Aspen is the winter playground for the rich and famous so quite predictably, nothing is cheap here. Hotels in Aspen Colorado are likely to burn a big hole in your wallet so if you choose to stay in the town be ready to splurge. Having said that, you’ll be quite surprised to find quite a few places that are good value for money.
If you’re still looking for cheaper accommodation and are interested in ski-in/ski-out convenience then the village of Snowmass has some good options. However, it’s quite far from the happening Aspen town where you’ll find quite a number of activities to keep you busy off the slopes too.
Aspen Snowmass is rated as one of the best ski resorts in Colorado for its great champagne powder turns and four mountains. In the fall, however, its slopes are set ablaze with the golden leaves from the trees that dot the landscape. Aspen is a popular summer destination too with music and art festivals featuring on the summer calendar. Whatever time of year you choose to be in town, check out our list of the best hotels in Aspen to plan your stay.
St Moritz Lodge And Condominium
As we’ve said before, hotels in Aspen Colorado can burn quite a big hole in your wallet so the affordable St. Moritz Lodge & Condominiums comes as a pleasant surprise. If you’re here purely for the slopes and are looking for great value accommodation in Aspen, this is it. It’s not your hip Aspen accommodation but it has its own charm with its old-fashioned European inn decor and friendly staff. Although the property is not in the center of the town, it’s within walking distance to ski lifts and shuttles and other attractions.
There are only 25 rooms in St. Moritz but guests can choose to stay in a shared room with twin beds, two-bath condominiums or a traditional hotel room. For a budget property, there are a surprisingly good amenities. A heated pool, hot tub, steam room, apres-ski parties, and complimentary breakfast are some of the perks you can look forward to here. You can also store your ski gear for free.
Aspen Square Condominium
Just two minutes away from the nearest ski lift is the Aspen Square Condominium hotel. Due to its proximity to the lifts and other attractions, this is one of the more sought after hotels in Aspen Colorado by skiers. This 101-unit property has individually owned condos that come with full kitchens, wood-burning fireplaces, and balconies.
Each unit is decorated differently from the other because of the individual owner’s tastes. Some rooms have traditional ski lodge decor while others are more modern. The property also has a beautiful courtyard with a year-round pool, two jacuzzis and a small fitness center.
If you’re driving into Aspen you may just miss the Annabelle Inn, hidden behind large trees on West Main Street. This rustic lodge stays true to its roots with a mountain-lodge style decor in the lobby. The four-story Annabelle Inn is not big on amenities but what you can look forward to is a good night’s sleep.
Cozy, cabin-style rooms have unique layouts and feature handmade quilts and antique furniture. All rooms have flat-screen TVs and free wifi. The property lacks a pool and fitness center but there are two hot tubs in a beautiful well-maintained courtyard. Guests can also enjoy a complimentary continental breakfast and use the ski lockers to store equipment.
Right in the heart of Aspen, you’ll find the modern Limelight Hotel. This hotel which was originally a bar was rebuilt in 2005 to become the top-notch resort that it is today. With a convenient location and a host of amenities, it’s one of the more popular hotels in Aspen Colorado. The closest ski lift is a short walk away from here while the Aspen Brewing Company is about two minutes away.
The rooms feature dark wood furniture and contemporary decor. All rooms have modern amenities but for extra perks like a balcony or fireplace, you’ll have to pay more. Larger suites with mountain views have full kitchens and separate living areas. Guests can enjoy a continental breakfast which is included in the resort fee and also make use of the shuttle service. A heated outdoor pool, jacuzzi, and fitness center are also popular with guests.
The Inn is a great choice for families looking for hotels in Aspen Colorado because of its ideal location. Its location at the base of Buttermilk ski area makes it an ideal stopover point for families with younger kids. Buttermilk is one of the more popular mountains for beginners and young skiers. The hotel also features ski-to-door access. To get to the heart of town guests can use the hotel’s shuttle service.
Spacious rooms featuring patios and ensuite bathrooms are comfortable with a host of modern conveniences. The hotel also has a hot tub and heated pool which are big hits with guests, as is the outdoor fire pit. Home Team BBQ the onsite restaurant is open for lunch and dinner.
Hotel Aspen is a sleek, modern boutique hotel that stands out for being different. It doesn’t bear much resemblance to a classic ski lodge, barring the antler chandelier above the front desk and the stone fireplace, but the hotel does provide ski service to the 4 different ski areas. Just across the street is the popular Paepcke Park. Hotel Aspen is also within walking distance of the ski lifts and other bars and eateries.
