The best US mountain resorts for all seasons

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  • COVID-19 continues to spread across the US, which means even in winter travelers are looking to destinations with ample outdoor activities.
  • Mountain resorts make it easy to savor nature in all seasons with hiking, biking, snowshoeing, and, of course, skiing.
  • We rounded up the best mountain hotels including rustic lodges, luxe ski resorts, and boutique hotels for warmer escapes.
  • Our top hotels range in price from $134 to $649 to start and are well-rated, meticulously researched, and boast coveted amenities.
  • Read more: Is travel safe? We interviewed experts on risks associated with flying, booking hotels or Airbnbs, renting cars, and more, plus ideas on safe vacations during COVID-19

There's nothing quite like waking up to fresh mountain air and a glimpse of rugged peaks outside your window. America's finest mountain resorts offer a quiet retreat from bustling urban life with opportunities to explore the great outdoors, any time of year. 

That scene is now more attractive than ever due to the continued spread of the novel coronavirus. As travel slowly picks back up, many US travelers are looking to stick closer to home with domestic options that embrace the great outdoors in order to avoid crowds and practice social distancing. 

If you're wondering if it's safe to travel and stay in hotels, it's important to understand the risks. Without a vaccine, there is no firm guarantee on safety, and it's crucial to follow guidelines from organizations such as the CDC and WHO, and wear a mask, wash your hands, and maintain social distancing. Additionally, check current state travel restrictions before booking, stay up to date on new policies from major hotels, and consider your own level of risk and whether you're traveling from or to a hotspot, so as not to increase infection rates.

If you're comfortable with how to best protect yourself, you'll find breathtaking sky-high locales all across the US. We also highlighted new COVID-19 policies for each, so you may make informed decisions on what to expect before booking.

On the East Coast, discover vast wildernesses from New York's Adirondacks to the Blue Ridge Mountains in North Carolina. In the West, the rugged Colorado Rockies feature some of America's best skiing, plus posh resort towns like Aspen and Vail. In star-studded Sun Valley, Idaho, known as America's "First Destination Ski Resort," celebrities from Clark Gable to Bruce Willis have hit the slopes. Though, if skiing is your primary objective, you may want to consider our list of the best ski hotels in the US. Additionally, if you're wondering if skiing is safe right now, be sure to read up on expert recommendations and precautions to take.  

Of course, the mountains aren't just for skiing. The startling red rock formations of Sedona have lured New Agers and spiritual seekers who find healing powers in the mountains' energy vortexes. 

All the aforementioned destinations also draw off-season crowds who enjoy spring, summer, and fall activities, or the simple pleasure of soaking up the beautiful scenery.

We've chosen our favorite mountain resorts in the US based on the following criteria:

  1. Going hand-in-hand with their mountain locales, all hotels have excellent proximity to nature and access to year-round outdoor activities.
  2. All hotels are well-appointed stays with excellent amenities from pools and hot tubs to ice skating rinks.
  3. Our choices range in price from $134 to $649 per night to start to suit a variety of budgets and needs.
  4. We selected these options based on personal travel experiences, as well as input from trusted traveler sites such as Trip Advisor and Booking.com. 

Rates for these hotels generally tend to be highest during winter and summer, so consider fall or spring for the best deals.

These are the best US mountain resorts, sorted by price from low to high.

The Lodge at Nakoma – Portola, California

Book The Lodge at Nakoma starting at $134 per night

The centerpiece of this California mountain lodge is its Frank Lloyd Wright-designed clubhouse, home to the dramatic octagonal-shaped Wigwam Room with soaring wood-paneled walls, stained-glass windows, and a towering four-sided stone fireplace.

It's one of many stunning spaces at the four-star property, located 45 miles north of Lake Tahoe in Lost Sierra, an alpine wonderland of mountain peaks dotted with glacial lakes, crisscrossed with trails for hiking, biking, cross-country skiing and snowshoeing. 

