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
Everything exceptional!!! From the food staff to the grounds, to check & out and the room. It was all great and the staff is wonderful!! The room had a great view and very clean and taken care of. The room did get hot and that was the only thing that I didn't love. I opened up all the windows and then solved that problem.
Outstanding stay in all ways at this venue. Wonderful history that is on display everywhere and celebrated.
Felt like I was walking in the shadows of giants of famous leaders; of the the world from the past seventy years years. The property and views were beyond compare anywhere in the world.
Beautiful location and buildings. Everything was very well kept. Staff was not consistent with service. Some were amazing while others were condescending and less than helpful. There was one older man driving the hotel shuttle that did not offer to help when my elderly mother and I approached the shuttle and struggled to get in carrying umbrellas, a stroller, and a baby. He did not even acknowledge us as we thanked him and got off the shuttle. I also had an incident with the wait staff at the breakfast buffet that seemed to be annoyed with my presence. It was completely unexpected behavior that did not align with the values of the Aspen Institute.
The housekeeping staff were very friendly and respectful.
Although I hoped my experience was an isolated incident, I spoke to another guest that had a similar experience. I hope the issues get addressed so that other guests can have a better experience.