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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
Freebies
Free Wi-Fi
Editor's Analysis
Updated Mar 13, 2015
Overview
This property is situated on the glacier-fled Nita Lake and is an 8-minute walk from the Whistler Creekside Gondola. This hotel also provides direct access to the Valley Trail that follows the shoreline of Nita Lake. With an on-site spa and multiple on-site dining options, this hotel may appeal to guests who are looking for a resort experience outside of the village areas.

This property is 100% smoke-free. All 77 rooms include individual climate control, free Wi-Fi, free local calls, a 40" flat screen TV with a DVD player, a gas fireplace, a kitchenette ( sink, microwave, mini-fridge, dishes, coffeemaker), a double soaker tub, a glass-enclosed rain shower, heated bathroom floors, a hair dryer, an iron and ironing board and a safe. All rooms and suites are furnished with king beds. Suites also include sofabeds in the living rooms.

Heated underground parking is available for $20 per night (self parking) or $30 per night (valet). Pets are permitted in select rooms for an additional fee of $25 per night (maximum of two pets per room).

There are multiple on-site dining options at this property. The Aura Restaurant serves breakfast, brunch and dinner. The Cure lounge serves lunch, dinner and drinks, while the Fix Cafe serves coffee and snacks from 7 am to 6 pm. Apres Ski hors d'oeuvres and drinks are served in the Cure Lounge from 3 pm to 6 pm.

Other on-site amenities include a full-service spa (with in-room massage services), outdoor hot tubs, a fitness centre (personal training available), yoga studio, meeting and event space (including wedding planning), ski lockers, free snowshoes, fishing rod and bike rentals.

The Creekside Village is an 8-minute walk away and features restaurants, a grocery store and the Whistler Ski Club. Whistler Village, which features night clubs, restaurants, the Whistler Village Art Gallery and the Whistler/Blackcomb gondola, is 5 minutes away by car. This property also offers free shuttle service to both the Whistler Village and the Creekside Village. The shuttle operates daily from 7:30 am to 11 pm.

Access to the Sea-to-Sky Highway (west to Vancouver) is less than 1 minute away by car. (All walking and driving time estimates: Google Maps)

Verified by a front desk agent on February 21, 2013: The free shuttle service operates daily from 7:30 am to 11 pm, with stops at the hotel every half hour and makes stops at both the Creekside Village and Whistler Village.
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The Good
Many guests indicated that they were extremely happy with the accommodations and service at this property, among the reviews used for this analysis.

The decor and in-room amenities were frequently praised by guests. Reviewers described their rooms as cosy, comfortable and romantic. One guest said that this hotel spared no expense on the room interiors. Some reviewers specifically mentioned that they were impressed by the heated bathroom floors, the fireplace, and the large soaker tubs in the bathroom. Many reviewers thought that their rooms and bathrooms were spacious, while a few guests found their rooms to be quiet.

The staff were frequently complimented for their friendly service. One reviewer thought that the staff provided amazing service, while another guest said that she felt spoiled by the service.

Several reviewers enjoyed the lake-side location, specifically for the view and the walking trails. A couple of guests mentioned that this property was within walking distance of the Creekside gondola and many reviewers appreciated the shuttle service to Whistler Village.

Several guests enjoyed the food at the on-site restaurants, however there were a few reviewers who were not impressed with the food (see below for more details).
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The Bad
There were very few concerns or complaints found for this property, among the reviews sourced for this editorial. However, a couple of guests complained about paying and additional $20 per day for parking and a couple of other reviewers found their mattresses uncomfortably soft.

While several guests praised the food, at the on-site restaurants, a couple of reviewers thought that the quality of food could have been improved and one guest was disappointed that there were no vegetarian options on the menu.
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Show Sources
Sources
Expedia.ca gave this hotel an average score of 4.8 out of 5, with 100% of 95 guests recommending the property.

TripAdvisor.ca ranked this hotel #2 out of 55 properties in Whistler, with an average score of 4.5 out of 5, from 571 reviews.

Booking.com gave this property an average score of 9 out of 10, based on 63 guest reviews.

The author called the hotel on February 21, 2013 to verify some information.
Editor's Analysis by Tammy B.
Analyzed by Tammy B.
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Guest Reviews
9.3
Excellent
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5 / out of 69
hotels in Whistler

Rated 9.3/10 based on 2288 reviews

Ranked #5 out of 69 hotels in Whistler

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Map Marker Nita Lake Lodge
2131 Lake Placid Road, Whistler, BC