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Independence Square Lodge by Frias

3.5 out of 5.0

Recent guest reviews

Decided to finally visit Aspen for a change of pace from the usual vacation destinations as we aren't avid skiers. My wife and I chose the Independence Square based on price and the location and could not have been more happy with our stay. We booked our room through the front desk and everyone we spoke to during the process was very helpful and kind. Our flight was to Denver and we drove to Aspen the same day our flight arrived. After arriving in Aspen we called the hotel to ask where we could park our vehicle and were pleasantly surprised when the hotel manager came out to greet us with a parking pass and showed us where to park the vehicle as he took our bags inside. I wish I knew this gentleman's name but I don't recall. Once the vehicle was parked we were shown our room, it was clean, quite, and well maintained. The rest of the trip would be no different, the hotel staff was wonderful, they helped provide information and things to do, answered questions and were always available. The hotel has many amenities including a roof top deck with incredible views. Will be staying here again, no need to look else where.

My boyfriend and I decided to vacation is Aspen over my Spring Break this year. When we arrived in Colorado, we stayed 1 night in Denver before driving to Aspen. We arrived earlier than typical check-in time, but the gentleman who was at the front desk was kind enough to let us check in early! We realized after he introduced himself that he was the manager on duty for the week we'd be staying. Gus was super accommodating and friendly- he helped us bring our bags to our room and gave us his personal cell number in case we needed to get in touch with him. Gus gave us numerous suggestions for things to do in the area, favorite Aspen restaurants, and more! He was very knowledgeable about the area and even gave us a brief history lesson on the beautiful Independence Square. We were lucky enough to stay on the 3rd floor in one of the rooms facing the town square. One of the photographs on the wall was a shot of the front of the very same building more than a century ago! The Independence Square is located very conveniently to shops, parks, bars, and restaurants. While we did not use the rooftop hot tub, we did spend lots of time taking in the breath-taking views of this picture-perfect town and mountains! Our room was beautifully decorated, as was the rest of the common areas of the hotel (foyer, dining room, common areas on each floor, etc.), and our kitchen and bathroom were in pristine condition, clearly having just been cleaned. Our linens were fresh and our kitchen came stocked with a bottle opener, plates, wine glasses, and some kitchen tools. Gus invited us to make ourselves at home, pointing out a bookshelf full of novels and board games that the guests are encouraged to borrow. I am direction-challenged, and one afternoon I went for a walk and found myself totally turned around and lost. Instead of asking a passerby for directions, I called Gus on his cell and he was patient enough to walk me through the directions until I recognized where I was. Not only was our vacation made by our exquisite accommodations, but also by the kindness and helpfulness of The Independence Square's manager, Gus. My boyfriend and I are already planning our return trip to Aspen and wouldn't think of staying anyplace else besides The Independence Square.

Arrival and check in were prompt, the desk agent provided a printed page listing services and amenities which included a continental breakfast, and an apres ski wine cheese hour and a roof top hot tub. Our room was tiny tiny tiny and space for two was cramped. Our request for an upgrade was poorly handled by the desk agent and by the property management company. The Manager told us the hotel was full however the desk agent reported that there were plenty of rooms available. When two people from the same company tell us two different stories, someone is lying. They gave contradictory information regarding availability of an upgraded room. This hotel was most certainly not full, in fact during our week long stay we encountered fewer than 5 guests. The last thing a weary traveler wishes to encounter upon arrival is unprofessional hotel management. The room was clean. There was no apes ski hour as promised. The hot tub temperature was 86 not only a misrepresentation of availability but unhealthy if used at that temp. By the end of the week, it was repaired and running at an appropriate 102. The cleaning staff was friendly and flexible. The refrigerator was oddly stuffed in a cabinet which caused it to generate heat thus making it dysfunctional as a refrigerator. Our complaints about this went unheeded. The property has a coin operated laundry but the front desk didn't have any change. Our lift tickets were not delivered to the front desk as promised. Still waiting to see if some valuable items I left in the safe are returned to me. Very disconcerting that they are missing from the safe. So if you don't really want anything but a warm bed and a good location in Aspen, and are willing to overpay for these things at the risk of having valuables go mysteriously missing, then this is the place for you!

Booked a week ski trip at the last minute. Room was good size, very clean. Breakfast is a simple continental buffet. Roof top hot tub offers panoramic views over Aspen. Hotel is conveniently located opposite the terminal for the free shuttle buses covering the four mountains.

