The Mountain Chalet at Snowmass is the most perfectly located hotel on the mountain outside of the Silver Tree Hotel. This hotel literally is 20 steps out the front door of the hotel to skiing down to the lift lines. Its also a 1 minute walk around the corner and up the stairs to the snowmass village bus station (free) and to the Snowmass Village Mall with all the shops and small restaurants and the free Shuttle into downtown Aspen. Couldn't be more perfectly located, you don't need a car, but we rented one anyways and left it in the lot across from the hotel for $25 for the week, never took it out. Its about a 90 min ride from the Vail Eagle Airport, shorter if the weather isn't icy or snowy.
The Hotel: Awesome. You walk in the front door and the ski rack holders is on your left, in a small closet with your room number on the slot, and the front desk is next to that. Opposite the front desk go up 2 stairs to the lobby/sitting area, quaint but huge couches and tabels and chairs, a great big fireplace, windows and a large tv that all watched the Olympics on. The fire place, anyone can light it, plenty of wood. Free access to the internet in the lobby for guests, no kids under 16 for business use, but you can check your email quick if need be. They had free coffee/tea. hot chocolate and water in the lobby next to the only 1 elevator, its small, but it works. The main floor is the 3rd floor. 2nd Floor is where breakfast and lunch is held, included in the price, awesome. Each day a different food fried eggs/scrambled eggs, pancakes, french toast with either bacon or sausage, they give your tea coffee, juices, and a choice of oatmeal or cream of wheat that they serve, otherwise they have cold cereal, toast, fruit and yogurt and each day was a different coffee cake, blueberry, peach, strawberry, apple cinnamon etc, all very good. Tables sat 8 so we always sat with other people. This hotel is known for families that have been coming here for 40-50 years and the breakfast menu hasn't changed they told us. Can't beat it.
Our Room was 410 and 411, 1 flight up from the lobby. There are 4 of us 2 kids ages 11 and 15. The kids had the room next to us, a queen bed with a pullout sofa, ceiling fan, humidifier, full bathroom with toilet shower separate from sink area, etc. Ours was the same but a king bed. If you wanted robes for the pool just get them at the front desk and hang onto them for the time your there. We had balcony's in both rooms with chairs and we overlooked the mountains and the chair lifts. Bed's were comfortable, TV's antiquated but worked nonetheless, had a fridge in the room and the furniture was rustic, headboard looked like tree's and the tables had tree legs etc, kind of neat. Clean and great room service.
The pool was on the first floor, had a little heater outside the door before you dashed to the pool and the hot tub was in the corner of the pool so you could jump over the side into the pool, perfect water temp too, overlooking the skiers coming down the mountain.
Great hotel, its not the Ritz but it was clean, neat, the staff was friendly, the location was awesome and the lobby sitting area was great.
Outside the hotel were gondola's that you could use at night to go down to Sneaky's Tavern or the Sweet Life for dinner and dessert. Free.
We ate at Big Hoss, awesome food and service, ate there a couple of times. Sneaky's Tavern was very good and the ice cream at Sweet Life is all home made. We went into Aspen for dinner at the La Cantina, excellent service and Mexican Food. Ate at the Steak Pit one night, that was good, avoid the prime rib and stick to the Filet. The prime rib was fatty. Salad bar, bread and sides were all good, pricey but worth it for a steak house.
Avoid Brothers Grille in the Silver Tree, it was just awful, service was good, food awful.
Skiing on the mountain, you must eat at Sam's Smokehouse. Get there right at 12pm and you won't hit a line. Just amazing pulled pork sandwiches, a great meal. They have ribs too. The other restaurants ont he mountain we didn't have a bad meal, all cafeteria style, but really good food.
If you get a chance to hike up to LONGSHOT (Blue trail) do it when its groomed. It was awesome, otherwise its a lot of work on the way down.
Aspen downtown had a lot of shops/galleries and fur places, not too many family friendly shops. Wasn't impressed with the shops in Aspen, Breckenridge, more family friendly atmosphere and better shops. There were a lot of other Restaurants that we never got to but looked really good in Aspen. Don't eat at the Mountain Dragon in Snowmass, just bad food and service, that was a mistake and do make reservations if you go to any restaurant, really needed them most places. Make them before you go.
Mountain Chalet, we all would go back in a heartbeat, couldn't beat the location and the skiing was great. Vail still tops Colorado for skiing, but Snowmass is a close 2nd.
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- Also Known As:
- Snowmass Mountain Chalet Hotel Snowmass Village
- Snowmass Village Mountain Chalet
- Hotel Snowmass Village