Aspen, Vail + The Mountains

Hotels in Aspen, Vail + The Mountains

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.

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.

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.

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.

Located among forests and meadows on a ridge above Fraser Valley, this mountain lodge is constructed from 400-year-old logs, with light-toned wood lining the ceilings and floors.

To be a standout for families and spa-goers may seem an odd combination, but this 190-room, native-stone-and-timber Park Hyatt at the base of Beaver Creek Mountain (just 200 feet from the peak’s ski school) pulls it off with luxury to boot.

It’s hard to get much closer to the powdery slopes of Vail than at The Sebastian’s Base Camp ski center. And once you’re there, it’s easy to actually get going, thanks to the many valets who tend to everything from your car to your bags to your bikes in the summer months.

On a private mountain west of Vail Village, this 56-room property—part of a 7,000-acre gated community—has been giving guests the quintessential Colorado experience for two decades.

Situated on 210 private acres in Snowmass Village, this member-owned condominium development has a Jim Engh-designed, 18-hole golf course and views of Mt. Daly. Established in 1968, the property is minutes from Two Creek Lift ski area at the base of Snowmass Mountain.

Breckenridge is long past its gold rush days, but the town still booms in winter, when one of Colorado’s best-regarded mountains draws skiers from across the globe. Valdoro Mountain Lodge is located only two blocks from the Beaver Run lift, and a ½-mile from downtown.

One of the area's two full-service hotels (the smaller Inn at Keystone is the other) this rare non-condo sits on Keystone Lake with views of mountains and well, condos. Still, a $2 million renovation has helped liven this mainstay lodge.