Aspen: Where to Stay: Most Indulgent: Little Nell
Aspen’s only AAA five-diamond resort has an enviable location, at the base of Aspen Mountain. Owned and operated by the Aspen Skiing Company, it is the place to be in winter. It’s a good option in summer, as well, in walking distance from all the downtown shops and restaurants. Offering 92 rooms spread over four floors, it has the feel of a boutique hotel with all the services and amenities of something grander.
Interiors are glorious examples of why contemporary sleek design is the perfect backdrop for a serene mountain holiday. Interior design wizard Holly Hunt created custom furniture and a palette of grays and beiges that instantly soothe. The overall effect is that of chic contemporary New York apartment but with Western touches such as “barn door” closets that slide open and wrought-iron hardware or Wild Horse photographs by Michael Eastman and limited edition prints by artists Caio Fonseca and Robert Kelly. Premium rooms, located on the top floor, have vaulted ceilings and balconies affording views of Aspen Mountain. The most spectacular is the Paepcke Suite, which has a private entrance; its own sitting area complete with fireplace; and a private terrace overlooking the Gondola Plaza. The hotel closes from mid April to mid May.
Who it’s right for: The heavy hitters from New York and L.A. who have long been loyal to the Little Nell for years have been rewarded with a super chic update on the town’s top hotel.