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Embarc Whistler

8.2 | Very Good | #29 out of 71 hotels in Whistler
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Upper Village Whistler hotel with rustic suites, outdoor pools, hot tubs and waterslide

Pros
  • Free amenities: Wi-Fi, parking
  • Rooms were clean, spacious and well equipped
  • Location handy to Blackcomb lifts, free shuttle and restaurants
  • Staff friendly and helpful
  • Good value according to guests
  • Guests liked the family-friendly amenities and outdoor pools with waterslide
Cons
  • No restaurant on site
  • Rooms a little dated according to a few guests
  • Some found it far from Whistler Village
  • Some guests said the parking was a little tight
  • Noise transferred from the hallway, nearby rooms and the outdoor pools
Freebies
Free Wi-Fi
Free Parking
Editor's Review
Updated Jul 11, 2017
Overview
This hotel is located near restaurants and shopping in Whistler's Upper Village and a 4-minute walk of the Blackcomb lifts. 

The smoke-free and pet-free hotel offers 113 guest rooms (studios, 1-, 2- and 3-bedroom suites) on 4 floors with elevator access. 

Studios include free Wi-Fi, a flat screen TV with cable, a mini-fridge, a microwave, a sitting area and air conditioning.

In addition suites may offer a living room, a fireplace, a full kitchen, a dining area, 1 or 2 loveseat sofabeds, a 2-person hot tub, a washer and dryer and a private balcony or patio. Accessible rooms are available.

Rooms are furnished with 2 twin beds, 1 queen or 1 king bed.

Free underground parking is offered in 2 garages, with clearances of 6'9" and 6'10".

There is no restaurant on site, but guests will find choices as near as 2 minutes on foot and restaurants in the Fairmont and Four Seasons hotels nearby.

Hotel amenities include 2 year-round heated outdoor pools and hot tubs (one for families and one for adults only), a 60' waterslide, a eucalyptus steam room, a fitness centre, a business centre, a movie theatre, a games room, BBQ grill and outdoor fireplace, members lounge, a library, a grocery store, ski lockers, luggage storage, a 24-hour front desk, a guest laundry and meeting rooms. 

What's nearby? The Whistler Village, which features the main lifts for Whistler and Blackcomb, is about a 12-minute walk away. The Whistler Conference Centre, Whistler Art Gallery, the Whistler Golf Course and Driving Range, the Whistler Olympic Plaza, the Whistler Museum and the Plaza Galleries are all within a 15-minute walk. 

Getting around: The free shuttle bus stops right outside this property. Access to the Sea-to-Sky Highway is 2 minutes away by car. Whistler Airport (YWS) is an 8-minute drive away. (All travel times: Google Maps)

Confirmed with front desk May 29, 2017: all rooms are air conditioned, all rooms have a patio/balcony except for studios, no pay movies
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The Good
Guests typically enjoyed their stay.

Units were clean, spacious and comfortable with well-stocked kitchens.

The location was well liked. It was quiet and convenient to the Blackcomb lifts and main Blackcomb lodge, next door to the Fairmont for dinner and on the free shuttle route.

Staff were friendly and helpful. They were very responsive to maintenance issues and helpful in returning items forgotten.

Guests found the units reasonably priced and good value

Guests also liked: free parking, convenient ski lockers, an adult-only pool and hot tub, spectacular scenery, heated pool was therapeutic and fitness room had ample equipment.

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The Bad
Some offered their critique of the stay.

Recent room complaints: room a bit dated, smelled musty, older/soiled furniture, kitchen small, unmarked and complex controls for heating and lights, old and springy mattress, no shower door

Some were not fond of the location. These guests complained that it was not in the Whistler Village and therefore somewhat removed from the action and restaurants.

Noise transferred from: nearby rooms, the outdoor pools, the hallway, the parking garage and snow ploughs outside.

Other comments found: no restaurant on site, outdoor hot tubs are small, had to take our our own garbage and recycling at the end of the stay, parking was tight and difficult to maneuver, and concierge was pushy in trying to sell time shares for the units.

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Sources
Expedia.ca gave this hotel an average score of 4.5 out of 5, from 21 reviews.

TripAdvisor.ca ranked this property #4 out of 53 specialty lodging properties in Whistler, with an average score of 4 out of 5, from 287 reviews.


Guest Reviews
Rated by Guests
8.2 / out of 10
"Very Good"
Ranked by Guests
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29 / out of 71
hotels in Whistler

The average guest rating for Embarc Whistler is 8.2 out of 10 based on 306 reviews from past guests. This average guest rating ranks Embarc Whistler at #29 out of 71 hotels in Whistler.

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Map Marker Embarc Whistler
4580 Chateau Blvd, Whistler, BC