The Little Nell

675 East Durant Avenue | Aspen, CO 81611 [See Map]
#1 in Best Aspen Hotels
Hotel Class 5.0-star Critic Rating Excellent Guest Rating
TripAdvior Traveler Rating

Based on 237 reviews
Property Type Boutique hotel with 92 rooms, 4 floors
Primary View(s) Neighborhood, Mountain(s)
Style Rustic, Opulent
Best For Couples, Solo travelers

U.S. News Review

Sitting at the base of Aspen Mountain on the southern edge of town, The Little Nell caters to snow junkies with on-site services such as a Ski Concierge team (who can secure everything from lift tickets to ski rentals) and an equipment storage center. However, guests say that the hotel's proximity to powder isn't the only reason to book. The Little Nell's two in-house restaurants — element 47 and Ajax Tavern — earn high praise for their artfully prepared plates, and the hotel spa is ideal for post-skiing relaxation. Although you won't be spending much time indoors, you can look forward to resting up in a spacious and inviting guest room, surrounded by warm, soothing brown hues, a well-stocked minibar and an LCD TV. And, like they do at The Little Nell's sister property, the Ojai Valley Inn in California, recent guests give the customer service two thumbs up, saying that the hotel's employees were some of the nicest they'd ever met.

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Critic Reviews


“Equally superior is the professional staff, whose training differentiates them from the seasonal workers at other hotels.”
Award: Fodor's Choice

Condé Nast Traveler

“The hotel's subdued Alpine architecture blends right into the Aspen street scene, the guest rooms got a low-key makeover by designer Holly Hunt, and the public spaces respect the surroundings, with natural materials like pine, stone, and leather taking a backseat to the scenery.”


“Tucked away at the base of a mountain, ... The Little Nell provides a perfect location either to hit the slopes or roam the streets in search of Aspen's latest fashions.”
Award: Forbes Travel Guide Five Star Awards 2014

Other Awards:
  • AAA/CAA Five Diamond Lodgings 2015
  • Editor's Pick
  • Condé Nast Readers' Choice List 2014
  • Frommer's Exceptional
  • Lonely Planet Recommended
  • Travel + Leisure 500 World's Best Hotels 2015

Guest Rooms

The Little Nell’s guest rooms combine modern decor with Aspen style, featuring brown leather chairs, wood accents and sleek, stone-clad gas fireplaces. Guest rooms have beds with Fila D'Oro down comforters, flat-screen LED TVs with on-demand videos, fully stocked minibars and wool carpeting. Bathrooms have steam showers, separate soaking tubs and stone vanities, along with marble walls and flooring.

  • Complimentary Wi-Fi access
  • In-room stereo CD player with docking station

Standard room size:

600 square feet
  • Internet (free)
  • Premium channels
  • Workspace/desk
  • Minifridge
  • Bathrobes/slippers
  • Minibar
  • Shower/tub combo
  • Separate shower
  • Separate tub
  • Wireless Internet
  • Guest rooms with patios and balconies
  • Adjoining rooms available
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Guest Reviews

A hotel's guest rating is calculated using data provided under license by TripAdvisor. A total of 237 guests have reviewed the The Little Nell, giving it a rating of 4.5, on a scale of 1-5.

TripAdvisor Traveler Rating: 4.5 (based on 237 reviews)

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  • Dining
  • Room Service
  • Pool
  • Pets Allowed
  • Parking
  • Internet Access
  • Shuttle Service
  • Meeting Rooms
  • Fitness Center
  • Business Center

Location & Parking

The Little Nell is a slopeside boutique hotel situated at the base of the gondola in Aspen. The property, on the southern edge of town, offers a ski-in/ski-out location, adjacent to the area's shops and restaurants. The Little Nell is ideal for travelers looking for luxurious ski resort amenities and hoping to be within walking distance of the town’s main attractions, dining and high-end retail establishments.

  • Complimentary airport transportation
  • Hotel offers shuttle to in-town locations and all four of Aspen’s ski mountains
  • Audi Test Drive program allows hotel guests to drive an Audi in the Rockies
  • Located 4 miles south of Aspen/Pitkin County Airport

  • 24-hour valet parking ($32)
  • 24-hour self-parking
  • Airport shuttle (free)
  • Car service (free)

Within walking distance of:

  • Bus stop
  • Train station
  • Subway/metro stop
  • Restaurants
  • Beach
  • Grocery store
  • Movie theater
  • Theater
  • Shopping


There are two on-site restaurants at the Little Nell. The award-winning element 47 serves global cuisine infused with Colorado-focused flavors. The Ajax Tavern offers an upscale bistro-style menu, along with a seasonal outdoor patio with views of Aspen Mountain. There are three bars available, including Chair 9, the bar at element 47 and The Oasis — a pop-up Champagne and caviar bar that announces its ever-changing location via social media.

