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
Besides a great location close to town but in a beautiful setting of meadows and quiet, this property is resting on old laurels and has become unkempt, dirty and stained cement stairways cracking apart, rooms that in a tremendous need for refurbishment. The Davis restaurant is unfortunately the worst food you will find in the city. How you make breakfast & room service food that awful takes talent.
Loved my stay here. The only thing I wasn't happy about was that there wasn't an electric outlet next to the bathroom mirrors like there is in most other rooms. Very nice rooms and very lovely grounds. Would highly recommend a stay here
Hard to describe just how beautiful this resort is. The nature surrounding the resort is absolutely stunning, and every aspect of the resort is built to blend into these surroundings. The rooms are spacious and comfortable, the food in restaurant is healthy and tasty, the gym and pool are grand, and their are bikes that you can "borrow" for those days when you're sore from the previous day's hikes. Close to town - easy walk or bike - but you can take the shuttle their too. Best place imaginable to take advantage of all that Aspen has to offer.
Beautiful campus adjoining the river and music festival, with fine dining and magnificent mountain views. The rooms were quiet and the beds were comfortable, but without air conditioning during the summer months they could be quite warm and required leaving patio doors and windows open both day and night with fans operating at all times.
I must come back to Aspen Meadows resort when I can just PLAY. The setting is incredible, the property is immaculate and the service impeccable. I was so involved in conference activities that I couldn't fully take advantage, but I would come back in a heartbeat, for work or play.