With one of the hottest après-ski spots in all of Aspen, Sky Hotel exudes a youthful energy and party vibe. The 90-room hotel, part of the Kimpton group, is beloved by ski enthusiasts for its location at the base of Aspen Mountain and its rare ski-in access. Plus, Four Mountain Sports has a shop in the basement of the hotel, which makes renting and storing gear effortless. From Aspen Mountain you can practically ski into the popular 39 Degrees bar. In fact, the cocktail table next to the pool was installed to keep people from skiing off the mountain and into the water. When the ski lifts close, the outdoor hot tub and heated pool are jam-packed, as are seats surrounding the indoor fireplace. In summer there’s no better place to take in mountain views than the Sky Hotel’s pool deck as a DJ spins tunes.
The hotel’s bold colors and crazy-patterned furnishings echo its high-energy vibe. A racing stripe accents the walls in guest rooms (a nod to ski racing), while the headboards are meant to resemble a cable-knit sweater. You’ll probably need to detox at some point in your stay. Luckily, every room is stocked with a yoga mat, and the fitness center is open around the clock.
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The Sky Hotel puts guests right at the base of Aspen Mountain and at the doorstep of one of Aspen’s buzziest après-ski scenes. Start your partying on the mountain with a stop at Cloud 9. Continue cocktailing back in town, or pop into Silverpeak and sample Colorado’s newest vice. In summer, bike along the Rio Grande Trail to Woody Creek Distillery, where you can taste a flight of spirits before you bike or bus back to town. City slickers looking to bring home a taste of the West should stop in Kemo Sabe, a real-deal Western store selling cowboy boots and cowboy hats.
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Rooms: 90 rooms. From $195. Check-in: 4 p.m.; check-out: noon. Dining options: 39 Degrees Lounge offers hearty breakfast dishes such as short rib hash and Southwest eggs Benedict topped with pork green chili. Lunch and dinner can become a scene in peak winter season, with hungry skiers warming up by the fire with cocktails such as the Sky Smash, a mix of bourbon, amaro averna, blackberry puree, lemon juice, mint bitters, and simple syrup. Shareable snacks include soft sesame pretzel sticks with aged white cheddar fondue and house mustard, while entrée items include a virtuous kale salad and the indulgent Korean pork torta with caramelized kimchi. Wear your Hawaiian shirt on Tiki Tuesdays, when 39 Degrees features a menu of tropical cocktails. Spa and gym details: A 24-hour fitness center has treadmills, stationary bikes, elliptical machines, weights, and stability equipment such as Bosu balls. Every room is stocked with a yoga mat. During summer, the hotel offers pool deck “Thug yoga,” which combines downward dogs with hip-hop music and beer from Aspen Brewing Co. Classes cost $10. The hotel offers limited spa services in its massage room. More extensive services are available at the Aspen Club & Spa.
Who’s it for: Skiers who want to step out the door and be on the mountain; non-skiers who come for the après-ski scene; boutique hotel fans; anyone looking to stay a few steps from the party. Our favorite rooms: King Suites come with a fireplace, spa tub, and additional sitting room. Good to know: You can avoid getting charged for Internet by signing up online for the Kimpton Karma Rewards program. The hotel hosts a complimentary daily wine hour with appetizers from 5 to 6 p.m.