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Evolution
Ranked #17 of 49 Hotels in Whistler
Certificate of Excellence
Reviewed 7 January 2012

We have just spent a week at Evolution: really good accommodation. We requested a hillside view, and got apartment room 401 which is on a back internal corner and overlooks the pool sauna area, as well as facing trees. Reception is at the next-along apartment block, Legends; the staff there were just excellent. Our apartment was very quiet except for poolside carousing at 2am on New Years morning. Good basic modern kitchen with dishwasher, dining/living area, and 2 good bedrooms - very comfortable double beds - each with big ensuite bathrooms, deep tubs and good powerful shower cubicles, but best of all the heated floor- great for drying gloves etc. Small laundry room with separate top-loading (quick) washing maching and tumble dryer, and powder is provided, so you don't need to pack a lot of clothes: unfortunately we did, and found that the storage in the bedrooms wasn't adequate. The only other quibble was the lighting; the bedroom lights weren't bright enough, as there isn't a main ceiling light. There was a big wrap-around balcony with table. Daily housekeeping of somewhat variable quality. Parking cost $15 per day (plus tax... we found this very frustrating in Canada, in that advertised costs never include the extra tax% ) in the warm basement, and driving was easy. Evolution is modern, obviously fairly new, with great extra facilities: tiny cinema, games room, good gymn, and fantastic hot tubs x 2, with a chilly "heated" pool as well...there's nothing like sitting in a hot tub during a blizzard. Ski lockers are provided. As for the area: Creekside is tiny compared to Whistler Village, but has charm nonetheless. There are bars, shops, skischool office, ski hire, restaurants (we tried Creekbread Pizza, Doc Brannigans, the Southside Diner and Boston Pizza takeaway) and a (v expensive) supermarket all just a minute or two's walk from Evolution...but then everything is expensive in Whistler. Waking from Evolution to the Creekside Gondola, which shoots up Whistler mountain, takes about 3 minutes. We took skiing lessons and found it much better ( for our level) to ski down to Whistler village rather than attempt the steeper ski down to Creekside: consequently we drove into Whistler Village at 8.30 each day: this takes around 10 mins drive: (definitely not walkable in winter,) which made us wonder if intermediate-level skiers such as us would be better staying in Whistler Village instead.

Room Tip: High floor, facing the mountain.
  • Stayed: December 2011, travelled with family
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Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada
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Reviewed 28 December 2011

we can no longer have our 2 boys on a pull out couch. although pricier that a 1 bedroom, it was well worth it. Pool and hot tub were good. Only niggling comment during peak check out time the carts were in scarce supply to get bags to car. Manager did best to locate them though

  • Stayed: December 2011, travelled with family
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Reviewed 28 December 2011

We stayed at Evolution last year the week before Xmas and had a wonderful time, so we decided to do it again this year. We were in a one bedroom last year, which was a bit small but comfortable for our family of four (two adults + two little boys, 4 and 2 at the time). We were on the third floor with a unit facing the back of the property last year. It was perfectly quiet and beautiful, with views of mountain/trees/snow falling. We never had to close the blinds for privacy. We wanted to make sure we had a similar unit this time, so we called ahead to arrange it. We were told we had a street-side unit and that there was no way to change it. We were nervous on the way up about the potential street/snow removal truck noise a previous reviewer had warned about.

However, what we found when we checked in was that our street-side room was also a corner, top floor unit with windows all across the living room/kitchen area and high vaulted ceilings. It came with an extra large deck with a fireplace between the living room and deck (yes, one of those see-through ones previous reviewers have described). The openness provided by all the windows coupled with high ceilings made the 1bd unit feel very spacious and bright (penthouse units are primarily on the fourth floor of this resort, but there are few top units on the third floor). This particular unit more than made up for the potential street noise, which was not too noticeable since the windows were closed most of the time (being winter and all).

As mentioned by other reviewers, the kitchen is well appointed--Miele appliances (including an almost silent dishwasher) and spotless everything. Speaking of spotless, kudos to the housecleaning staff!! This is a pet-friendly resort. Having lived with a golden retriever in the past, I know that even the most meticulous of housecleaning can leave a few stray pet hairs behind. But, in both stays, we have never found anything in the way of pet hairs to suggest that an animal has been in the unit(s). The carpet is probably due for a steam cleaning, but other than that, everything was very clean. And, the heated tile floor in the bathroom....aaaaahhh!!

As for proximity to the Creekside gondola/Whistler Kids/ticket counter, while I wouldn't consider this a ski-in/ski-out resort, we found it to be very convenient and easily accessible. We walked to the gondola and back each day with two kids (5 and 3 now), all of us in ski boots, hauling four pairs of skis/poles, and we didn't find it terribly painful. A great benefit to Creekside is that you don't have the crowds that Whistler has in the mornings. There was never a wait to load up at the gondola, as opposed to the madhouse that Whistler Village gondola can be in the mornings with hundreds of skiers plus all the sightseers going up for Peak2Peak.

