Editor's Top 6 Picks

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Book from ~C$142 
Suites with full kitchens, dining area, and private balconies, walk to lifts and dining
We love First Tracks Lodge for its stunning rooms and beautiful décor. It’s located at Whistler Creek, and has units with ski in and ski out access to the Creekside Gondola, which provides access to all Whistler and Blackcomb trails. All accommodations are suites with full kitchens, dining area, and private balconies. Guests are pampered with heated bathroom floors, a steam room and spa services. Restaurants and groceries are a short walk from the lodge.
Pros
  • Free Wi-Fi
  • Many guests described their rooms as well-appointed and well-equipped
  • Many reviewers found the location convenient for accessing the gondola on foot
  • The staff were frequently complimented for their accommodating service
  • Several guests enjoyed the heated pool and hot tub
  • Guests are pampered with heated bathroom floors, a steam room and spa services
  • Restaurants and groceries are a short walk from the lodge
  • Located at Whistler Creek, and has units with ski in and ski out access to the Creekside Gondola, which provides access to all Whistler and Blackcomb trails
Cons
  • No on-site restaurant
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Book from ~C$239 
Popular and pet-friendly Whistler Village hotel near lifts, with outdoor pool and hot tub 
The Aava Whistler Hotel was picked for its excellent value, with great room rates, cozy bedrooms and a beautiful modern lobby. It’s located in Whistler Village, a 6-minute walk from the gondolas, restaurants and shops. Rooms include mini-fridges and flat screen TVs, and suites come with fireplaces and soaker tubs. The White Spot is on site serving spot on meals from morning till night and providing guests with room service. Guests can enjoy all the usual hotel amenities at this hotel from outdoor pool, hot tub and sauna, to fitness and business centre, to guest laundry, luggage and ski storage.
Pros
  • Free amenities: Wi-Fi, wired Internet
  • Guests loved the location, a 5-min walk to the main village square, near shopping, restaurants and the gondolas
  • Many guests enjoyed their rooms and found them spacious and comfortable
  • Guests described the staff as enthusiastic and helpful
  • Many were very pleased at the value provided by this hotel and planned to return
  • Wi-Fi was rated as very good by guest reviewers overall
Cons
  • Underground secured parking is $19 per night
  • Some guests complained of noise transfer from within the hotel
  • A few missed having a restaurant on site or a free breakfast
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Book from ~C$245 
Highly praised Whistler village boutique hotel with outdoor pool & hot tub and kitchenettes
The Summit Lodge is our budget pick. It’s about a 2-minute free shuttle ride to the Whistler/Blackcomb lifts, and a 2-minute walk from the Whistler Olympic Plaza. It has appealing interiors set out as studios, with a combined living and bedroom space that includes a kitchenette. It features modern duvet bedding, flat screen TVs, fireplaces and balconies in all the accommodations. Rates are some of the cheapest for the area and the hotel throws in local calls and Wi-Fi. There’s underground parking for $20 per night and you can bring your furry friend at no extra charge. Guests can unwind at the hotel’s hot tub, outdoor pool or reserve some time at the on-site spa for some extra pampering. Elements Urban Tapas Parlour or Sachi Sushi (dubbed Whistler's best sushi spot) are on site.
Pros
  • Free amenities: Wi-Fi, local calls, coffee & snacks, pet stays & supplies, shuttle service to Whistler/Blackcomb ski lifts
  • Guests loved the location on the quieter side of the village, but still close to everything
  • Guests praised their cozy rooms with kitchenettes and balconies
  • Several guests said on-site dining was excellent
  • Staff were hospitable and friendly, according to guests
  • Guests seemed pleased with the value overall and all the fun and freebies supplied by the hotel
Cons
  • Parking is $21 per night
  • Some found the parking costs high and the spaces a little cramped
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Book from ~C$584 
Whistler Village hotel with a heated outdoor pool, hot tubs and suites with full kitchens
Pros
  • Free Wi-Fi
  • Great location in Whistler Village, close to the lifts, according to most guests
  • Many guests praised the staff and customer service
  • Spacious and comfortable suites, with value-added amenities like kitchens and washers/dryers
  • Reasonable price for Whistler, according to some guests
  • Indoor/outdoor pool and three hot tubs
Cons
  • Self parking (underground) is $24 per day and valet parking is $28
  • A few guests complained about noise from nearby late-night establishments or from fellow guests
  • Some complaints about cleanliness and upkeep in common areas
  • Pool and hot tubs can get busy at times, according to some reviewers
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Book from ~C$449 
Luxury hotel with an on-site spa, good food, and concierge and valet services
Pros
  • Free Wi-Fi
  • Many guests described their rooms as clean and well appointed
  • Many reviewers praised the food and service at the on-site restaurant
  • The staff were frequently complimented for their friendly and helpful service
  • A few guests found the location convenient for exploring the village area on foot
  • A few reviewers found the on-site spa to be a value-added feature
Cons
  • A few guests thought that the room rates were expensive
  • A couple of reviewers found the additional fees for parking ($33 per night) to be expensive
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Book from ~C$111 
Highly praised Whistler Village luxury resort hotel near lifts with outdoor pool & hot tubs 
Pros
  • Free amenities: Wi-Fi, village shuttle, ski valet, bike and golf bag storage, local calls
  • Guests found the rooms clean and comfortable with modern kitchens
  • The Wi-Fi was rated as very good by guests overall
  • Guests loved the prime location near the lifts and restaurants
  • The staff delivered great service according to guests
  • The mountain and village views were a highlight for many guests
Cons
  • Self-parking is $28 and valet is $32 per night
  • A few guests complained about the extra parking charge
  • Occasionally guests did not fancy having a pub and pub fare at the on-site restaurant

