The Limelight has a storied past. The property was originally the Ski and Spur Bar, serving outlaws and skiers. In the 1950s, new owners dubbed it “the Limelite,” and it became a popular nightclub. In 2005, a brand-new lodge went up on the site, and in 2008 the Limelight received a makeover ushering it into eco-chic modernity. Rooms come in a range of styles, from dog-friendly one-bedrooms to two-bedroom suites with full kitchens and dining rooms. All rooms have balconies to take in mountain views. The Lounge has become an après hangout and is known for its great beer selection and for hosting local bands Thursday through Monday nights. The hot tub is the perfect spot to relax after a day of hiking or skiing, while the rooftop terrace is a private oasis to take in mountain views. Travelers who want to get a local’s perspective of Aspen will love the hotel’s complimentary activities.
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The Limelight is walking distance to Silver Queen Gondola and the amazing terrain of Aspen Mountain. Ajax Tavern, located steps from the gondola, is a great place for lunch and après. Families and beginner skiers may want to consider heading to nearby Buttermilk Mountain, while powder hounds will want to hike to Highland Bowl. Aspenites are known to be a fit bunch. In the summer, bike up to the famous Maroon Bells (or, if you haven’t acclimated to the altitude, take the bus). For flatter terrain, run or bike the lovely Rio Grande Trail. Say Om with the locals at Kind Yoga, or relax tired muscles in the Conundrum hot springs. For an authentic Rocky Mountain souvenir, visit Kemo Sabe for a pair of well-made cowboy boots or a cowboy hat.
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Rooms: 126 rooms, including six suites. From $200. Check-in: 4 p.m.; check-out: noon. Dining options: A complimentary continental breakfast is served in the Lounge from 7 to 10 a.m. featuring doughnuts, bagels, granola, fruit, and cereals, as well as a selection of hot items such as pancakes and veggie frittatas. The Lounge serves a casual menu of dishes such as baked spinach and artichoke dip, pulled-pork sliders, and hand-tossed 10-inch pizzas (gluten-free available upon request) from 3 to 10 p.m. Twice a month, the Lounge hosts three-course beer dinners. Spa and gym details: The fitness room is open 6 a.m. to 11 p.m. and is equipped with all the necessary cardio and weight equipment. For those looking for a more extensive workout, the hotel partners with Jean-Robert’s gym to provide guests a $25 day pass. There is no spa, but the hotel has a heated pool and hot tubs.
Who’s it for: Experiential travelers; couples; powder hounds who want to be near the slopes; eco-conscious travelers. Our favorite rooms: If you crave space, splurge on the Casita Suite, which covers 580 square feet and includes a separate living area with a pullout couch, fireplace, and dining room with seating for four. The bedroom has a king-size bed and a cozy sitting area with en suite bathroom. There’s also a kitchen with a four-burner stove, microwave, and full-size GE refrigerator, as well as a bar with stools. Explore the area: The Limelight sets the bar high when it comes to connecting guests more deeply with the destination. Complimentary cruiser bikes are available, and staff offer free cycling tours in partnership with the Aspen Environmental Studies and the Aspen Historical Society as well as bike and beer rides. In winter, the hotel offers complimentary snowshoe tours.