Remember when you were in college and you piled into your roommate’s VW van with a stash of booze and ski gear, setting out to drive 14 hours straight across the Mid-West plains to Aspen for a ski weekend? Remember how you stumbled into a lecture hall on Monday morning, bleary-eyed and smelling like a musty cologne of sweat and booze, yet you couldn’t help smiling - despite not studying for that exam - because you just had the best weekend of your life skiing and partying in pristine powder on Colorado’s Western Slope?
L’auberge d’Aspen is a quaint mom and pop establishment perfect for hearty weekend warriors like economic college students on spring break or couples looking for funky lodging alternatives to traditional condo hotels.
‘L’auberge’ is French for ‘hostel.’ However, this does not mean Euro-style bunkrooms or sharing bathrooms with obnoxious students. Rather, L’auberge d’Aspen offers 16 freestanding cottages snuggled into picturesque grove of pine and Aspen birches. The pastel-painted cottages resemble fantasyland ginger bread houses. L’auberge d’Aspen’s cabins are steeped in historic splendor and local folklore. The guest cabins are rumored to date back to the original mining camp days, when the rustic units were used to house miners going deep into Smuggler Mountain to dig for silver.
L’auberge d’Aspen has seen over century of Aspen history, even though the cabins have been well-kept and consistently renovated for the modern traveler. Nonetheless, you’ll still feel miles away from civilization, particularly because the western extremity of Aspen Mountain towers immediately overhead. Each cabin is decorated with a specific alpine theme and all units include stone fireplaces, elk-horn chandeliers, rustic wood-paneled walls, televisions, bed canopies, down comforters, kitchenettes, and antique furnishings. A few of the rooms even include a jetted tub. Ski lockers are available on the property so you can safely stash your gear. To heighten the mountain ambiance, an outdoor Jacuzzi hot tub gives the property hints of Scandinavia or Switzerland.
The property’s location on West Main Street is about a 10-block hike to the gondola and conveniently located on the skier shuttle route between Highlands, Buttermilk, and Snowmass. For culture vultures, the nightlife of downtown Aspen is just a short walk. The popular breakfast nook, The Main Street Café, is two blocks away and a perfect spot to recharge before heading out in the morning.
The L’auberge boasts an attractive and affordable winter and summer rack rate. The average rate is 250 dollars a night during winter and 180 dollars a night during the summer. This means you can relax on your Aspen vacation without breaking the bank on divinely funky accommodations.
435 West Main Street
Aspen, CO 81611