This past Xmas I went to Aspen, Colorado with my family. We had an amazing week of snow, fabulous food, skiing resorts, and friendly atmosphere. I love Colorado. I have been there in two opportunities, once time to Vail, and this time to the Roaring Fork Valley (Aspen, Glenwood, Snowmass, Carbondale, Basalt area)
We stayed at the Element By Westin, located in Basalt. This hotel is brand new, it literally open its doors two weeks before our visit. From before our arrival, I knew I could expect one of two things, either it was going to be fantastic or it was going to have gaps in service due to its “new in town” status.
Element Basalt – Aspen is conveniently located within the new Willits Town Center, a sustainable mixed-use community in Roaring Fork Valley, less than 30 minutes to both Aspen and Snowmass Village. The new Element is a short stroll to the community’s shops, restaurants, residences, offices and Whole Foods Market and close to White River National Forest and several premium golf courses. The LEED-certified hotel is also close to the Rio Grande Trail, a 42-mile continuous multi-use trail completely protected from vehicular traffic, which runs from Glenwood Springs to Aspen, making it perfect for cyclists.
One of the things that inspired me the most about this hotel is its main concept. Element Hotels are designed to be eco-friendly and sustainable, they are in tune with the “green” consumer (such as myself) who looks for ways to be more energy efficient and less harmful for the environment.
As the first major hotel brand to mandate that all properties pursue sustainable certifications, Element is recognized as an industry leader in the eco-space and offers travelers a fresh, reimagined interpretation of the traditional hotel experience with natural light, modern design, healthy options and eco-minded sensibilities.
Guests can fuel their day with the healthy Rise breakfast and wind down with the Relax evening wine reception – both complimentary. Spacious studios and one-bedroom suites at Element Basalt –Aspen feature a fluid design of modular furniture, flat-screen LED televisions, large desks with open shelving and custom-designed closets. Rooms also include fully equipped kitchens and the signature Heavenly® Bed, and spa-inspired bathrooms feature an invigorating rain shower and dual-flush toilet.
Note: I love the fact that each room is equipt with a water filter. The hotel does not encourage the use of plastic water bottles, therefore you can have free access 24/7 to pure filtered water in your room without having to buy bottled water.
Staying on the move is easy with complimentary bikes to borrow, a state-of-the-art 24-hour fitness center, a saline pool and outdoor hot tub. The hotel also offers fast and free high-speed internet and a 626-square-foot meeting room with modular furnishings, a flexible layout and cutting-edge technology that can be customized to meet any business or social need.
Service was impeccable. I have absolutely no complaints at all. Complimentary breakfast was served every day from 6:30am-9:30am with fresh smoothies, coffee, teas, juices and a range of fruit and pastries. Cereals, yogurt, and milk also available. In the evenings, a complimentary glass of wine overlooking the snowy terrace was the perfect way to end busy active days in the valley. The staff was always friendly and polite, special thanks to reception ladies on Xmas eve who followed my “has Santa been here” act with my son, you guys are brilliant!
I loved the continuous “green theme” throughout the hotel and its facilities. Recycling is easy and also encouraged. Use of plastic and plastic waste is minimized – for example, toilettes are offered in a very environmentally friendly way minimizing the use of plastic bottles and promoting the use of plant-based ingredients. (see pic bellow)
I was very pleased with Element Basalt. The concept, and the execution are brilliantly combined. The overall feeling is one of simple luxury. It is not as lux as the Westin I stated at in Vail, but it is environmentally friendly, and uncomplicated. Clean lines and a fresh atmosphere. Element Basalt its perfect for the eco-friendly millennial and young families, oh! and its pet friendly!.
About Element Hotels
Element® Hotels is made to order for guests in the know and on the go. Its bright design defies convention, bathing guest rooms and public spaces in natural light. Stylish and sustainable throughout, Element offers extended stay comfort with a conscience and lots of signature amenities from its healthy RISE breakfast and RELAX evening reception to saline swimming pools, spacious fitness centers, bikes to borrow and electric vehicle charging stations. Starwood’s latest brand innovation, Element made history in 2008 as the only major hotel brand to pursue LEED certification for high-performance buildings brand-wide. To date, there are Element hotels in 16 markets in North America, one Element hotel in Europe, one Element hotel in China, with new domestic and international hotels in development. Visit www.ElementHotels.com or connect on Facebook.
About Silverwest Hotels
Silverwest Hotels, LLC, is a Denver-based investment and management company formed in 2014 by experienced hotel and resort executives Edward Mace and Charles Peck. Silverwest currently owns and manages a growing portfolio of hotels and developments in destinations such as Colorado, Texas, Iowa and Hawaii. The company is a joint venture that brings Silverwest together with the institutional fund management platforms and expertise of Mariner Real Estate Management, LLC and an affiliate of Global Endowment Management. Mariner, based in Kansas City, is a real estate private equity firm focused on opportunistic investments in the commercial real estate market. Global Endowment, based in Charlotte, NC, is an independent investment manager offering an endowment-style investment program to institutional investors, family offices, individuals and other sophisticated investors. For more information, visit www.silverwesthotels.com