Set on 1,280 acres, The Lodge at Nakoma also features a championship golf course, a spa, swimming lake, and the 12,000-square-foot Altitude recreation center, with a huge range of family-friendly amenities including a heated outdoor pool, indoor climbing wall, game room, movie theater, children's play area, and a casual bistro. 

The property is scattered with private residences and villas but the lodge itself holds just 42 rooms in a two-story wooden building that emulates Frank Lloyd Wright's minimalist aesthetic. A double-height lobby features tall windows overlooking the golf course and is decorated with sleek leather furnishings, anchored by a tall gas fireplace. 

Rooms are similarly mod, done up in neutral tones with large picture windows. Most rooms, whether King or Double Queen, measure 400 square feet, though there are a handful of Executive rooms that are larger with separate sitting areas. There is a two-night minimum on weekends year-round.

Trip Advisor Ranking: 1 out of 3 hotels in Portola

Booking.com Rating: 8.9 out of 10

Pros: The setting is simply gorgeous, especially in fall when the leaves are changing colors. There are many year-round, kid-friendly activities at the recreation center, and equipment is available to rent on-site for winter and summer sports. 

Cons: There is a nightly $25 resort fee. Many guests complained about the room layout, which has the bathroom sink located separately from the bathroom in the bedroom.

COVID status and policies: This hotel is currently open and accepting reservations, but but in accordance with California's Public Health Order, the hotel cannot accept out-of-state guests unless their reservation is for a minimum of 10 days and the guests quarantine during that period or they are traveling for essential travel as outlined in the health order. The following new cleaning policies are in place:

  • Reduced dining hours.
  • The recreation center is available for members and hotel guests only.
  • The spa is open for select treatments only.

Hotel Ketchum – Ketchum, Idaho

Book Hotel Ketchum starting at $146 per night

This Sun Valley boutique hotel is close to all the mountain attractions, while its downtown Ketchum location places guests in the heart of the town's lively bar and restaurant scene. A free local bus stops out front and shuttles you (and your equipment) to the slopes of Baldy and Dollar Mountain for top-notch skiing in winter, and wildflower-filled hiking and biking in summer.

The lobby, dubbed The Hangout, is decorated with a modern mountain look, featuring a huge copper gas fireplace surrounded by fluffy flokati chairs and curving leather sofas, and faux animal heads dotting the walls. Cozy seating nooks have cowhide chairs and funky, nature-inspired wallpaper patterned with birch trees and local fauna. Outside, there's a sprawling courtyard with spectacular mountain views, a year-round heated swimming pool, and hot tub. The newly opened Barrio 75 offers savory street tacos and more than 40 different tequilas among bright, Mexican-inspired decor.

Rooms start from 340 square feet and are done up in minimalist style with wood floors, tartan headboards, and modern furnishings. Consider upgrading from the entry-level King room to one with a fireplace and balcony with mountain views. The Baldy King rooms measure 450 square feet and include a larger seating area and fantastic mountain views through multiple windows.

Trip Advisor Ranking: 5 out of 10 hotels in Ketchum

Booking.com Rating: 9.2 out of 10

Pros: The hotel offers free continental breakfast, parking, and storage for your skis or bikes. If you didn't bring your own, the hotel also operates a shop on-site that rents all the seasonal equipment you'll need.

Cons: Balconies facing the street can be noisy. The breakfast choices are a bit limited.

COVID status and policies: This hotel is currently open and accepting reservations and announced new procedures that include:

  • Contactless check-in options, text communications, and remote key pick-up. 
  • Outdoor entry to all guestrooms to aid in minimizing person-to-person contact.
  • Limited occupancy levels to allow for increased comfort and distance among guests.
  • Breakfast service is currently suspended but expected to resume with the start of the 2020/2021 winter ski season.
  • All hotel employees will engage in frequent hand washing and use of hand sanitizer.
  • Hand sanitizer dispensers shall be placed at key guest and employee entrances and contact areas.
  • All employees shall receive COVID-19 safety and facility sanitation protocol training recommendations from the CDC and practice social distancing and wear masks.
  • Contactless payment processes are encouraged.
  • Self-parking options are emphasized, shuttle service is limited.
  • Linens, towels, and laundry shall be washed in accordance with CDC guidelines and cleaning and disinfecting protocols will require attention to high-touch, hard nonporous items.
  • Daily housekeeping will not be offered, however fresh towels and trash/linen collection will be performed upon request and delivered to and picked up from in front of the guest room door.
  • In the event of a presumptive case of COVID-19 the affected guest room shall be removed from service and quarantined. 
  • Pool operation will be monitored regularly for water conditions and proper sanitizing and chemical balance. Seating shall allow at least six feet of separation between groups of guests.

