The Little Nell
Attentive luxury on the slopes
What it is
The hotel people think of when they think of Aspen: laid-back and luxe.
What it isn't
Cookie-cutter or an imitation. This one's the real deal.
What we think
The only real ski-in/ski-out hotel in Aspen, the Little Nell is in the heart of downtown, just 15 boot-clad steps to the Silver Queen Gondola. Expensive boots, most likely: This a home-away-from-home for wealthy New Yorkers and Angelenos, which means the staff is extremely well-trained, courteous and able to anticipate needs and meet demands. The latest renovations, led by designer Holly Hunt (who has a home in the area), rounded out the edges of the rugged, rustic decor, making it more suitable for the contemporary jetsetter. The 92 rooms have a blue and cream color scheme, leather furniture, modern art and fireplaces; nearly all have vaulted ceilings and balconies with views of the mountain or picturesque downtown Aspen. Element 47 offers comforting, farm-to-table fare, while a Master Sommelier tends to the 20,000-bottle wine cellar. The adjoining bar, Chair 9, and Ajax Tavern’s sun-drenched mountainside patio are the hotspots for après-ski.
Note: The property is closed mid-April to mid-May.
You're here because
You want quick access to the slopes—and expect your skis waxed, your boots warmed and your martini ice-cold.
Exhausted from the day on the slopes, you lean back on a patio chair, the sun warming your tired bones. A waiter drops off your truffle fries and asks if you were able to find the trail he'd clued you into that morning.
Restaurants & Bars
element 47 - New American cuisine with an artistic flair
Ajax Tavern - Distinctive bistro fare
Chair 9 - Recognized as one of the best après-ski lounges in the country, this is your reward for putting in a hard day on the mountain. The bar opens just as the lifts are closing, featuring live music and DJ's throughout the week from 4 - 7 pm, and football on the weekends.
The Living Room - Resembling a private residence somewhere tucked away in the Alps, this warm, cozy space wraps around our two-sided fireplace with intimate arrangements of comfortable furniture. An ideal spot to enjoy a glass of wine and sample the element 47 bar menu.
element 47 bar - Everything you’ve ever wanted in a classic luxury hotel bar, including sophisticated lighting, dark wood, plush seating and a tasteful wine list assembled by the hotel’s Master Sommelier, Carlton McCoy. We are proud to offer a full Colorado beverage menu, featuring the finest beers and spirits from the Centennial state.
The Oasis - The world’s only pop-up champagne and caviar bar, located somewhere on Aspen Mountain. Each spring, follow the clues we leave on our social media channels to learn where the Veuve Clicquot is flowing each Friday, Saturday and Sunday. Around President's weekend, when the winter weather starts to warm, is when this mobile champagne bar makes its debut.
Guided Adventures of the surrounding mountains via jeep, horse, or foot
Splash! Whitewater Rafting
Aspen Candy Company - over 800 different types of candy!
Downtown Aspen is outside the front door, Aspen Mountain out back. It’s a 15-minute drive to the Aspen county airport (ASE) or an hour and a half to Eagle County Regional Airport (EGE).