, and the hotel has classes like standup paddleboard yoga and outdoor programs for kids.
From $750/ night
Don’t even think about visiting Aspen without a stop at The Little Nell–this chic, iconic property is an Aspen institution. You can’t get closer to the lifts than ski-in/ski-out, and skilled ski concierges are on hand to assist. Airport, in-town and ski shuttle service is included. All rooms have fireplaces, marble bathrooms, plush furnishings and either city or mountain views. Element 47 is a sensational dining experience, and there’s also a tavern and three bars. Unique, fun amenities like loaner bikes (snow bikes in the winter), a decadent spa, Full Moon Powder Tours and an expansive outdoor program make this a Mecca for adventure seekers. Where else can you got to Snowcat School?
From $149/ night
Just down the road from Aspen–with its own set of magnificent mountains–is Snowmass Resort. A self-contained oasis, this pet-friendly, ski-in/ski-out hotel is adjacent to the Sky Cab Gondola. Rooms are decorated in crisp white, and have rainfall showers and private balconies with exquisite mountain views. Several restaurants on the property serve a range of globally-influenced cuisines. The hotel has a ski school and a robust kids program with family-friendly activities. After a long day on the slopes, relax in the spa or order room service, then let the therapist come to you.
From $405/ night
This castle-style hotel is located right on Forsyth Park and features opulent furnishings, art, a grand piano in the lobby, and a state-of-the-art fitness center. Guests can lounge around and sip cocktails by the heated outdoor pool, or enjoy a meal at 700 Drayton, the on-site restaurant specializing in fine wines and regional cuisine. There’s also a spa, Poseidon, offering luxurious body treatments and massages. Rooms feature oversized beds with luxurious bedding, large windows, marble bathrooms, and designer furnishings. If you appreciate the finer things, you will love the Mansion on Forsyth Park.