My husband and I are planning on a quick vacation to Whistler the week of New Year's and I'm trying to decide between these two hotels. Please correct me if I'm wrong, but I've learned the following from my reading: the village location is newer, has larger rooms, includes breakfast, and has a spa. The mountainside hotel is ski-in/ski-out, but guests at the village location can store their skis and boots at that hotel, too.
Does the village location offer any good mountain views? Any reason I should choose one over the other? How's the service at these hotels? How do they compare to the Ritz Carltons and Four Seasons of the world?