The Foundry Hotel Asheville – Asheville, North Carolina

Book The Foundry Hotel Asheville starting at $178 per night

For a bit of urban flair with your mountain town experience, this industrial-chic four-star hotel is set in a converted steel mill in the heart of Asheville's historic African-American business district, The Block. Yet the Blue Ridge Mountains and all its hiking and leaf-peeping opportunities are just a few miles away. 

Mixing vintage and contemporary design, the three foundry buildings and two new builds feature many preserved artifacts including exposed industrial ceilings and original pulley elevators and signage. The award-winning Benne on Eagle serves rib-sticking modern soul food among exposed red-brick walls, and locals love the craft cocktails in the lobby's Workshop Lounge, housed in a 1920s woodworking building.

Rooms blend modern tufted headboards and dark wood furnishings with vintage touches like industrial-style windows and historic black-and-white photos. Some rooms also feature exposed brick walls and wood floors. The entry-level King rooms are spacious and offer views of the surrounding downtown or the courtyard. But if you want Blue Ridge vistas, you'll need to trade up to a Mountain View room.  

The hotel is managed by the Hilton Curio Collection, so members can earn or redeem Hilton Honors Points.

Trip Advisor Ranking: 17 out of 76 hotels in Asheville

Booking.com Rating: 9.1 out of 10

Pros: While you are within walking distance of many Asheville attractions, the hotel's free Tesla drop-off service will take you anywhere in the city you want to go. 

Cons: Rooms on the first-floor lack views. Only valet parking is available and it's pricey.

COVID status and policies: This hotel is currently open and accepting reservations and will follow new procedures from Hilton Hotels' 'CleanStay' program:

  • The Hilton 'CleanStay' room seal will add an extra measure of assurance by placing a room seal on doors to indicate to guests that their room has not been accessed since being thoroughly cleaned. 
  • 10 High-Touch, Deep Clean Areas will include extra disinfection of the most frequently touched guest room areas including light switches, door handles, TV remotes, and thermostats.
  • Removal of pen, paper, and guest directory; supplement with digital or available upon request. 
  • Improved guidelines for disinfecting fitness centers, possibly closing for cleaning multiple times daily, and limiting the number of guests allowed in at one time. 
  • Increase the frequency of cleaning public areas and provide stations at primary entrances and key high traffic areas, for instance, a station to allow guests to wipe the elevator button before pressing. 
  • Contactless check-in using digital key technology for guests who desire to have a contactless arrival experience. Guests can check-in, choose their room, access their room with a digital room key, and check-out using their mobile devices through the Hilton Honors mobile app at participating hotels.
  • Hilton will continue to expand its Digital Key capabilities to common doors and access points throughout the hotels. 
  • Hilton is exploring the addition of new technologies like electrostatic sprayers, which use an electrostatically charged disinfecting mist, and ultraviolet light to sanitize surfaces and objects.

Amara Resort & Spa – Sedona, Arizona

Book Amara Resort & Spa starting at $189 per night

Set along the quiet banks of Oak Creek with incredible views of Sedona's towering red rock formations, the four-star boutique Amara Resort offers a modern take on the region's Native American heritage.

The desert-hued facade blends in with the natural surroundings, while the lobby, with its vaulted ceilings and wood-paneled walls hung with Native American baskets, showcases extraordinary mountain scenery through a wall of windows. 

