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Aspen Hotels

$199 or less
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Annabelle Inn
232 W. Main Street
Aspen , Colorado
81611
Tel: 970 925 3822
info@annabelleinn.com
www.annabelleinn.com

The Annabelle Inn is one of Aspen's most unique properties: An old hotel renovated into an assortment of quaint B&B-style rooms, all decorated differently. A rustic lobby and dining room, where a breakfast buffet is served each morning, is a cozy gathering place, giving the whole place the feel of a European chalet. While the premium rooms are obviously the best, they tend to be small with cramped bathrooms. The standard rooms, however, aren't dramatically different, making them one of the best lodging deals in town. Rooftop hot tubs overlook the deep courtyard, and guests can soak out the day's lactic acid while watching ski movies on the outdoor projector screen. One drawback to the inn is that it's a ten-minute walk to town, but the free town shuttle stops frequently right out front.

$200-$299
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Aspen Square Lodge
617 E. Cooper Avenue
Aspen , Colorado
81611
Tel: 970 925 1000
info@aspensquarehotel.com
www.aspensquarehotel.com

The recently renovated Aspen Square Lodge has three major assets: Location, location, location. Situated so close to the Ajax gondola that you can easily clomp to and fro in ski boots, the hotel is also steps from every restaurant, nightclub, and shop in town. And it's directly across the street from City Market, where you can stock up on food to cook in your unit's full kitchen. But be sure to specifically request a renovated unit: There are still some condos that will give you flashbacks of the '70s and '80s. Otherwise, you'll find a wood-burning fireplace in each simple, classic condo.

$400 or more
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The Gant
610 West End Street
Aspen , Colorado
81611
Tel: 800 549 0535 (toll-free)
Tel: 970 925 5000
gantres@destinationhotels.com
www.gantaspen.com

Located at the west end of Durant Avenue, three (longish) blocks from the ski lifts, the Gant condos are 140 privately owned apartments with one, two, or three bedrooms, kitchens, dining rooms, and living rooms with fireplaces and balconies. Since the layouts are identical, the category of luxury is determined by the owner's taste: Fancier decor means higher rates. If you care less about the couch patterns than the view, pick a "Standard" second- or third-floor apartment, but be warned: Some bedrooms have only internal windows. Cable TV, tennis courts, two pools (outdoor, heated), and bike/ski storage are included.

$300-$399
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Hotel Aspen
110 West Main Street
Aspen , Colorado
81611
Tel: 800 527 7369 (toll-free)
www.hotelaspen.com

Looking for a low-key, more sophisticated option? This remodeled property just off the main drag has a more refined feel. A $1.5 million face-lift in 2010 modernized the 45 spacious rooms, adding sharp chocolate-brown, orange, turquoise, and mustard accents. Opt for a Deluxe Room, set toward the back of the hotel, for a quieter setting, with views out over the pool. That pool and hot tub were also rejuvenated during the renovation, and lots of extras are included in the rate: Wi-Fi, continental breakfast, airport shuttles, and nightly après-ski gatherings with wine and snacks.—by Samantha Berman

$400 or more
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Hotel Jerome
330 E. Main Street
Aspen , Colorado
81611
Tel: 800 331 7213 (toll-free)
Tel: 970 920 1000
reservations@hjerome.com
www.hoteljerome.com

The Jerome dates from the days of the Wild West—1889, to be exact, when the co-owner of Macy's, Jerome B. Wheeler, settled in town, determined to raise its tone. The hotel is still taking its style cues from that era, which is a good thing if you like cozy lounges with gas fires, crimson wallpaper, velvet couches, and crystal chandeliers. The 92 rooms all have king-size beds with down comforters, oversize closets, and marble tubs. The hotel has a ski concierge who will dry boots and organize lift passes; the saloonlike J-Bar is the single most beloved après joint in Aspen, thick with bold-faced visitors replacing ski calories with bourbon-spiked milkshakes called Aspen Crud. The outdoor hot tub with heated towel service is also a draw, but unlike the other two grande dames (Nell and St. Regis), the Jerome is set back a few blocks from the mountain.

