The Little Nell Aspen
At a Glance
Ritzy address with a down to earth attitude
Home to two of Aspen's best restaurants Element 47 and Ajax Tavern
Super attentive service
Wine cellar with a 20,000 bottle collection and master sommeliers on hand
Rooms are spacious, with cathedral ceilings and lots of natural light
Exclusive Residences are home-from-home
Ajax Tavern is the place for a long, lazy lunch in the summer. Listen to musicians jam. Eat fresh oysters, crab or Lobster served on ice. Drink a crisp glass of Sauvignon blanc.Maudie Tomlinson
You can't be closer to the slopes here. Stay in the Pfeifer suite and you can look right out on to the gondola stationAnna Bleasdale
Experience horse riding Little Nell style - saddle up and ride though Maroon Creek waters and enjoy dinner and wine pairings served next to a roaring fire.Maudie Tomlinson
Enjoy unique experiences including private jeep tours and even star gazing at the top of the mountain, exclusive to guests at the hotelAnna Bleasdale
Meet our specialists
Call us on 858 523 9000 to start planning your vacation to The Little Nell Aspen or take a look at our itineraries to The Rockies
The Little Nell enjoys prime access and views of Ajax mountain but location is far from its only charm. The hotel manages to be refined but with an overwhelmingly relaxed feel. The Little Nell is known for its great service and nothing is too much trouble.
Suites designed by Holly Hunt are cutting-edge yet cosy, with one-off art commissions and oversized furniture. The guestrooms are stylish and spacious, with fireplaces, well-stocked mini-bars that are complimentary for snacks and non-alcoholic beverages, well thought out bathrooms, huge soaking tubs and dressing area. Some rooms feature vaulted ceilings showcasing mountainside views, while others overlook the charming former mining town.
For families, there's The Little Nell Residences with two, three or four bedrooms complete with private residents' lounge and roof-top swimming pool with impressive views over Aspen.
For people watching, the cosy lounge with leather sofas and fireplaces is the place to gather. The Ajax Tavern serves sophisticated pub food, with a sunny terrace well positioned for listening to afternoon music jams at the base of the gondola. Element 47, sleek and decadent, focuses on local, natural produce. Rest assured that you will be tasting the flavor of locally sourced fruits and vegetables, wagyu beef locally grown at Emma Farms and pork from Niman Ranch. In addition to an award-winning wine cellar with over 20,000 bottles, Element 47 also serves local beers and spirits.
All rooms and suites at the Little Nell are decorated in a sleek contemporary style. Each has either a king or two queen beds, soft linens, contemporary gas fireplace, flatscreen LCD TV, minibar, DVD and CD player with iPod docking station. There are views either over Aspen or the surrounding mountains. Suites also have jetted bathtubs. Suites designed by Holly Hunt have the wow factor, with contemporary design, textures and one-off art commissions. Rooms either face the town, or towards the courtyard and mountain.
Residences have a more traditional mountain feel, featuring locally-inspired artwork and collectibles, and range in size from 2000 - 3250 square feet. Each has a lounge with stacked stone fireplace, dining area, full gourmet kitchen with professional-grade stainless steel Viking appliances and granite counter tops. Flat screen TVs can be found in the lounge, bedrooms and bathrooms. Each also has a private balcony. There is also access to the Residence-only lounge and roof-top pool and terraces.
The Little Nell is a family-friendly property with connecting room options, and amenities from cribs, high-chairs, children's robes and slippers, toys and journals. Baby-sitting services are available on request with the concierge.
Element 47, focuses on locally sourced, natural ingredients and an impressive wine library. Ajax Tavern offers a more casual dining experience with a bistro-style menu and terrace overlooking the mountain.
Summertime may be Aspen's most glorious season with outdoor adventures, a passion for visual arts, music, and the written word, and some of the finest hotels and restaurants in the world. The sun shines in this part of the Colorado Rockies more than 300 days per year, making Aspen an ideal training environment for world-class athletes and those who just want to get lost in the mountains.
The Little Nell has an impressive independent outfitters with staff guides to offer entirely customisable adventures. Helicopter fly-fishing for trophy trout at a seclude mountain ranch, horseback riding through the flower-strewn meadows of Maroon Bells to enjoy a gourmet picnic lunch with wine pairings, a signature river float trip down the Roaring Fork River complete with Whisky tasting's and a tour of Woody Creek Distillers, are just an example of Adventures with the Little Nell.
Children and teenage adventures are also well catered for. Catch and cooking with a stream-to-table fishing trip, rock climbing on independence pass, mountain bike at Snowmass or white water raft down to Rock Bottom Farm.
Fitness Center with fully equipped exercise room; trio of treatment rooms for facials and massage therapies; heated outdoor pool and Jacuzzi.
Location & Directions
The best location in town for Ajax Mountain, just steps from the gondola.
When to go
Aspen has an extreme continental climate with very cold winters and warm summers. Activities are very seasonal. Spring, from late April to June, is marked by mild days and cold nights, with some rain and occasional snow. Summers offer warm days and cool nights and a profusion of brightly colored wildflowers. Expect blue sky days with occasional short afternoon showers. Outdoor adventure and an abundance of art, culture and music events, many of which are free, attract visitors to Aspen in the summer. The first big event of the year being the Food and Wine Classic scheduled towards end of June, with events running through September.
In autumn, the aspen and cottonwood run gold and red displaying a spectacular fall show. The days are sunny, with cold nights. Rain eventually gives way to snow. Winter brings with it enough deep snow to keep a skier happy well into April.