Aspen is known for its glitz and glamour, but that doesn’t mean you have to be a millionaire to vacation here. If your first priority is to be outside, then Hotel Aspen is an ideal and affordable base, located downtown at Main Street and Garmisch. The hotel boasts that it offers four-star amenities at three-star pricing. You won’t find a sceney restaurant and plush spa, but the hotel compensates with thoughtful staff and tons of complimentary services. While many hotels charge hidden extras, Hotel Aspen prides itself on free guest parking, free Wi-Fi, free breakfast, and even a free après-ski reception with wine and cheese. Even the most basic rooms—Deluxe Rooms—feel roomy and come with a refrigerator and coffeemaker. Families will like the spaciousness of Junior Suites, while anyone looking for a home away from home will want to book the one-bedroom apartment, which has a living room and fully stocked kitchen. Pets are also welcome, for a $20 daily fee.
Rooms: 45 rooms. From $103. Check-in: 4 p.m.; check-out: 11 a.m. Dining options: The hotel doesn’t have a full-service restaurant, but guests are treated to a complimentary breakfast that includes made-to-order waffles, bacon, sausage, eggs, oatmeal, pastries, and coffee and cocoa. During ski season, the hotel hosts a complimentary après-ski reception from 4:30 to 6 p.m. in the upstairs Great Room featuring wine and beer, plus snacks such as pizza, nachos, and chili. Spa and gym details: The hotel doesn’t have a gym or spa, but staff can arrange spa appointments and day passes at the Aspen Club. The hotel has a heated outdoor pool and hot tub.
Who’s it for: Travelers who prefer location over fancy amenities; skiers looking to save; families. Our favorite rooms: Junior Suites open right up to the pool. Families will like that these suites have an outer sitting area with a pullout sofa and a door that closes the sitting area off from the main room for privacy. Couples will want to book a Jacuzzi Suite. Located on the upper floor, these suites have private hot tubs on the decks and offer views of the surrounding mountains. Get out early: Ask the hotel staff to arrange a First Tracks experience, which allows you to be one of the first skiers on the mountain at 8 a.m. with the Aspen Mountain staff.