The Fairmont Chateau Whistler in front of Whistler Mountain

Whistler Hotels: Best Places to Stay for Skiing + Value

I counted all the Whistler hotels and I got to somewhere north of 150.

This should come as no surprise. With a population of just 12,000 and a 30,000 person strong peak visitor capacity, there’s plenty of people looking for beds.

So I came up with a Whistler hotel guide so you don’t come up empty handed.

Whether you’re simply in the market for a cheap room, heading on a family getaway, or embarking on a swanky couples retreat I’ve got the perfect spot for you to lay your head.

And remember, if you’ve got any questions or need custom advice don’t be afraid to use the comments below.


Index

  1. Overview
  2. Top Whistler hotels
  3. Luxury Hotels
  4. Budget options (hostels)
  5. Apartment Rentals
  6. Whistler hotel map

Whistler Hotels

With an easy two hour trip from downtown Vancouver, Whistler gets 3 million visitors a year and this places a heavy burden on its hotel room capacity.

For this reason I recommend booking well in advance to secure a room that meets your needs as well as those of your pocket book.

This is absolutely paramount during the height of ski season.

Here’s a list of 14 of our favourite properties.

Furthermore, we’ve listed the best places to stay in Whistler at each price point. Everything from hostels and apartment rentals to five star hotels are covered like a nice dumping of champagne powder.


Whistler Village Hotels

The famed Village Stroll is chocked full of restaurants, nightlife and things to do.

If you’re looking to fully enjoy the après ski experience then a hotel right in the heart of the village should be at the top of your list.


The Mountain Side Hotel By Executive

A suite at the Mountainside Hotel by Executive, Whistler Village
Courtesy: Executive Hotels

3 Stars | Building B, 4250 Village Stroll | Area: Whistler Village

This is one of the best places to stay in Whistler for skiing without breaking the bank.

The ski-to-door access and year round pool/hot tub is at a slightly lower price point than other Mountain Side solutions.

And it’s just a two minute walk to the gondola.

Every room features a full kitchenette with chalet style roofs, gas fireplaces, and floor-to-ceiling windows.

If you don’t feel like cooking, there’s Umberto’s Trattoria operated by famed chef Umberto Menghi just downstairs.

Amenities
  • Chalet style rooms
  • Free wifi
  • Paid parking ($30 per day)
  • Pool/hot tub/sauna/fitness centre/tennis court
  • Ski-in/ski-out service
  • Ski storage/ski lessons

Hilton Whistler Resort and Spa

A room at the Hilton Resort and Spa, Whistler Village
Instagram: @hiltonwhistler

4 Stars | 4050 Whistler Way | Area: Whistler Village

The Hilton Resort and Spa is located right in the midst of all the action in Whistler Village, just a 5 minute walk from the Blackcomb Excalibur Gondola.

This Whistler hotel features all of the amenities you’ve come to expect from the Hilton brand, including an outdoor pool, hot tub and full service spa.

Each room features a fireplace and seating area to provide customers with a perfect place to relax after a long day on the slopes.

Amenities
  • Free wifi
  • Paid parking ($36 per day)
  • Hot tub/pool/sauna/spa/fitness centre/tennis court
  • Bar/restaurant
  • Ski storage/ski rentals

Pan Pacific Mountainside

A couple relaxes at the Pan Pacific Mountainside Whistler
Instagram: @panpacificwhistler

4 Stars | 4320 Sundial Crescent | Area: Whistler Village

Located a pitching wedge away from the Blackcomb Excalibur Gondola, the Pan Pacific Mountainside is one of the most highly reviewed properties in the Village.

The ski-in/ski-out access, on-site ski rentals and pass sales and extensive storage facilities make it one of the better Whistler hotels for die hard skiers and boarders.

But they’re also known for their exceptionally clean rooms and extremely high level of service and amenities. Each room has a private balcony and fireplace, where you can relax and watch your flat-screen satellite television.

The popular Dubh-Linn Gate Irish pub serves breakfast, lunch, and dinner before allowing you to get deadly craic later on at night.