$400 or more
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Hyatt Grand Aspen
415 E. Dean Street
Aspen , Colorado
81611
Tel: 727 803 9400
Fax: 727 803 9402
aspen.hyatt.com

You know you're staying someplace special when the granite-slabbed kitchen is equipped with martini glasses, Bordeaux and Chardonnay glasses, a Viking wine refrigerator, and a cappuccino maker. And the bathroom? A tub for two, plus a glassed-in rain shower with jets and a steam spigot. At the Hyatt Grand Aspen, they do everything right. When compared to Aspen's other premier properties—Little Nell, St. Regis and Hotel Jerome—the Hyatt stands out for its new, impeccable feel, classic decor and condo units that are, well, just like home—only much, much nicer. Each condo has a gas fireplace, a private balcony overlooking Ajax Mountain or the picture-perfect ice-skating rink, plasma TVs, and a concierge service that will do everything short of calling your mother. Which leaves you with more time to get through all that barware.

$200-$299
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Limelight Lodge
355 South Monarch Street
Aspen , Colorado
81611
Tel: 800 433 0832 (toll-free)
Tel: 970 925 3025
www.limelightlodge.com

Completely renovated in 2008 and now channeling Frank Lloyd Wright, this chic yet family-friendly Aspen lodge is full-service, including nightly après gatherings, complimentary breakfast, fitness room, and heated pool and hot tub. The 126 rooms have upscale touches like leather headboards and marble baths, and all rooms except the standards have kitchenettes (the suites have full kitchens). Shuttles to and from all four of Aspen's mountains make getting around pretty painless, and the small but efficient lounge has a tasty menu of basic fare—pizza, soups, salads—to tide you over while you make that most difficult of Aspen decisions: where to go for dinner. First time skiing here? Sign up for Inside Tracks, exclusively for Limelight guests, and join a free mountain tour with a ski school instructor.—by Samantha Berman

$400 or more
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The Little Nell
675 E. Durant Avenue
Aspen , Colorado
81611
Tel: 888 843 6355 (toll-free)
Tel: 970 920 4600
concierge@thelittlenell.com
www.thelittlenell.com

The Nell is so Aspen—i.e., it's a cute little (92-room) home-away-from-home chalet where everyone happens to be wearing Prada skiwear and there's a two-to-one staff-to-guest ratio. Those abundant staff members are convincingly caring, and the atmosphere really is warm at the town's only true ski-in, ski-out hotel. The ski concierge, Ray McNutt, will take you out at the crack of dawn to be first to sully the groomed slopes, too. The all-beige rooms have plenty of space to swing a dog (yours is welcome and has his own menu), plus king-size beds, gas log fires, huge closets, humidifiers, and big marble bathrooms. Restaurant Montagna is among the best in the state, and the bar is a hot spot, especially with its fondue menu. The Nell's Ajax Tavern, just across from the gondola, has reopened for the 2008 season after a massive renovation, with a new menu befitting its contemporary French bistro atmosphere. (Old favorites, however, such as the Tavern's famous truffle fries, are still a must.)

$400 or more
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Sky Hotel
709 E. Durant Avenue
Aspen , Colorado
81611
Tel: 800 882 2582 (toll-free)
Tel: 970 925 6760
www.theskyhotel.com

Right next door to the Nell, the former Aspen Club Lodge became Kimpton's adorable 90-room chalet in 2002—possibly the only Aspen hotel with a sense of humor. The towering, kitschy foyer has knotty, varnished tree-trunk beams and madly elongated white wing chairs with six-foot backs. Next door is 39 Degrees, a 007-ish (Roger Moore era) lounge that in summer opens out onto a cool pool deck with fire pits and lounging couches. Bedrooms are painted sunshine-yellow to complement their '70s orange-stripped pine beams. The best rooms have little balconies with partial mountain views—none has their neighbor's full-mountain aspect. No ski concierge here, but there is on-site rental, boot-drying, and storage. There's also an "Altitude Adjustment" wine reception in the lobby every night.

