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
- 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
Very friendly staff, complimentary internet which I always appreciate. Shuttle drivers were great. Also appreciated the bottles of water in the rooms. Did not myself have the breakfast so can't rate the food, on site restaurant was not open during time stayed so can't rate that either. We attended a wedding and all was very pretty and efficient.
This resort is laid out among the aspen trees, in a quiet, peaceful setting. The rooms are spacious and have everything you need. Some of the buildings were under construction while we were there, however, the staff was very accommodating. Unfortunately,the roads around the resort were also undergoing lots of construction, as well. It did cause some confusion and difficulty getting to the resort at times. Just an aside, there was no elevator to the second floor, which was only a problem if you have a very heavy suitcase, as I did. Also, there is no air-conditioning in the rooms because of the cool night air. They do have fans and screened windows, which are usually adequate. The first night of our stay it was warm and my husband and I both woke up, sweating. The rest of our stay was fine. Don’t expect to drive close to your room, but the golf carts are there to transport your luggage. It was a wonderful stay, but not recommended for anyone who can’t walk easily.
Although the exterior of the buildings look just ok, the rooms have absolutely everything you would want. ( except for AC, although I am not sure if the summers get warm enough to need it.We were visiting in May and the room got slightly stuffy early afternoon.) We loved the kitchenette with the fridge, microwave and Kerrigan machine. The desk in the bedroom served as the perfect vanity to use for makeup, using the provided mirror. TV’s in both the bedroom and living areas were nice and the room darlkening shades with easy open and close windows a plus.
The staff were friendly and helpful, especially the shuttle drivers, taking us to town and airport.
The campus was absolutely stunning, and the staff was so helpful. I had trouble connecting to and staying connected to the internet while there. I was surprised at that given the high quality of everything else. Be prepared to use your hotspot. The food is incredible, but know that nothing is included in the price of the room. Be prepared to pay in addition. Otherwise, the views were fabulous, the venue was perfect, and everyone was very pleasant.
Resort in a campus-like setting of walking paths and modern buildings. Our room was set in a unit farthest from the reception and parking lot, on a second level, and with a balcony overlooking a beautiful meadow with the mountains beyond. We were thrilled and enjoyed the daily walks through the well maintained landscape (some may feel inconvenienced with an outside trek on an inclement day). Our "junior king" suite was spacious with a living area, pantry, large bathroom and a large bedroom - and full glass window/balcony from the living room and bedroom to the mountain. Our room was spotless, well maintained and furnished simply with modern pieces. The bed was comfortable. Assistance is provided to carry bags (by golf carts) to your room. A parking lot is hidden below the tennis courts. We could hear our neighbor's entry door slam (a closer adjustment and some silencers may help remedy that) and there was only minor inconvenience with ongoing construction. Neither of these issues detracted from the quality of our stay. We did not dine here. There is a room charge for resort amenities; and we used some, but not as much as we would have liked - because there is so much to do outside of the resort - we'll plan better next time. We thought the price of the room to be a reasonable value. We had a wonderful stay at Aspen Meadows.