The Little Nell Rating: 4.5 Pearls
Downtown, Aspen, Colorado

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Pros

  • Great location at base of Aspen Mountain
  • Luxury room amenities such as iPads, Blu Ray players, and heated bathroom floors
  • Rooms have sophisticated decor and stone fireplaces
  • A variety of dining options, including tapas, American, and French cuisine
  • Some rooms have mountain views
  • Ski-in/ ski-out access and first tracks early access privileges
  • Ski concierge offering slope-side service, boot warming, and more
  • Modern fitness center
  • Free Wi-Fi
  • Discounted rates for Colorado residents during the off-season

Cons

  • No full spa (though there's a massage room, as well as in-room services)
  • Automatic donation to local eco program
  • Expensive, even by Aspen standards
  • Not all rooms have balconies

Bottom Line

This 92-room embodies mountain luxury, from its gorgeous, modern rooms to its exclusive ski concierge team. It's just steps from Aspen's main lifts, and offers first tracks benefits, free transportation to and from all four area mountains, and tons of seasonal outings. All rooms have fireplaces, Blue Ray players, and heated floors, as well as iPad and video game loans by request; rooms with mountain views cost extra. All that luxury comes at a steep price, and the Little Nell has some of the most expensive rooms Aspen. Added to the bill is also the mandatory per-night donation to a local environmental organization.

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 Scene

This service-minded hotel and residence is elegant, contemporary, and expensive.

The hotel grounds
The hotel grounds

This sophisticated, modern property, which underwent extensive renovations in 2009, is both a residence and hotel. The hotel goes above and beyond to provide guests with its self-described "legendary service," and that includes everything from family services such as babysitting and kids' room service menus, to free Audi car loans, to a dedicated ski concierge staff. Even furry friends are catered to, with specialized menus and personalized gifts upon arrival.

But all that special attention comes at a price. The hotel has some of the highest rates in Aspen, and on top of that, guests are required to make a per-night donation to a local environmental organization. The hotel, however, does offer discounts to Colorado residents during the off-season.

 Location

Prime location, right off the town's main lifts

One of the Little Nell's biggest assets is its ski-in, ski-out location at the base of the mountain, adjacent to a lift. It even offers free transportation to all four mountains in Aspen and Snowmass. First tracks privileges, which allow guests to access the mountain early, before the lifts open to the public, are also offered.

  • 12-minute drive to the Aspen Airport
  • 4-hour drive to the Denver Airport
  • 7-minute walk to the Aspen Brewing Company
  • 5-minute walk to the Wheeler Opera House
  • 3-minute drive to Aspen Club & Spa
  • 1-minute walk to the closest ski lift in downtown Aspen
  • 15-minute drive to Maroon Bells Scenic Wilderness Area
  • 23-minute drive to Snowmass

 Rooms

Rooms have sophisticated decor and stone fireplaces

The Townview Room with Balcony
The Townview Room with Balcony

Rooms were redesigned as part of the hotel's 20th anniversary celebration in 2009, and feature modern design in warm earth tones. All rooms have luxurious amenities and up-to-date tech features that are on par with other Aspen hotels in the same price range. Rooms start at a spacious 600 square feet -- much larger than the lowest-level rooms at the Viceroy, though some may prefer the Viceroy's sleek style.

  • Stone fireplaces
  • Street or mountain views available
  • Wood-accented furniture and brown color palette
  • Heated marble floors in the bathrooms
  • Free iPad loans available
  • June Jacobs spa bath products
  • 42- or 44-inch flat-screen TVs with Blu-Ray players and an on-site movie library
  • iPod docks
  • Free Wi-Fi or wired Internet
  • Some rooms have balconies
  • Pets are welcome for a non-refundable fee, plus a daily cleaning fee

 Food

Several dining opions and 24-hour room service

Ajax Tavern
Ajax Tavern

The Little Nell has several dining options and four bars. Room service is available 24 hours a day from the hotel kitchen.

  • Element 47 serves American cuisine, and has a separate bar area.
  • Ajax is a French-American bistro that serves lunch and dinner, as well as cocktails.
  • Terrace Bar is a winter-only bar that serves cocktails and tapas.
  • The Living Room is a intimate bar area that serves food from the Element 47 menu.
  • The Oasis is a champagne and caviar bar that is only open weekends during spring.

 Bottom Line

This 92-room embodies mountain luxury, from its gorgeous, modern rooms to its exclusive ski concierge team. It's just steps from Aspen's main lifts, and offers first tracks benefits, free transportation to and from all four area mountains, and tons of seasonal outings. All rooms have fireplaces, Blue Ray players, and heated floors, as well as iPad and video game loans by request; rooms with mountain views cost extra. All that luxury comes at a steep price, and the Little Nell has some of the most expensive rooms Aspen. Added to the bill is also the mandatory per-night donation to a local environmental organization.

Things You Should Know About The Little Nell

Address

  • 675 E Durant Avenue, Aspen, CO, 81611 United States of America

Room Types

  • Mountainside Room
  • One Bedroom Mountain View Suite
  • One Bedroom Specialty Suite
  • One Bedroom Town View Suite
  • Premium Mountainside Room
  • Premium Town View Room
  • The Little Nell Suite
  • The Paepcke Suite
  • The Pfeifer
  • Town View Room
  • Two Bedroom Town View Suite

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Hotel Features

Number of Rooms: 92
Pool: Yes
Fitness Center: Yes
Internet Access: Yes
Pets Allowed: Yes
Cribs: Yes
Jacuzzi (in room): Some
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Hotel Information

Location: Downtown, Aspen
Address: 675 E Durant Avenue, Aspen, CO, 81611 United States of America
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