The #1 Hotel in Colorado

This hotel ranked tops in the Mountain West

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Mountain Living readers are no strangers to mountain travel–from ski resort trips and hot springs getaways to glamping and luxurious, off-the-grid vacations, we’re always on the lookout for the coolest spots to visit and stay.

U.S. News & World Report scored more than 30,000 hotels across the world for their 2021 Best Hotels Rankings, and a Colorado hotel made it in the top 20.

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The Little Nell scored Colorado’s highest ranking on the list, also coming in at No. 12 nationally.

Magazine officials determined the rankings by analyzing facilities based on reputation among travel experts, guest reviews and hotel class ratings. Hotels that scored in the top 10 percent of the Best Hotels in the USA earned a Gold badge. Hotels that appear after ranked hotels are sorted by hotel class and then by user rating, as provided by TripAdvisor.

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“We are incredibly honored and humbled by this news,” said Jonathan Fillman, General Manager of The Little Nell. “To be recognized as a leading hotel is always a privilege, particularly during challenging times such as these when we’ve all needed to pivot and innovate more than ever.”

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Among the innovations at The Little Nell are a new Wine Bar, which debuted in December 2020 to great success; The Little Nell Bar Cart – a cocktail delivery service for guests at the hotel and Residences at The Little Nell; Nourish by The Nell, a takeout service offering favorites from the Element 47, Ajax Tavern and room service menus; as well as developing the Nurturing + Safety Program to ensure compliance and support with new policies set in place for guests and employees.

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“The travel industry has faced numerous challenges over the past year, emphasizing the need to support and recognize hotels that continue to maintain exemplary standards,” U.S. News travel editor Zach Watson said in a release. “This year’s list offers a reliable guide for travelers to use when planning their next getaway, whether that’s in a few months or next year.”

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The 25 Best Hotels in 2021

1. Four Seasons Resort Lanai — Lanai, HI

2. Acqualina Resort & Residences on the Beach — Sunny Isles Beach, FL

3. The Peninsula Chicago — Chicago, IL

4. The Beverly Hills Hotel — Beverly Hills, CA

5. The Langham, Chicago — Chicago, IL

6. Four Seasons Hotel Washington, DC — District of Columbia

7. Four Seasons Resort Maui at Wailea — Kihei, HI

8. The Jefferson, Washington, DC — District of Columbia

9. Rancho Valencia Resort & Spa — Rancho Santa Fe, CA

10. The Inn & Club at Harbour Town – The Sea Pines Resort — Hilton Head Island, S.C.

11. Four Seasons Resort Orlando at Walt Disney World Resort — Golden Oak, FL

12. The Little Nell — Aspen, CO

13. The Post Oak Hotel at Uptown Houston — Houston, TX

14. Hotel Bel-Air — Los Angeles, CA

15. The Peninsula Beverly Hills — Beverly Hills, CA

16. Wentworth Mansion — Charleston, S.C.

17. The Peninsula New York — New York, NY

18. The Sanctuary at Kiawah Island Golf Resort — Kiawah Island, S.C.

19. The St. Regis Bal Harbour Resort — Miami Beach, FL

20. Fairmont Grand Del Mar — San Diego, CA

21. Four Seasons Resort Hualalai — Kailua-Kona, HI

22. Twin Farms — Barnard, VT

23. Hotel Emma — San Antonio, TX

24. Montage Kapalua Bay — Lahaina, HI

25. Viceroy L’Ermitage Beverly Hills — Beverly Hills, CA

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