Metaphorically speaking, the art of picking a hotel is a lot like dissecting jazz. Listening to jazz involves identifying the variations of a melody’s strain while vetting a stratum of harmonies and an intricate pattern of rhythms. In jazz, the soulful horn player, the pianist, the walking bass, and the pulsing drums all come together in a beautifully syncopated, sonic combustion that is elegant, hip, and heart-achingly cool. When shopping for a hotel, visitors scrutinize and weigh options in an effort to pick a dreamlike fusion of idyllic location, stylish décor, and amicable service for a realistic price.
Recently renovated for a jazzy-chic style, Hotel Aspen is a noteworthy modern mountain lodge. The Hotel Aspen was originally built during the town’s ski-tourism boom and has revised its look to suit the modern age. A circular foyer with a rustic elk horn chandler will surely catch the eye of passing traffic on Main Street. On the second floor, a warm, blazing stone hearth rages in a spacious Great Room. This unique space is where a hearty continental breakfast is served with an astonishing panorama of Ajax and Independence Pass soaring into the clouds nearby.
Hotel Aspen’s 45 rooms and suites are magnificently appointed with modern furnishings, seductive burgundy tones, and ample sunlight. After an extensive renovation, each room features beautiful modern bathroom fixtures and new vanities, as well as rejuvenating Gilchrist and Soames London bath botanicals and plush terry cloth robes. The tech-friendly rooms include iPod docking stations, Wifi, flat-screen TVs, and DVD players, as well as a fluffy down comforter and crisp, soft 300 thread count sheets. Upgrade to the deluxe rooms for a solarium and fireplace or the handful of rooms and suites with private balconies. The jet-setting aristocrat will enjoy the Jacuzzi Suite which includes a bubbling private outdoor Jacuzzi on a balcony with spectacular mountain vistas.
Despite a prime downtown location on Main Street, the Hotel Aspen’s bucolic surrounding embraces the quiet and intoxicating natural beauty of Colorado’s Western Slope. Guests are only a stone’s throw away from the gondola, dining, and nightlife of the downtown mall. After a day whisking down the mountain, Hotel Aspen’s courtyard is a welcome relief. A vibrant pool scene, two steamy hot tubs, and complimentary beer and wine après ski Happy Hour are a picture-perfect ending to the afternoon.
The Hotel Aspen is a funky and eccentric property, seemingly belligerent about embracing the confines of a “boutique” hotel category. As far as Aspen lodging choices go, it is a great value in a sought-after downtown location. The Hotel Aspen is a sophisticated hotel for the bourgeoisie with soul and character, perennially celebrating a coming of age that’s been decades in the making.
110 W Main St.
Aspen, CO 81611