Aspen, Vail + The Mountains

Hotels in Aspen, Vail + The Mountains

Located on the Keystone shuttle route, this hotel has a warm, rustic vibe that begins in the lobby, decorated with mounted antlers, framed landscape paintings, and plaid armchairs set beside a working fireplace.

With its own high-speed lift steps from the hotel and Wolfgang Puck's only Colorado outlet, the Ritz-Carlton—a giant lodgepole-and-timber cabin built in classic National Park-lodge style—is Beaver Creek's answer to convenience and luxury.

At the recently updated 5,000-acre ranch just 65 miles from Denver, kids can go candlepin bowling and play billiards while parents unwind in the new earth-toned Ranch Creek Spa, built from reclaimed pine and rockslide stones.

An affordable, comfortable option in Breckenridge, the Hyatt offers all the mod-cons a skiing family might need.

Curl up by the lobby fireplace in this rustic, airy, sumptuous lodge with panoramic views of the ski area. All rooms have custom-crafted lodge furnishings and secluded private decks.

Located at the base of Snowmass Mountain, these luxury condominiums are vacation rentals with ski-in/ski-out access to Assay Hill and Elk Camp Gondola.

Modeled after Rome’s 16th-century Villa de Medici, this brick-and-sandstone hotel opened in 1893 as a resort for socialites and politicians, including former Presidents William Howard Taft and Theodore Roosevelt.

The Sky Hotel is located at the bottom of the Silver Queen Gondola, which ascends to the summit of Aspen Mountain. Renovated by Kimpton Hotels in 2002, the Sky mixes bright colors and animal prints in its 90 guest rooms and suites.

This 125-year-old Aspen icon has a storied past: in the 1970’s Hunter S. Thompson was a regular at the hotel’s J Bar; 19th-century silver miners used the property as a boarding house; ghosts are said to haunt the place. Now a multimillion-dollar overhaul opens a shiny new chapter.

A $30 million renovation in 2008 upped the ante at Vail Cascades, where a new deck looks onto an infinity pool, outdoor fire pits are surrounded by rocking chairs, and all spaces boast views of the mountain and Gore Creek.

The Limelight Lodge is centrally located across from Wagner Park and three blocks from the 1A lift at Aspen Mountain. Once a 1950’s folk bar, the four-story, 126-guest room property was renovated and reopened in 2008 as a ski lodge.

In the quiet part of town, three blocks from the Aspen Mountain ski lifts, the Gant consists of 120 privately owned condos with one, two, or three rustically styled bedrooms. A stay here may feel much like being at home, thanks to the well-appointed kitchens, dining rooms, and balconies.

Based in the ski resort town of Steamboat Springs, this vacation home rental company specializes in luxury châteaus in the surrounding area.

A sprawling property designed in Bauhaus style, Aspen Meadows is best known as the home of the venerable Aspen Institute.