You have two choices in this classy Rocky Mountain town: deluxe or superdeluxe. The choice is yours.
In a town where the millionaires ogle the billionaires, you'd expect the lodging to skew toward luxury. And with so many properties competing for guests' discriminating dollars, hotels can leave no pillow unplumped, no request denied. So what sets the best apart from the very good? It's all in the details. Here are our picks for bedding down Aspen-style.
Does Aspen need another luxury hotel? How about another fractional property? Well, it gets both with the new Hyatt Grand Aspen, which opened in mid-December. Sure, you can pony up $90,000, the entry-level tariff for a 1/20th share—or 17 days of use.
But you can also taste this luxury for a night or two for considerably less. And the location is prime. The Hyatt is at the foot of Aspen Mountain, overlooking the ice-skating rink, and a four-minute walk to the Silver Queen gondola. Outside, the white-balconied, red brick building is New-England-meets-the-Rockies.
Winter has come early to Aspen/Snowmass and skiers and riders will celebrate with the opening of Snowmass this weekend, Nov. 9-10, and the opening of Aspen Mountain on the following two weekends, Nov. 16-17 and 23-24.