My girlfriend and I stayed at the Snow Queen Lodge for 4 nights/5 days over Christmas 2012. I carefully selected the lodge since the prices were some of the best in Aspen, since it has a great location, and had ample and cost effective accommodations for our needs. We were all round pleased with our stay!
I had been to Aspen 4-5 times before and know what a special place it is - Summer or especially Winter. It was cold in December (5-15 degrees at night and below freezing by day). However a wonderful white high Rockies alpine Christmas delight. We saved by not having a car-prefer not to drive the icy roads and you can walk around town (few blocks) and to the Ajax mtn. lifts (5 blocks) easily. Also ½ block from the Lodge you can jump on the extensive free shuttle bus system to all neighboring 3 ski resorts-which we took advantage of to get to Snowmass to ski one-day and to have a special Xmas eve dinner at Krabloonik restaurant again near Snowmass. ($15-$20 w/tip for Taxi to/from ASE).
We met the owner, down-to-earth and engaging “Norma” who has lived in Aspen for 40 years and still overseas things along with her friendly son Michael and his family. But the live-in Innkeepers Mary and Billy are also very sweet, accommodating and genuine---the best that hosts can be. They serve a relaxed and homestyle continental breakfast each morning along with hardboiled eggs. All you need in the morning to get rolling. One night they had an informal get together for guests to enjoy some wine and chat across international new friends. Plus Billy is a veteran base guitarist and openly invites guests to the many venues around Aspen where he frequently plays with his band. They are always there to inform, smile/laugh, chat and assist with anything one needs-but otherwise give guests a lot of privacy and time alone.
The place is very quiet, clean, a typical simple B and B accommodation and a perfect location. The Aspen Brewing Company is a few blocks away, a fondue/”Creperie” place we enjoyed 2x is nearby, as are all the shops, restaurants and the City Market is about a 10 minute walk (fridge in room). The Jacuzzi out front looks up at the runs on Ajax and is a wonderful way to relax, soothe sore muscles, and enjoy the amazing ambience and scenery.
We had the “Silverqueen” room in back on ground level and on a quiet driveway/backstreet-so we had a private entrance. Overall the Snow Queen is a nice value, no frills, and an ideally located accommodation. The “staff” as aforementioned are welcoming and like family. As I did they enjoy the international guests which were plenty. Next visit to top-notch Aspen we will surely stay here again!
Thanks very much for the special memory and overall holiday experience!
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- The Historic Snow Queen Lodge was established during Aspen's Wild West Silver Boom and continues to sparkle with Victorian charm.Our family run lodge is conveniently located at the base of Aspen Mountain, in the center of downtown Aspen. We specialize in western hospitality at affordable prices. Start your day with breakfast & good conversation, and then walk to the Gondola & Ski, the world class terrain of “Ajax”(Aspen mountain), or catch a free shuttle to Aspen's other legendary mountains: Highlands, Snowmass or Buttermilk. Enjoy our world class skiing without the lift lines! Later, relax in our hot tub & take in the mountain view, or enjoy après ski in our Victorian Parlor with a hot beverage. At night, let us steer you to one of Aspen's many renown restaurants, affordable local favorites, or numerous entertainment options. Even in the warmer weather, we are still an Aspen travel hot spot! In the summer, experience Aspen's unsurpassed arts offerings or escape into unparalleled scenic beauty. No matter what time of year you come to stay with us, in no time you will see why our satisfied guests keep coming back year after year… because at the Snow Queen Victorian Lodge . . . we treat you like family! ... more less
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