The Little Nell Hotel at the base of [R25R, Aspen Mountain] is closed right now as the rooms are undergoing a renovation. Internationally known residential designer Holly Hunt was hired to make the changes to the guest rooms, junior suites, and corridors, with an $18 million budget, celebrating the hotel's 20th anniversary. The Little Nell is scheduled to open Dec. 1 with booking deals being offered. Different packages are available if you book now.

The Sky Hotel is across the street in Aspen. It's a downtown property that is funky and fun, known as a modern boutique hotel. The décor is dazzling and described as "sleek elegance highlighted with playful Alice-in-Wonderland-like touches." This means oversized leather chairs trimmed in fur and fantastic colors in the rooms. Each room has an iPod docking station and pets are welcome.

Packages are also plentiful at the Sky Hotel. They range from a few days to a week of pampering treatment that includes massages and all meals. The But I Don't Ski" Package includes a sleigh ride. The It's Easy Bein' Green" Eco Package gives you a 15 percent discount if you arrive in an eco-friendly vehicle. The Howlin' at the Sky" Pet Package gets your dog gourmet dog treats and a day at doggie day care, or a daily walk.

The Sky Hotel is just a few steps from the Silver Queen gondola, at the base of Aspen Mountain.

More information: Sky Hotel; or call 800-882-2582 or 970-925-7670; Little Nell, or call 888-843-6355.