Photo Courtesy of The Little NellAspen, as a general rule is a pretty luxurious vacation destination, but the Legendary Little Nell hotel goes above and beyond to provide skiers and honeymooners alike with lavish amenities and services to make Aspen an even cozier place. The hotel has “unparalleled access to America’s most famous mountain town,” as well as easy access to the four surrounding skiing mountains.
The Little Nell offers guests the choice of seven suites, or four types of rooms, categorized by the view from the windows. The rooms offer picturesque scenes of either the town or the mountainside. The Little Nell Suite however is perhaps the epitome of the hotel’s character. Decorated in authentic Aspen ambiance with a gas-log fireplace and sophisticated artwork, the suite is “1,450 square-feet of elevated comfort.” It includes a king bed made-up with Fila D’Oro linens and a down comforter. And after a long day of skiing, the suite’s sunlit bathroom’s Jacuzzi soaking tub, steam shower and heated marble flooring promise to thaw you out.
The hotel spares no expense when pampering its guests. They provide 24 hour room service, including children and pet menus so that everyone in the family is taken care of. Rooms are also equipped with a number of state-of-the-art electronics. Flat screen LCD TVs with DVD players, along with access to a 250 DVD library, wifi, iPod docking stations, and even an iPad will be provided on request. The Little Nell also has a business center with modern capabilities. If you are legitimately on vacation however, the hotel offers seasonal cruiser bicycles and even complimentary transportation to ski resorts or town. The Little Nell even supplies the board games for those blustery mountain nights.
Concierge, available 14 hours a day is willing to fulfill your wildest dreams, but specifically will arrange dinner reservations, spa appointments, or any mountain activity you could imagine. The hotel also has a heated outdoor pool and Jacuzzi and steam room. Private trainers, yoga and pilates instructors can also be arranged. Spa or salon treatment can be provided on site, including hair and makeup styling. Seasonally, they even offer ski concierge.
There are four bars at the Little Nell, including one inside their newest restaurant Element 47. Named after the precious 47 th element, silver, which initially brought people to Aspen. Element 47 opens November 30, 2012 and specializes in soulful American cuisine. Executive chef Robert McCormick has been a part of some very significant restaurants throughout the country, including Michel Richard’s Washington D.C. location of Citranelle. McCormick uses his diverse culinary training to highlight local, sustainable and organic ingredients, along with an award-winning wine list.
An Aspen vacation spent indoors would be a tragedy, and to ensure that no one leaves unsatisfied, the hotel gives guests Little Nell Adventures. Full of ways to enjoy and experience the beautiful outdoors, Little Nell Adventures make sure there is something for the whole family. Fly fishing guides are available to ensure that novice and expert anglers alike have a good time. The Bicycling opportunities are endless, with training, guided tours, custom lunches or even a GPS preloaded with suggested rides.
Cowboy Camp 101 is an overnight horse-pack trip with cot-furnished tents ensuring you get a good night's sleep after the half-day ride. Participants are guided through the wilderness of West Snowmass Creek and provided with stunning views of the surrounding valleys. Hiking is of course always an option, and Little Nell Adventure Specialists are happy to oblige you. If you are looking for something exciting for the whole family, the hotel offers Geocaching, which is basically a treasure hunt, using GPS and if preferred, an adventure specialist. There is also golfing and paddle boarding for those who want to enjoy the views at a slower pace. Yoga instruction is also offered after a hike up Aspen Mountain.
If you can provide proof of Colorado residency The Little Nell offers a special nightly rate of $149, until ski season starts. Otherwise, rates range from $280 night to over $2,000 depending on the date and room you reserve.