My husband, his family and I stayed at the Little Nell for 5 nights in Jan. I am not really a fan of cold weather, so the place was wonderful for a few days of hibernation. Aspen is such a quaint little village anyway and the 7 plus feet of snow (piled up) made it into a story book village.
The Little Nell is one of Aspen's most upscale hotels. It looks like a Swiss chalet. While the interior is not fancy by any means, it is ski shack cozy. Check in was simple.A neat thing about Little Nell as they allow dogs. Several people, including my sister-in-law, parade their cute dogs around the lobby. The animals actually live more like royalty at the Nell as L.N. provides pet beds and gourmet dog food in silver bowls.
Our room was large and comfortable. We had a king bed, sitting area, fireplace with plasma above it, 2 closet areas and a large bathroom. Also, we had a decent sized balcony that faced the mountain and swimming pool. The only negative thing about our room was the location...We loved facing the mtn and watching people ski or snowboard down, but there is a restaurant on the side of the building, which made our room much less private. The mini bar was well stocked and included oxygen. There were also a few cd's and books to use. LN provides great headphones so at night, you won't disturb your spouse if you decide to watch tv. Turn down service was good...They leave you a pitcher of water and great chocolate. Oh, the water in the bathroom gets VERY HOT. Be especially aware if you have young children with you.
Room service at the Little Nell was a little above average. I had oatmeal with fruit every morning...For some reason, L.N is known for it's oatmeal. There are several neat stores attached and surrounding the LN. Gorsuch is an upscale store that has about anything you could ever need for cold destination apparel. As far as restaurants go in Aspen, they all seemed wonderful. The concierge can guide you, but my family has been going to Aspen for years and have their own spots. We did go to Nobu one evening..very chic. Also, a French restaurant another night...decent food and I don't remember the name.
We rented our skis from Gorsuch...LN's concierge can arrange it all. If you happen to bring your own equipment, as my sister-in-law and her boyfriend did, LN has great storage. Also, LN will take you basically anywhere around the town, very nice to be dropped off for dinner or skiing.
I did not do a lot of shopping in Aspen period. Most things are extremely overpriced, as you can buy them in Boulder or Denver for 50 percent less. Unless you are going for an amazing piece of art or fur, that is.
As far as activities go, we arranged to go on a horse sleigh ride through LN's concierge. It was magical. We also spent several days at Buttermilk, while my sister-in-law opted for Highlands. Buttermilk was just my comfort zone, but they enjoyed Highlands immensely.
LN is a wonderful place for couples as well as family vacations. There were lots of people, but we never felt too crowded. Although it is more expensive than other places in town, Little Nell is a great place if you want to be cozy with attentive service. We will be going back in Jan and I look forward to it.