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The Little Nell

The Little Nell

Web Address: http://www.thelittlenell.com

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Aspen is a wonderfully designed village with most everything contained in a 5-6 block radius. They have preserved the old buildings and blended in new ones seamlessly. Reminds me of East Hampton, NY, great design, galleries, tony shops, restaurants and bars. While most think of Aspen for its winter festivities, I suspect it is equally wonderful in the summer.

Virtually every list of the best accommodations in the U.S. includesThe Little Nell and for good reason. This sophisticated but intimate hotel is the only ski in-ski-out hotel in Aspen and its service and dining are legendary. A complete guestroom renovation in 2009 by acclaimed designer Holly Hunt has taken their accommodations to a new level. This is where you’ll spot the rich and famous….the Trumps were there the week before I was.

Hunt’s guestroom redesign follows a theme of creating a “a home away from home.” and it has succeeded on many fronts. A color scheme of browns, beiges and rusts complements the palette of the mountains and is warm and soothing. Closet doors are barn door replicas. Two leather club chairs with ottomans, (nobody else thinks of that) surround a stone gas fireplace. The beds are luxuriously appointed with down pillows and comforters. Bathrooms have his and her stone vanities and all natural “First Tracks” June Jacobs spa amenities. Other nice touches: a warming throw on the bed, fresh orchids in vases around the room, a portable humidifier to combat the dry air and Dow Port and Joseph Phelps Cab in the mini bar. With rooms starting at a generous 600 square feet, this is like home.

The hotel’s signature restaurant, Element 47, serves breakfast, lunch and dinner and boasts a Wine Spectator Grand Award. Wine Enthusiast named the list “100 Best Wine Restaurants in America” Executive Chef Bryan Moscatello helms the kitchen and the menu is a farm to table approach with an emphasis on local products. The wine program is overseen by Master Sommelier Carlton McCoy, who is the 10th master to come through The Little Nell.

The Ajax Tavern, located at the base of the mountain is a favorite of both locals and guest alike. Serving a bistro menu with a great cocktail, beer and wine list, the Tavern is popular for lunch, apres ski, cocktails on the patio or a casual dinner.

Love the Montagna Bar with its rattan bar stools and views of the courtyard and mountain. Make their drinks with fresh juices and has a wonderful bar menu.

And how about the “The Oasis” on Aspen Mountain, a Veuve Clicquot pop-up Champagne Bar. The mobile bar features umbrellas, lounge chairs, solar-powered sound system, flags and other eye-catching features. Guests find out the daily secret location of the Champagne bar, by following Twitter. What fun!
The staff is extremely well trained, efficient and pleasant as you might expect at a 5 star hotel, but The Little Nell takes service to the next plateau with transportation around town, an Audi Test Drive program, an excellent Pet Program and programs like free lift tickets for a 3 day stay.

From $380 depending on season.

Forbes Five Star
AAA Five Diamond
“As long as money is no object” , this “skiin/ski out” Relais & Chateau “icon” “on the slopes” of Aspen is “everything a luxury resort should be”- a “perfect mix of style comfort and service”: with “to-die-for rooms” offering “many thoughtful details” (“like chimneys”) and “outstanding staff”, “fabulous dining”… and a “pool area with whirlpools and waterfalls”- it’s no wonder the smitten say, “every place else comes in second.” ZAGAT

The hotel has an excellent spa and fitness facility with a full complement of spa services and a wonderful outdoor heated pool for the warmer months.

Winter activities include, snowmobiling, snowshoe tours, winter fly fishing, ice skating and dog sledding. Summer activities include: tennis, fly fishing, mountain biking, whitewater rafting, horseback riding, hiking, hot air ballooning, paragliding, clay target shooting, rock climbing and off road jeep tours. The hotel has a “Cowboy Camp 101”, which are overnight horse pack trips. The Adventure Shop or the concierge can help you plan any activity. Hotel guests have golf privileges at the private Snowmass Club.


Denver: 3 hours, 38 minutes
Grand Junction, CO: 2 hours, 21 minutes
Colorado Springs, CO: 3 hours, 47 minutes


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