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Aspen is a heady cocktail of snowy, backcountry beauty, strenuous physical challenges and clever chatter, topped off with dashes of wealth and glamour. There’s so many great adventures on offer here, and so many possible ways to enjoy yourself that there’s not one clear notion of the best places to stay in Aspen, it really depends on why you’re here.
If you’re here to ski then the best places to stay in Aspen will be the ski lodges closest to the three main lifts. But if you’re here to escape then the best places to stay in Aspen are a bit further out of town, in amongst the extravagant scenery.
There aren’t that many outdoor activities you can’t do in Aspen - you can even go sailing or kayaking at some times of year - and everything you do here is against the extremely beautiful backdrop of the Rocky Mountains. And after you’ve skied or hiked or biked etc. to your heart’s content, you might be interested in checking out the huge wildlife sanctuary that is the Aspen Centre for Environmental Studies, or the Ice Age Discovery Centre, where they unearthed a mammoth’s tusk! Aspen also has a number of galleries if you’re looking for an indoors-y day.
The resort is an extremely busy place, especially during the ski season, so if you want to be sure of a bed in one of the best places to stay in Aspen, do yourself a favour and book well ahead!
The Best Places to Stay in Aspen for Outdoors-folk
- The Little Nell is a wonderful haven for outdoors-folk come summer or winter. There are 92 large, modern rooms - some with fireplaces and mountain views, there’s an Italian restaurant and a spa, and a pool with mountain views.
For great value
- The Limelight Hotel is in a prime position just a short walk to town, and offers a large collection of generous sized rooms and self-catered apartments. It's restaurant boasts a great seasonal menu and a very family friendly atmosphere.
For "Old West" style elegance
- The Hotel Jerome is an elegant, ‘old west’ inspired hotel in the heart of Aspen. There are around 90 eco-friendly rooms, nicely decorated communal spaces and a popular restaurant, bar and spa.
Still not sure which is the best place to stay in Aspen for you?
Best Hotels in Aspen
Limelight Hotel 126 rooms from $150Aspen (Colorado)
Contemporary home-from-home self-catered apartments or rooms offer prime location for the mountains, an outdoor pool and walking distance to town. Large rooms with bathrooms and all mod-cons. The Lounge has happy hour served with a seasonal inspired menu. Great choice for family adventures.Skiing - Aspen has four mountains to ski on in the winter months - Brilliant for skiing, snowboarding, cross country and powder tours.Great walks - There are great walking trails which can be explored during the summer months.Sights nearby - Smuggler Mine for some history of mining in the local areas of ColoradoKayaking - Summer months the lakes and rivers are great for canoes and kayaks.
Hotel Jerome 94 rooms from $365Aspen
Elegant hotel in the heart of Aspen, with Old West-inspired atmosphere and decor combined with contemporary features. The comfortable rooms are furnished with rich fabrics, and the communal spaces are elaborately and authentically decorated. The restaurant, bar and spa are all popular and sleek.Eco break - Rooms have recycling bins, taps and toilets are all low-flow, LED bulbs are used, and other eco-friendly features are in placeActive Holiday - There are 75 trails at Aspen Mountain, or you can whitewater raft, or hike up the Maroon Bells, amongst many other activitiesSpa - 3 treatment rooms with natural treatments inspired by the Roaring Fork ValleySwimming Pool - The outdoor heated pool is open year-roundRecommended by - Tablet, Mr & Mrs Smith
The Little Nell 92 rooms from $685Aspen (Colorado)
Stunning views, luxury features in the heart of Aspen - a winter and summer nature haven. Large modern rooms, notably comfortable with fireplace and mountain or city views. Element 47 offers farm fresh Italian cuisine with a fine wine list. Relax at the spa, by the pool or explore the mountains.Sights nearby - Get your camera and capture the 14,000 feet high Maroon Peaks overlooking Maroon Lake.Fishing - Fly Fishing on the Roaring Fork River.Views - Great views from hotelLively - Hip and happening.