The Little Nell: A Sparkling Diamond Ski Resort in Aspen
5-star / 5-Diamond accreditation is the pinnacle of success for any hotel or resort around the world. Aspen is fortunate to have such a property at the base of the mountain where guests literally walk out the doors to the slopes.
The Little Nell embodies all that Colorado is—a touch of Western elegance, smiling staff that goes above and beyond the expectations of patrons, culinary fare that is just as much art as it is sustenance, and accommodations that have Aspen-goers clamoring for longer stays. A perfect holiday escape in the mountains, The Little Nell is a home away from home nestled in the snowy peaks of Colorado.
Built in 1989 with a renovation in 2009 for the 20th anniversary, the beautiful 92-room property is steps from the slopes. With cozy fireplaces in every room, balconies overlooking the surrounding Colorado landscape, rustic barn door décor touches, fresh floral arrangements, and elegant accommodations, ski vacations and summer getaways alike are a joy at this Colorado retreat.
A dog-friendly hotel, a pet menu is served in the Living Room, as well as Puppy Jet Lag kits for those coming from their beach homes or cruising vessels.
The Living Room offers the full menu of the Montagna Restaurant, as well as the pet menu, for those looking to relax and overlook the pool terrace. With its own fireplace, chic furniture and modern artwork, the Living Room is a perfect place to unwind from a long day and enjoy a glass of wine or hot cocoa.
Nearby Terrace Bar is more of a club scene, with cowhide window seats and a copper bar, it is a popular hangout for locals as an après ski lounge. Executive Chef Robert McCormick’s Montagna Restaurant is simply not to be missed while in the Aspen area.
From Wagyu beef offerings to Master Sommelier Jonathan Pullis’ carefully curated wine selection, the artful creations from the kitchens of Montagna are both mouth-watering and appetite-appeasing for daily breakfast, lunch, dinner, and brunch on Saturdays and Sundays.
The kid-friendly programs are phenomenal at The Little Nell, with complimentary plush animals greeting younger visitors with cupcakes and kid’s robes. Bubble bath services are also a welcome surprise provided by the hotel. Ski concierge services provide everything from boot rentals to lift tickets to ski school arrangements—needless to say service is a priority and a serious duty for the professionals at The Little Nell.
For the grown-ups, a Veuve Clicquot Champagne pop-up bar can be found on the slopes provided by the hotel. 21+ guests can enjoy a $15 glass of champagne on the slopes from this snowcat-towed, solar-panel operated novelty.
From the fleet of cars that are complimentary for guests to explore the surrounding area to the self-guided cellphone audio tours of the modern artwork throughout the hotel, The Little Nell has a welcome surprise around every corner.
A jazz club in the lower levels and 24/7 fitness facility with changing rooms, steam room and spa treatments compliment the luxury shopping on the main floor. During the summer, a fresh herb garden is grown overlooking the water-feature accented pool that has a direct view of the mountain at the ski-in-ski out resort.
The popular adjoining Ajax Tavern and world-renowned slopes of Aspen meld seamlessly with the prime location of The Little Nell. Service-oriented staff and modern touches to fresh, crisp rooms make for an excellent stay in the Aspen area when looking for luxury accommodations in Colorado.
If You Go
Little Nell is located in the heart of Aspen, Colorado. Flights to Aspen airport are available from select US cities and Denver International Airport is just under 4 hours from the resort town.
The Little Nell
675 E Durant Ave.
Aspen, CO 81611
Chad Chisholm (www.creationize.com) is a Denver-based travel writer and photographer, his work is featured in AAA EnCompass, JustLuxe, Denver Life Magazine, Colorado Expression, Denver Post and various other outlets.
Photos courtesy of The Little Nell