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About Whistler

Nestled into the fold of the Whistler and Blackcomb Mountains, the pretty alpine village of Whistler is absolutely perfect for your Christmas cards. So much so that you might think Whistler has been a ski resort for ages, but it’s really very new! Its first ski season was 1966. And since then it’s snowballed into the largest ski area in North America, with a suitably huge range of accommodation options to match from family friendly properties with facillities galore to more intimate find with chic contemporary interiors. But as with many spectacular ski resorts, the best places to stay in Whistler are really either those with the best views, or the best access to the slopes.

But Whistler is no one season horse, it’s also extremely popular in summer, packaged as an adventure playground, with great hiking, climbing, mountain biking etc., and all the best hotels in Whistler have great summer facilities as well as ski facilities.

Where to Stay in Whistler? The Best Parts of the Resort?

Whistler Blackcomb has 37 lifts servicing over 200 runs across the two mountains, with a vertical drop of around 1,500 metres (5000 feet). There’s a huge range of terrain, from great beginner runs, to chutes and trees, powdery bowls and groomed cruising runs. There are also four terrain parks and miles of cross country trails. And you can experience first-hand the thrill of rushing downhill on the fastest icetrack in the world at the Whistler Sliding Centre. Visitors are able to relive their Cool Runnings dreams on the bobsleigh or experience hurtling down the track head first on the Skeleton Bob. What we’re saying here is that as far as skiable area goes this is a big resort, and so there’s not just one cluster of accommodation.

  • Whistler Village is the most built up part of the resort, arranged around a beautiful, cobbled, pedestrianised village with lots of shops, restaurants and bars, and lots of opportunities for entertainment come the evening. There are two lifts from the village to take you up to the slopes, so you’re well connected. This is probably the best place to stay in Whistler for a good balance of skiing and après ski. And there’s plenty of choice when it comes to accommodation.
  • Upper Whistler has a village-y atmosphere, and it’s so surrounded by pine trees that it feels like you’re tucked away in the back country, but it’s really just a short walk from Whistler Village and even closer to the slopes. In the summer this is where most of the golfers stay. There are two lifts from here to the slopes, and you can ski-in and ski-out of your hotel door. This is also a great base for cross-country skiers.
  • Creekside is probably the best place to stay in Whistler for families, it’s quieter and the restaurants, shops and hotels have a welcoming atmosphere. This is where the first chairlift was built, and there are plenty of ski-in ski-out options here. Creekside also has the Whistler Railway station, which is an historic line that retraces the journey of British Columbia’s gold prospectors.
  • Between Creekside and Whistler Village, close to the lake, is Alta Vista, which is another quieter alternative, but closer to the après ski if you want to have a night out. If you’re visiting Whistler in the summer you should know that one of the best beaches, at Lakeside Park, is in Alta Vista.
  • Function Junction is another in between option, about ten minutes walk from the centre of Whistler Village, and with a collection of cool shops and restaurants, it’s just that bit quieter. This used to be the industrial part of town and it’s now got a hip, gentrified vibe. It’s popular with the cool kids. And mountain bikers.

This famous resort is popular both in summer and winter. So if you're planning a visit during the busiest months, and want to guarantee a room in one of the best places to stay in Whistler, do your self a favour and book well ahead.

The Best Places to Stay in Whistler

For luxury

  • Vast, chateau-like and perfectly positioned at the base of the Whistler Blackcomb mountain lifts, the Fairmont Chateau Whistler is a wonderfully modern luxury alpine lodge, with plenty of exposed wood and stone, open fireplaces and plaid, but also some seriously elegant details, and a range of room decors amongst the 539 rooms and suites, as well as a range of sizes. The setting is spectacular, there’s every amenity you might think you need, and the food is fantastic. One of the bars even has live music, as well as cocktails.
  • The Four Seasons Resort Whistler is an elegant resort in Whistler’s Upper Village. This is a really big hotel with a range of room options — some have their own kitchens as well as balconies overlooking the mountains and floating fireplaces. There’s also a chic restaurant and an outdoor pool that’s open year round.

For a summer stay

  • Outside of the centre of Whistler, by Lake Nita, the Nita Lake Lodge is a luxurious boutique hotel right on the water. The 77 rooms and suites are understated and elegant, with neutral colours and absolutely spectacular views. There’s a restaurant specialising in locally sourced produce plus an outdoor heated pool. And they offer complimentary rod hire if you fancy a spot of fishing.

