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The Little Nell's Hotel Restaurant in Aspen, Colorado Boasts 43 On-Duty Sommeliers

The Little Nell Hotel is a well-known hotspot in chilly Aspen, Colorado located at the very foot of Ajax mountain. It is notorious for celebrity sightings and for being the center of trendy adventure skiing tourism and activity in Aspen. It is a ski resort in the winter and a mountain resort in the summer. The legitimate cool and hipness factor associated with the Little Nell is undeniable, but what is really deserving of public praise about the facility is its dedication to hospitality excellence and its award-winning track record for its restaurants and unparalleled wine program.


The Little Nell is the only hotel in Aspen, Colorado to hold the distinction of a Forbes Travel Guide rated 5-stars and a 5-Diamond status for its restaurant service and hospitality. Well known for its adventurous skiing program, the Little Nell is a ski-in, ski-out resort, meaning that you have to literally ski or snowmobile into the facility on your own equipment in the wintertime. The ski concierge and excursion activities staff are deservedly heralded for locating or brainstorming on-site and off-site skiing excursions and adventures for hotel guests.

Best time to visit

In the summer and warmer weather months, the hotel becomes an elegant mountain resort. Available activities at this time include, but are not limited to, golfing, stand-up paddle boarding, fly-fishing, hiking and much, much more. All of the hotel’s rooms, quarters and residences were recently subject to complete overall renovations featuring interior design work by exalted interior designer Holly Hunt.


At the Little Nell, the hotel guests, as well as their pets, are subject to their award-winning hospitality. On-duty dog-sitters to walk and care for your pets. You will even be given pet-themed food menus. Guest will also have the option to borrow on-site, guest-reserved luxury vehicles, like a new Audi, for private use around the town. The Little Nell is most well-known for its outstanding restaurants and wine connoisseur programs. The Montagna Restaurant is a fine gourmet restaurant that features locally sourced food. Element 47, a hotel restaurant named after the element silver, is the Little Nell’s award-proven claim to fame.

Awards and Recognitions

Element 47 is a restaurant and wine bar at the Little Nell Hotel with an over 20,000-strong wine cellar that is arguable of the best quality in the world, if not the United States. Element 47 has won; the Forbes Travel Guide award for 5-star restaurants in 2015, the distinction of being listed on Wine Enthusiast’s listing of “America’s 100 Best Wine Restaurants,” in the years 2011, 2012, 2013, and 2015 respectively, and a listing on World of Fine Wine’s, “World’s Best Wine,” list in 2014. Wine Spectator has awarded Element 47 its Grand Award Winner in wine excellence and quality for its wine program for every single consecutive year since the year 1997. Element 47 treats the art form of wine tasting and wine/meal paring to such a progressive degree that the restaurant has an unparalleled wine excellence program featuring 43 sommeliers.

The Sommeliers

Out of those 43 sommeliers, 17 are officially certified sommeliers, 2 are officially advanced sommeliers and there is one master sommelier who is also the wine director at Element 47. Current wine director Carlton McCoy is only 1 out of 150 known and certified sommeliers in the United States of America. It is currently believed that there are only about 233 sommeliers on planet Earth who specialize in luxe hospitality services. 43 of them are currently employed at the Little Nell in Aspen. Colorado. If you want to experience the apex standard in adventure skiing and fine wine restaurant dining, then all you need to know is that there is no place like the Little Nell in Aspen, Colorado.

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