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Mountain Chalet Aspen 3.0

Downtown, Aspen, Colorado

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Pros

  • Convenient downtown location at the base of Aspen Mountain
  • Outdoor heated pool, indoor whirlpool, sauna, and steam room
  • Individually decorated rooms with mini-fridges and balconies in some
  • Excellent fitness center with personal trainers, plus massages on request 
  • Free full hot breakfast buffet with omelets, plus daily coffee, tea, and cookies 
  • Free parking in an underground garage
  • Meeting space for up to 200 people
  • Guest laundry facilities 
  • Free Wi-Fi throughout 
  • Pets welcome

Cons

  • Rooms and common areas could use some updates
  • Some rooms lack microwaves, safes, and coffee- and tea-making facilities
  • No guaranteed parking spots in the underground garage
  • No full restaurant serving lunch or dinner

Bottom Line

The Mountain Chalet Aspen is a mid-range hotel conveniently located downtown. This family-run, Swiss chalet-style property opened in 1954 and offers 59 individually decorated rooms, ranging from small Economy Rooms to spacious two-bedroom apartments with kitchens and two bathrooms. Decor can feel cozy or kitschy, but some areas are simply outdated. Amenities include a free hot breakfast, an outdoor heated pool, free parking, and an excellent fitness center with personal trainers, and a whirlpool, a sauna, and a steam room. Meeting space for up to 200 people is also available for rent. Rates are attractive but with only 59 rooms, it can sell out fast. Also downtown, the mid-range Annabelle Inn is a good alternative and offers a free breakfast buffet.

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 A cozy, family-run, mid-range ski lodge dating back to 1954

This cozy, family-run chalet that opened in 1954 is a throwback to the Aspen of yesteryear and one of the few remaining traditional ski lodges in this increasingly glitzy town. Its exterior resembles a Swiss chalet, with wood slats around the white exterior. Interiors are casual, with a homey, lived-in feel, and feature pine paneling and a brick fireplace framed by rustic furniture. Free coffee and tea are served all day in the lobby, inviting guests to linger and perhaps pick up a book from the library. But elsewhere, the property's retro look can feel less charming and just simply dated, such as the games room with its loud '70s carpeting. Guest rooms open up into a central courtyard overlooking the outdoor pool that can be seen from the street. Maps of the area’s famous ski trails are mounted on walls in the modest lobby, and alpine and ski-theme murals are painted on some walls outside. 

   

Location

In downtown Aspen at the base of Aspen Mountain

The Mountain Chalet is located in a quiet neighborhood in downtown Aspen, right across the street from the luxurious St. Regis Aspen Resort. The bus station across the street connects guest to free rides to Buttermilk, Snowmass, Aspen Highlands, Basalt, and Carbondale. The hotel is at the base of Aspen Mountain, which is accessible on foot in about five minutes. The gondola is a few minutes’ walk away, and Aspen’s main drag (Main Street) is a five-minute walk from the hotel. The Aspen-Pitkin County Airport is a 10-minute drive, while Denver Airport is approximately four hours away.

Rooms

Clean and individually decorated -- but dated -- with mini-fridges 

Rooms at the Mountain Chalet are individually decorated and come in a range of room types, from snug Economy Rooms clear up to two-bedroom apartments with two bathrooms and full kitchens. Rooms generally have similarly spartan, dated decor, with solid bedspreads, brick or white walls, and simple brown patterned carpet. Many rooms have small balconies with spectacular mountain views. Bathrooms are average in size and have white or beige tiling, shower/tub combos, and small vanities in either acrylic or granite. All rooms have flat-screen TVs and mini-fridges, and all but the Standard and Economy Rooms have microwaves, safes, and coffeemakers. Note that Economy Rooms lack air-conditioning, but all other room types have it. Rooms are generally quiet, but some Economy Rooms on the ground floor facing the street can be noisy at times, especially when windows are opened in the warmer months.

Features

Free hot breakfast, fitness center, outdoor pool, whirlpool, sauna, steam room, and free Wi-Fi

This traditional ski lodge has several attractive amenities, including a free hot breakfast buffet that features made-to-order omelets. The hotel also holds a free Gluhwein (mulled wine) reception once a week with drinks and appetizers during ski season, and drinks are served in the fifth-floor lounge over the weekend starting on Thursdays. Free coffee and tea are available in the lobby all day, and fresh-baked cookies are free each afternoon, but there's no full restaurant for other meals.

The Altitude Body Performance Center is the hotel's excellent fitness center and comes equipped with a wide range of cardio and weight-training equipment. Personal trainers and private fitness classes can be arranged, as can massages, including couples massage. There's also a steam room, a sauna, and a huge indoor whirlpool on the property. The outdoor pool is heated and stays open all year, and there's a game room with a billiards table. A couple of PCs and a printer in the lobby serve as the business center, and meeting space is available for up to 200 people. Free parking is provided in an underground garage, but it fills up and spots aren't guaranteed. However, the hotel does provide street parking permits to guests who can’t find a garage space. Other features include guest laundry facilities and free hotel-wide Wi-Fi. Pets are welcome. 

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Address

333 E Durant Ave, Aspen, Colorado 81611-1839, United States

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