If you are planning to take a winter holiday in Whistler, British Columbia, you have a wide choice of places in which to stay. What you choose will depend upon your budget and whether you want everything done for you or whether you prefer self-catering, which will save you money.
Basically your choice is between hotels, condos, townhomes, and chalets. If you take the view, as many people do, that you are on holiday and you don’t want to come back after apres ski and start cooking dinner, but you want someone else to do that, then you need a hotel. This will also save you preparing breakfast, making the bed, and all of the other things that you normally do at home. Of course, you will pay for the privilege because the hotels in Whistler are not cheap. But then, you only get one winter holiday a year, so what the heck?
What sort of hotels are there?
One of the best is the Delta Village Whistler Suite. This is situated just one minute’s walk from both the Whistler and Blackcomb gondolas, so it’s a case of out of the hotel and straight up the mountain.
There is a choice of studio, one, two, or three-bedroom suites, which have fireplaces, balconies, and kitchens, but you can take your meals in the restaurant. Breakfast is complimentary. The hotel has free Wi-Fi.
The Delta Village has a sauna, a heated saltwater pool, a fitness centre/gym, and two outside hot tubs. There is an onsite laundry, storage for your bikes, and you can take your dog, as the hotel is pet friendly. There is also a day spa, and the hotel offers a complimentary resort shuttle service.
At the foot of Blackcomb Mountain is the Fairmont Chateau Whistler which boasts its’ own golf course and an on-site wedding chapel. It has a choice of restaurants, bars, and lounges, and also provides full room service. The hotel states that for the “ultimate luxury” you can reserve a room on the Fairmont Gold Floor.
In addition to its’ golf course, the Fairmont Chateau Whistler has tennis courts, a sauna, steam room, hot tubs, pool, spa, health club, gym, fitness room, massage parlour, laundry service, baby sitting service, complimentary coffee in the lobby, free resort shuttle, high speed internet, is wheelchair accessible, and is ski in/ski out. In addition, there is valet parking, the hotel is pet friendly, and it claims to be green/eco-friendly.
In Whistler Creekside is the Nita Lake Lodge Hotel on the shores of Nita Lake, and with mountain or valley views. It boasts a rating by Tripadvisor as one of the Top Ten Luxury Hotels in Canada. There are studio, one, two, and larger speciality suites available, each of which has slate tile flooring in the bathroom. There are lounges and bars, and a restaurant. As you would expect there is free Wi-Fi, and there is a spa, hot tub, and gym. Massage services are available. There is a complimentary shuttle service, and ski valet and ski storage lockers at the base of Whistler Mountain.
I’m spending enough as it is: I don’t want an expensive hotel. Isn’t there somewhere cheaper?
There certainly is. You could consider some of the many condos and lodges in Whistler which are located throughout the town from the Village to Creekside. Amenities vary, and include spacious rooms, recreation choices, and offer self-catering options or full daily housekeeping.
Evolution – it’s the name of the lodge – is a contemporary lodge in Whistler Creekside which is described as a lively yet laid back alternative to the Village. Amenities here include a choice of restaurants, a bank, liquor store, grocery store, shops, and what is claimed to be one of the best apres ski bars in Whistler called Dusty’s.
Evolution is just yards from the Creekside gondola, and it has an outdoor heated pool, two hot tubs, a sauna, a games room, a fitness room, a eucalyptus steam room, and a media room which shows two films every day. There is free Wi-Fi. There are one and two bedroom suites, and one three bedroom suite. All have a living area with real fireplace, a dining area, fully fitted kitchens, and a washing machine and dryer. Each suite also has a balcony from which to enjoy the valley and mountain views.
Also in Creekside is First Tracks Lodge which is described as “a unique collection of designer suites which blends unparalleled luxury with an inspired location”. There are one, two, three, and four bedroom suites, each of which has a gas fireplace, a “gourmet” kitchen, washing machine and dryer, and private patios. First Tracks Lodge is very close to both Whistler Kids Ski and Snowboard School, and Whistler Blackcomb Childcare which caters for toddlers from 18 months to four years.
Amenities include a heated outdoor pool, hot tub, steam room, exercise gym, fitness room, a library, free Wi-Fi, undercover parking, a BBQ/picnic area, wheelchair access, and it is right next to the Creekside Express Gondola and is ski in/ski out.
What about chalets and town homes?
Well, chalets and town homes are much the same thing apart from the fact that townhomes are in the centre of the town/village while chalets can be away from the centre. It really rather depends what you want. If you want to be in the centre of the Village where it’s all going on, and be able to pop in and out of the bars and restaurants then you need a town home. On the other hand, if you want to be self-catering and have some peace and quiet you might need a chalet a little away from the “busy-ness” of the centre of things.
For example, Falcon’s Nest Estate is not what we would describe as an estate, but simply a four level, four bedroom home in Blueberry Hill and is at the end of a lane. The master bedroom has a king bed, and the second and third bedrooms have a queen bed, while the fourth has two sets of twin bunk beds. There’s a media room with large flat screen TV, and a gourmet kitchen, together with a 10 person outdoor hot tub. It also has an elevator.
The home is surrounded by trees and has a parking spot at the Delta Village in Whistler Village. Built in the classic log and beam style it has floor to ceiling windows in the main living room and vaulted ceilings.
So, as you can see, you have a wide choice of places to stay in Whistler for a winter skiing holiday depending on your budget, and ranging from complete done-for-you luxury to a chalet or town house which is a home from home.
Rest assured that whatever your choice, Whistler is one of the finest skiing resorts not just in Canada, but in the whole of the world.