Do NOT buy this groupon: I purchased this groupon, and it’s absolutely (in my opinion) false advertising. Who wrote this description? They deserve 10 stars on their over-use of adjectives, shame, shame. They state they are a 4.5 star hotel (Let’s go through the description the advertised below): what they are is a large house around other big homes in a cul-de-sac and they have made it into a 8 room b and b. The staff (or owners?), anyway the 2 people working there are very nice and likable, and Whistler itself is one of the most gorgeous places on the planet, but that does not justify saying this ‘boutique hotel and package’ is worth a $1069 value for 2 nights. The normal rate to book these rooms are around 235 dollars per night (which is over priced in itself), the yoga (again in a tiny room in the house) and breakfast are good, but again, this is not a ‘deal’. After you get there, you pay another 75 - 80 dollars in taxes, bringing your bill to $600 for 2 nights. You could stay at a real hotel, such as the Fairmont Chateau (and I looked it up) for much less during this exact stay we experienced. So, let’s see go through it: (and I’m calling it the ‘house’ from now on, as that is what it is).
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$534 with today's Groupon you receive luxury two-night accommodations, three-course breakfast,
(there is nothing luxurious about this house, the walls are paper thin because they’ve squished so many rooms into the top floor, and the hallways are so hot they could hold hot yoga there if anyone could fit). The breakfast was very good, but you better not be a picky eater (good thing for them, we aren’t), the food was all home made and yummy, but was NOT 3 courses, it was yogurt (parfait one day, with melon the next) and then your meal (french toast one day, eggs the next). No substitutions, no choices, etc. Which again, we were fine with, anyone making me breakfast is fabulous, but huge over-sell on the chef and butler and 3 courses script. It’s a really nice guy who moved here from Australia.
evening and morning yoga classes,
(in a tiny room off the kitchen, the instructors who live elsewhere come to the house to teach. They were superb and wonderful people, but again an oversell)
and an optional nutrition and wellness seminar at Whistler Alpine Chalet Retreat in Whistler, B.C. ($1069 value).
This ‘value’ they place on it is ridiculous. Deepak Chopra was in Whistler at the same time, and you could stay at the Fairmont for less. The issue I have with this is this, if they said : “we have a nice, clean b and b in a cul-de-sac, around families with small kids and wonderful dogs, close to a lake, and you’re okay with being very quiet as we do have several rooms, and it’s worth $300 for 2 nights, so for 50% off, you can stay for $150”, fine. Then it would be worth it. But they completely over promise and under deliver.
Enjoy a two-night's stay at a luxurious 4.5-star European-style eight-room boutique hotel (this is NOT a hotel, its a big house and who gave them the star rating? the golden retriever who walks by?)
West-coast, chalet-inspired bed-and-breakfast-style rooms. Rooms feature heated bathroom floors, Jacuzzi tubs, separate showers, gas fireplaces, reclining high-back chairs, vaulted ceilings, and private balcony (there may be one room that has these features: jacuzzi tub: not, seperate shower: not, fireplace: not, chairs: not, vaulted ceilings: definitely not, balcony: not) The rooms are squished in and small, once I was in the bathroom and the guy in the room next door got a call on his cell and I actually jumped, I thought he was right beside me. Paper thin walls, and they ask you to have lights out at 11 pm as to not disturb other guests. (we were fine with that as we were doing a zen/yoga thing, but typically is it okay to have these restrictions after you pay $300 per night?)
Full complimentary use of steam room and soak in the outdoor hot tub: haha, this one makes me smile. The steam room is a steam shower in a tiny room (again off of the kitchen and dining room, you don’t feel comfortable to go down and use it really) and the outdoor hot tub we debated the new name for. ‘Tepid tub’ is what I’ll go with - we were cold in it and got out completely chilled. We asked if it could be warmed up and were told it wasn’t possible, plus it was likely quite old.
Cable TV, alarm clock, high-quality linens, bath robes, hair-dryer, and much more
Soak in outdoor hot tub and enjoy great views of surrounding trees of surrounding Alta Lake, as well as other amenities
Private butler attends to requests, makes visit stress-free: there is no butler, there were 2 nice people, and typically only one at a time, and they are laid back people and the food is great, but to choose the term butler? come on, now. And private? you eat in the dining area of the House, with the other people (mostly who bought their room on some hotel website and tell you they paid less than $80 dollars. Fantastic.)
Three-course gourmet morning breakfast prepared by on-site chef: again the food was great but not 3 courses. Shame, shame.
Free WiFi throughout, as well as free parking: should be free parking, its a flipping house!!!! in a cul de sac, you don’t pay for parking when you go to your relatives for dinner.
Massage therapist and salon services on site (additional fee)
Includes morning and evening yoga classes, afternoon tea, and wellness and nutrition seminar. Room types selected by first available. Not valid for December 20–January 2, 2011. (there is no afternoon tea, you can make a cup in the kitchen, but again, stop making it sound like something it's not).
Go somewhere else, unless you can book in for less than $100 per night, there are MUCH better places to stay in Whistler.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- An exclusive luxury Boutique Hotel in the heart of Whistler, British Columbia, Canada. Welcoming International/Local guests who prefer Exclusivity, Luxury, and Privacy. Superbly located 5 minute drive to Whistler Village, and 100 yards to renowned Alta Lake. We offer Whistler's true four seasons capabilities. ... more less
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