PROS: Closest hotel to Blackcomb mountain/chairlift (the nicest way up), staff went the extra mile in accommodating bags for four days, nice view from room, not directly in main village
CONS: Rooms aren't truly five star (Fairmont's typical shower-over-bath), some noise from corridors, not directly in main village
Another iconic Fairmont property that’s in a great location - or it is, depending on what you’re looking for. It’s closest to the Blackcomb mountain chairlift (much nicer ride than the gondola up Whistler mountain from the village) so is perfectly located for hiking or skiing depending on the season. If you’re a downhill biker in the summer, though, then you’ll most likely want to be nearer to the village as Whistler mountain accommodates this much better.
We loved the giant property and its outdoor and indoor bar areas - it has a well-aged almost lodge-like feel about it.
Our room was large and had a nice view out across the front of the hotel towards the lake. It was big enough that I even kept a road bike in there for the duration.
The bed was comfy but - and this is a standard Fairmont thing - I wouldn’t call everything truly five star/luxury given the bath-over-the-shower and pay-for TV arrangement.
The doors also don’t defend sound too well, as we were often disturbed by banging doors, a neighbour’s door-knock wake-up call, various chatter and, in my view, housekeeping starts unnecessarily early (check-out is 11am, check-in a late 4pm, so there’s a five hour window).
Still, these are barely concerns when you’re in an amazing place such as Whistler. It’s best to be up and enjoying the outdoors!
Perhaps the best thing about this stay was how much the staff helped us out. We had to catch a light aircraft into Whistler with heavily restricted weight limits. Therefore we had to send about 70lbs of luggage ahead of us, which would have cost a fortune in a cab. The hotel arranged a limo service on a return leg journey to pick up the bags, which the hotel then took great care of for a full four days. It cost just $50 CAD (about £30). Very happy.
If I return to Whistler I’d definitely consider staying at the Fairmont again. However, it’s not in the heart of the village - it’s at least a 15-minute walk - which may be a positive or a negative depending on your stance.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Located at the base of Blackcomb Mountain, Whistler's landmark ski-in ski-out hotel, Fairmont Chateau Whistler resort hotel defines mountain luxury. A classic 12-story Chateau-style resort hotel with Health Club, Spa and the largest pool deck in Whistler - offering indoor and outdoor swimming pools, four whirlpools and breathtaking views of Blackcomb mountain. Situated a five minute walk from village center. ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- Fairmont Chateau Whistler Hotel Whistler
- Fairmont Whistler
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