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10 Best Resorts in Aspen, CO

Written by Carri Wilbanks and Becca Blond
Apr 22, 2021

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Timeless, elegant, and famous, Aspen is Colorado's trendiest mountain town and a year-round resort destination, boasting some of the best hotels in the state. Whether you are traveling for the winter and early spring ski season or for the excellent hiking, mountain biking, horseback riding, or fly fishing in summer and fall, there is always something to keep you busy in Aspen.

Set in a valley surrounded by craggy, purple-tinged mountains and aspen tree groves, the natural location is stunning enough to visit on its own. But unlike many Colorado ski towns where the villages were developed around a ski resort, Aspen was a city of its own first. Built in the late 1800s, Aspen was once a wild silver mining town, and the original red-brick architecture still exists. After the mining industry collapsed, Aspen reinvented itself as an outdoor destination with top resorts.

Today it is home to a walkable downtown filled with swanky boutiques, art galleries, and lots of excellent restaurants. It is also home to four ski resorts within a 30-minute drive of downtown. Aspen Mountain, which is located right in town, is famous for its steep slopes and après-ski scene in the resort at its base.

Nearby Snowmass has its own resorts and restaurants and is especially popular with families. Buttermilk Mountain and Aspen Highlands are the other two ski mountains, but unlike Aspen Mountain and Snowmass, they don't have a year-round scene or hotels (you would just take the bus or drive from either Aspen or Snowmass).

Whether you are on a family vacation, with a group of friends, or enjoying a romantic getaway, find a great place to stay with our list of the best resorts in Aspen and Snowmass.

Note: Some businesses may be temporarily closed due to recent global health and safety issues.

1. The Little Nell

Photo Source: The Little Nell
Photo Source: The Little Nell

Aspen's only five-star, five-diamond property, The Little Nell is a favorite resort with visiting celebrities, as well as couples and families. In a prime location just steps from the gondola at Aspen Mountain's base, it is a swanky, chic property that recently underwent extensive renovations.

The rooms and suites have a romantic ambience with fireplaces, furnished balconies, and high-end linens on very comfortable beds. They also boast large marble bathrooms. Book one of the suites if you want the added luxury of a steam shower and Jacuzzi tub.

If you are traveling with a pup, The Nell is considered one of Colorado's top dog-friendly resorts and there are usually biscuits at the front desk and staff will even walk your doggo upon request when you are out for the day.

Other amenities here include a ski concierge, butler service, two restaurants, a heated outdoor pool, and a hot tub. There is also an excellent spa with a full-range of treatments, including massages designed especially for relieving sore muscles after a day of skiing or hiking.

Accommodation: The Little Nell

2. Hotel Jerome, Auberge Resorts Collection

Photo Source: Hotel Jerome, Auberge Resorts Collection
Photo Source: Hotel Jerome, Auberge Resorts Collection

Aspen's oldest resort, the Hotel Jerome is also part of the luxury Auberge Resorts Collection and a landmark luxury property. It first opened in the middle of the silver rush in 1889 and was designed to look like one of Europe's grand hotels from the same time frame. The public areas here reflect the hotel's long history with memorabilia, artwork, and decor from the 19th-century to the present day.

The hotel has a mix of rooms and suites, but even the least expensive digs are still comfortable, with modern mountain decor. You'll love the cashmere curtains surrounding floor-to-ceiling windows featuring picturesque mountain and downtown views, as well as cowhide upholstered chairs and local art. The suites come in multiple sizes, and if you need even more space, book one of the residential suites with full kitchens.

Dine on American bistro fare at the house restaurant Prospect, which serves three meals a day. There is also a spa with a range of massages and other treatments on the menu, a swimming pool, and a fitness center on-site.

Accommodation: Hotel Jerome, Auberge Resorts Collection

3. St. Regis Aspen

Photo Source: St. Regis Aspen
Photo Source: St. Regis Aspen

A good choice for a family-friendly vacation, the St. Regis Aspen offers kid-focused activities among other amenities. The resort is just a few minutes' walk from the gondola at Aspen Mountain, making it easy to get on the slopes quickly, and Aspen has a great ski school if the kids needs instruction.

The rooms and suites come in around 18 different configurations, but all feature mountain-elegant bespoke design by Ralph Lauren. The beds are comfy and draped in 400-thread-count Frette linen. Other luxe amenities include butler service, Nespresso coffee machines, and deep soaking tubs in marble baths.

Grab a bite to eat at the good Italian restaurant on the grounds. There is also a cozy lobby area with live music, and an outdoor heated pool surrounded by sun loungers and with a hot tub facing the mountains.

Accommodation: The St. Regis Aspen Resort

4. Aspen Meadows Resort

Photo Source: Aspen Meadows Resort
Photo Source: Aspen Meadows Resort

Tucked away on 40 acres along the Roaring Fork River in Aspen's secluded West End neighborhood, Aspen Meadows is an artsy resort known for its landscape architecture and art designed to blend into the natural environs. The resort is home to the Aspen campus of the prestigious Aspen Institute, where events attract world leaders, Nobel laureates, and top movers and shakers.

Accommodation is in Bauhaus-style suites that feature decor like Bertoia chairs, Laccio tables, and floor-to-ceiling windows with fabulous mountain views. They also have sitting areas and private patios. Away from the rooms, amenities include Plato's Restaurant, which serves farm-to-table fare, a heated outdoor saltwater lap pool, a hot tub, and fitness center.

There are also tennis courts, bike and snowshoe rentals, and a 24-hour shuttle service into Aspen town and to the airport. In summer, the Aspen Music Festival has a tent here. Make sure to explore the grounds, which are home to countless works of art and the Resnick Art Gallery.

