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
My husband and I are celebrating our third year wedding anniversary and yearly, we pick ourselves a location. This year, we have chosen to spend it in Aspen. We were picked up by a shuttle at the airport very promptly and the service was impeccable! Upon check in, we were granted a room with a view. I am not very sure if this was their basic room, but we are very much satisfied. Our living area gives us a view of a mountain and a hike trail. It's very very refreshing to meditate in the morning. Our room was located in Arco, about a building away from the concierge and the restaurants. My husband and I have been appreciative of the food they serve in here. Everything seems very well prepared and presented. We did met Zander when we checked in during lunch and he served us so well, even gave us tips on how to enjoy Aspen in the duration of our stay. My husband and I enjoy the breathtaking views at the bar, and it has been our sunset favorite location to sip some drinks or have early dinner. Angel, our shuttle service crew, has been very accommodating of our needs, picks us up at Downtown, even. We are very much pleased and satisfied with our stay and it is one for the books.
FYI: we have stayed during the closing days of the remaining mountains open for winter season, that makes this an off peak season review. I do believe that it might be different during peak seasons. But c'mon, these people are one of the most awesome ones we've encountered in all of our travels. I seldom do reviews, but I do think they deserve some thumbs up!
The setting was perfect...As was the view and the visiting elk at the end of each day. Both me and my boy Cooper (the faithful dog) had a great stay. It was far enough away from things to be out of the way yet close enough to walk into town. Numerous trail options made it the perfect place to be.
Aspen Meadows is in an idyllic setting on the grounds of the Aspen Institute. Beautiful walking trails through the Institute to town. The rooms are thoughtfully designed, have a European flair, and are more of a mini apartment with a very substantial living room and bedroom along with a mini kitchen and dining area. The views are of course spectacular! The fare at the restaurant is top-notch. The fish tacos and Elk chili were superb. The entire staff is exceptionally accommodating.
Aspen Meadows was perfect for convenient location, ample space for our family of four, very clean, good food at restaurant and great, friendly staff. Trails were right there to hike and pleasant walk to town.
We had a relaxing time. Staff was friendly and very professional. Room was clean,big and chic. (even though it older) Would highly recommend this place. Loved the gym April is a great time to go since it was off season and not crowded.