Aspen's trendiest hotel, part of the playful Kimpton boutique-hotel group, attracts a young crowd with its sleek style and excellent location across the street from the slopes. The modern lobby, with its oversized white leather chairs, leads to the cool (and often crowded) 39 Degrees lounge, whose doors open poolside to a hopping après-ski scene. The hotel offers some nice perks, including a daily "altitude adjustment" happy hour with complimentary wine, plus free in-town
transportation, in-room Wi-Fi, and use of bikes in the summer—all without an added resort fee. Small rooms have exposed honey beams and whimsical accents: orange borders on white walls, grey cable-knit "sweater" headboards, red houndstooth chairs, and aspen-tree patterns on throw pillows.