The hotel's best amenities are all outdoors. From the stone patio and fire pits, the SaltRock Southwest Kitchen terrace, and the infinity pool and hot tub, you can soak in views of the famous "Snoopy Rock" in the distance. If you're itching to explore the surrounding mountains, the hotel is about a 10-minute drive from several trailheads.

Rooms are on the smaller side for the area, with entry-level guest rooms measuring 340 square feet, plus a furnished balcony. All are warmly decorated in tan tones with wood headboards and colorful artwork. The best views (which are naturally pricier) are in the Creek Side Spa rooms and suites, which overlook the creek and have partial red rock views. 

Trip Advisor Ranking: 31 out of 50 hotels in Sedona

Booking.com Rating: 8.5 out of 10

Pros: A daily yoga class, nightly wine hour, valet parking, use of the spa's eucalyptus steam room, bikes, and shuttle service to nearby attractions are all included in the room rates. The award-winning spa offers unique, locally-inspired treatments like massages that incorporate native rattles, smudging with sage, crystals, and specially crafted oils. The hotel is just a short walk to the buzzy Upper Sedona area.

Cons: On the whole, rooms are small and some rooms face the adjacent property or parking lot. There is a nightly $33 resort fee.

COVID status and policies: This hotel is currently open and accepting reservations. Their new policies include:

  • Team members wear masks and gloves, and, in accordance with local regulations, a mask or face covering may be required in all public spaces for guests.
  • Social distancing will be followed with rearranged common areas and new signage.
  • The spa is open but steam rooms and showers are closed.
  • Increased frequency of cleaning public and high touch areas with antimicrobial fogging sanitizing and cleaning systems. UV light cleaning technology will sanitize room keys, key card packets, and credit cards.
  • Hand sanitizer dispensers have been added around the hotel.
  • All guest rooms will offer individual packet(s) of sanitizing wipes as an additional amenity.
  • Housekeeping will only be provided upon request and guest rooms remain vacant for 48 hours (based on occupancy) between bookings. Turndown service is suspended.
  • All non-essential items have been removed from guest rooms.
  • Shield protectors have been added to applicable areas including front desk stations, reception desks, host stands, and retail outlets.

Topnotch Resort & Spa – Stowe, Vermont

Book Topnotch Resort & Spa starting at $220 per night

Nestled on 120 wooded acres in Vermont's lush Green Mountains, this sleek four-star boutique hotel is nicely situated between Stowe Village and the ski resort of Mount Mansfield. Interiors take a contemporary spin on the typical rustic alpine lodge, notably in the lobby. The open-plan space features stone walls, a wood-burning fireplace, and low-slung modern sofas that look out onto surrounding peaks through a wall of windows.

The excellent Flannel restaurant offers tasty, locally-sourced fare — be sure to order the cheese plate, with an array of Vermont cheeses, and enjoy it out on the stone terrace with sweeping mountain views.

Other amenities include indoor/outdoor pools (plus a separate adults-only outdoor pool), an award-winning spa, and indoor/outdoor tennis courts. An on-site gear shop provides arrangements and equipment for outdoor activities from winter skiing to summer mountain biking. Topnotch Stables offers horseback riding and winter sleigh rides, too.

Rooms and suites are minimal and modern with warm wood furnishings and tartan accents. Entry-level Deluxe King rooms, located on the first and second floors of the hotel, measure around 350 square feet. The top-floor Executive rooms feel far more spacious thanks to 13-foot ceilings, while suites are packed with amenities like gas fireplaces, kitchenettes, and private decks with mountain views.

Trip Advisor Ranking: 8 out of 25 hotels in Stowe

Booking.com Rating: 8.7 out of 10

Pros: You're never without a view of the mountains, whether strolling the beautifully manicured grounds, playing a round of tennis, or relaxing with a drink on the stone terraces. During ski season, there is a regular shuttle to Stowe Mountain Resort.

Cons: The hotel isn't within walking distance of Stowe village and there is a daily $30 resort fee.