4 Other Frequently Booked Hotels in Whistler

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B&B property with hot tub, within a 10-minute walk of ski trail access
Pros
  • Free parking, free Wi-Fi and free breakfast
  • Free shuttle service to and from the ski lifts
Cons
  • No elevator
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Book from ~C$387 
Self-catering condo and townhouse units throughout the Whistler area
Pros
  • Free Wi-Fi and free parking at most properties (no free parking at Apenglow)
Cons
  • No daily housekeeping
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B&B property, gourmet breakfast, clean rooms and on-site hot tub
Pros
  • Free Wi-Fi, free breakfast and free parking
  • Free shuttle to the ski lifts
  • Many guests found their rooms and the property in general to be well-appointed
  • Many reviewers praised the food at the free breakfast
  • The hosts were frequently complimented for their friendly and accommodating service
  • Several guests described their rooms as clean and quiet
Cons
  • No on-site elevator
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Book from ~C$159 
Highly praised Whistler-Nita Lake hotel with views, dining, spa, soaker tubs & kitchenettes
Pros
  • Free Wi-Fi and free shuttle service to Creekside Village and Whistler Village
  • The staff was frequently complimented for their friendly service
  • Several reviewers enjoyed the lake-side location
  • Many guests described their rooms as well-appointed, spacious and luxurious
  • Many guests appreciated the free shuttle service to Whistler Villag
  • The dining on site received rave reviews
Cons
  • A couple of guests complained about the additional fees for parking ($20 per night for self parking)
  • A couple of reviewers found their beds to be uncomfortably soft

Tips For Staying In Whistler

Choosing A Hotel in Whistler

Quick Summary of Most Popular Areas
Whistler Village: the heart of Whistler, home to countless accommodations, restaurants and shops - the hub of activity
Whistler Creekside: family-friendly and historic area, 7km outside the Village away from the hustle and bustle 


How to choose a hotel in Whistler
The first thing to do when booking a hotel in Whistler is to decide if you'd like to stay in Whistler Village, the hub of activity and excitement, or Whistler Creekside, a more quaint and family-friendly area just outside of the Village. The majority of Whistler hotels are found within the Village, so if you are looking for a variety of options and styles (inns, hotels, lodges, resorts, etc.) then a Whistler Village hotel is where you'll want to be. This area is home to the Village Stroll, a pedestrian-only walkway that allows visitors to leisurely browse the shops and eateries that define Whistler Village. The price of an accommodation can range quite a bit in the Village from relatively cheap Whistler Village hotels to much more expensive resorts and inns. If you are going with a group there are also quite a few apartments for rent. Prices can range for these accommodations depending on your budget and requirements.

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What to do in Whistler
With a population of only about 10,000 people and roughly 2 million visitors annually it can seem like everyone in Whistler is a tourist. Winter brings endless activities for visitors that enjoy the company of snow and frigid temperatures. Whistler winters offer everything from downhill skiing, cross-country skiing, Heli skiing, dog sledding, snowmobiling, and zip-lining. Yes, I said zip-lining in the winter. Sounds crazy? Yes, it is, but it is also awesome. Visiting in the summer instead? No problem. There are many bike trails and hiking options and not to mention whitewater rafting for the thrill-seekers. And yes, you can zip-line in the summer as well.


Surrounding Area
Whistler is only about a 2 hour drive north of Vancouver, making it a popular spot not only for visitors from all over the world, but for locals as well. First-time visitors to British Columbia are lucky in that a trip to Whistler can also mean a reasonable drive to Vancouver - one of Canada's largest and most popular cities.

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