For great value

  • The Crystal Lodge Hotel has a good choice of accommodation, ranging from traditional rooms to loft suites, and they’re all spacious, and tastefully decorated. The hotel also has great views and a friendly wine bar.
  • Sleek and contemporary, the Adara Hotel has 41 stylish rooms and suites, decorated with original art works, and featuring floating fireplaces and comfy beds. This is a great spot for skiers, with convenient ski storage facilities and ski rental, and inspiring views of the slopes. And you’re close to some of Whistler’s best restaurants and bars.

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Travel Information

  • Vancouver International Airport is about two and a quarter hours from Whistler.
  • If you’re thinking about hiring a car we recommend checking what our online partners, Rentalcars have to offer.
  • If you’re coming to ski the main season is between December and February, but There’s usually good skiing conditions through March as well. The summer season is between June and August, when people flock to the lake and to the golf courses. The glacier is still open for snow sports through summer too.

Still not sure which to book?


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Best Hotels in Whistler

  • Crystal Lodge Hotel Whistler (British Columbia) 158 rooms from $85

    Skiing  -  When the snow falls the hills come alive with skiing, ice skating, tubing, dog sledging and snow shoeing.
    Views  -  Great views from hotel
    Full of character
    House party feel  -  Be prepared to meet people.
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    A 'has it all' hotel in the ultimate adventure playground. Whether it's a traditional room or a loft suite required you'll find the rooms spacious and tastefully designed. Fill your days in the outdoors be it skiing or bungee jumping before unwinding over a glass or two in the hotel's wine bar. See More

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  • Adara Hotel Whistler 41 rooms from $117

    Fishing  -  The rivers of the region are rich with fish, just ask at the front desk about organising a trip!
    Swimming Pool  -  Outdoor seasonal pool.
    Views  -  Great views from hotel
    Lively  -  Hip and happening.
    Swimming PoolPet friendlyDisabled accessViewsParking
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    A stylish hotel located in the beautiful mountain town of Whistler. The sleek modern rooms feature floating fireplaces, comfy beds, and original art pieces. Ski storage, rental and repair make this the ideal ski hotel, while proximity to Whistlers top restaurants and clubs takes care of apr├Ęs ski! See More

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  • Nita Lake Lodge Whistler 77 rooms from $122

    Fishing  -  The hotel provides rods free of charge for fishing on the lake.
    Great walks  -  Lovely walks around the scenic Nita Lake.
    Swimming Pool  -  Outdoor heated pool.
    Romantic  -  Good for couples.
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    A luxury boutique hotel and spa on the shores of Lake Nita. Understated elegant rooms feature neutral tones and command breathtaking views of the surrounding countryside. The yummy restaurant uses locally sourced forage and farm produce. A peaceful retreat from fast pace life. See More

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  • Four Seasons Resort Whistler Whistler 273 rooms from $238

    Swimming Pool  -  Outdoor year round pool.
    Lively  -  Hip and happening.
    Designer  -  Uniquely designed interiors.
    Barefoot Luxury  -  For total relaxation.
    Air conditioningSpaRestaurantSwimming PoolGardenPet friendlyDisabled accessViewsParking

    A high end Four Seasons resort in Whistler's Upper Village. Rooms are modern, elegant and spacious and come with a range of amenities from kitchens, to floating fireplaces and balconies overlooking the mountain. The chic on site restaurant is a huge reward after a day on the slopes. See More

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  • Fairmont Chateau Whistler Whistler 539 rooms from $291

    Romantic Break  -  With plush rooms, fine dining, live music and cocktails and a spectacular setting right at the base of the mountain
    Great walks  -  The mountains offer numerous trails and the hotel has a whole host of guides to point you in the right direction
    Active Holiday  -  Ski to door access in winter, and direct links to bike and hike trails in summer- an active guests dream!
    Tennis  -  After a long lunch and a morning in the spa, invigoriate yourself on the courts!
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    A grand and striking Chateau perfectly placed at the base of Whistler Blackcomb mountain's Gondola. The rooms are exactly what you would imagine from a chic mountain hotel, wood furnishing and spectacular views of the mountains. The Chateau has every amenity you could think of, and fantastic food. See More

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