The Forbes Travel Guide only has three hotels in Aspen that rate four or five stars, so we’ve done a deep dive to take a look at multiple best suites and residences offered by each. I hope you’ll agree, it’s always a good time to visit Aspen!
1. Hotel Jerome
Forbes Travel Guide says, “Built in 1889, Hotel Jerome, Auberge Resorts Collection has established itself as a luxury landmark in the heart of chic Aspen. The three-story brick structure, built during the height of the state’s silver boom, was the vision of Jerome B. Wheeler, whose intention was to emulate the great European hotels of the time.”
It adds, “Today, the historic Hotel Jerome shines brighter than ever thanks to contemporary-meets-mountain interior design, stellar service and a slew of ski-season luxuries, namely a few fantastic outdoor Jacuzzis.
Residences at the Mill Penthouse A
There is 3,000 sq. ft. of indoor-outdoor living space, and panoramic views of Aspen Mountain, Independence Pass, Red Mountain, and the Rio Grande Park. Features include a private elevator entrance, rooftop hot tub, full kitchen, dining room table for eight, gas fireplace, washer, and dryer, plus a terrace off the master suite.
Hotel Jerome Residential Suite
The 2,041 sq. ft. Hotel Jerome Residential Suite offers views of Aspen Mountain and includes a gas fireplace, a separate dining room, a living room with fireplace, a kitchen with hardwood floors and a balcony to enjoy the fresh mountain air.
With Aspen Mountain views, the hotel’s largest suite at 1,265 sq. ft. includes a master bedroom and a separate living and dining area with seating for four. There is a sofa bed and two full bathrooms making it ideal for families with young children.
2. The Little Nell
Aspen’s only 5-star resort according to Forbes Travel Guide, at The Little Nell, “The guest rooms and junior suites (renovated in 2017 by Champalimaud Design) and the six luxury suites (redesigned in 2014 by star designer Holly Hunt) are heavenly cocoons with fireplaces, overstuffed furniture, and luxurious bathrooms…Some suites feature vaulted ceilings showcasing glorious mountainside views, while others overlook the charming former mining town. Enjoy the well-equipped gym, outdoor pool and Jacuzzi.”
The Paepcke Suite
At 2,500 sq. ft., this is one of the largest hotel suites in Aspen named for Walter Paepcke, a visionary industrialist who with his wife Elizabeth founded the Aspen Institute, Aspen Skiing Company, and the Aspen Music Festival and School.
One-bedroom with a sweeping private balcony takes in the base of Aspen Mountain, the Silver Queen Gondola, and Ajax Tavern’s “see and be” scene. And 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. And then there’s the art and design. To begin to paint the picture: From the Plein Air Series, two pieces by John Riepenhoff. Ajiro Vineyard wall covering by Maya Romanoff. Frank Game Table by Mattaliano – a custom-designed game table with crystal chess and backgammon pieces. Mark Albrecht bar stools. Mystere Coffee Table by Tristan Auer. Gem Table by Chai Ming Studios.
The Little Nell Suite
The 1,450 sq. ft. Little Nell Suite has wall-to-wall windows, and two wrap-around balconies with fabulous views of Aspen Mountain. Inside, there is original art – notably an acrylic-on-canvas by Scott Reeder, a custom bookcase with hand-picked pieces from all over the world, and an installation by Little Nell owner and artist Paula Crown.
The one-bedroom suite connects to adjacent rooms and can be configured for two or three bedrooms. There’s are two gas log fireplaces, wool carpeting, a fully equipped workspace. And the expansive open living area includes a dining space with a table for six, a wet bar with seating for entertaining, and a powder room.
The 26 residences range from one to four bedrooms and from 1,700 to 4,000 square feet. There is a rooftop pool and water garden, a gym, and yoga studio with a view, and a full-service team. The Residences at The Little Nell are private mountainside residences and guest rooms set at the base of Aspen Mountain. Best is the ski-in/ski-out access to legendary Aspen Mountain.
The 3,525 sq. ft. four bedroom units feature floor-to-ceiling windows. Step out onto your private, furnished deck for views of the town or gondola scene. Eat in or have a private chef prepare meals gourmet kitchen, featuring granite counter tops and the finest professional grade appliances.
Custom alder cabinetry is fully stocked with high-end housewares. Your master bedroom is furnished with one King-sized bed, while your other bedrooms will come with either two Queen-sized beds or another King. Master Bathrooms offer two separate vanities, a separate shower, soaking tub and water closet.
Each of the four bedrooms includes its own bathroom, and the unit also offers an additional powder room. Large walk-in closets, full sized washer/dryers, and additional storage areas ensure ease and are perfect if you are planning a long stay.
You also get room service Five-star The Little Nell’s kitchens, daily housekeeping and turndown service, pre-arrival grocery shopping, and on-mountain ski concierge services.
3. The St. Regis Aspen
Scoring four stars from Forbes Travel Guide, The St. Regis Aspen is a “world-class sanctuary, rooms are richly decorated in muted colors, dark woods, and streamlined leather club chairs. But exquisite design isn’t the property’s only focus. From the renowned St. Regis butler service to humidifiers at turndown, every detail at the property earns someone’s attention.”
All suites include full butler service to unpack and pack your luggage, shine shoes, press garments, serve complimentary tea or coffee anytime.
Located on the top floor, the 1,900 sq. ft. Presidential Suite offers mountain views. Elevated ceilings add to the spacious environment which includes a baby grand piano, and marble fireplace. There is a large sitting area in the master bedroom, a fully-appointed master bathroom, a large walk-in closet and a modern touch provided through a state-of-the-art Bang & Olufsen sound system.
Aspen Mountain Suite
Located on the fourth-floor corner overlooking the pool and at the base of Aspen Mountain, also 1,900 sq. ft., the Aspen Mountain Suite features interiors that highlight a subtle mix of winter grays and warm summer tones blended with natural textures like leather trunks, marble ottomans, and a wood burlap canopy chair. Under the living area’s elevated ceiling, custom furnishings include antiqued brown leather club chairs.
Silver Queen Suite
The 1,500 sq. ft. Silver Queen Suite offers a mix of winter grays and warm summer tones blended with natural textures like leather studded dining chairs, a marble fireplace, and fine wood tables. View the Silver Queen Gondola from the living room windows while overlooking the signature fountain in the courtyard. After the slopes, tinkle the keys of your baby grand piano and enjoy the marble fireplace.