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Aspen Square Condominium Hotel
Ranked #9 of 36 Hotels in Aspen
Certificate of Excellence
Reviewed July 28, 2011

My wife and I were in Denver to attend a funeral of a close friend. After the service we decided to drive to Aspen to brighten things up a little, and celebrate our wedding anniversary. We chose to take the route through Leadville (the highest incorporated city in America at 10,152 feet altitude), past Twin lakes, and across Independence Pass, because the Aspen trees were in their full golden glory. We were not disappointed. The drive was spectacular, although not for the faint of heart in a couple of spots. Be forewarned that the route is steep and winding on both sides of Independence Pass, and becomes quite narrow in places between the pass and Aspen. Remember also that the pass is at an altitude of 12,095 feet above sea level which may bother some people. The altitude at Aspen is about 7900 feet, and if you take I-70 all the way from Denver to Glenwood Springs and drive southeast on State Route 82 up to Aspen, the highest altitude you will achieve will be on Interstate 70 as you pass through the Eisenhower Tunnel at 11,158 feet, which is also happens to be the highest point of the entire Interstate highway system.

The afternoon before we left Denver, we called the Aspen Square based upon a review of our AAA book. We were able to book a Fireplace Studio Suite for three nights at $156 Per night ($178.62 including all tax & fees). The rates vary widely with the different seasons, and late September is at the low end. We arrived on September 24, 2010 and checked out on the 27th. Everything went great our entire stay. We were assigned Room 218 on the corner of the building. Apparently all of the rooms have different owners and each one is decorated differently. From our deck on the second floor, we had a view to the south of Aspen Mountain (aka Ajax) and the Aspen Silver Queen Gondola that takes you to the top of Ajax (altitude 11,212 feet). We lounged on the deck and sipped champagne as we watched dozens of hang-gliders launch off the mountain and fly overhead. The gondola is less than a 100 yard walk from the hotel.

Our room was beautiful. Granite counters and stainless steel appliances adorn the spacious (for a hotel) kitchen area, a king sized bed with top quality linens, a big comfy leather couch at the foot of the bed, a large flat screen TV, a stone fireplace (although we did not use it on our visit), and a large travertine tiled bathroom with a glass enclosed shower. The suite was well decorated from stem to stern.

Free parking, although limited, was available, and we always found a spot. Some of the spaces are under the building, and some are outdoors. The spaces were tight, and hard to get in and out of, but since parking is at a premium in Aspen, we were very happy to have it at all.

The hotel concierge was great and very helpful in her restaurant and activity recommendations. The desk clerks were great as well, and our room was spotless when we arrived, and it stayed that way while we were there.

Aspen in late September, although beautiful with the fall colors, is somewhat “dead,” or at least it was in late September 2010. A number of the shops were either closed or out of business - possibly a combination of both. The same was true for a few restaurants. However, we found good restaurants for every meal, and had a wonderful time hiking and relaxing. Since the shopping was limited, I saved a few bucks!

While you are in Aspen, there are two places that you should try to visit. Most importantly, do yourself a favor and visit the Maroon Bells Scenic Wilderness area, which is about a 30 - 45 minute drive from the hotel. There are vehicle restrictions, and you might have to take a shuttle, so be sure to check out the rules. The bowl including Maroon Lake, which is flanked by Sievers Mountain to the north, and the Maroon Bell peaks to the southwest, is one of the most beautiful places I have ever seen - especially in late September when the Aspen trees are changing. The “Bells” are purported to be the most photographed peaks in North America. It is easy to see why.

The second adventure I recommend is a gondola ride to the top of Aspen Mountain. There is a restaurant at the top, and the highest frisbee golf course on the planet. Hiking trails abound everywhere, and the view in all directions is spectacular. The ride up and down is relaxing, and offers wonderful views all along the way.

Although the Aspen Square is rated three diamonds by AAA, Room 218 is a five diamond room in my book.

