Aspen Meadows Resort
What We Love
- Bucolic setting on the Roaring Fork River
- Romantic restaurant good enough to draw in visitors from the happening downtown Aspen dining scene
- Large outdoor hot tub overlooking the Roaring Fork River and Red Mountain
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What To Know
- Downtown Aspen is a 1.5-mile walk away, but the hotel provides free shuttle service every half hour
- The resort doubles as a conference center and is often booked with corporate events or weddings
- Pet-friendly, with a $25 nightly fee
- A resort fee of $18 (plus tax) per night will be collected at the Jetsetter checkout
- Free WiFi
- Handicap Accessible
- Parking On Site
On 40 acres just outside of downtown Aspen, this 98-room Bauhaus-style hotel looks like something you might find in downtown Miami, not smack in the middle of the Rockies. Aspen Meadows’ campus of six two-story buildings was designed in the early 1950s by Austrian architect Herbert Bayer, and its stark geometric facades, glass walls and white exteriors manage to fit in perfectly, complementing the mountain vistas, quivering aspen groves and the gurgling rivers through their complete aesthetic detachment from the ecosystem.
Bed & Bath
The hotel’s 98 guestrooms start at 550 square feet, but they feel even roomier, thanks to floor-to-ceiling windows and large balconies or patios. The sleek whitewashed rooms feature midcentury modern furniture, including Eero Saarinen desks, but accoutrements like flat-screen TVs, mini-fridges, microwave ovens and wired work desks are definitely of the 21st century.
Year-round outdoor swimming pools and hot tubs are a good place to relax after a day spent shredding slopes. After your soak, dinner is served in the airy, window-lined Plato’s. Chef Jason Thompson, one of Aspen’s most highly regarded chefs, serves contemporary American dinners featuring many Colorado-grown ingredients that draw locals away from downtown Aspen’s sceney restaurant hub.
In the Area
When the white stuff flies, Aspen is a mecca for pro skiers and snow bunnies alike. Whether you want to take wide open turns in Highland Bowl, speed down a World Cup downhill course, carve perfect corduroy or hit the X-Games’ halfpipe, Aspen’s four mountains offer terrain for all types of snow riders. Aspen Mountain is a short (and free) shuttle ride from the resort, and a free resort bus service can connect you to Snowmass and Buttermilk, a littler farther down valley. Several notable pieces of art are just a short stroll from your pad, including Bayer’s 19-piece marble garden and a now-unused Buckminster Fuller geodesic dome. Pick up an “experience guide” at the hotel’s front desk. From a modern seat in the Aspen Historical Society’s electric-powered History Coach, you’ll get an info-packed tour of the town’s colorful past as you ride through the streets of downtown and Aspen’s gorgeous West End, including a stop at the Wheeler/Stallard Museum, housed in a Queen Anne–style former mansion.
How to Get There
Some nice facilities - gym, bikes, no air conditioning, lack of staff - people carousing outside until all hours after a wedding - could not sleep due to noise all night. I called the front desk for hours but got voicemail - lack of staff.
Beautiful campus, staff was friendly and professional. The workout center was everything we could ask for, plus beautiful hiking trails right from the Resort. The free shuttle service to and from downtown Aspen was reliable and made everything easily accessible. We were glad to stay in a quiet, secluded Resort with such convenience to downtown.
I recently stayed here for a conference and was impressed with the architectural significance of the resort's Bauhaus roots and the helpfulness of the staff. It was so much more enjoyable to walk amongst the buildings, sculptures and beautiful grounds to get between meeting areas compared to the typical mile long over air conditioned hallway at most conferences. The health center complete with lap pool and hot tub was great and the complimentary shuttle to town and the airport made it easy to get around. They also offer complimentary bikes to use in the summer months. Only negative was lack of a/c in the room since it was pretty warm while I was there. A fan is provided in the closet however.