Guest rooms feature high-tech amenities, luxe touches, and sleek decor. Kitchenettes, microwaves, and mini-fridges can also be found in all the rooms. If you’re in a mood to splurge, then the jacuzzi suites with private balconies and jacuzzis are highly recommended. Other notable amenities include a spacious, stylish pool, complimentary continental breakfast, evening wine and appetizers during the ski season, and free airport shuttle in winter.
Big on amenities and at a convenient location close to the base of Aspen Mountain, The Gant is also one of the more popular hotels in Aspen Colorado for families. Although the hotel is within walking distance from the center of the town, it’s much farther away than most resorts in the area. This condominium resort which has been in operation for almost 40 years is popular throughout the year.
With five tennis courts and two outdoor heated pools with accompanying jacuzzis, the hotel does sit at the top of the list of best hotels in Aspen Colorado. Guests can choose between one to four-bedroom condos outfitted with modern conveniences. Accommodations have a private balcony, a complete kitchen, and a woodburning fireplace. The onsite restaurant serves breakfast and lunch and also has specialty cocktails.
St. Regis Aspen Resort
Top-notch service and exquisite amenities are what you can expect from Aspen’s most iconic hotel, St. Regis. The five-story red-brick building that makes up St. Regis resembles a high-end European manor inside and outside. It’s just two blocks away from the Silver Queen Gondola from here and a block from the bus station from where you can get the shuttle to the other three mountains. A ski valet will help you schlep your gear if required.
There are three kinds of rooms available for guests but no matter what room you choose, you can rest assured that it will be top-notch with a host of conveniences. An outdoor pool, hot tub, and fitness center are available for unlimited use. However, you’ll have to pay extra for wifi and parking. The hotel’s spa is rated as one of the best in the world so you know where to head for a round of pampering. Another notable space is the award-winning on-site Italian restaurant which is popular with non-guests too.
Aspen Meadows’ location amidst the Rocky Mountains, trees and brush is quite unparalleled to any other property in Aspen. Built in 1949, this luxurious property scores big with architecture buffs. The Bauhaus style is minimalist with a large focus on the natural landscape. As such, you’ll find floor to ceiling windows in rooms that offer spectacular views of the mountains. The resort is a little away from the town, nestled into the hills, but a free shuttle service runs to town every half hour. Skiers also have the convenience of a ski valet.
True its Bahaus style the rooms have a minimalist decor with wall units and patios. You can, however, look forward to a great sleep on the comfortable beds that have hypoallergenic comforters and pillows. The ensuite bathrooms have walk-in showers but no bathtub. This 40-acre property has a host of amenities such as an outdoor year-round swimming pool, a state of the art fitness center, a spa and wellness center and three onsite restaurants.
Hotel Jerome, An Auberge Resort
You’re spoilt for choice when it comes to luxury hotels in Aspen but Hotel Jerome is in a class of its own. The historic hotel which opened in 1889 is big on rustic elegance and history, evident in its museum-like lobby and stylish rooms. It may not be the ideal location for skiers as it’s a bit of a walk to the ski resort, but ski concierges and the chauffeur service make it an easy commute. It’s a great location for foodies though as there are plenty of dining options nearby.
Elegant, cozy rooms equipped with modern amenities and sleek ensuite bathrooms ensure you’ll have a comfortable stay. There are plenty of dining options within the hotel too. You can also relax in the outdoor pool and hot tub or at the world-class spa.
The Little Nell
Another hotel that offers pure luxury is The Little Nell right at the foot of the Silver Queen Gondola. Its biggest draw is the ski-in/ski-out location. Guests also have the added advantage of first track privileges before the lifts open to the public. Other than this, guests can also use the free transportation to the other mountains. The hotel prides itself on its ‘legendary service.’ However, all these perks come at a pretty hefty price. The Little Nell is one of the most expensive hotels in Aspen Colorado.
The hotel underwent an extensive renovation in 2009 to have a more sophisticated vibe. It features a number of dining popular dining options that attract non-guests too. Spacious guest rooms come with stone fireplaces and luxurious amenities such as June Jacobs toiletries and Bose Bluetooth speakers. Apart from the luxurious rooms that feature separate soaking tubs and heated bathroom floors, guests can also enjoy the outdoor pool and jacuzzi.
Recommended Restaurants / Bars in Aspen Colorado:
- Cloud Nine Alpine Bistro – Located in Aspen Highlands this ski-in ski-out restaurant is popular for lunch, apres ski and snowcat dinners. You’ll need to make a reservation to dine here.
- Element 47 – For a true fine dining experience head to this popular restaurant at Little Nell. It’s renowned for its award-winning wine program and Colorado contemporary cuisine.