Henning Rahm, general manager of The Little Nell
As the general manager of The Little Nell (thelittlenell.com), the Forbes Five-Star and AAA Five Diamond hotel in Aspen, Henning Rahm is an established leader in the hospitality industry with a career spanning over two decades. As an intuitive and dynamic leader, Rahm applies his rare ability to inspire employees, manage crises, operationalize and implement strategic global guestcentric initiatives, resolve conflict and nurture team spirit while delivering financial stability and enterprise growth. He sits on the board of directors for the Chamber of Aspen, Rotary Aspen, the Basalt Education Foundation, and the American Hotel and Lodging Association. He acts maitre de maison for The Little Nell with Relais & Châteaux. Here, we hear what life is like at The Little Nell from check-in to checkout.
What do you love most about The Little Nell? At its core, hospitality is about caring, and my pride and passion are to take care of each guest and every employee who journeys through our hotel. This mindset speaks volumes here at The Little Nell where we embody the love and care for our guests and each other. Caring starts within our team!
Are there any new additions to the hotel for the upcoming season? Having the Michelin Guide come to Colorado this year is very exciting. This ski season, we will modify our Wine Bar into an indoor-outdoor après lounge with select gourmet bites, including caviar, local cheeses and charcuterie, smoked fish and more created by The Nell’s expert culinary team.
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What is your mantra when it comes to your business? Since its opening in 1989, The Little Nell has been regarded as one of the world’s most iconic and well-known hotels. There has to be excellence in everything we do. We encourage other hospitality professionals to utilize our teams for ideas and inspiration.
A room at The Little Nell.
Describe your ideal day in Aspen. Skiing and enjoying après-ski with family, friends, colleagues and guests
What is your favorite hidden gem in Aspen? The off-the-beaten-path gems make Aspen unique. My two favorites are the Grotto’s ice caves up Independence Pass and Explore Booksellers downtown.
What is your favorite room type at The Little Nell? The hotel has 92 guest rooms and suites, with six mountainside specialty suites as the premier category. I am particularly fond of the Benedict Suite on the second floor, named for Aspen pioneer Fritz Benedict, who studied architecture under Frank Lloyd Wright. In his name, this 1,250-square-foot, one-bedroom space is a nod to that aesthetic as an open floor plan embracing the environment outside yet remaining highly personalized within.
Photography by: PHOTO COURTESY OF THE LITTLE NELL