Amenities
  • Free wifi
  • Paid parking ($28 per day)
  • Hot tub/pool/fitness centre/spa/steam room
  • Restaurant/bar
  • Ski-in/ski-out access/ski rentals/ski storage

Pinnacle Hotel Whistler

The Pinnacle Hotel sits in front of Whistler Mountain
Courtesy: Pinnacle Hotel Whistler Village

3 Stars | 4319 Main Street | Area: Whistler Village

The Pinnacle Hotel is one of the better value properties located in Whistler Village. In spite of this, it’s still located just a ten minute walk from the base of the mountain.

Each room has a very homey feel, with fully equipped kitchens and dining rooms. This makes them great options for families or groups looking to save a little money by avoiding the oft-overpriced Village restaurants.

This Whistler lodging finds itself in a sweet spot of sorts: it’s just off the main village streets so you get a good night’s sleep, but still puts you within striking distance.

Amenities
  • Free wifi
  • Paid parking ($22 per day)
  • Hot tub/fitness centre/pool
  • Ski storage/ski rental
  • Bar/restaurant

Whistler Luxury Hotels

There are three 5 star hotels in Whistler, with two located in the Upper Village and one in the Village itself.

These properties all offer the highest degree of luxury, with extravagant spas, fine dining restaurants and the highest level of service and amenities.


Fairmont Chateau Whistler

A woman enjoys the pool on a winters day in Whistler
Instagram: @fairmontwhistlr

5 Stars | 4599 Chateau Boulevard | Area: Upper Village

This ultra-luxurious Upper Village hotel offers all of the comfort, convenience and amenities one would expect from the Fairmont brand.

Frankly put, it’s the nicest hotel in Whistler.

Receive ski-in/ski-out access right at the base of Blackcomb Mountain. Take advantage of the on-site ski rentals, lessons and storage for a seamless transition from the slopes to the après skiing experience.

Get pampered in the luxurious Vida Spa before grabbing a glass of champagne from the pool bar. Then relax your aching bones in one of the three hot tubs, the steam room or the sauna. This is what vacations are for.

If you’re feeling a little more active, you can take advantage of their fully stocked fitness centre, tennis courts or even the Fairmont Chateau Golf Club.

And with six bars and restaurants located on-site, there is bound to be something for every taste.

Amenities
  • Free wifi
  • Paid parking ($44 per day)
  • Free Village shuttle
  • Vida Spa/pool/hot tub/steam room/sauna
  • Fitness centre/tennis court/golf course/yoga classes
  • Restaurant/bar/cafe/buffet
  • Pet friendly
  • Ski-in/ski-out access/ski lessons/equipment rentals

Westin Resort and Spa

A room at the Westin Resort and Spa, Whistler
Instagram: @westin_whistler

5 Stars | 4090 Whistler Way | Area: Whistler Village

Of all the top hotels in Whistler this is the only one in the village with five stars.

Much like the Fairmont, the Westin has the full-service Avello Spa located on premises for all of your pampering needs. There is also a wonderful pool, hot tub and fitness centre available to up the comfort level even further.

With its location at the foot of the Whistler Village Gondola, you’re assured the ski-in/ski-out access that you should demand at this price point.

While it lacks the breadth of dining options of the Fairmont, each unit does have an in-suite kitchen for those who’d prefer to cook. Toss in a soaker-tub and fireplace and you’ve got the makings of a perfect ski holiday.

Amenities
  • Paid wifi ($14.95 per day)
  • Paid parking ($34 per day)
  • Avello Spa/pool/hot tub/fitness centre/yoga classes
  • In-suite kitchen
  • Restaurant/cafe/bar
  • Ski-in/ski-out access/ski storage/ski rental

Four Seasons Resort Whistler

An overview of the Four Seasons Resort Whistler
Instagram: @fswhistler

5 Stars | 4591 Blackcomb Way | Area: Upper Village

While the Four Seasons Resort is the only 5 star hotel that doesn’t offer ski-in/ski-out access, it is nonetheless the most highly reviewed of the luxury properties on the major booking sites.

Located near the Fairmont in the Upper Village, the resort is an 8 minute walk from the base of the Whistler-Blackcomb ski gondolas. However, they do offer a free village shuttle to remedy this issue.

