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The Little Nell

The Little Nell has become an industry and community icon. This 92-room hotel was part of a complete re-configuring of the base of Aspen Mountain, and is exemplary for creating cohesive public and private spaces. The complex site programming utilizes rooftop terraces and sub-grade connections to create a community gathering space, linking the city center with the mountain base: it is truly a “front door” of the community. The hotel living room, restaurant and bar wrap around a private landscaped courtyard with pool and spa, all constructed over parking.

The hotel received its Five-Star rating eighteen months after opening, and has been recognized by the Urban Land Institute’s Award of Excellence.

The Little Nell is still regarded as a top luxury hotel: Wine Spectator has designated the hotel as a Grand Award winner for its sophisticated wine list since 1997. In 2022, US News+World Report ranked The Little Nell hotel as #1 Best Hotel in Colorado, and #13 in the United States. In 2023, Travel+Leisure named it to The 500 Best Hotels in the World list.




Aspen, Colorado

Project Size

210,000 SF

1.98 Acres

Primary Scope


Primary Materials

Stucco, Sandstone


US News + World Report Ranked #1 Best Hotel in Colorado

US News + World Report Ranked #19 Best Hotel in U.S.A.

Urban Land Institute | Award of Excellence

AIA Colorado West | Honor Award

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