At the foot of the mountain lies the town of Aspen, a bustling commercial district surrounded by a sprawling high-end residential community.
Tourism is the backbone of the local economy so there is an abundant variety of lodging options in town. While Aspen has a reputation for its exuberant pricing, the truth is that there are reasonably priced (but not cheap!) lodging if you’re willing to compromise on convenience and distance from the slopes. There’s too many to talk about in depth, so we’ve picked three iconic Aspen classics which ranges from the thrifty to the ritzy!
The Tyrolean Lodge is a family owned business steeped in ski history with its own on-site ski memorabilia museum! The décor is a bit rustic but that just adds to the cosy ambience. It’s located at 200 W. Main Street in Downtown Aspen, a few blocks from the centre of town and four minute ride from the Shadow Mountain lift. While it’s not walking distance to the slopes, it’s in front the free shuttle bus stop which gives you access to all four Aspen resorts. The accommodation also has kitchenettes which lets you cook your own means, ideal for young families and small groups on a budget. Rooms are priced according to season and starting at $139 USD ($190 AUD) per night.
If you prefer to be closer to the mountain, the Mountain Chalet at 333 East Durant Ave might be the ticket. There’s a lot going for it: It looks and feels like a European ski lodge, it’s three minutes away from the Silver Queen Gondola by foot and boasts a variety of on-site amenities such as ski storage, fitness centre, spa services, arcade / game room, a bar and outdoor pool! They even throw in a complimentary buffet breakfast! Prices fluctuate greatly depending on the time of season and the day in question.
Posh but Pricey
There are plenty of options for you if ritzy is your preference and price is of no concern. The Hotel Jerome is considered one of the crown jewels of Aspen and is located at 330 East Main – a 8 minute walk from downtown and a short shuttle ride to the Silver Queen Gondola. A lavishly decorated property offers luxury amenities for guests including housekeeping twice a day, fine dining, spa boutique, a fitness centre, pet-friendly accommodations, ski valet, 24-hour room service and more -- a perfect choice for couples on a romantic getaway. This recently renovated brick building was built in 1889 and is just steps away from numerous restaurants, cafes and art galleries.
Getting Around Town
The City of Aspen provides a free shuttle service through the Royal Fork Transit Authority that covers the municipal grid through eight different routes. Getting from your hotel to the ski lift or from your slope side condo to a restaurant in town is as easy as walking several feet to the nearest bus stop and waiting for a few minutes. Service runs from 6:25 AM until 2:00 AM daily with three pickups per hour at every stop.
If you do not find public transportation appealing, you can summon an Uber. Base fares range from $1 to $14 USD ($1 to $19 AUD) and cost per mile charges vary from $1 to $4 USD ($2 to $5 AUD).
If you prefer a traditional taxi cab, the High Mountain Taxi Service operates 24 hours a day, 365 days per year by simply dialling (970) 925-8294.
All three methods of transportation are ideal for getting around the city as well as to and from the Aspen Airport.