COVID status and policies: This hotel is currently open and accepting reservations and announced new procedures that include:

  • Resort guests will have access to the outdoor pool as well as the outdoor tennis facilities, on-property hiking trails, and direct access to the Stowe recreation path.
  • Additional amenities and guest services will resume on a gradual basis including indoor fitness, the indoor pool, additional spa services, and food and beverage operations.
  • The spa is open for some services but reservations must be made in advance. The same applies to tennis courts.
  • The resort gear rental shop will clean, disinfect, and deliver any rental equipment guests may need during their stay.
  • New cleaning and disinfecting standards are in place for public spaces and communal areas, guest rooms, restaurants and bars, meeting and retail spaces, pools, and any area where guests or team members queue.
  • Guests should come prepared and follow all CDC and local health guidance including practicing good hygiene and social distancing, wearing facial coverings in public spaces, and staying home and not visiting while sick.

The Omni Homestead Resort – Hot Springs, Virginia

Book The Omni Homestead Resort starting at $254 per night

From Thomas Jefferson to Bill Clinton, 23 US presidents have visited this grand Allegheny Mountains resort built in 1892 and listed as a National Historic Landmark.

The magnificent red-brick building is enormous with multiple wings fanning out from a central turreted lobby. The hotel sits on a 2,000-acre property that boasts a vast number of amenities, including a spa, water park, ice-skating rink, several indoor and outdoor pools, a myriad of restaurants, two golf courses, a zip-lining course, shooting range, and even its own ski hill.  

Traditional decor spans the resort's many public spaces, from the clubby Lobby Bar, lined with presidential portraits, to the elegant main dining room with its original columns, coffered ceiling, and wood dance floor. Top marks go to the indoor pool built in 1904 that is fed by local spring waters and flooded with light thanks to enormous arched windows.

Rooms are also traditional in design and supremely tasteful, with striped wallpaper, floral draperies, and classic dark wood furnishings. They vary in size, layout, and views, depending on the wing. Entry-level Traditional rooms are a snug 170 to 220 square feet; the next tier up is similar in size but with better views of the manicured grounds. If you want mountain views, upgrade to a pricier Premium room. Members of the Omni Loyalty Program can earn or redeem points for their stay.

Trip Advisor Ranking: 1 out of 2 hotels in Hot Springs

Booking.com Rating: 8.5 out of 10

Pros: The wealth of history makes staying here feel truly unique even though the hotel is operated by a large hotel chain. Family-friendly activities abound, no matter the season.

Cons: There is a $40 daily resort fee. There are few amenities in the tiny town of Hot Springs, which means nearly all meals and shopping are confined to the resort. Some restaurants require dressy attire or coat and tie. 

COVID status and policies: This hotel is currently open and accepting reservations. Omni Hotels & Resorts enacted the 'Stay A Part of Clean' initiative, which includes new cleaning guidelines and additional procedures that include:

  • Daily health screening, including temperature checks for staff, as well as frequent sanitization of all common areas, thorough re-training on proper hygiene, and best practices including Personal Protective Equipment (PPE).
  • Increased frequency of sanitization with EPA-certified cleansers that are CDC-compliant, additional guest sanitization stations in public areas, increased cleaning of HVAC systems, and replacement of air filters.
  • Signage and distance indicators will be used throughout the hotel in high-traffic areas to allow for and encourage proper social distancing.
  • Custom menus will focus on quality ingredients that limit contact in kitchen prep, with attendant-only served buffets, plated meals, receptions, and coffee stations. Hotels will use single-use, individually sealed food and cutlery items, where applicable.
  • Cleaned and disinfected guest rooms will have an "Omni Safe & Clean" seal of approval sticker upon completion with single-use amenities provided in each guest room, as well as enhanced disinfecting of high-touch items, and requested items delivered in a contactless manner.

The Whiteface Lodge – Lake Placid, New York

Book The Whiteface Lodge starting at $585 per night

Set two miles outside of Lake Placid village and encircled by the towering Whiteface Mountains, this luxuriously rustic all-suite property evokes the famed bygone Great Camps of the Adirondacks — though it was built in 2005.