The well-anointed rooms are simply immaculate, with huge bathrooms, double walk-in closets and the comfiest beds you’ll ever sleep on.

The spa, fitness centre and pool also receive high reviews, with some even expressing a preference over the famed Scandinave Spa that is located nearby.

Amenities
  • Free wifi
  • Paid parking ($45 per day)
  • Free village shuttle
  • Pool/hot tub (x3)/spa/steam room/yoga classes
  • Restaurant/bar/buffet/cafe
  • Ski storage/ski rental

Whistler Hostels

If you haven’t noticed by now a hotel stay in Whistler isn’t exactly easy on the wallet. Luckily the area is home to a variety of budget hotels and hostels that ensure that a trip to Whistler is well within reach for travellers of all income brackets.


HI Whistler

The HI Whistler Hostel
Instagram: @hiwhistler

2 Stars | 1035 Legacy Way | Area: Olympic Village

The Whistler area location of popular international chain Hostelling International is located 8 km South of Whistler near the Olympic Village.

While this shouldn’t be a problem if you have your own vehicle. However, you’ll be looking at a 20 minute ride into town on the #20 bus, or well over an hours walk if you don’t.

Like many HI locations, it lacks the social atmosphere typical of many hostels. But if you’re simply looking for a cheap bed then HI Whistler is more than sufficient.

It offers clean, secure, and affordable accommodation. And in a town as expensive as Whistler that’s nothing to sneeze at.

Amenities
  • Dorm rooms
  • Free Wifi
  • Free Parking
  • Personal lockers
  • Shared kitchen/bbq/lounge
  • Coffee shop
  • Free billiards
  • Ski storage

Whistler Lodge Hostel

The rear view of the Whistler Lodge Hostel
Instagram: @whistlerlodgehostel

2 Stars | 2124 Nordic Drive | Area: Creekside

If you feel that HI Whistler is a too far from town I’d suggest checking out this popular Creekside property. Its located just 3km from Whistler Village in the neighbourhood of Creekside.

Set in the midst of the wilderness, the Whistler Lodge Hostel feels more like a shared Alpine chalet than your typical backpackers hostel. But it’s still a short walk from Creekside’s numerous bars, restaurants and amenities.

The shared games room/lounge and kitchen facilities offers a more social atmosphere than that of HI Whistler. While the spotless dorm rooms contain pod-like beds that offer extra privacy compared with a typical bunk bed.

Amenities
  • Dorm rooms
  • Free Wifi
  • Free parking
  • Shared kitchen/terrace bbq
  • Sauna
  • Bike/ski storage

Pangea Pod Hotel

A private pod at the Pangea Pod Hotel in Whistler
Instagram: @pangeapod

3 Stars | 4333 Sunrise Alley | Area: Whistler Village

The brand new Pangea Pod Hotel is modelled on the increasingly popular Japanese-style capsule hotel.

Each customer receives a bed situated in their own “pod” within a larger dorm room, each of which contain their own shared bathroom. For an added touch, they’re all fully stocked with toiletries.

Pangea offers both single and double pods that vary in price depending on whether they’re front or side entry. Female only dorms are also available.

Having stayed in capsule hotels in Japan I can assure you that they’re vastly superior to hostels in terms of space, comfort and cleanliness. And this is coming from someone well over 6 feet tall.

Better yet, Pangea is located right in the heart of Whistler Village, unlike the other value options on our list. You’re just steps away from the gondola.

Amenities
  • Single and double pod beds
  • Free wifi
  • Paid parking ($19 per day)
  • Food offered from 07:00-01:00
  • Bar/restaurant/snack bar
  • Adults only
  • Storage lockers/ski storage

Alpine Lodge Hostel

The entrance to the Alpine Lodge Hostel
Courtesy: Alpine Lodge Hostel

2 Stars | 8135 Alpine Way | Area: Alpine Meadows

This popular Chalet-style hostel is located in the residential area of Alpine Meadows about 5 km North of Whistler Village.

