Whatever time of year you visit, ask for a room with a mountain view.
This Aspen landmark has been at the heart of the town since it opened in the 1889 silver rush. The prospectors have long gone, but the old-west vibe is still in evidence. Thanks to a recent revamp, there’s a smart new lobby bar, an elegant modern bistro and a luxe spa. The famous J-Bar, where Mr Hunter S Thompson was a regular, retains its 19th-century charm. Curling and cocktails and huskie, helicopter and snowmobile tours are on offer in winter. In summer, biking, hiking and hot air balloon rides can be arranged.