The Little Nell

The Little Nell
1 Ajax Ave
Aspen, CO 81611
(970) 920-4600
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Average Base Cost: $57,000

Average base cost for a wedding at The Little Nell is calculated by figuring a 125-person guest list on a Saturday night. Transportation to venue, entertainment, decorations, additional rentals, valet, DJ, and photography are not included. Average price includes gratuity and state sales tax. Price is rounded up to the nearest thousand.

*Prices subject to change

How it Breaks Down

Facility Rental Fee: $7,000 venue fee or $10,000 for a full mountaintop buyout

What’s Included: 

  • Attendants for the gondola
  • Restroom attendants
  • (1) bartender per 75 guests
  • (1) remote bar set-up
  • Coat check attendants
  • Room set up with hotel items including tables, linens, glassware, silverware, cake-cutting and serving, custom printed menus, dance floor, stage, banner removal (in Sundeck) and limited furniture removal/rearrangement.

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  • The hotel does not provide security – but this can be secured through an outside vendor.
  • No additional cleanup/site fees as long as it ends before 2 a.m.
  • 22% gratuity on food and beverage is not included in site fee.
  • Should extensive furniture removal be required (not typical) additional labor fees may apply.
via Robin Proctor Photography

Food/Beverage: The Little Nell provides both food and beverages. Daytime receptions begin at $175 per person and evening receptions at $275 per person, not inclusive of tax, service charge and fees.

See the Summer 2019 menu, which includes specific prices, here.

More Stats:

Space Type: There’s both indoor and outdoor space. Typically, couples will have their ceremony on the Wedding Deck, cocktail hour in the Aspen Mountain Club and reception in the Sundeck.


Wedding Deck: 250 guests

Aspen Mountain Club: 250 guests

Sundeck: 500 standing, 300 seated

Bridal Suite: Yes, there’s a “wine room” beneath the Aspen Mountain Club.

Parking: There is valet parking at The Little Nell hotel. Then, guests ride the gondola to the top of the mountain.

Food Service Type: Your choice

How Will Grandma Get There? The Aspen/Pitkin County Airport is only 10 minutes away from the venue. For guests flying into Denver or other outlying areas, the Denver International Airport and the Colorado Springs Airport are roughly four hours away from Aspen, and Eagle County Regional Airport near Vail is 1.5 hours. The Little Nell provides discounted group rates for weddings and other events. Rates will be dependent on time of year and hotel availability. The Little Nell can also recommend other hotels in town for overflow.

Party On! 2 a.m. is included in the site fee, but events can go later with additional fees applied.

Important Note: Outside vendors are allowed.

The Report

Nestled at the base of Aspen Mountain, the Little Nell is a ski-in/ski-out hotel that offers a number of event spaces. This includes The Wedding Deck, Aspen Mountain Club and Sundeck, which are at the top of the mountain and can be reached via gondola.

Aspen Mountain Wedding Deck – At an elevation of 11,212’ atop Aspen Mountain, with views of the Elk Mountains and Highlands Bowl, this setting is typically used for cocktail receptions for up to 250 guests.

Aspen Mountain Club – The Aspen Mountain Club, designed by David Anthony Easton of New York, is a 4,400-square foot private club with antique Austrian tables and hand-woven rugs, and features a collection of high-end art, including pieces from Any Warhol. The space provides room for 250 for a reception or 120 for a seated dinner.

The Sundeck – Offering 10,000 square feet of indoor and outdoor event space at 11,212’ is the Sundeck. Events are staffed by The Nell with room for 500 for a reception or 300 for a seated dinner. The open floor plan features a rock fireplace, 30’ high ceilings and large windows with mountain views.

Woman Getting Married Says

I have been to this venue multiple times, and I DREAM of having an event here. (Anniversary party, anyone?). I might sound like a broken record, but for those with the budget Aspen is one of my favorite cities for a destination wedding. The Little Nell has an amazing staff (several of which I’ve worked with before) and you will have a crazy awesome event if you decide to host it here. If you have the budget and you’re looking for a chic wedding venue that is both rustic and luxurious, this is definitely your spot!

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Amenities/What’s Included 8
Convenient for Grandma 7
Layout 10
Location 10
Overall Charm 10
Venue Value 8

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