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Ski Resort Life

Lodging: Aspen, CO

You have two choices in this classy Rocky Mountain town: deluxe or superdeluxe. The choice is yours.

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In a town where the millionaires ogle the billionaires, you’d expect the lodging to skew toward luxury. And with so many properties competing for guests’ discriminating dollars, hotels can leave no pillow unplumped, no request denied. So what sets the best apart from the very good? It’s all in the details. Here are our picks for bedding down Aspen-style.

Luxury>Hyatt Grand Aspen

Aspen’s newest digs didn’t skimp on décor. Gourmet kitchens have Viking appliances, DeLonghi coffee makers and cool, retro-looking toasters; bathrooms in the one- to three-bedroom condos are dressed in marble with spa tubs and rain showers; and you can expect your room to have at least one—possibly two or three—private balconies. The 51-unit Hyatt isn’t ski-in/ski-out, but it’s about a five-minute walk from the Silver Queen gondola to the hotel’s heated pool and hot tub—a fine place to find yourself at day’s end. And dinner? The Wine Spot serves small plates accompanied by a choice of 200 wines by the glass, so order a pinot and ponder which of Aspen’s 100-plus restaurants you’ll be visiting that evening. $575—$4,000; 970-429-9100;

Ski-In/Ski-Out>The Little Nell

You don’t know Nell? You must be new to Aspen. The town’s most famous lodging property is also its only ski-in/ski-out hotel, but that’s not even its greatest selling point: The Nell is prized for its après scene—The Bar is the place to be after your skis are racked for the day. But with fireplaces, plasma TVs and turndown service, your room isn’t a bad place to be, either. The Nell’s ski concierge is steps from the gondola, so hand off your skis, clomp into The Bar and order a Montagna Martini, named for the Nell’s award-winning restaurant: apple vodka, elderberry syrup and champagne. You have arrived. $470—$4,650; 970-920-4600;

Full-Service>The St. Regis Aspen

The problem with the St. Regis is that there’s so much to do, you might not find time to ski. Blame this squarely on the new Remède Spa, whose mission is total indulgence, witnessed by the chilled prosecco and Jacques Torres truffles in the waiting area. In the hotel, 180 rooms and suites feature flat-screen TVs, Bose stereos and linens by Pratesi (successor to Frette), and guests can partake of the newly remodeled fitness center, with its schedule of yoga classes and snowshoe hikes. Luckily, wheny ou hit the slopes, you’ll be just a block and a half from the gondola. $495—$5,000;970-920-3300;

Private Home>The Sardy House

Built in 1892, the Sardy House was reconfigured in 1985 as a luxury B&B. Its seven rooms are no longer available on a nightly basis, but you can rent the entire house. A Victorian set on Main Street, the Sardy House comes with its own housekeeping staff, bellman, driver and concierge, plus a heated pool, hot tub and sauna. There’s no restaurant, but a private chef can prepare meals in the gourmet kitchen. Come morning, cross the street to Main Street Bakery Café for Aspen’s best coffee. From $6,000 per night; 970-920-2525;