Ritz-Carlton Club, Aspen Highlands by Frias
What We Love
- Slopeside setting
- Private, full-service spa
- Willow Creek restaurant on-site
- Free “secret recipe” chocolate chip cookies in the lobby every afternoon
- Free shuttle service to airport and into Aspen
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What To Know
- A minimum two-night stay is required
- The property was renovated in 2009
- Located two miles from downtown Aspen
- Willow Creek restaurant closes seasonally, in spring and fall
- Residences are divided chiefly between two buildings on opposite ends of the base-village plaza
- Free WiFi
- Kids Club
- Parking On Site
With a stay at Ritz-Carlton Club, Aspen Highlands by Frias in Aspen, you’ll be in the mountains and minutes from Aspen Highlands and close to Aspen Mountain. This 4.5-star condominium resort is within close proximity of Aspen Recreation Center and Aspen Golf and Tennis Club.
Make yourself at home in one of the 4 air-conditioned rooms featuring fireplaces and flat-screen televisions. Your bed comes with down comforters, and all rooms are furnished with queen sofa beds. Rooms have private balconies. Kitchens are outfitted with full-sized refrigerators/freezers, stovetops, and microwaves. Complimentary wireless Internet access keeps you connected, and cable programming is available for your entertainment.
Take time to pamper yourself with a visit to the full-service spa. You’re sure to appreciate the convenience of ski-in/ski-out access at this condominium resort, which also features a health club and an outdoor pool. Additional features include complimentary wireless Internet access, babysitting/childcare (surcharge), and an arcade/game room. Getting to nearby attractions is a breeze with the complimentary area shuttle.
You can enjoy a meal at a restaurant serving the guests of Ritz-Carlton Club, Aspen Highlands by Frias, or find a snack in a coffee shop/café. Quench your thirst with your favorite drink at a bar/lounge.
Featured amenities include a business center, complimentary newspapers in the lobby, and dry cleaning/laundry services. A roundtrip airport shuttle is complimentary during limited hours.
How to Get There
Ritz Carlton Residence complex in Aspen Highlands, Colorado, lives fully up to the reputation of all-around excellence the hotel is known for. The reputation of being a collection of superb, convenient hotels which stand above most flags carries into the Residences as well.
Located a little bit away from the town of Aspen, it nevertheless is an attractive choice if you want to stay at a topnotch hospitality property, and yet want the flexibility of cooking your own meals in your unit—which of course is not possible in a Ritz Carlton hotel. It has a frequent shuttle service (complimentary) to town and stops at key landmarks—including the Aspen mountain ski area. And if you are a winter person, Aspen has spectacular skiing, both cross and downhill. Like many of its neighboring ski towns, it is blessed with excellent instructors and ski schools.
Ringed by spectacular 13,000-14,000 foot Aspen mountain is 12,500 high and has 125 ski trails. However, it is an all-season destination, as there are bike and hike trails through thick evergreens and hardwoods and lots of restaurants and other outdoor activities like river rafting, music festivals etc.
Units (we chose two bedroom) are spacious and elegantly decorated. The two bedroom unit came with two-and-a-half bath. Appliances are modern. It truly has a feel of a well-appointed two bedroom apartment. Unit sizes vary, but they go from 2 to 3 bedroom , 2 to 3 bath and can sleep up to 8. Ritz units have spacious kitchens, with all upgraded appliances, utensils etc. As you enter (thoughtfully) there is a also a spacious outer closet to tuck away your heavy outerwear, boots etc. Gym is smallish, but has all of the key athletic equipment. And to show that Ritz is a cut above, they stock it not just with water and towels, but……collection of nuts and apples! Lobby has almost 24 hour coffee and hot chocolate. In other words, everything to properly pamper its guests.
Service is superb. The staff is knowledgeable about the area attractions—while we were there just at the beginning of the ski season and we are sure the guest demands would multiply as the season gets into full swing, we are confident the service levels will be maintained.
During our 5 day stay, they had a number of events---social with wine, cheese and sandwiches, demonstration of local whiskeys and trips to town.
One of the joys, after a grueling ski run is of course to soak up those tired muscles in the pool and sauna. Ritz’s outdoor heated pool overlooks the ski runs, and has a spectacular view.
In-season rates run about $300 a night and while Marriott vacation club members are able to use their points it is always a good idea to plan ahead as I believe the Ritz owners get preference. It is almost impossible to get accommodation between mid-December to February, unless you book well in advance—and are lucky!
The Willow Creek Bistro, just a short walk from the Ritz, serves delicious meals—we particularly liked their bison burger.
Ritz in Aspen…definitely, absolutely a destination worth waiting for.
We used some points to head to Aspen after our son's graduation from CU Boulder. We were given a 3-br Mountain View villa which as certainly the most luxurious place I have ever stayed. My husband keeps laughing that the place was so big, there were rooms we never even went in! As we were there in between seasons, the place was literally empty, which was fine with us. We literally had the entire hotel to ourselves!! I can't imagine what they charge for this place in the high seasons, but it's probably worth it.
Cashed in Marriott Points for a quick getaway. Was a great choice to be pampered. The suite was magnificent with a fireplace. The view of the resort was breathtaking. Enjoyed dinner downstairs and had breakfast delivered to the room the next morning. Both were great. The staff was wonderful. I used Marriott points and still had to pay a "Resort Fee" as well as Valet Parking. Other than that, it was an awesome getaway.
Gorgeous service. Attentive and polite staff. Stunning decor. Love the bronze elk . WiFi, valet, Good for families. Winter they have a lovely fire with Glühwein - very nice. There’s a pool and a restaurant. We only came for a drink so can’t speak to the rooms. Location is a bit of a walk - I wouldn’t say it’s “prime” such as hotel Jerome, it’s not directly on or near the main square. But it’s not bad at all if you fancy a 5-10 minute walk.
The Ritz was everything we expected of a luxury property. We were in a three bedroom unit and the space was well laid out with every amenity you could ask for. The service, especially from the bellman/valets was truly remarkable. A great experience!