  • Both restaurants offer date nights with babysitting services and a children’s buffet

Number of restaurants:


Cuisine types:

American, French


Forbes Star Rating, James Beard Award
  • Fine dining
  • Casual dining
  • Quick service cafe/coffee shop/marketplace
  • Bar/lounge
  • Room service
  • 24-hour room service
  • Free breakfast


The Little Nell has a heated outdoor pool and Jacuzzi, surrounded by lounge chairs and umbrellas. Nestled in the courtyard of the hotel, the pool area offers mountain views.

Number of pools:


Pool types:

  • Lap pool
  • Wading pool
  • Lazy river
  • Family pool
  • Infinity pool
  • Whirlpool/hot tub
  • Adults-only pool
  • Seasonal
  • Indoor
  • Outdoor
  • Indoor/outdoor combo

Pool amenities:

  • Lifeguard on duty
  • Poolside service
  • Waterslide
  • Deck chairs or cabanas
  • Pool bar


The Health Center at the Little Nell offers massages and facial services. Facial treatments incorporate products from the June Jacobs Spa Collection and are free of parabens and preservatives.

  • Steam room
  • Complimentary organic tea and snacks available

Services offered:

  • Massage
  • Facial
  • Body treatments (i.e. scrubs, wraps)
  • Salon services
  • Outdoor treatment area
  • Steam room
  • Sauna


The Little Nell offers a wealth of kids activities including cooking classes, horseback riding and jeep tours. Plus, the hotel has PlayStations, cribs and baby supplies.

  • Weekly Date Night at the on-site Ajax Tavern includes complimentary babysitting services for up to two children
  • Nearby Hideout at Buttermilk Mountain and The Treehouse Adventure Center offer childcare and children’s programs

  • Kids club
  • Cribs
  • High chairs


The Health Center at the Little Nell offers cardio machines and strength-training equipment. Plus, steam rooms and changing facilities are available, along with spa treatments. The property has a variety of seasonal activities available, including skiing, fly-fishing and biking.

  • Concierge can schedule Pilates, yoga and other workouts nearby
  • Mountaintop yoga sessions offered Tuesdays, Thursdays and Saturdays
  • 24-hour facility access

  • Weight equipment
  • Cardio equipment
  • Yoga mats
  • Free fitness classes
  • Premium fitness classes (with fee)
  • Bicycles (with fee)
  • Tennis
  • Guided runs
  • Paddle boats
  • Motor boats


The Little Nell offers a boardroom as well as private event spaces within the hotel and on the mountaintop for business meetings and gatherings. The property also has an on-site business center with three desktop computers, two printers, a scanner and shredder.

  • 24-hour business center
  • Full catering available
  • Hotel offers group adventure planning

Number of meeting rooms:

  • Business center
  • Meeting rooms
  • Meeting and event planners available


The Little Nell is a pet-friendly hotel and offers luxury amenities for pets, including a brass identification tag at check-in, and gourmet pet dining options. The hotel supplies pet beds, food and water bowls, as well as a Puppy Jet Lag Kit.

  • A $100 cleaning fee applies, plus $25 per night
  • Hotel offers walking and pet-sitting services along with a pet-friendly trail guide

  • Pets allowed (with fee)
  • Dog walking
  • Pet-sitting



The hotel has multiple indoor and outdoor venues for wedding ceremonies and receptions. The Wedding Deck is available for mountaintop ceremonies at an elevation of 11,212 feet. For an indoor setting, the Aspen Mountain Club has 4,400 square feet of private event space with antique Austrian tables and views of the Elk Mountain Range.

  • Hotel can host weddings for up to 250 guests
  • Property offers custom catering and custom event planning

Maximum wedding guest capacity:

  • Hotel hosts weddings
  • Outdoor space for weddings
  • Wedding planners available

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The Little Nell

675 East Durant Avenue | Aspen, CO 81611 [See Full Map]