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Where to Stay in Aspen
Aspen itself is relatively small, but there are hotels and resorts of every type, size and price level throughout the region. There is no shortage of lodging options in downtown Aspen, where dozens of hotels and bed-and-breakfasts are within a few blocks of Aspen's Main Street and Cooper Avenue.
If you're looking for a homestyle feel or the chance to live as the locals do, the historic West End neighborhood of Aspen has several hotels. Whether you're in Aspen or its sister city Snowmass Village, you're in within short distance of four major ski areas: Aspen Mountain, Aspen Highlands, Snowmass, and Buttermilk.
In recent years, downtown Aspen has transformed itself into a high-end shopping district, offering Prada, Gucci, Fendi, Bvlgari, Burberry, Ralph Lauren, Dior and Louis Vuitton boutiques.
Aspen Hotel Tips
The area has 5,303 acres of mountains, so anywhere you stay in Aspen will be within distance of mountains. Downtown Aspen, near Main Street and Cooper Avenue, gives you access to ski lifts, mountains and Colorado State Highway 82, a main thoroughfare in that part of the state. Aspen has several hotels downtown, which has become more upscale in recent years.
There are just as many options away from the city toward Snowmass, though, and there are affordable ASPEN HOTEL options in and between both cities. If you're interested in scenic national parks, Aspen is within a half hour driving distance of Grand Mesa National Forest and Gunnison National Forest.
Winter is a peak season for Aspen, as many people come to experience the powdery snow. Summer months see crowds seeking adventure on the multitude of rivers and hiking trails. Travelers looking for bargains might try the spring and fall seasons.
Aspen Hotel Recommendations
The St. Regis Aspen Resort, situated at the base of Aspen Mountain between two main lifts, is ideal for anyone drawn to Aspen for its wintry offerings. Whether you're traveling alone, in a couple or with your family, during winter or summer, the resort offers several vacation packages to help you make the best of your proximity to the mountains, lifts and downtown. Among the guest services are perks you won't find at every hotel: floral Service, laundry Service, pet care, dry cleaning, gift-wrapping service, shoe shine service and 24-hour valet.
The Little Nell might indeed be "little" compared to other resorts, as it offers 92 rooms, but its personalized amenities and guest services are nothing short of what you'd find at a grand hotel. The Little Nell rooms boast walnut tables, closet “barn” doors and stone-clad gas-burning fireplaces. Additionally, there is no detail overlooked by the staff, who will walk guests' dogs and wax guests' skis. Not surprisingly, 70 percent of the guests are returning customers. Location-wise, The Little Nell is ideal, as it's near the base terminal of the Silver Queen Gondola.
For those wanting to experience a piece of Colorado history, Hotel Jerome offers a snapshot of the state's silver boom at the end of the 1800s. Listed on the National Register of Historic Places, Hotel Jerome has a 19th century feel with 21st century amenities such as an exercise room, whirlpools and a heated outdoor pool.
When you fly to Aspen , you'll be less than five miles from the city's downtown. Guests staying in Aspen and Snowmass Village can take advantage of Roaring Fork Transportation Authority's free bus service within Aspen and to Snowmass Village. The RFTA also has paid routes to Glenwood Springs, Rifle, Basalt, El Jebel and Carbondale. The city's main thoroughfare and only highway is Colorado State Highway 82, which connects with Interstate 70 in nearby Glenwood Springs.