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New Element by Westin Hotel Opens Near Aspen, Colorado

Skiers and snowboarders looking for affordable lodging near Aspen, Colorado, take note: a new hotel in Basalt offers reasonable rates and an optimal location for skiing at any of Aspen's four mountains. The Element by Westin is the Roaring Fork Valley's newest lodging, opening this past December with 113 rooms and a contemporary look. With fully-equipped kitchens, comfortable beds, and access to the Valley's rapid transit bus line, the Element just might be our new go-to lodging when we want to avoid the steep prices in Aspen.

Each room or suite at the Element features modular furniture (like movable desks!), flat-screen LED televisions, large closets, and kitchens. There's plenty of space for families or friends looking to bunk together, with fold-out couches as options in many rooms. Hotel amenities include complimentary bikes, a 24-hour fitness center, saltwater pool, outdoor hot tub, and a central outdoor patio that would be great for gatherings.

The property is perfect for skiers and snowboarders looking for value (hello, free breakfast!) or for visitors who need a reasonably priced extended-stay option (there is laundry on site). It's located in the new hub of the Willits Town Center and just steps from Basalt's Whole Foods Market. It's also right on the bus line that heads into Aspen, meaning that you can go car-free no matter the season.

All photos from Element Basalt-Aspen