In Aspen, one of the premier ski resort destinations in the United States, winter sports take center stage. The snow may be the star, but local art and music play a supporting role in attracting visitors, with festivals and concerts offering something different. This meld of creativity and activity is reflected in the rustic boutique hotels that pepper Aspen, many styled with a rustic mountain aesthetic.
The Residence Hotel
The Residence, in the center of Aspen, has only seven suites, each individually designed and decorated in the style of a different culture or country. The Explorer's Suite, for example, features French and Asian adornment, and the English Victorian Suite screams royal English opulence from every corner. All suites have marble bathrooms, and some have a private Jacuzzi. Five suites have full kitchens, and most have a fireplace.
The Sky Hotel
The Sky Hotel mixes the design and atmosphere of a boutique hotel and the amenities and services of a ski resort. Some of the 90 guest rooms have private patios and spa bathtubs. The hotel also offers ski-in access, ski equipment rental and storage, and a fitness center. Adjoining the hotel is the 39 bar and lounge, serving food, wine and specialty cocktails.
The Little Nell
The Little Nell is the only hotel in Aspen where guests may ski in and ski out. Its luxurious appointments and service have garnered AAA five-diamond and Forbes five-star ratings for many years. The hotel has 92 rooms, including 14 suites. Even a standard room at the Little Nell has 600 square feet of space, complete with a sitting area and a bathroom with a heated marble floor. The hotel partners with various outfitters to offer plenty of outdoor tours and activities, from hikes to fly fishing.
Molly Gibson Lodge
The Molly Gibson Lodge, centrally located on Main Street, offers shuttle transportation to and from the Aspen Airport. Its 53 guest rooms were designed to be no-frills and down-home, yet traditional and elegant. The more upscale rooms feature an in-room Jacuzzi and a wood-burning fireplace. An outdoor pool, available to all guests, is heated year-round.
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