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Contemporary decor and high-tech amenities feel more modern boutique than classic ski lodge
Unlike most hotels in the Aspen area, this property features sleek, contemporary decor that creates more of a modern boutique vibe than a classic ski lodge ambience.
While a hint of classic ski lodge decor can be detected in a few of the hotel's design elements -- like the antler chandelier above the front desk and the stone fireplace in the breakfast area -- the property has a decidedly modern feel both inside and out.
A stylish color palette that incorporates dark tones with bright accents can be found throughout the hotel -- from its charcoal grey exterior punched up by a sleek red awning to its guest room interiors with dark wood furniture and colorful accent walls.
Sleek wicker lounge chairs dot the property's neatly manicured grounds and stylish pool area. A highlight of the hotel, the pool area features a fire pit, modern patio furniture, large Jacuzzi, and year-round pool with fountain elements.
The Hotel Aspen offers free continental breakfast with hot and cold foods year-round, as well as evening wine and appetizers during the ski season. Parking at the hotel is free, as is Wi-Fi and a winter airport shuttle service.
On West Main Street, close to the heart of downtown Aspen
The Hotel Aspen stands on West Main Street (also known as Highway 82), which runs directly through Aspen. It is located across the street from popular Paepcke Park and just a block away from local breakfast favorite Main Street Cafe. The hotel is walking distance from numerous other eateries, as well as bars, ski lifts, and The Belly Up concert venue that features a mix of up-and-coming bands and famous musicians. The gorgeous and frequently photographed Maroon Bells Scenic Wilderness Area is a 25-minute drive from the hotel and other attractions are an even shorter drive away.
As for getting to Aspen, most travelers fly into Aspen Airport directly and forgo the four-hour drive from Denver, but flights are often delayed due to winter weather.
Modern rooms with kitchenettes and updated bathrooms
The hotel's boutique vibe pervades the guest rooms and suites, which feature sleek decor, high-tech amenities, and luxe touches, albeit limited space. Dark wood furniture, geometric-shaped lamps, black-and-white curtains, and stark nature prints create a modern feel, while red accent walls, golden yellow carpets, and bright furniture textiles add pops of color and a touch of warmth.
Even the standard rooms offer high-tech amenities such as flat-screen TVs and iPod docks, as well as luxe touches like Gilchrist & Soames toiletries and 300-thread-count sheets. All rooms also feature kitchenettes with microwaves, bar-style seating and mini-fridges, but the light-colored countertops need to be replaced, as they clash with the rest of the decor and are showing signs of wear and tear in some cases.
Bathrooms are clean and modern, but are a bit on the small side. Most only offer stand-alone showers.
Stylish pool area and free continental breakfast, but no fitness center, restaurant, or elevator
Modern furnishings, high-tech amenities, and luxe touches such as designer toiletries give this 45-unit hotel a boutique vibe. The sleek pool deck is especially stylish, with wicker lounge chairs, year-round pool, Jacuzzi, and fire pit. Freebies include breakfast, Wi-Fi, and parking, but the property lacks standard amenities such as an elevator and restaurant. The hotel's location along Main Street is a plus, as restaurants, bars, and ski lifts are all within walking distance.