While we prefer not to blow our own horn, we are proud to say that the industry has been very kind in its praise.
Element 47 has been nominated for "Most Outstanding Wine Program" multiple times. In 2000 (finalist), 2011 (finalist), 2014 (finalist), 2016 (semi-finalist), 2018 (finalist), 2019 (semi-finalist) 2020 (semi-finalist), 2022 (finalist). In 1997, George Mahaffey, executive chef at The Little Nell, was named Best Chef Southwest.
Recipient of the prestigious Forbes Five-Star Award
for 2022, marking the 26th consecutive year to receive this designation as "one of the best hotels in the world." The Little Nell was also rated Best Ski In/Ski Out Hotel in Aspen in 2023 by Forbes.
Recipient of the prestigious American Automobile Association's (AAA) Five Diamond Award
since 1991, "for uncompromising standards of excellence in all aspects of the operation."
The Little Nell has been ranked among the top 50 "Best Hotels in the US"
since 2014. In 2021, it was named #12 for "Best Hotels in the U.S." and #1 in Colorado and Aspen; in 2022, it was named #13 for "Best Hotels in the U.S." and #1 in Colorado and Aspen; in 2023, it was named #23 in "Best U.S. Resorts" and #2 in Colorado, #1 in Aspen.
Recipient of the Grand Award
for having an exceptional wine program since 1997, the highest distinction by this discerning publication.
Recognized as one of "America’s 100 Best Wine Restaurants" since 2011. Named to Wine Enthusiast's inaugural Hall of Fame list since 2018.
The sole recipient in North America for "Best Hotel Wine List" in 2023. Wine lists are judged according to a rigorous protocol by independent, international panels of leading professionals and celebrate the world’s very best wine lists.
The Little Nell has often been recognized by Travel + Leisure in their annual World's Best Awards, The Little Nell was ranked #8 for "Best Resort Hotels in the American West
" in 2020 and named to the T+L 500 in 2021 and 2023, which recognizes the top 500 properties in the world. The Little Nell was also voted #3 on the list of 10 Favorite Resorts in Colorado of 2023.
The Little Nell has often been recognized by Conde Nast Traveler in their annual Readers' Choice Awards, The Little Nell was ranked #6 for "Best Hotels in the U.S. West" in 2020, and #1 on the list for Aspen. The Nell was ranked #10 on the list for "Best Hotels in the American West" in 2018. In addition to being named one of the top 500 properties in the world, The Nell was a member of the "Gold List" in 2014 and listed in the 2013 Reader's Poll as one of the "Top 270 Spas in North America, the Caribbean, Hawaii and at Sea" and as a "Top Resort in the West."
The Little Nell was recognized in the 2021 Legends' Awards in the category of "8 Most Impressive Ski Resorts in the US."
In 2017, The Little Nell earned the Good Earthkeeping Award. In 2011, The Nell received the Hospitality Green Award for its work on sustainability, as well as being named the most environmentally responsible hotel in the state.
The Little Nell is a favorite of Trip Advisor, which has honored us with the prestigious Certificate of Excellence award since 2010.
Named a Trip Advisor 2015 Silver Level GreenLeader for sustainable hotel practices.
The Little Nell was named "Top Sporting Hotel in the World" on the 2018 Platinum List and one of the "Best Boutique Hotels Worldwide" in 2016 on the Platinum List for Celebrated Living, American Airlines’ first and business-class in-flight magazine.
The Little Nell received the honor of "Most Bespoke Service Experience" in 2016 in celebration of Fine Hotels & Resorts' 25th anniversary.
The Little Nell received the honor of "Hotel Partner of the Year" in 2017, chosen among 979 properties as the very best. In 2021, The Little Nell was selected as one of AMEX Platinum Card Member Favorites out of 164 hotels.
The Little Nell was named one of the Best Wedding Venues in The West by BRIDES
Magazine in 2016 and 2017.The Paepcke Suite
has been named one of the "Best 100 Suites in the World" by Elite Traveler for several years, most recently in 2020.
The Little Nell has been ranked "World's Best Ski Resort," and 5th on the overall "The Travel Top 50" for 2014.
For the fourth year running, The Little Nell was named "Best Overseas Ski Property" in the 2016 Gold List Awards.
Ajax Tavern won Best Après-Ski Bar in Aspen in 2016.
Element 47 received "Recommended Restaurant" distinction in the 2023 MICHELIN Guide to Colorado.