Aspen Hotels

By: Max Bellamy

Despite its reputation as a playground of the rich and famous, Aspen has a range of hotels suiting all pockets. Here is a sampling of the best in Aspen.

Aspen's historic landmark, the Independence Square, is the only lodge on the downtown mall. It provides concierge and guest services, complimentary continental breakfast, a rooftop Jacuzzi, and immediate access to Aspen's finest shops and restaurants. You can also hop on to the free Aspen Mountain and Ruby Park shuttle service just a block away, in downtown Aspen. A standard one-bedroom/one bath room would cost approximately $298.75 per night.

The Gant, nestled at the base of Aspen Mountain, is considered Aspen's finest condo resort. The Gant combines the warmth of a lodge and the professional hospitality of a hotel. Each Standard, Deluxe, or Premier condo comes with a fireplace (traditional wood), private balcony, fully equipped kitchen, and daily housekeeping. Condos are rated by an independent rating service, based purely on the interior décor. Nightly rates start at $132.

The quieter Limelite Lodge provides for a cozy retreat from the frenzied activity on the ski slopes, with a large common fireplace, a grand view of Aspen Mountain, and complimentary tea, coffee, apple cider, or hot chocolate at anytime. Breakfast is complimentary in the Columbine room; there's cable TV; and you can also soak your thoughts away in communal hot tub. What's more, pets are welcome. Nightly rates start at $69.

For those interested in the high life, the Alpenblick, the Ritz Carlton-Club, and the Summit Place are some of the luxury options. Then there's the Jerome at the very heart of Aspen. This member of "The Leading Hotels Of The World" was built by Jerome B. Wheeler and has been around for more than a century. Restored to its grandeur, the hotel has an old worldly charm that is unrivalled in Aspen. The best rooms have a magnificent view of Aspen Mountain. Nightly rates start at $125.

In Aspen, July is as crowded as February, with summer sports hogging center stage once the snow melts. December and January are the peak months for the winter sport enthusiasts.

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