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Aspen, Colorado (February 26, 2013) – The Little Nell is thrilled to once again earn the prestigious Forbes Five-Star Award for 2013, which marks its eighteenth consecutive year to receive designation as “one of the best hotels in the world.” The Little Nell is one of 76 hotels worldwide and the only property in Aspen to receive this distinction.   

The Little Nell will be showcased with all of the 2013 award winners on Startle.com, the online home of Forbes Travel Guide.  In addition to Forbes Travel Guide’s annual list of Five- and Four-Star hotels, restaurants and spas, the company revealed its new “Recommended” rating category, designating well-appointed hotels, restaurants and spas that deliver enhanced service, distinct value and a strong sense of place. This rating category joins Forbes Travel Guide’s Five-Star and Four-Star ratings designations, which since the company’s founding in 1958 as Mobil Travel Guide, have been the gold standard for hospitality excellence.

 “The Forbes Travel Guide annual Star Awards represent the best in class in luxury hospitality. Travelers seeking exceptional experiences rely on our ratings to guide them to the world’s finest hotels, restaurants and spas,” said Michael Cascone, president and COO of Forbes Travel Guide. “By continuing to evolve our ratings categories, we are establishing a global benchmark for the highest standards in hospitality service and facilities.”

The Little Nell has provided outstanding service to locals and guests since 1989. The guest rooms were remodeled in 2009, followed by a renovation of the “Living Room” in 2011. In 2012, renowned restaurant designers Bentel & Bentel reinvented the hotel’s signature restaurant, with Element 47 opening in December.

“I am incredibly proud of the team here at The Little Nell,” said Managing Director John Speers. “They have consistently provided warm, attentive and genuine service to our guests -- continuing the Five Star tradition of excellence.”

For a detailed explanation of how Forbes Travel Guide compiles its Star ratings, visit www.startle.com/about/ratings

To view the complete list of 2013 Forbes Travel Guide Star Award winners, visit www.startle.com/forbes-travel-guide-star-award-winners/2013-star-award-winners

About Forbes Travel Guide and Startle.com

Forbes Travel Guide, formerly Mobil Travel Guide and originator of the prestigious Five Star ratings and certifications, has provided the travel industry’s most comprehensive ratings and reviews of hotels, restaurants and spas since 1958. Forbes Travel Guide has a team of expert inspectors who anonymously evaluate properties against rigorous and objective standards, providing consumers the insight to make better-informed travel and leisure decisions. The information gathered from the inspectors’ visits can be found along with content by curated hospitality experts, tastemakers, Forbes Travel Guide editors and correspondents at Startle.com, online home of Forbes Travel Guide.

About The Little Nell

Cosmopolitan yet intimate, contemporary yet timeless, The Little Nell invites guests to experience Aspen’s only ski-in/ski out legendary hotel, and remodeled guest rooms. For more information, and for reservations, call 888-The-Nell (888-843-6355) or visit www.thelittlenell.com.

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