To be honest after the couple of issues with our holiday booking and reading some reviews, we were a bit apprehensive about our choice of lodgings for our holiday. We had originally booked to stay at the Delta Suites in the main village but due to an error by Canadian Affair, they had to find an alternative hotel for us. Ironically our lodging were the only thing that worked out well for us from our package from Canadian Affair, between lost luggage and no transfer reservation we were not hopeful about the hotel when we finally got on the road to Whistler.
We had a room booked in Glacier Lodge from Boxing Day for two weeks and upon arrival were not surprised to find that the reservation could not be found but for some strange reason Canadian Affair decided to book under the second guest name rather than the main name as per the other itinerary items, but the guy on reception was great and found our booking. We we got into our room, we were pleased to find that we had been upgraded to a one bedroom unit (room 251). This unit had a lounge/dining area, open plan kitchen and large bedroom along with private balcony over looking the pool area. The unit was well furnished and had a tv in both the lounge and bedroom with a good range of cable channels along with a fully kitted kitchen, there was nothing else we needed.
The hotel provides ski/board storage within the rental store on the ground floor, you may have to queue to get your gear as the store can be busy with people renting but we found we waited no more than five minutes when busy.
Like with most hotels in US and Canada the board is room only so to have the kitchen was great. For those used to holidaying in Europe it was just like a self catering holiday apartment. I had noted from previous reviews comments around the lack of information provided and also housekeeping details. The unit had plenty of information about Whistler and also the hotel facilities. It is advised that housekeeping is every 4 days for stays over 5 days. We were booked in for two weeks and housekeeping visited every 3 days. The units also had plenty of towels, cleaning products and bed linen and we never ran out before housekeeping returned. There are laundry facilities on each floor which are coined operated but as we did not use them I cannot comment further. There is no restaurant within the premises but there is a linked restaurant. We did not try this as there are plenty of options on offer around the village. There is also a small bar and a spa within the hotel too. The hotel also provides free wi-fi which was very handy. Around the resort it is also easy to pick free wi-fi when required.
What we really enjoyed was the location, you are 2 minutes from the chair lifts on Blackcomb and there are a few bars and other hotels such as the Fairmont and Four Seasons next door, so a variety of dining options on your doorstep. The main village is a 5-10 minute walk and again with loads of options available. After visiting the village and seeing where our original hotel was, we were very pleased that we were in the Upper Village as the majority of the hotels in the main village overlooked the pedestrian areas and noise would have been an issue especially during the busy periods along with the walk to the lifts which were very busy in the morning compared to Blackcomb.
I have also noted some comments around noise too. The location of Glacier Lodge is great as it is in a quite area. The only noise we heard was the occasional early morning skier walking the hall with ski boots but even then the noise was not intrusive. The pool area is very popular regardless of the weather with a lot of people using the hot tubs and pool. Again you are aware that there are guests using the facilities but the noise was minimal.
If we returned to Whistler, I would stay at Glacier Lodge again and would request room 251.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Located at the base of Blackcomb Mountain, Whistler Glacier Lodge Boutique Hotel is found along a cobblestone pedestrian walkway leading to significant Whistler Village landmarks and many shops, restaurants and pubs, and just across the street, a small grocery store. ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- Glacier Hotel Whistler
- Glacier Lodge And Suites