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The Little Nell

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The peak of Aspen Mountain, or “Ajax” is about 11,200 feet in elevation. The mountain stands sentry over this quaint former silver-mining town, where thousands now flock to its famed powdery slopes for winter adventure or four seasons of unique outdoor fun. Getting to the top of Aspen Mountain involves a 2.5-mile ride on the Silver Queen Gondola, which whisks visitors 3000 vertical feet from the town’s base to the summit.

Staying as close to the Silver Queen Gondola is a game-winning strategy for those looking to carve fresh tracks first thing in the morning. The Little Nell is a sophisticated, full service hotel tucked comfortably at the base of Aspen Mountain and the ski area’s conflux with lively downtown Aspen. The hotel is only a handful of steps from the Silver Queen Gondola, making it one of the only ski-in, ski-out hotels at the base of Aspen Mountain. The Little Nell has long been heralded as the pinnacle of slope-side lodging in Aspen. The hotel has received accolades like the AAA Five Diamonds Award for its intimate guest appeal and continued excellence. Owned and operated by the Aspen Ski Company, The Little Nell is famed for its flawless attention to guest needs, revered amenities, and regal service.

The Little Nell is for the truly discerning traveler seeking aristocratic splendor in an Aspen vacation. The luxurious rooms and suites have views of downtown or the mountain and are meticulously mindful of the minutiae. All 92-rooms and suites provide the very best in creature comforts with a cozy gas-burning fireplace, cushy goose down sofas, fluffy goose down comforters, a 42-inch flat-screen LCD TV, a Bose stereo with iPod docking station, granite vanities, and muscle-relaxing soaking tubs.

Visitors to The Nell seeking to upgrade from the standard and premium rooms will find a selection of 14 posh and elegantly appointed private guest suites decked with noteworthy original art from the hotel’s private collection. The maple-paneled Paepcke Suite, named after Aspen Ski Co founder Walter Paepcke, includes hardwood floors, a dining room, office, media room, two bedrooms, a private master bedroom, and a gigantic balcony for a trophy view of Aspen Mountain. The Pfeifer Suite features two balconies, as well gas fireplaces in each bedroom.

Nestled into The Nell’s courtyard, an outdoor pool heated to 102 degrees and a spacious Jacuzzi awaits guests seeking water self-therapy from a long day skiing. If you’re looking to get the kinks worked by a professional, The Nell offers a full service spa with an exciting menu of relaxing massage services, including Swedish, Thai, and Shiatsu massages. A high tech, state of the art fitness center staffed by personal trainers is also available for guests.

It simply wouldn’t be Aspen without a critically-acclaimed collection of restaurants and bars located throughout The Nell. Around three o’clock in the afternoon, a crowd of thirsty skiers gathers at the Ajax Tavern for the red-hot après ski. Be sure to stay for the seafood raw bar, the cheese fondue, and hearty entrees like the grass-fed beef burger and the seared sea scallops. The fashionable Terrace Bar is tucked into a spacious and secluded nook, where the glitterati hang out swathed in fur and designer duds. Tapas inspired by the countries along the 13th parallel are served (think piquant and appetizing small dishes from Asia, Latin America, and Southern Europe). There’s even 24-hour room service for the late-night culture vultures craving an in-room snack after last call.

Foodies flock to Montagna, an elegant fine dining establishment tucked into the ground floor of The Nell. Montagna is notable for tantalizing Colorado Alpine entrees in a refined bistro setting. Executive Chef Ryan Hardy lovingly grows and raises some of the organic produce and livestock prepared and served in the restaurant on his 15-acre Rendezvous Farms, located in nearby Crawford. Signature dishes such as grass-fed rack of lamb and pasture-raised chicken in sauces canned straight from the garden are featured in a nightly pre fixe “Farmhouse Tasting” menu. It is a simple, fresh, and sustainable dining philosophy that celebrates cuisine-based regional and community flavors. In order to pair these tasty dishes with a palate-pleasing wine vintage, sommeliers Jonathan Pullis and Dustin Wilson will be at your service with an exhaustive, award-wining 20,000-plus bottle wine list.

At The Nell, the beauty is in the hospitable details, like a ski valet and ski concierge to graciously take care of getting you on the slopes as quickly as possible, whether it involves an expert wax and tune overnight or returning your rentals at the end of the day. If you’re visiting Aspen during non-skiing months, the concierge will arrange everything from golf outings to a fly-fishing expedition on the Roaring Fork River.

After staying at The Little Nell, you’ll discover why affluence is drawn to Aspen: The Nell’s ritzy and chic accommodations don’t come cheap. What is true with real estate is true with hotel room prices: location, location, and location. However, the courteous staff and an opportunity to mingle with the crème de la crème of Aspen glam while basking in the refined opulence of Aspen Mountain’s 11,200 foot gaze is absolutely worth the splurge.

The Little Nell
675 E. Durant Ave
Aspen, CO 81611

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