Where do I begin? Oh yes, this place is effing amazing. As you would expect, of course, but this hotel is one of the few of “those places” that not only live up to their storied hype, but blast it out of the water with their amazingness once you actually get here.
Located at the base of the fabled Aspen Mountain, The Little Nell offers its guests all the benefits of ski-in/ski-out convenience with unparalleled luxury. The boutique hotel’s small and unassuming exterior allows the real star of the show, its covetable mountain views, to take center stage as you arrive. The lobby is cozy and comfortable, reflecting this boutique hotel’s commitment to making its guests feel like they are arriving at a familiar lodge, rather than an international gold standard property synonymous with the 1%. Featuring only 52 guest rooms, 26 premium guest rooms, 8 suites and 6 signature suites, The Little Nell (and Aspen in general, for that matter), is less about catering to large crowds and more about rewarding those who make the long journey to this gorgeous little town.
Rooms are decorated in “Aspen Modern” style with tones of grey, cream, pale blue and chocolate. All rooms have gas log fireplaces and feature unique floor plans, consistent with boutique hotel styling. The property’s premier suite, The Walter Paepecke, is a sprawling 2,500 1-bedroom palace featuring two fireplaces, a giant balcony (with heated floors!) and artwork by John Riepenhoff and the suite itself can be expanded to include two additional bedrooms, if needed. Everything is automated and you will feel like a total Bond villain when you figure out how to raise and lower the shades simply by using the tv remote control.
The hotel features two restaurants, Element 47 for all-day dining and Ajax Tavern for lunch and dinner and there are limitless dining options just steps away from the property. Numerous watering holes are also available both within the hotel as well as nearby.
The Little Nell, as is the town of Aspen, is very dog friendly. There is a special pet friendly room service menu and the only place pets are not permitted is on the furniture in the lobby bar.
Service here is unparalleled and the staff seems to anticipate your every need. Concierge can arrange everything from getting your hair blown out to stocking your jet for the trip home and do it with a respectful enthusiasm. They even offer stuffed animals and books for the children in case your have forgotten the precious lovies on your trip. Thorough, the word is thorough.
If Aspen is a gem, then The Little Nell is the absolute crown jewel in luxury accommodations and worth a spot on your hotel bucket list.