As for family entertainment, while the G-rated movie in the media room at 6:30pm each evening was nice, there wasn't much else for young children to do in the hotel or within walking distance. Fortunately, after a full day of skiing, there wasn't much the children needed in terms of outside entertainment before they were tired and ready for bed. Bringing games, books and DVDs from home is recommended.

All in all, this was a great stay!

Room Tip: Top floor units are quietest and allows for most privacy and views. Penthouse units are primarily on...
  • Stayed: December 2011, travelled with family
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Reviewed 23 December 2011

This is a lovely property with a fatal flaw: the sound attenuation between floors seems non existent. Three staff members we spoke to regarding this problem acknowledged it was their most common complaint. We were staying below a family with very active children, and the pounding of little feet was non stop until the kids bedtime. Even the sound of people walking along the hallway on the floors above and the closing of doors telegraphed right through to our room below. Our room faced the street so we had the traffic noise through the night. We were not offered another room within the building or in any other of their buildings. We were given a handful of earplugs. I lost 5 nights sleep because of this. Cleaning was not consistent: on the first day our room was not cleaned at all, the glass cook top was not cleaned at all during our stay, and on our second last day the bathroom was left exactly as we left it before going skiing. Very strange. Safety concerns for parents of small children: the two drawer bedside dresser will tip over if both drawers are opened at once and the two sided fireplace is extremely hot. The light level in the bedroom was very low - I opened the closet doors and turned on the closet light that would help.

Room Tip: ask for a room on the top floor facing the mountain
  • Stayed: December 2011, travelled with family
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Reviewed 29 November 2011

Our stay at the Evolution complex was amazing like always!
Our condo with 2 BR was very spacious and comfy for the whole family with 2 kids under 6!
The balcony was huge wrap around with an outside fireplace and fully furnished!
Everything we needed was there from the washer & dryer and soap to the wine glasses!
The heated pool was frisky but the jacuzi was awesome!

  • Stayed: November 2011, travelled with family
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Reviewed 28 November 2011

We went to Whistler for the first time at the end of November, to spend the American Thanksgiving playing in the snow. We stayed in a two bedroom condo. It was great. The condo was very big and with all the facilities you need. The bathrooms have heated floor and the cosmetics are Paya Organics. Even though during the weekend there were several big groups of students, the room offered the quietness necessary when having kids.

The hotel is very close to a grocery store, liquor store and three restaurants that serve organic, local and sustainable food (Aura, Creekbreads and Rim's Rock Cafe).

I am planning on going back during the summer. It's really a good deal!

  • Stayed: November 2011, travelled with family
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Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada
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Reviewed 21 October 2011

I really like this hotel, the decor is very modern and has an urban feel to it. I personally like staying in Creekside, nice and quite yet has most of the amenities that I need (restaurants, pub, shops, grocery store). Very handy having the full kitchen, ideal for longer stays.

The games room is great and so is the media room, I was by myself this trip as I was there for business but have stayed here with friends and my wife before and it comes in handy, would be great with kids too.

I would recommend going to check out Creekbread Pizza just across the street and also Dusty's pub, awesome wings, bbq and anything that can be dipped into their "Butt Rub" mayo.

You have to check into Legends which is right next door, easy enough to do I suppose. The same company, Lodging Ovations also runs Legends and First Tracks which are all within a couple hundred metres of each other, both are worthwhile looking into if you are considering staying in Creekside.

  • Stayed: July 2011, travelled on business
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Additional Information about Evolution

Address: 2020 London Lane, Whistler, British Columbia V0N 1B2, Canada
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Region: Canada > British Columbia > Whistler
Amenities:
Fitness Centre with Gym / Workout Room Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Kitchenette Pets Allowed ( Dog / Pet Friendly ) Suites Swimming Pool Wheelchair access
Hotel Style:
#4 Best Value Hotel in Whistler
#7 Family Hotel in Whistler
#14 Romantic Hotel in Whistler
Price Range: £103 - £264 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
Hotel Class:3.5 star — Evolution 3.5*
Number of rooms: 70
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
This modern, chic lodge is located in Whistler Creekside, just a short walk to the slopes and offers one and two bedroom suites as well as one three bedroom suite. All suites feature a trendy and sophisticated design, full kitchen with high end appliances, dining area, living area with a cozy fireplace, private balconies and an in suite washer and dryer. The amenities are endless with an outdoor heated pool, two hot tubs, a sauna, eucalyptus steam room, fitness centre, a games room and a media room, which provides two daily movie viewings. Come experience all Evolution and Whistler Creekside have to offer! ... more   less 
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