Photos and Review by Oyster.com Investigators
Individually owned units are basically cozy, expanded hotel rooms, and the grounds are beautifully landscaped
The Laurelwood Condos lay tucked away from the main drag in Snowmass, allowing for the grounds to feel more remote and secluded than most Aspen-area properties. The exteriors of the units are nicely maintained, even though it’s obvious by the style they were built in a previous decade (or two). All balconies and patios are equipped with matching BBQ grills, and the hotel is so close to Fanny Hill run, it can be seen from the slopes.
The Laurelwood is short on common space, however. The lobby is not much bigger than the front desk and a dated couch, and the indoor hallways could also use some updating and new couches.
In Snowmass Village, within walking distance of the Village Mall
The Laurelwood Condos sits a little above the Village Mall, which is the happening spot in Snowmass, and is one of the closest hotels within only a three-minute walk. The drive to the condos is up a long and winding mountain road, which in the winter can be a difficult trip, although it's kept plowed.
Snowmass Village is a small town about nine miles outside Aspen. Snowmass has its own ski area with the most vertical feet of skiing in America, a large seasonal shopping mall with coffee shops, restaurants, and bars, and a shuttle system that runs back and forth to Aspen every 30 minutes until late night.
Only privately owned studio units, with wood-burning fireplaces and BBQ grills
Individually owned units allows for each owner to express their own decorating techniques, good or bad, and the Laurelwood has a rating system for guests to navigate which rooms hit their price points and needs. Deluxe units are more affordable than their Premier counterparts, but in the case of these studios, you do get what you pay for. Deluxe units haven't been recently updated, and have pretty substantial wear in the bedroom/living areas. Kitchens typically have laminate counter tops (as do bathrooms), and the appliances are old and worn. Premier units are worth the extra money, even in the holiday season, for newer mattresses, bed linens, kitchen appliances, countertops and more.
All the units at the Laurelwood are studio condos, and have the same basic layout -- around 540 square feet. Kitchens are spacious, with plenty of room to cook and eat. The living rooms have couches with a pull-out sofas, allowing four to sleep comfortably. The living space and bedroom are essentially one-in-the-same, although most units have a room divider to separate the two for increased privacy. Bathrooms can be accessed from either the living area or the bedroom, allowing for further privacy.
A little slim on features
The price of the units at the Laurelwood definitely reflects the number of features offered. There's not much besides the coin-operated laundry facility and 24-person two-tiered outdoor year-round Jacuzzi.
These privately owned studio rentals with a ski-in, ski-out location are a great value. Units are split into two categories based on the level of decor and how recently they’ve been updated, and as a whole the Laurelwood is a no-fuss, no-frills sort of place -- the only traditional amenities include a 24-person outdoor Jacuzzi (plus a secondary, smaller counterpart) and a laundry facility, but no fitness center or pool. For those who have a little extra money to spend, the upgrade from a Deluxe to a Premier studio is worth it.