As a frequent business traveler whose company always books with chain hotels, it was a nice change of pace to spend a few days in a small quite laid-back local place. Our room was very cute and clean. The staff was more than friendly and the hotel is in an excellent central location that is walking distance to everything - shopping, restaurants, ski-lift, etc. The only downside that I can think of is there is a small flight of stairs to get down to the registration desk so it's not heavy luggage or handicapped friendly but for us it was perfectly fine and worth the luggage lug down to check-in

I could not get into the Marriott timeshare in Aspen, so we booked the Independence Square Lodge. It is centrally located, but you have to lug your luggage downstairs to check in, there is no parking nearby, and the breakfast was minimal. There are 2 flights of stairs to get to the main desk. The parking was an issue as I had to park about 6-8 blocks away and leave the car on the street overnight. The breakfast had a plethora of jam selections, but no tea bags at all. There were about 6 bagels and 6 pastries for the entire lodge. There was some fruit, but not much. The room itself was ok, once we were moved away from the elevator. I'm sure this is a great place to stay if you are a skier as it is close to the lifts. It served the purpose for us, but I was not terribly impressed. NOTE: Do not forget the password for the front door as we did!! We got lucky as one of the condominium owners let us in. Yikes!!

Good hotel, nice staff, great rooms, best location right on the bus station. Only downside is no parking and have to park several blocks away. Many restaurants close by. I would recommend and go back next time.

We spent seven days in two different rooms after being upgraded mid-week. Both were nicely decorated, well equipped and spacious. We had no problems with noise even though we are light sleepers. The location allows you to walk most anywhere in Aspen and the transit system is close by and easy to use. Aspens finest shopping and dining are just out the door. We had the opportunity to meet three of the staff. All made us feel at home and expressed their desire to make our stay pleasant and carefree, which it was. We always try to obtain the best value for our money and Independence Square exceeded those expectations.

The slow elevator helps bring to the gentle pace of Aspen. Get away from the hustle of the big city and things slow down. The room was perfect and as comfortable as my own bed. Warm shower and everything I needed to feel comfortable. Bonus for the hottub on the roof with stunning views! Come in the off season and sneak a bottle of wine and a couple cups to watch the sun set. My only negative was breakfast. Outstanding coffee but not much else to worth writing about. They correct that and its 5/5. Without breakfast you are 50 steps to great food. I dont blame them, everyone is going out for food and its hard to compete with. Dont bring a car as there is only street parking.

Loved the location of this hotel on the pedestrian streets in the heart of Aspen! Helpful things to know before you go: 1. there is no on-site parking but they give you a parking pass that allows you to park in the residential zones a few blocks away. 2. The entrance to the hotel is a bit tricky to find, and you will need to go down a flight of stairs to get to the lobby from the street. Might not be the best choice if you need something with easy car access or have mobility issues. The room was lovely, and the bed was comfortable. Ours had a little kitchenette fridge/microwave/sink nook complete with wine glasses and wine opener! In summer the hotel was a bit cold with AC blasting in the common areas, but the room has multiple options for climate control so it was fine. Very quiet and peaceful with good wifi. Breakfast was the standard continental carb-fest and some microwave breakfast burritos. Sadly it is all very processed and there were limited fresh food options: one tiny apple and a bunch of grapes. In a nice touch the room key included the shoppers card for the City Market, so you can take advantage of the grocery store specials like a local (and stock the fridge with real breakfast food). All in all a very restful and cozy place. Good value in pricey Aspen, and you cannot beat the location!

404 S Galena St Aspen CO

Hotel highlights

  • Steps from Aspen Mountain
  • Free continental breakfast
  • Free WiFi in rooms and public areas
  • Rooftop terrace

Independence Square Lodge by Frias places you next to Aspen Mountain and within a few miles (5 km) of other popular attractions like Buttermilk Mountain. This 24-room, 3.5-star hotel has free breakfast, free in-room WiFi, and a spa tub. It's near the airport and also a short walk from Wagner Park and Mill Street Fountain.


Dining

Free continental breakfast is included with your stay and awaits you each morning from 7 AM to 9:30 AM. For a nice break, mingle with other guests at the free manager's reception.


Rooms

All 24 individually decorated accommodations feature sitting areas. TVs come with cable channels, and free WiFi keeps guests connected. Bathrooms offer rainfall showers, hair dryers, and free toiletries. Microwaves, refrigerators, and coffee makers are also standard.


Property features

Independence Square Lodge by Frias features a spa tub, a rooftop terrace, and free WiFi in public areas. If you drive, take advantage of free offsite parking. Front-desk staff can assist with dry cleaning/laundry, concierge services, and luggage storage. Other amenities at this ski hotel include a business center, coffee/tea in a common area, and free newspapers.

Room options

Room, 1 Bedroom (Independence)

King 1 | Sleeps 2

Room, 2 Bedrooms (Independence)

King 2 | Sleeps 4

Deluxe Room (Independence)

King 1 | Sleeps 2

Premium Room (Independence)

King 1 | Sleeps 2

Reviews from Trip Advisor

Trip Advisor aggregated rating

72% of guests recommend this hotel

Total of 47 reviews