$400 or more
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St. Regis Aspen Resort
315 E. Dean Street
Aspen , Colorado
81611
Tel: 888 454 9005 (toll-free)
Tel: 970 920 3300
info@stregisaspen.com
www.stregisaspen.com/templates/index.php

The 179-room St. Regis opened in 1992 (then as a Ritz-Carlton). From the outside, the huge Colorado redbrick hulk is somehow reminiscent of a renovated Dickensian orphanage. Inside, an Alpine–Western school of decorating has resulted in exposed stone, blond wood, brown leather, black granite, Persian rugs, and bronze elks—and, ultimately, a somewhat generic-grand-hotel-chain feel. Yet the bedrooms, with their striped carpets and scarlet bedspreads, are plush, Wi-Fi accessible, and fully stocked with good linens, Bose stereos, and humidifiers. For a room with a fireplace, be sure to request the Red Mountain Wing. The Remède Spa (St. Regis's 15,000-square-foot prototype for its new brand) has the usual treatments, and also dispenses post-massage Champagne, truffles, and oxygen.

$400 or more
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Viceroy Resort and Spa, Snowmass
130 Wood Road
Snowmass , Colorado
81611
Tel: 866 270 8440
www.viceroysnowmass.com

When the Viceroy opened its doors in November 2009, it marked the luxury brand's first foray into ski country. It hasn't disappointed. The 173-room lodge is right off the Assay Hill run and fits neatly into a category of lodging severely lacking at Snowmass—luxury digs. Unlike sister resort Aspen, Snowmass has been slow to build its village and amenities, but the Viceroy is a stunning start. The modern rooms and suites are wanting for nothing, with studios to four-bedrooms in varying configurations to accommodate all sizes of groups and families. Interior-design insider Jean-Michel Gathy led the design efforts, and the result is sleek, modern spaces that remain warm and inviting, like a ski hotel should be. The hotel's restaurant, Eight K, with a beautiful 87-foot-long glass bar, wins fans with chef de cuisine Will Nolan's mildly Southern take on Colorado comfort food, such as his crawfish hush puppies and cane-syrup-glazed pork chops. After the ski day, the heated outdoor pool and hot tubs have a bird's-eye view of the slopes and an after-hour café and bar, Nest, to handle the care and feeding of après-skiers. The 7,000-square-foot Viceroy Spa might not be the biggest, but it's arguably one of the best in the valley, a Gathy-designed palace inspired by Native American traditions and rituals.—by Samantha Berman

$199 or less
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Viceroy Snowmass
130 Wood Road
Snowmass Village , Colorado
81611
Tel: 866 270 8440
Tel: 970 923 8000
concierge@viceroysnowmass.com
korhotelgroup.com

Anchoring a new base village, this 173-room, ski-in/ski-out stunner is like a vitamin B12 shot in the arm for Snowmass. Despite its wide-open bowls, powdery chutes, and sharp granite cliffs, Snowmass has long stayed in the shadow of neighboring Aspen due in part to its lack of luxury accommodations (that is, for those who don't own one of the multimillion-dollar pads sprinkled around the 25-square-mile town). Guests are coddled by the stellar service, kicking off their skis at the ski concierge area, ordering cocktails from the poolside hot tub, or finding handwritten notes from staff at turndown. Rooms are coolly modern: Gas fireplaces of black granite pop against textured walls, slate floors, and geometric wood detailing; huge beds are backed by woven-leather headboards; and built-in stainless steel lamps with steer horns wink at the valley's ranching history. Transparent glass walls enclose the immense bathrooms, which are a retreat unto themselves, with deep soaking tubs and attractive glass-tiled rain showers. Kitchenettes are stocked with premium appliances in case you want to stay in. But why would you? The Eight K Restaurant adds a throbbing pulse to the resort, with a bar pouring local brews and a decadent menu that has rocketed the spot to the top of the Snowmass dining scene.

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