Nature lovers will enjoy the tucked-away location of Aspen Meadows. Set on 40 acres, just on the edge of downtown Aspen, the resort is surrounded by hiking trails, and all 98 suites have Rocky Mountain views. The resort was designed in a classic Bauhaus style. Rooms are incredibly spacious, each with a living, working, and sleeping area and floor-to-ceiling windows. Design nerds will appreciate the collectible furnishings and decor, including IDCA posters and Bertoia chairs. The resort is home to the Aspen Institute and is well-equipped to host large groups and meetings. It’s also a popular retreat for families and active travelers who can take advantage of tennis courts, an outdoor lap pool, and one of Aspen’s best health clubs. Guests should set aside time to browse the exhibits at the on-site Paepcke Gallery.
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Aspen Meadows is set on the edge of town, so if you want to be a walk away from a buzzy après scene, this might not be the hotel for you. The hotel is on 40 acres, which means hiking trails are at your doorstep, and the concierge can suggest hikes and running routes. A daily resort fee ($18) includes use of the town shuttle, which departs reception every hour and half-hour and makes three stops. During the winter, ski or snowboard Aspen Mountain, then hit Ajax Tavern for après-ski. Hard-core skiers and riders will want to attempt the famous Highlands Bowl. In summer take the bus to see Maroon Bells, or if you’re adventurous, bike up to the stunning lake and mountain setting. Yogis from around the world come to practice at King Yoga. You don’t have to be an outdoor enthusiast to enjoy Aspen. Downtown is home to loads of great shops and art galleries.
Need to Know
Rooms: 98 suites. From $147. Check-in: 4 p.m.; check-out: 11 a.m. Dining options: Fuel up with breakfast at Meadows Restaurant. Guests can order à la carte, or choose the breakfast buffet ($22) which includes an omelet station, pastries, and house-made granola and yogurt. The gianduja ganache French toast will keep you skiing well past lunch. Hefner Lounge offers an all-day menu of bar-inspired bites such as chicken wings and pork rinds, burgers, and a tender belly B.L.T. The view at Plato’s, with its floor-to-ceiling windows, is as big a draw as the restaurant’s farm-to-table menu. The dinner-only restaurant is open in peak winter and summer months. Spa and gym details: The resort’s health club was a main training facility for the U.S. ski team throughout the 1960s and ’70s, and it’s not uncommon still to spot local athletes working out. You’ll find the latest cardio and strength equipment; personal training and yoga classes are offered for an additional fee. Guests have 24-hour access to the club, plus use of steam rooms in the locker room. If you swim, you’ll love the outdoor, year-round heated saline lap pool. And an outdoor hot tub is the perfect place to soak sore ski muscles and take in mountain views. Guests can also take advantage of tennis courts and plenty of trails for running and hiking. Bikes and snowshoes are also available. The spa offers facials, hair and nail services, and massage therapies.
Who’s it for: Nature lovers; art lovers; active travelers; families; anyone who loves a spacious room; those looking to escape the see-and-be-seen Aspen scene. Our favorite rooms: All suites offer loads of space and include a kitchenette, Keurig coffeemaker, and pullout sofa. Corner suites have even more stunning views than the standard suites. Most suites have a private balcony or patio, but it never hurts to request one. Good to know: Guests with kids should ask about the resort scavenger hunt. In the winter, guests can borrow Yaktrax or snowshoes from the Health Club.