From peaked timber building to its wood-lined interior outfitted with exposed logs, hand-hewn railings, and handcrafted Adirondack-style furniture, everywhere you look is surrounded by wood. Adding to the lodge-like feel are wood-burning stone fireplaces, antlered chandeliers, and the requisite mounted deer, elk, and moose heads. The grand Kanu dining room serves local Adirondack specialties like duck and venison, while the more casual Peak 47 has a fantastic wine and regional beer list. 

Family-friendly on-property amenities include a 56-seat surround-sound movie theater, two pools (including a heated outdoor pool), hot tubs, tennis courts, a game room with billiards and foosball, and a two-lane bowling alley. Visitors can take advantage of the surrounding snowshoe and cross-country ski trails (ideal for hiking in the warmer months) and there's ice-skating (with free skates provided) on the adjacent pond. In summer, that same pond offers catch-and-release fishing, and there's free shuttle service to the nearby private Canoe Club where you can take out complimentary kayaks and canoes.

Suites range from one to three bedrooms and include Adirondack-style furnishings, wood-beamed ceilings, and balconies. Entry-level One-Bedroom Junior Suites measure 500 square feet and sleep four, with a Queen-sized bed and Queen-sized pull-out sofa. Second-floor Clubhouse Suites are larger and have mountain views and cast-iron gas fireplace. 

Trip Advisor Ranking: 2 out of 33 hotels in Lake Placid

Booking.com Rating: 9.3 out of 10

Pros: There's a huge range of complimentary activities available year-round, plus guests have access to an award-winning spa. A breakfast buffet is also included the rate, as are s'mores at the nightly bonfire. Best of all, there is no additional resort fee.

Cons: The hotel is located far from Lake Placid village with its many restaurants, bars, and attractions, though there is a free shuttle service. Skiers should note, Whiteface Mountain is a 20-minute drive and there is no direct shuttle from the hotel.

COVID status and policies: This hotel is currently open in limited capacity and accepting reservations as follows:

  • Spa is open with reduced hours and steam rooms and saunas are closed.
  • All breakfasts are packaged to-go and may be delivered to guest rooms or picked up.
  • Cleaning efforts are increased throughout our resort and include, but are not limited to, cleaning and disinfecting hard surfaces and frequently touched items in guest rooms and throughout the public spaces of our lodge. Cleaning materials and supplies meet or exceed industry standards.
  • Valet services and shuttle services are currently unavailable.
  • Daily housekeeping services are not provided to reduce guest and employee contact.

Park Hyatt Beaver Creek Resort and Spa – Beaver Creek, Colorado

Book Park Hyatt Beaver Creek Resort and Spa starting at $599 per night

Winter sports fans will adore the location of this five-star resort, set right at the base of Beaver Creek Mountain, one of the top destinations in Colorado's Vail Valley.

The ski-in/ski-out property is mere steps from the lifts and gondola, and the on-site ski valet will take care of all your equipment. Just out front is bustling Beaver Creek Village and its outdoor ice-skating rink. In warmer months, hop the lifts for access to the mountain's hiking and biking trails. Year-round, take advantage of the hotel's swanky Exhale spa, outdoor pool (heated in winter), five outdoor hot tubs, and sprawling slope-side terrace with fire pits — an especially relaxing apres-ski spot. 

Inside, the resort is decorated in a cozy lodge style with a fireside lobby decked out with comfy couches; grab a complimentary hot chocolate and soak in spectacular mountain views through the enormous windows. The signature 8100 Mountainside Bar & Grill serves meat-heavy fare like steak and elk sausage, while the lobby bar has a nice selection of local cheeses and micro-brews on tap.  

Rooms are modern and simply decorated with rustic wood doors and trim as the only nod to its mountain surroundings. Entry-level Standard Kings are large, measuring 450 square feet, with space for a desk, windows that open, and balconies at no extra charge. Upgrade to a Slopeside room for mountain views. World of Hyatt members can use and earn points for their stay.

