Viceroy Snowmass Rating: 4.5 Pearls
Viceroy Snowmass is easily the most luxurious resort in Snowmass Village, and is packed with top-notch amenities, including a 7,000-square-foot spa with stunning relaxation room, a solid fitness center with modern Technogym equipment, and a lovely pool area with heated saline pool, cabanas, and fire pit. It also offers phenomenal ski valet service (valets will take care of everything from scheduling lessons to putting your boots on for you), plenty of children's activities, and a prime ski-in, ski-out location. There's a daily resort fee, and you'll have to pay for valet, but that's to be expected at a resort of this caliber.
Hotel Jerome, an Auberge Resort Rating: 4.5 Pearls
The Hotel Jerome is a piece of Aspen history, and offers 94 uniquely decorated Deluxe Rooms and one-bedroom Suites. First opened in 1889, the hotel showcases its Victorian-style roots with original furnishings, lavish wallpapers, marble bathrooms, and a grandiose lobby featuring tufted velvet lounge chairs and marble columns. The popular bar dates back to pre-Prohibition days, and offers signature cocktails to match. Despite self-proclaimed "luxury" accommodations (and celebrity clientele), the hotel doesn't have a spa -- but guests have access to The Aspen Club & Spa's services, which is a three-minute drive away.
Sky Hotel, a Kimpton Hotel Rating: 4.0 Pearls
The Sky Hotel sits on prime Aspen property, directly at the bottom of the Silver Queen Gondola with one of the best ski-in/ski-out locations in the valley. While rooms are on the small side for the price, they reflect Kimpton's signature style, with a modern take on lodge decor, a daily wine hour, an excellent deck with pool and Jacuzzi, and one of the most happening apres-ski scenes in Aspen. Amenities for guests' four-legged friends are plentiful, too, and unlike at other resorts, there's no fee or size restriction, easily making this the most pet-friendly hotel in Aspen.
The Gant Rating: 4.0 Pearls
A popular choice among families, The Gant sits near the base of Aspen Mountain and features 140 one- to four-bedroom condos with Aspen-inspired decor (leather and wood accents, rich colors, and scenic mountain artwork). The hotel is on a large piece of land, and has two heated outdoor pools with accompanying Jacuzzis, as well as five tennis courts, so it remains lively in both the winter and summer months. But the hotel is farther from the center of town than some other resorts (although it remains within walking distance), so those hoping to be in the middle of the action may consider the nearby Aspen Square Condominium Hotel.