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Whistler Blackcomb - Please recommend lodging..

post #1 of 10
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  I am trying to plan a trip to whistler/Blackcomb for winter 2015..

We will be 2 couples and would like your experience with lodging somewhere within the base of hill.

No driving require'd that is..


I have looked on-line and other than nice pictures there really isn't any unbiased reviews..


We don't need anything fancy but would like a common hot tub..





post #2 of 10

It would be easier if you could find some properties you are interested in, then ask us if we have any experience with them. Without knowing your budget, whether you want a hotel or condo, etc, it's hard to recommend anything. And since a number of different property management companies as well as individual owners will have condos in one building, it's hard to make generalizations about a complex, except about the location.


As a general guide, anything in Whistler Village or Upper Village will be a short walk to the lifts; Village North will be a longer but doable walk or a free shuttle ride. Upper Village and Whistler Village will have a few ski in/out properties. So will Creekside, but this is 3 km from the main village, and if its your first trip, you might not want to stay at Creekside. You won't need a car in any of these spots--you'd only need one if you stayed outside these 4 areas.


Look at alluradirect.com for condos. I find Trip Advisor very reliable for hotel reviews. 

post #3 of 10

If looking at hotels, I think the two Pan Pacifics are the benchmark. Not the highest-end but not far from it, close to the lift bases, good physical condition, and great service. They are consistently in the top ten on Tripadvisor. 


The Pan Pacific Village Centre is further from the slopes, but has a nice breakfast and apres ski reception.  

post #4 of 10

When we first visited  WB - 13 yrs back - we stayed at Delta Whister Village suites. we loved it so much - we now stay there every year.

so heres one vote for the Delta.  reasons we like it - suites style, pool, jacuzzi, shuttle to lifts and very importantly - W/D in each room. And more value priced than Westin or the Pan Pacifics. 

post #5 of 10

I prefer booking one of the many condos rather than a hotel.  They're generally more spacious and they have a full kitchen.  The shuttle bus is a very convenient amenity that makes staying farther from the lifts as easy, or even easier to access than many places in the Village. I've stayed in many different places and the only one I've had any problems with was the one that looked out on the village where loud parties continued until 4am.  I recommend a room looking away from there if you're interested in skiing first rather than drinking.

post #6 of 10
Have had a couple of special rate stays at the Sundial Hotel directly across from Whistler Gondola. Very nice "boutique" property with full kitchen appliances. 1 & 2 bdrm units, some with private hot tub, which I was fortunate enough to be upgraded to. True about noise from village. Heavily insulated windows and doors, but some faint noise from GLC bar at gondola building could be heard. After a long day of skiing I'm tired enough to sleep through it. Or have a couple of barley pops and then walk across to crash. smile.gif

Upper end, but without pretentiousness. Personally don't care about the "luxury" but the proximity is nice - gondola steps away, restaurants, grocery store, shops all within a couple of minutes walk. Late shoulder season rates were not too bad in years past. Depending on budget prime time might be pricey.
post #7 of 10
Stayed at the Hilton between Christmas and New Years. Good: Very close to Whistler Gondola, no complaints about hotel staff. Bad: Hilton prices for what felt to us like a Hampton/HGI quality room. First room we were booked in to smelled like a short order restaurant. Someone had been cooking in room and it reeked of Hamburger grease. Changed rooms, second was better. Would we stay again? Maybe, but only if we had a better deal on the room.
post #8 of 10

I stayed at the Crystal Lodge, which was originally constructed by Nancy Green, the first (?) Olympic gold medalist from Canada.  It was pretty nice for the price and is maybe 100 yards from the lift.



post #9 of 10

I've stayed at:


1. Mountainside Lodge - nice suites, good access, in the village, not in the party zone BUT it's in range of the plows clearing the parking lot at 5AM.  Ask for a room on courtyard.

2. Coast Blackcomb Suites - nice suites, true ski in ski out. You hand off your skis at the attended storage area, pick them up on the way to slopes, waxed if you ask for it, 30(?) feet outside the door and ski down to lift. Bus stops right at the hotel if you want to go into the village.  You can walk out the backdoor over the snow to Blackcomb village.

3. Marketplace Lodge, lower village. Bus is right there but more importantly the super market is across the parking lot.  Any time there without a car and THAT is a real convenience.


I drive up so my favorite has been the Blackcomb Suites with the pure ski in/out convenience.  Can drive down to the market for supplies.


I do like the suggestion of the condos with a washer and dryer for two couples.  I'd pick one with bus stop right in front so minimal hoofing with ski gear on.

post #10 of 10

I stayed for a number of years in 2 BR condos in upper village, Snowberry to be exact. As others have said, the free bus system is good so easy to get anywhere. Not a big deal to be out of village and take the bus to go sking or eating in evening. Allura.com is a good site for condo rentals.

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