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Blackcomb Lodge by Whistler Premier

7.2 | Good
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Older Whistler Village hotel near gondola with indoor pool, restaurant and kitchen suites

Pros
  • Free Wi-Fi
  • Many guests agreed that the location was excellent, close to the lifts and centrally located in the village
  • The staff were knowledgeable, friendly and accommodating
  • Some guests found the rooms serviceable and kitchens handy for saving costs
Cons
  • Underground parking is available for $18.90 per night
  • Many guests described the rooms as dated and in need of better cleaning
  • Very slow elevator on site, according to guests
  • Some guests were disturbed by partiers in the hotel and from neighboring bars
  • Many guests complained of non-functioning air conditioning during the summer
Freebies
Free Wi-Fi
Editor's Analysis
Updated Aug 17, 2015
Overview
This hotel is located in the Lower Whistler Village and is about a 6-minute walk from the ski gondolas for accessing the ski trails on Blackcomb and Whistler mountains. Offering suites with full kitchens, this property is well-suited for families and guests who prefer to prepare some of their own meals.

This property is smoke free and pet free. All rooms include free Wi-Fi, a flat screen TV with basic cable channels, a DVD player, a coffeemaker, a sitting area, a safe, window air conditioner units and views of the village or parking lot. Room extras include a full kitchen, a second bathroom and a second TV. Rooms are furnished with 1 king bed, 1 king, 2 twins and a sofabed, or 2 queen beds and a sofabed. (King beds split into twin beds and the sofabeds are queen size.)

Underground parking is available on site for $18.90 per night. (Garage clearance is 6' 11".)

The on-site Araxi Restaurant & Bar, (under separate management) serves dinner, Sunday Brunch and drinks.

On-site recreational facilities include an indoor pool, and indoor hot tub and sauna. Other on-site amenities include guest laundry facilities, bike and ski storage, a 24-hour front desk, elevator and ice/vending machines.

The Whistler Conference Centre is 3 minutes away on foot, while the Whistler Village Art Gallery is a 5-minute walk away. There are also many restaurants, shops and nightlife venues located within a 5-minute walk of this property. The Whistler Museum and the Whistler Olympic Plaza are both about a 6-minute walk away. The Whistler Golf Course and Driving Range is 7 minutes away on foot, while access to the Sea-to-Sky Highway is a 1-minute drive away. (All travel time estimates: Google Maps)

Confirmed with the hotel on August 17, 2015: free Wi-Fi, parking rates, rooms amenities and configurations, smoke-free and pet-free facility
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The Good
The reviews were somewhat mixed with some guests focusing on the good location of this property and finding it a decent place for an overnight stay.

Location was the biggest plus for this hotel and many guests loved that aspect of their stay. They spoke of being close to a local market with fresh produce, a grocery store, a liquor store, bars and restaurants. The gondola ski lift, as well as many amenities were all within walking distance.

Guests liked the staff and said they provided very friendly service, fast check-ins and valuable information on the area. Others mentioned that the staff were accommodating with guests' needs.

There were guests who found the hotel serviceable for either an overnight stay as somewhere to sleep, and there were others who liked having a well-located, cheaper option with a kitchen to further mitigate travel costs.



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The Bad
There were guests who did not like this hotel and said they would not come back. They found it just too old, with non-functioning amenities and too noisy for their comfort levels.

One of the most common complaints was the older state of the hotel which, according to one guest, was in dire need of updating. Guests found amenities that did not function well and had not been repaired or replaced for the guests. Examples given were cracks in the ceilings and walls, freezer frozen shut, phone not working, a noisy fan, low water pressure in sink and shower, poor to no air conditioning with very hot rooms in the summer, very slow elevator, old tiles in pool area, smelly rooms and springy and uncomfortable mattresses.

Some reviewers thought that housekeeping could have done a better job replenishing towels and in-room complimentary items and several guests found the rooms not cleaned to the edges or under the beds. Some also complained of negligent housekeeping during their stays. 

Guests provided mixed reviews about the Wi-Fi, and one guest said that free Wi-Fi was also available in the village which helped. 

Noise was an issue for a few guests who complained of partiers in the hotel and in the rooms that faced the village.

Although some guests thought the rooms were reasonably priced especially for having a kitchen, others felt the older state and general lack of upkeep made it not worth the cost.
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Sources
Expedia.ca gave this hotel an average score of 3.8 out of 5, with 91% of 412 guests recommending the property.

TripAdvisor.ca ranked this hotel #30 out of 52 properties in Whistler, with an average score of 3.5 out of 5, from 334 reviews.

Booking.com gave this property an average score of 7.8 out of 10, based on 387 guest reviews.
Editor's Analysis by Tammy B.
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Rated 7.2/10 based on 1811 reviews

Ranked #51 out of 69 hotels in Whistler

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Map Marker Blackcomb Lodge by Whistler Premier
4220 Gateway Drive, Whistler, BC