While it can be a bit of a hike, the #30 bus provides service to the neighbourhood and can get you there in about 15 minutes, so it’s not insurmountable.

The location is certainly more preferable to that of HI Whistler, with several food, grocery options nearby.

Each room offers balcony access, large windows and solid wooden beds, a nice change from the typical hostel squeakers.

The immaculate shared kitchen and living area contains a fireplace to relax in front of while you converse with your new friends. Then take the party to the communal hot tub, a luxury rarely seen in the world of hostels.

Amenities
  • Free wifi
  • Free parking
  • Dorm beds
  • Shared kitchen/living room/bbq
  • Hot tub/steam sauna
  • Lockers/baggage storage
  • Ski storage

Whistler Apartment Rentals

For those who prefer more freedom and flexibility on their visit to Whistler, there are numerous short-term vacation rentals available throughout the area.

Most have amenities like hot tubs, pools and fitness centres in addition to full kitchens and living rooms. This makes them a perfect option for groups, couples, and families that are perfectly content doing their own thing.


Glaciers Reach

A rental apartment at Glaciers Reach, Whistler Village
Courtesy: Glaciers Reach

4 Stars | 4388 Northlands Boulevard | Area: Whistler Village

Located on the edge of Whistler Village, these vacation rental units offer you all of the comforts of home. Cook up a storm in your full kitchen, featuring an oven, microwave and dishwasher.

After a day on the slopes you can relax in your own private hot tub, or just chill in front of the fireplace and watch your flat-screen TV.

For the kids there is also an outdoor pool complete with hot tub, steam room, and sauna. In truth, you’ll lack for nothing relative to comparable Whistler hotels.

Amenities
  • Free wifi
  • Free parking
  • Full kitchen/fireplace/living room/private hot tub
  • Pool/hot tub/sauna/steam room/fitness centre/tennis court
  • Ski storage

Legends

The ski hill behind Legends Resort, Whistler Village
Courtesy: Legends

4 Stars | 2036 London Lane | Area: Creekside

This highly regarded Creekside property is a perfect option for families who prefer to do their own thing away from the hustle and bustle of Whistler Village.

Each suite possesses a full kitchen, dining area and in-suite washer and dryer, making it feel like your home away from home.

But that doesn’t mean you’ll be lacking in amenities. With a beautiful outdoor pool and hot tub, fitness centre and children’s game room, Legends is every bit as luxurious as a Village hotel.

Situated just a 3 minute walk from the Creekside Gondola, you’ll receive ski-in/ski-out access virtually right to your doorstep. Toss in an optional ski-school and you’ll have everything you need for your ski holiday.

Amenities
  • Self catered apartments
  • Full kitchen/fireplace/washer & dryer/living room
  • Free wifi
  • Paid parking ($17 per day)
  • Pool/hot tub/fitness centre
  • Children’s game room
  • Bar
  • Ski-in/ski-out access/ski storage/ski lessons

First Tracks Lodge

The entrance to the First Track Lodge, Whistler
Instagram: @lodgingovations

4 Stars | 2202 Gondola Way | Area: Creekside

Located a short walk from the Creekside Gondola, the First Tracks Lodge is another highly reviewed short-term apartment rental complex that is very similar in nature to Legends. In fact they’re operated by the same company.

Each unit also contains a full kitchen, dining area and in-suite washer and dryer. The Chalet style rooms also contain a fireplace, flat-screen TV and living room, giving you a perfect place to relax after a long day of skiing.

The two properties are located immediately adjacent to each other near the base of Whistler Mountain. So you’ll receive the same ski-in/ski-out privileges at each location.

If a Creekside apartment is up your alley, I’d recommend comparing rates for the dates that you plan on visiting to secure the best rates.

You simply can’t go wrong with either.

Amenities
  • Self catered apartments
  • Free wifi
  • Paid parking ($17 per day)
  • Kitchen/dining area/living room/fireplace/washer & dryer
  • Pool/hot tub/sauna/steam room/fitness centre
  • Ski-in/ski-out access/ski storage

Whistler Hotel Map

Let the Avalanche of Info Continue!

I don’t want you strapping on those skis just yet.

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But until then, let it snow!

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