I have stayed once a year over about ten years for 3-7 days each at the Aspenalt and can say that it has stayed consistent over that period. It is quite comfortable albeit basic. The real pluses are two: being in Basalt and being right on the Fryingpan River. Most of the hotel's rooms are within 30 yards of the delightful Fryingpan, providing a relaxing and woodsy break from the glitz of Aspen or highway conformity of the other accommodations further "down valley". Basalt is a nice tidy, only slightly touristic town--very relaxing--that provides easy access both to Aspen (consider taking the bus in as traffic and parking can be difficult) and the mountains, especially up the Fryingpan.
Have breakfast at the Two Rivers Cafe for both an excellent value and feeling for the locals.
Why do i go there every year? World class trout fishing--a mecca for fly fishers--with two excellent fly shops in town.
Be sure to get a room on the river--some are not.
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