Every year, Aspen’s summer bustle slows as students return to school, and autumn’s crisp air flows through the valley. Fall however is not to be missed, as our gorgeous valley hosts some of the most astounding seasonal changes in Colorado! Aspen Real Life has curated a list of our favorite (more) affordable hotels to stay in Aspen so you can experience autumn like a local.
A charming experience in the heart of downtown Aspen, Mountain Chalet is first on our list for affordable lodging this autumn. Opening its doors to the public in 1954 right downtown, Mountain Chalet is an Aspen classic. Recently under new ownership, the Chalet has a three-night minimum stay on the weekends, as well as a four-night minimum stay in September. If a long weekend getaway is on the horizon, Mountain Chalet is not to be overlooked! Weekday room rates start at just $129 per night! It is important to note that come May, the rates and accommodations of Mountain Chalet may change under the new ownership.
Originally The Christmas Inn, The Annabelle was founded in 1948. A family-owned establishment, the cabin-inspired interior is a comfortable welcome home to visitors far and wide. Proximal to transit for all four of the Valley’s ski mountains, opportunities abound for adventure all year long! During the off-season around the end of September, you can snag a room for as little as $159 per night! The Annabelle Inn will close for projects this year from October 10-19th.
St. Moritz Lodge
Located at the base of Shadow Mountain in Aspen, Saint Moritz Lodge is an underrated European-inspired escape. The lodge features tended gardens, a tiled pool and is situated just askew from downtown offering guests a quiet respite from town. With rooms starting at $175, St. Moritz Lodge reserves the spot for “Aspen Colorado’s most affordable choice of hotels” according to their website.
Aspen Mountain Lodge
Right on Main Street, The Aspen Mountain Lodge is centrally located so you are just steps away from all things Aspen (and Fido is welcome too!) Aspen is a tourist town, so rates change throughout the year, but the inside scoop is that you can book a room from May 25th – June 9th and October 17th– 31st when they experience their low season for $189 per night!
Independence Square Lodge
Just a block away from Aspen’s famous Silver Queen Gondola, Independence Square Lodge brings “historic charm to the modern era.” Renovated in 2017, even their standard rooms are beautifully decorated and “ideal for the budget-conscious traveler.” Of course, several factors may affect room rates throughout the year, but you could snag a room this September and early winter season (after November 25th) for $230-240 per night!
With an unassuming façade, Hearthstone House invites you into a charming, intimate setting with stunning mountain views. Located on Cooper Street in Aspen, Hearthstone House staff ensure you have a relaxing wind down from a day of adventures! Please note that Hearthstone House will remain open for fall until October 10th when they recess until December. If you can book a room, however, a queen room will run you $279 per night.
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