Trip Advisor Ranking: 3 out of 9 hotels in Beaver Creek

Booking.com Rating: 9.3 out of 10

Pros: The resort is seriously family-friendly with a whole host of free activities including table tennis, corn-hole, board games, seasonal family outdoor movies, and in winter, complimentary s'mores kits. In the hallways, mounted signs stating "family quiet time" (between 10 p.m. and 7 a.m.) mean your sleep won't be interrupted by boisterous partying. 

Cons: There's an expensive nightly resort fee ($35 in summer/$50 in winter) for so many activities and the daily parking rate is pricey. 

COVID status and policies: This hotel is currently open and accepting reservations and will follow new procedures from Hyatt as part of their 'Global Care & Cleanliness Commitment,' a global bio-risk advisory council accreditation at all of their hotels globally. The first hospitality brand to commit to the GBAC STARTM accreditation will include the following measures:

  • Detailed training at 900+ Hyatt hotels with internal and third-party audits.
  • A working group of trusted medical experts and leading industry professionals from organizations like Georgetown University Medical Center, American Airlines, Ecolab, the Global Wellness Institute, and hygiene managers appointed at every Hyatt hotel by September 2020.
  • Limited service available – food service, shuttle.

The St. Regis Aspen Resort – Aspen, Colorado

Book The St. Regis Aspen Resort starting at $649 per night

Located at the base of Aspen Mountain, with swanky Aspen town right at your doorstep, this five-star resort has all the plush amenities you'd expect from the St. Regis luxury brand.

Indulge in a treatment at the posh Remède spa, dine on upscale Rocky Mountain-inspired cuisine at the Velvet Buck restaurant, and sip a signature St. Regis Bloody Mary at the cozy Mountain Social Bar & Lounge. And there's no better spot for an apres-ski soak than in the mountainside outdoor pool and hot tub area.

The decor takes an elegant spin on the classic ski lodge with wood-paneled walls and big leather couches in the sprawling fireside lobby, where guests gather for the live nightly piano music and champagne sabering. Adjacent is the cozy book-lined library, decked out with leather club chairs and a wood-burning fireplace. Be sure to say hello to the resident Bernese Mountain Dog

Rooms have high-end custom Ralph Lauren leather beds and desks, wood floors, Frette linens, and marble bathrooms with heated floors, and most have mountain views. Entry-level rooms measure a generous 400 square feet. Higher category rooms feature fireplaces and balconies and suites offer butler service. Marriott Bonvoy members can use and earn points for their stay. 

Trip Advisor Ranking: 9 out of 34 hotels in Aspen

Booking.com Rating: 9.4 out of 10

Pros: In addition to the luxurious feel of the hotel, there are some nice freebies included like valet service from the Aspen airport, and a ski shuttle to ferry you to other ski resorts in the area. There is no resort fee.

Cons: Wi-Fi in the rooms is surprisingly only available for a fee. 

COVID status and policies: This hotel is currently open and accepting reservations in line with new policies from Marriott Bonvoy that include:

  • New cleaning technologies that include electrostatic sprayers that allow for touchless disinfecting capabilities and cleaning processes, along with and new regimen changes. 
  • In public spaces, the company has required that surfaces are treated with hospital-grade disinfectants and that this cleaning is done with increased frequency. 
  • In guest rooms, Marriott has added detailed cleaning practices, requiring all surfaces be thoroughly cleaned with hospital-grade disinfectants. The company will also be placing disinfecting wipes in each room for guests' personal use.
  • Signage in lobbies will remind guests to maintain social distancing protocols.
  • Marriott will remove or re-arrange furniture to allow more space for distancing. 
  • The company is planning to add partitions at front desks to provide an extra level of precaution for guests and associates and is working with supply chain partners to make masks and gloves available.
  • You'll see more hand sanitizing stations around Marriott's hotels particularly near the entrances and front desks, elevator banks, fitness areas, and meeting spaces.
  • In more than 3,200 of the company's hotels, guests can choose to use their phones to check-in, access their rooms, make special requests, and order room service that will be specially packaged and delivered right to the door without contact. These "touchless" services can all be done quickly via Marriott's mobile app.

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