  • Stayed: September 2010, traveled as a couple
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Reviewed July 13, 2011

Stayed here on our first trip to Aspen, Colorado. Having travelled from the UK I was relieved to find the reception staff helpful. The apartments are all individually owned so interiors vary. We were situated on the ground floor which was a bit gloomy but the staff had no hesitation in moving us to a top floor apartment and helped move all the ski gear that comes with a family of 4. Our new apartment was fantastic - south facing, big open fire, plenty of room and with a view of the mountain and main street. Location is excellent. A stone's throw from the Aspen Mountain chair or a short and easy walk to the bus depot for the free transfers to Snowmass, Aspen Highlands and Buttermilk...important with two children in tow! There is a good pool (but be careful with children as the bottom of it was quite rough) and plenty of outdoor seating...and yes we did use that despite being there skiing! Ski lockers are provided next to the apartments and these are quite spacious and a lift is available. Laundry facilities were available on each floor. There are plenty of restaurants, bars and shops literally on your doorstep catering for all - haute cuisine, Italian, American diner and a discreet MacDonalds as well. There is a supermarket directly across the road for shopping and it also rents out DVDs which is useful for the children after a long day on the slopes. The apartment was well equipped and clean. The only negative was that it could be a little noisy if guests came back late as the noise reverberated round the 'square' as that is how you access your rooms. To be honest, it didn't happen often but if you are a light sleeper take note! Overall I would definitely stay there again - all staff very helpful, clean apartment, spacious and well equipped with great views (it was a 2 bed apartment we had) and good value for money.

Room Tip: As for top floor apartment
  • Stayed: April 2011, traveled with family
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Reviewed February 22, 2011

only about 60 steps from the gondola, nicely appointed condos with open fires, full kitchens, great staff

  • Stayed: February 2011, traveled as a couple
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Reviewed October 26, 2010

This is a great choice. We stayed during discount season when everyone was lower priced. We found this to still be a bargain. We paid around 160 for a night for a one bedroom unit with full kitchen and living/ dining area. Two flat screen TV's balcony overlooking Aspen Mountain on one side and windows looking at the other side of Aspen Valley on the other side of the condo. We used the pool and hot tub, and fitness room as well. City Market across the street, along with many other restaurants, stores etc. Have to say our room overlooked the Little Nell with mountains behind while their rooms looked straight at our building and at a much higher price.

  • Stayed: October 2010, traveled as a couple
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Reviewed October 7, 2010

Great central location in easy walking distance to shopping, dining and gondola. Comfortable rooms. Ask for a courtyard side room to avoid any street noise.

  • Stayed: September 2010, traveled as a couple
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Reviewed July 16, 2010

Aspen Square was a delight to stay in from the moment we checked in to the sad day that we had to go home. The staff at Aspen Square are top notch and really aim to ensure that your visit (whether it be your first or 100th time) is truly remarkable. I loved the studio condo decor-we had a wonderful view. In terms of location, I don't think you could ask for a better place to be--a gem that is truly worth it!

  • Stayed: June 2010, traveled with family
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Reviewed April 22, 2010

I just loved the apple cider and cookies of an evenning in the hotel lobby and the staff here are just too nice!
Our room was a studio, we had a fold down bed which seemed odd as I had a look in another room when walking past (the door was open for housekeeping, didn't go in, just saw through the door) and it seemed to have a full normal bed. In saying that it was very comfortable.
Far more hip and young persons hotel the the Gant, especially given its location right in the center of town. But no where near the size for the same price.

  • Stayed: January 2010, traveled on business
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Address: 617 E Cooper Ave, Aspen, CO 81611-2011
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Location: United States > Colorado > Aspen
Amenities:
Business Center with Internet Access Fitness Center with Gym / Workout Room Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Kitchenette Suites Swimming Pool
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Ranked #9 of 36 Hotels in Aspen
Price Range: $168 - $724 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
Hotel Class:3.5 star — Aspen Square Condominium Hotel 3.5*
Number of rooms: 101
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
Directly across the street from Aspen Mountain's Silver Queen Gondola, the Aspen Square features comfortable fireplace studio suites and larger condominiums for nightly rental. ... more   less 
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