About Limelight Hotels

It’s a wild world out there. Welcome to adventure headquarters. What fires us up is turning you on to all the little secrets of our gorgeous corners of the planet. Our house really is your house, because—like you—we’re here for good company, good times, and the great outdoors. At the Limelight Hotels, you’re smack in the middle of a Mother Nature masterpiece, and the time is always right now. Making the most of each moment is what we do best. And a bucket full of moments pretty much adds up to happiness. Limelight Hotels aren't a by-the-rulebook kind of place. It’s a remember-your-name, let’s-make-that-happen kind of place.

Not surprisingly, our history is pretty colorful. A rough-and-tumble bar in the middle of a rapidly-expanding paradise, the original property has had several owners and numerous incarnations before becoming the Limelight of today. See below to learn more about our history.

Black and white exterior view of Limelight Hotel Aspen.


The original structure on the Limelight property is called “The Ski and Spur Bar,” which serves both outlaws and skiers in the spirit of the Wild West. In the 1950s, new owners re-name it “The Limelite” and turn it into a popular dinner theater and lively nightclub.

The Limeliters, led by the bar’s new owner, folk singer Glenn Yarbrough, draw in large crowds, as do a stream of other entertainers, from Judy Collins to the Smothers Brothers. However, by 1962 Glenn’s rising popularity makes running the bar impossible, so he sells it to the Paas family.

Under the Paas family, The Limelite thrives for decades before they expand it to the Limelite Lodge, which is the first in Aspen to install televisions, telephones, air conditioning and fridges, as well as the first to allow pets. For half a century, skiers and vacationers flock to the Limelite.

In 2005, the Paas family razes the Limelite Lodge and rebuilds it as a 126-room hotel, which opens in 2008 as the Limelight Lodge. Two years later, Aspen One buys the property from the Paas family, and in 2012 renames it the Limelight Hotel.

Today, the Limelight continues to serve the same adventurous clientele as the original Limelite Lodge and Ski and Spur Bar before it. The property’s underlying heart and soul still shines brightly on the well-worn corner of Aspen’s Monarch Street and Cooper Avenue.

But when you have a good thing going, you want to do it in more places. With a nod to this unpretentious spirit, we've brought our fun, unfussy accommodations to Denver, Snowmass Village, and Ketchum, Idaho. Come join us!

Guests celebrate the annual Gay Ski Week in Aspen, Colorado.


The Limelight Hotel welcomes all LGBTQ travelers. As a longtime host of Gay Ski Week in Aspen, we know that inclusiveness makes us who we are.

Gay Ski Week has so many fun events, parties, comedy, dining and the best skiing. Book your stay with us, the host hotel and make sure you’re at the center of it all. We’re getting ready for 2024 already.


Looking to plan a wedding? We’re here to help you. Our experienced team can help set up any wedding event or a room block for your guests, contact us today.