Having stayed at Lost Lake 2 yrs ago, I can confirm that this condo hotel is as good a bargain as you are likely to find in Whistler. Near the last free bus stop on Blackcomb Way, the lodge has retained its attractive, quiet location. The rooms are well appointed, closely matching those of Pemberton Valley Lodge (our fav) and the nearby Marriott, accd. to one of the condo owners. We requested a lower floor and got to the bottom: the 100 level on our side was below grade, but with rainy weather in Whistler, we weren't eager to sit outdoors.
However, that level also allowed us to be immediately next to the large exercise room, the spacious outdoor pool, a popular hot tub (with non-working jets) and the ski locker next to the garage exit. Very convenient!
While the 1-bedroom was properly readied (no housekeeping, mind you), the kitchen was more sparsely supplied than at Pemberton. Bring your own condiments! To my surprise, the two TVs were old fuzzy analog 19-in. - no digital revolution here. The bathroom is smaller than in Pemberton, and the onsite staff of one is friendly, but a little more than a token 'hotel staff'. If you need more towels, be prepared to pay; a washer/dryer in your room should provide you with the alternative.
The absentee landlord aspect (check in after hours, and you'll have to drive back into town for key cards) is as its least guest-friendly in the garage. You now have to purchase parking tix (prices have risen $4 to $16 since 2009! Olympic pricing!!) ahead from a machine. The sign warns of 'predatory towing' which my towing operator son immediately recognized as not legal in Seattle.( It means that any tow truck can rumble into the garage and haul away any vehicle not displaying a valid ticket!) Already mentioned by others, the garage is poorly designed with many narrow pillars just waiting to damage your car. With these caveats in mind, I still recommend Lost Lake for any group of visitors. After all, the wild nightlife of Whistler (and the ski slopes) are only a short bus ride away.
As a pet owner, I am surprised the hotel doesn't allow pets at all (although some of the condo owners can bring theirs into the lodging). I would be happy to pay a little extra to bring my pooch into the lower level; pet-friendly hotels abound in the Whistler area (and the Pemberton Valley Lodge always has permitted them). I would urge the condo managers to consider a change in that policy.
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- Also Known As:
- Lost Lake Hotel Whistler
- Lost Lake Resort
- Lost Lake Lodge Whistler