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The Little Nell, Aspen, Colorado, USA

Aspen’s only ski-in/ski-out hotel offers guests direct access to Aspen Mountain.

By Elite Traveler

Aspen’s only ski-in/ski-out hotel is located steps from the Silver Queen Gondola, offering guests direct access to Aspen Mountain. Five-Star, Five-Diamond services and amenities include a Les Clefs d’Or-certified Concierge team, dedicated Ski Concierge, complimentary mini-bar with snacks and non-alcoholic beverages, special pet amenities, a heated outdoor pool and hot tub, complimentary ground transfers, an Audi test-drive program and a Health Center with massage offerings and a fully equipped exercise room.

Dining options include breakfast, lunch, après and dinner at Element 47 tucked inside the hotel or the bistro-style Ajax Tavern set at the base of Aspen Mountain, a favorite of visitors and locals alike. Prefer not to leave the comforts of your room? In-Room Dining is also available 24/7. After reflecting upon its storied history this past year with a 30th anniversary celebration, this ski season, The Little Nell casts a glance to the future with a new wine bar, renovated living room and lobby, luxurious accommodations, exclusive adventures and more.


Paepcke Suite

– Size 4,000 sq ft – Nightly rate from $2,500-$13,500 ($8,600 avg through winter)

This is the premier hotel suite in Aspen, and the hotel’s biggest. If anything embodies they Aspen ideal made famous by Walter Paepcke, a visionary industrialist who imagined a center of mind, body, and spirit high in the Colorado Rockies, it is this grand 2,500 square foot one-bedroom space. A sweeping private balcony takes in the base of Aspen Mountain, the Silver Queen Gondola, and Ajax Tavern’s “see and be ski” scene. The suite can be expanded to include two more bedrooms. A central fireplace anchors an expansive living room which includes an elegant work station, a dining table seating six, and an adjacent powder room.

New for 2020: The Little Nell and Krug Champagne are proud to unveil the ultimate après-ski experience in Aspen. Reserve the premier suite at Aspen’s most luxurious hotel for a private event, enhanced with special elements from this prestigious Champagne house. This experience includes a private butler, a selection of Vintage Krug Champagne, hors d’oeuvres and a seafood tower, plus a DJ on the patio for you and your nine closest friends.

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Aspen is the jewel of the Roaring Fork Valley, not far from the highest peak in the Rockies. Here, you can breathe adventure. And The Little Nell is alone in offering you premier guides, trips and activities to experience the beauty of Aspen – always with Five-Star service.

Your pass grants access to all four mountains, and The Nell is the sole ski-in/ski-out hotel at the base of Ajax. Expert Ski Concierge team manage the rest, from warm boots to hidden powder. Winter adventures include: Snowcat Powder Tours, First Tracks and Last Tracks

Summer and fall are a riot of the senses, whether you’re casting a fly or exploring on anything from your own two feet to our specialized Audis— with, naturally, custom food and wine pairings available. Summer adventures include: Off-Road Tours, Cycling Camp, Star Gazing and Fly Fishing.

Wine & Dine

The Little Nell’s wine program has a reputation as rich as its cellar. Not only have we earned the Wine Spectator Grand Award since 1997, but we’ve also achieved the remarkable feat of graduating 10 of North America’s Master Sommeliers, the most of any establishment in North America. This means that when you dine at The Little Nell, you have the opportunity to truly experience the art of wine. With 20,000+ wines in our cellar, our approach is based on a list that majors on classic producers and regions, with multiple vintages and wines from a roster of the world’s biggest names, from Roulot and Romanée-Conti in Burgundy to Ridge and Screaming Eagle in California, via Chave Hermitage, Piedmont’s Gaja and a superb collection of mature classed-growth claret.

Top Restaurant

Element 47 is Aspen’s finest spot to wine, dine and unwind. Tucked inside The Little Nell, element 47 serves Colorado Contemporary cuisine emphasizing local wagyu beef, house-made pastas and seasonal produce. The dining experience is complemented by the hotel’s award-winning wine program and genuine hospitality. The name element 47 pays tribute to silver, the precious metal that first put Aspen on the map.


Forbes Travel Guide

Recipient of the prestigious Forbes Five-Star Award for 2021, marking the 26th consecutive year to receive this designation as “one of the best hotels in the world.”

AAA Five-Diamond

The recipient for 28 consecutive years of the prestigious American Automobile Association’s (AAA) Five Diamond Award, which recognizes properties renowned for uncompromising standards of excellence in all aspects of the operation.

Wine Spectator

Since 1997, The Little Nell has been recognized as a “Grand Award Winner” for having an exceptional wine program, the highest distinction by this discerning publication.

James Beard Foundation

Element 47 was nominated for “Most Outstanding Wine Program” in 2011 (finalist), 2014 (finalist), 2016 (semi-finalist), 2018 (finalist), 2019 (semi-finalist) and 2020 (semi-finalist). In 1997, George Mahaffey, executive chef at The Little Nell, was named Best Chef Southwest.

Conde Nast Traveler

The Little Nell was ranked #6 for “Best Hotels in the US West” in 2020, and #1 on the list for Aspen.


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