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Whistler Hotel Advice

post #1 of 14
Thread Starter 

Thought I was going to CO in March for a week but it turns out I'm going to Whistler instead.  Anyone have a suggestion for hotels?  I would prefer a ski in/ ski out.  It's a business trip so I'm not that hung up on cost. 

 

Any input on the nicest, newest hotel in the area?

 

 

post #2 of 14

I'm not sure that there are any "new" hotels, there hasn't been a big need for a lot of new construction after the building blitz from the Olympics a few years ago.  However, I could be wrong on that as I haven't been there last year or this year so far.  Personally, if I was looking for a nice ski in/out hotel, I'd probably look at the Pan Pacific.  Great location, right by the village plaza where both gondolas are.  The Dubh Linn Gate pub on the ground floor of the Pan Pacific is my go-to place for an apres-ski beer or three.

post #3 of 14
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Thanks....the Pan Pacific looks nice.....  there do seem to be a lot of nice hotels in the area. 

 

Anyone have any experience with the Fairmont, Hilton or Westin?  There seem to be some great deals right now on very high end hotels.

post #4 of 14

We stayed at the Four Seasons a few years ago -- it isn't ski in/ski out, but they have a ski concierge at the base of Blackcomb, which is a very short walk from the hotel. (a minute or two) You can store your skis and boots there. Then they have a valet at Whistler base, so if you end up there you give them your skis and they take them back. Free transport between areas, as well. 

 

Anyway, you asked for the nicest, not sure you can beat the Four Seasons. But I don't know what else is there, either. 

 

Oh, they also serve poutine topped with foie gras, sheer decadence.

 

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post #5 of 14
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Originally Posted by FTski View Post

Thanks....the Pan Pacific looks nice.....  there do seem to be a lot of nice hotels in the area. 

 

Anyone have any experience with the Fairmont, Hilton or Westin?  There seem to be some great deals right now on very high end hotels.



I've stayed at the Westin and the Fairmont. Both are good. Westin is within 50 yards of the Whistler Gondola. I'm not a big fan of their pool/hot tub area though. They have great ski valets at the Westin. The rooms are not bad. If you can get a jr suite, they are really nice. The spa is really good. I probably stay at the Westin more often than any other hotel. Usually cash in points or combine with some other type of promo offer. It's located at the top of Whistler Village and is really convenient.

 

The Fairmont is situated near the Wizard Chair on Blackcomb. The Faimont has a nice apre ski vibe in the bar on the main floor. They serve a nice afternoon high tea, if you happen to be with someone into that kind of thing. The indoo/outdoor heated pool is nice and large, and they have a number of hot tubs, and IMO a great sauna room. Rooms are decent size, and ski storage area is convenient. They have shuttles that can take you to the village, or it is a nice 10 minute stroll to the upper village.

 

You can't go wrong with either hotel.

 

post #6 of 14

The Hilton is my usual spot. The rooms are actually owned by individuals so they're more of lodge type, and many or most have at least a small kitchen, if not a full one, which is great to keep your Sleeman Honey Browns cold in the fridge and make snacks later. Usually have fireplaces too.

 

Walk through the lobby to the Summit ski shop, pick up your skis and walk out, almost right on to the Whistler Gondola. Nice restaurant, and the facilities are impeccable.

 

Stayed there 3 times so far this winter, and probably 40 times total and really haven't had a bad experience

post #7 of 14
Thread Starter 

Thanks everyone for the input!!!

 

So here is what it comes down to....  These are the rates I can get for the dates I'm going....

 

Fairmont - $300 per night

Pan Pacific Mountainside - $299 per night

Westin - $286 per night

Hilton - $232 per night

 

I'm just going to throw this into the mix..... a friend's cousin owns a 1br condo at the Alpenglow(sp?) and is offering it to me at $150 per night.  I haven't read great reviews on it but does anyone have experience with the place or location?  Would it be worth the rate to stay there?

 

Thanks again!!!

post #8 of 14

It just depends on what kind of amenities you like, and if you're willing to walk further to save money. I prefer a condo--I like the size, the full kitchens, the (usually--not sure about Alpenglow) free parking...But you won't get a concierge, someone to handle your skis, slopeside location, etc etc. Judging condos by the reviews is tricky, since the units are owned by different people or management companies (those are the ones that usually get slammed--companies like Resort Quest get a lot of complaints). You have to notice whether the complaints are about the units themselves, or about the facility in general. Those actually aren't bad rates for those hotels, by the way, though you probably need to tack on a fair amount for parking. Also, taxes should be less (or maybe waived if it's a friend?) in the condo.

 

When I stay in Village North I generally pay the $10/night to store my skis in the basement of Carleton Lodge.

post #9 of 14

I don't understand. in your original post you say - cost is not an issue since you are on a business trip. Now you are looking to save a few bucks??

Which is it? 

post #10 of 14
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I don't understand. in your original post you say - cost is not an issue since you are on a business trip. Now you are looking to save a few bucks??

Which is it? 



If it puts $ in a friend's pocket then I just assume do that vs. a hotel.  But it's also a value question.....and as Christy mentioned, I'm deciding if it's worth the extra $150/night to have "amenities" and not have to walk 7 min to the lift.

 

post #11 of 14

Your original post says you are looking for ski in, ski out and nicest and newest. Alpenglow is far from the lifts. The hotels in your list are less than a minute from the lifts. You get what you pay for. 

If you are looking for cheap accomodation try Whistler village Inn - It is as close to the lifts as the hotels and is bang in the middle of the village. I paid $100/night last week to stay there.

post #12 of 14

Of course the quality of Whistler village Inn is not as nice as the hotels on your list.

post #13 of 14
Thread Starter 

Thanks Marty....I just priced the Whistler Village Inn and it's $197+ tax / night for the time I'm looking to be there.  Regardless, it has great reviews and nice location. 

 

Like I said, I looked at the Alpenglow as an alternative because a friend (cousin of a friend) owns the unit.  Though I kinda wish he owned a place at the Whistler Village Inn (all things being equal) now that you pointed it out :-)

post #14 of 14

$35 / night more for the Hilton over the Village inn is a no brainer. There are some VERY marginal rooms in the Village Inn. A friend's girlfriend used to be the manager some years ago, and while she used to give me the best rooms available, they still weren't great by any means.

 

If you're going to go cheap there's a Holiday Inn right beside Earl's that OK, and a walk to the lifts.

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