Accommodation: Aspen Meadows Resort

5. Limelight Hotel Aspen

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Photo Source: Limelight Hotel Aspen

If you want luxury accommodation that is still laid-back and fun then look no further than the trendy Limelight Hotel Aspen (there is a second location at the new Snowmass base village as well: Limelight Hotel Snowmass). The 4-star property is within walking distance of the ski slopes at Aspen Mountain and has vibrant rooms and suites with lots of bright colors. The suites have kitchens, living spaces, and balconies and are perfect for families or for longer stays.

One of the best amenities here is the free morning breakfast spread served in the lobby lounge, with both hot and cold selections. In the evening, the lounge turns into a proper restaurant serving Italian comfort fare and excellent wood-fired pizzas. Other amenities include a heated outdoor swimming pool and two hot tubs, roof top terraces for lounging, a fitness center, and coin-operated laundry. If you are traveling with a dog, the Limelight is pet friendly.

Accommodation: Limelight Hotel Aspen

6. Viceroy Snowmass

Photo Source: Viceroy Snowmass
Photo Source: Viceroy Snowmass

Located at the new base village of Aspen's sister resort Snowmass, the Viceroy Snowmass is a great eco-friendly choice with lots of sustainable travel practices in place. It's also a luxury resort that works well for couples and families alike. If you're traveling with your dog, the Viceroy welcomes pups with biscuits and loaner food and water bowls.

Rooms and suites here are well-appointed with modern mountain decor and great views from large windows. The two-bedroom corner suites are perfect for families or friends traveling together. They have tons of floor space, large bedrooms, and fabulous balconies with direct mountain views.

If you are visiting in winter, there is a ski valet and ski-in, ski-out access. Equipment rentals are also available. In summer, you can bring your mountain bike and ride down the ski trails. Other amenities include a restaurant cooking up an international menu, a spa with a full range of treatments, a heated saltwater swimming pool, and more than one hot tub.

Accommodation: Viceroy Snowmass

7. The Gant

Photo Source: The Gant
Photo Source: The Gant

On Aspen's quiet west end, The Gant is another condo-style property with resort amenities set on five-acres of manicured grounds. The units are privately owned, so each one has slightly different decor, but all are well-maintained and regularly updated.

The look is modern, with lots of cream and ivory hues with wood trim and bed-frames. The condos range in size from one to four bedrooms, and each one has a full kitchen, which is great for families or anyone who wants to save some money by cooking for themselves. They also have furnished balconies.

Amenities include two heated outdoor swimming pools, three hot tubs, a workout room, and seasonal tennis courts. Unlike many condo-style properties, The Gant has a restaurant. It also has a spa should you wish to get the knots massaged out of those sore muscles after a hard day of skiing.

Other perks of staying at The Gant include a free Aspen Airport and local shuttle that will get you into downtown and onto the ski slopes quickly.

Accommodation: The Gant

8. The Innsbruck Aspen

Photo Source: The Innsbruck Aspen
Photo Source: The Innsbruck Aspen

If you're looking for condo-style accommodation with resort amenities then you will want to check out the Innsbruck Aspen. The property offers spacious and modern condos with rustic mountain style including working fireplaces, upholstered and leather furnishings, area rugs, and wood-framed windows and doors. They also feature bathrooms with Jacuzzi tubs and kitchenettes.

Amenities include a heated outdoor resistance swimming pool, a hot tub, free parking, self-service laundry, and BBQ facilities. There is no restaurant on-site, but the hotel is on Main Street and within walking distance of many dining options. If you are here to ski, this hotel is a bit far of a walk from the mountain, however, you can catch the free city shuttle bus right to it.

Accommodation: The Innsbruck Aspen

9. Hyatt Residence Club Grand Aspen

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Photo Source: Hyatt Residence Club Grand Aspen

Within walking distance of Aspen Mountain, the Hyatt Residence Club Grand Aspen has a fantastic central location to all of downtown's restaurants, galleries, and shops.

It offers condo-style accommodation in one- to four-bedroom units. These are nicely decorated and feel like staying in someone's home. The kitchens are great if you want to do your own cooking. Some of the units also have Jacuzzi bath tubs, steam showers, and washer and dryers.

The resort is very family friendly, and kids stay free here. There is children's programming on the TV, and babysitting can be arranged. Other amenities include a heated swimming pool, two hot tubs, and a workout room. There is no restaurant or spa on-site, but there are plenty of options within walking distance. Bike rentals are also available.

Accommodation: Hyatt Residence Club Grand Aspen

10. The Westin Snowmass Resort

Photo Source: The Westin Snowmass Resort
Photo Source: The Westin Snowmass Resort

Right in the heart of Snowmass by the Village Mall, The Westin offers ski-in, ski-out access in a luxury resort setting. The hotel has 254 well-appointed rooms and suites, which all come with fantastic mountain views from large windows. The suites all offer direct mountain views and have separate living spaces.

The rooms have contemporary decor with fun artwork and stained wood headboards with built-in night tables. It is a different look than a lot of Aspen properties. They also come with the brand's bespoke beds and high-quality linens.

The property is very family friendly, and there is a kids' club on-site. It also welcomes dogs. There is a restaurant serving a breakfast buffet (for a fee) and then Italian fare for lunch and dinner. Other amenities include a heated outdoor swimming pool, two hot tubs, and a workout room. The spa here is excellent with a full range of massages and treatments.

Accommodation: The Westin Snowmass Resort

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