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The Little Nell, Aspen, Colorado 

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675 E. Durant Avenue
Aspen , Colorado
Tel: 888 843 6355 (toll-free)
Tel: 970 920 4600
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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.)

From the readers of Condé Nast Traveler:
This low-rise mountain resort has bleached mahogany, terra-cotta, and leather elements that make for a lighter feel than the typical lodge. Rooms in neutral colors have flat-screen TVs and gas fireplaces. Staff impress: "When my luggage was lost, the concierge got me everything I needed in exactly the brand I requested." Dine on Colorado lamb with preserved lemon and spring pea spaetzle at Montagna, "the best restaurant in town."

(92 rooms)
—2011 Gold List
Overall Score: 89.1
  • Activities: 88.5
  • Design: 86.6
  • Food: 87.1
  • Location: 97.7
  • Rooms: 86.7
  • Service: 87.7

Also appeared in the Gold List in 2010, 2009, 2008, 2007, 2006, 2005

Amenities: Pool, Skiing

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