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
Best time to Visit
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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 coloured 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.
To start planning your holiday to The Little Nell Aspen
Tucked away at the base of the mountain, The Little Nell is boutique enough for personal attention, and large enough to have all the amenities of a Five-Star hotel. Hit the summer slopes or explore Aspen's streets for art galleries and fashion.
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 flavour 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.
Fitness Centre with fully equipped exercise room; trio of treatment rooms for facials and massage therapies; heated outdoor pool and Jacuzzi.
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.
Anna Bleasdale (Staff)
Camilla Swift (Staff)
Not only is The Little Nell the hotel to stay in for ski holidays with its ski-in ski-out facilities, it is a top choice for summer visitors to Aspen due to its location in town for ease of walking out to all the fabulous boutiques, cafes, restaurants and museums, just a short stroll away.
The hotel also houses two of Aspen's best restaurants; Ajax Tavern and Element 47 are both extremely popular with locals, so advance reservations are a must!
James Ferguson (Staff)
Over the last 20 years The Little Nell has gained a reputation as a very special place to stay in a very special resort.
It is the only ski-in ski-out property in Aspen itself, and the concierge service means that everything is easy; from planning excursions and meals to making sure your boots are warmed and your ski edges sharpened each morning.
Like the resort itself, Little Nell is unpretentious but offers top quality service.
Charlotte Austin (Staff)
This hotel is possibly in the best location - cornering the bottom of the Ajax mountain, you can walk 3 ft to the piste or hop in one of the cars to take you to another mountain. This truly is the 5* luxury way to enjoy Aspen, the rooms are lovely and spacious and the mountain view rooms have an incredible view. Its great location means you can also walk to the shops and restaurants in town very easily.
Kate Newman (Staff)
Right at the base of the Silver Queen Gondola, The Little Nell is the only true ski-in ski-out property in Aspen, with the most sought-after tables in town when the sun is shining. Ajax Tavern terrace is a must for lunch, with un-interrupted views of Aspen Mountain. If you still have room left for dinner, then Element 47 serves Colorado-focused but globally inspired cuisine, with a staff of 25 sommeliers on hand to help select an excellent wine to suit any meal choice.
Hike the Highlands Bowl - Scott Dunn Suggests
For the Big Skiers and Adventure seekers we recommend hiking the Highlands bowl, this is the way the locals ski and they absolutely love to share their experience with guests.
Hot Air Ballooning over Aspen
Enjoy superb views of the fantastic mountains and scenery around Aspen Snowmass from high heights in a hot air balloon.
J-bar at the Jerome
This is Aspen's favourite watering hole and has been for well over a century now. Enjoy a fashionable prohibition cocktail in this Old West bar and even Aspen's best burger.
Snowshoeing in Aspen - Scott Dunn Suggests
Aspen snowshoeing is a healthy and economical way to explore the seemingly endless natural beauty and appreciate the invigorating solitude and abundant wildlife in the Aspen and Snowmass mountains.
The Treehouse Centre
The Treehouse Kid's Adventure Centre is a fantastic new development at the bottom of Snowmass mountain. This opened in 2008 and has been a revelation in terms of childcare in Aspen Snowmass.
Western Wednesday at Snowmass Village
Grab your cowboy hat and enjoy a wild, adrenaline rush with a day at the rodeo. The Wednesday night Rodeo at Snowmass Village is enormous fun and a great way to meet the locals. Don't miss the delicious cowboy bbq dinner & saloon bar.
Wheeler Opera House - Scott Dunn Suggests
The Wheeler Opera House is a must-see for culture lovers coming to Aspen. There is always something going on whether it is opera, film, music, theatre or dance.
Location & directions
The best location in town for Ajax Mountain, just steps from the gondola.
How to get there
The Little Nell is a 9-hour 40 minute international flight to Denver, followed by a 1-hour connecting flight to Aspen. For self-drive itineraries The Little Nell is located 10 miles from the Aspen Airport; 2 ½ hours from Grand Junction or 4 hours from Denver.
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