Aspen HotelsSurrounded by soaring mountain peaks and famous for its winter sports and extensive outdoor activities, the ancient mining town of Aspen is Colorado’s playground for the rich and famous. In winter, its ski slopes are buzzing and its hotels fill their lounges with open flame fires and live entertainment. In summer, it’s a tranquil haven for hikers, mountain bikers, and off-the-beaten-track tourists who come to explore wide boulevards, quaint boutiques, and gorge on the best smoked salmon bagels this side of Denver.Things to seeAspen Mountain is a skier’s favorite, a vast massif covered in golden Aspen trees that sits to the south of the town. It’s the home of the Aspen Mountain Ski resort and operates gondolas around the year, taking you to the summit for skiing, snowboarding, or summertime hiking. The Aspen Art Museum is a modern structure altered from a downtown red brick hydroelectric plant. It displays a changeable collection of contemporary artworks from around the world in innovative and immersive displays, while the Wheeler Opera House, named after a founding father of the town, welcomes stars from Ladysmith Black Mambazo to Burt Bacharach to its ornate stage. In a quiet corner of the Rio Grande Park, a tranquil spot has been turned into the John Denver Sanctuary, complete with a carved headstone dedicated to the great singer who died following a plane crash in 1997. Granite boulders are carved with lyrics from his songs, and every October a gathering is held to commemorate his death. Hotels in
AspenThere are a wide range of hotels in Aspen - Snowmass, CO, from high-end accommodation to budget family favorites. Luxury hotels in Aspen are always sought after in the winter season. Typically, they enjoy an enviable location close to the slopes and often boast the convenience of a ski-in/ski-out entrance. Mid-range hotels are usually located closer to the heart of the town and provide elegant accommodation in often historic buildings. Cheap Aspen hotels normally offer a good range of facilities, including swimming pools, WiFi, and comfortable furnishings. Many of the hotels are designed as lodge-style accommodation with kitchens and dining areas and occasionally laundry facilities as well.Where to stayWhatever time of year you visit, Aspen is a tranquil alpine town with a friendly personality. It is arranged in leafy blocks, with a wide main street that snakes its way through the town and is lined on either side with traditional ski-lodge style buildings, cozy cafes, and early morning bakeries. It's a relaxed and quiet place throughout the summer, becoming livelier and busier as the first snows begin to fall in late November. Most hotels in Aspen can be found in the heart of the town as well as closer to the slopes, but getting around doesn’t take long on foot so wherever you choose to stay, you’re only a short stroll from its best cultural and sporting attractions.How to get to AspenAspen Airport is a 10 minute drive northwest of the town. Due to its elevation it operates a daylight hour’s system and can only welcome small aircraft. Most travelers, particularly international visitors, arrive by plane to Denver International Airport and travel by hire car via Interstate 70. The drive takes approximately 4 hours along mainly 2 lane tarmac or concrete roads, although in winter conditions visitors should ensure they hire a suitable vehicle.