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Fairmont Chateau Whistler Resort

9.0 | Excellent | #11 out of 70 hotels in Whistler

Ski-in-ski-out Whistler Village hotel with heated indoor-outdoor pool & private jetted tubs

  • Guests said the exceptional staff were the best ever in all their travels
  • Guests found mountain view rooms to offer stunning views
  • Rooms were described as well cleaned, beautifully furnished and having comfortable beds
  • Guests loved the hot tubs and heated outdoor pools in winter along with bar service
  • Many enjoyed the ski valet service
  • Location was excellent, at the base of the hill with ski-in/ski out access and walking distance to restaurants
  • Many enjoyed breakfast, dining and the lounge with its lively music
  • Resort fee is $15 per day (includes Wi-Fi, health club access, Village Shuttle, tennis courts, driving range)
  • Self-parking costs $35 and valet parking costs $39 per night
  • Some complained of the high cost of a room, parking and bar drinks at the hotel
  • A few guests found their rooms a little dated
  • Occasionally guests found the pools, hot tubs, ski valet and lounge busy
Editor's Review
Updated Jun 16, 2017
About the hotel: This popular hotel is located in Whistler's quieter Upper Village and offers ski in/ski out access with valet service at the base of Blackcomb Mountain. It's an easy walk to restaurants and shops. Golfing and guided hikes, swimming and biking are available in the summer.

The hotel offers 550 smoke-free rooms on 12 floors with elevator access. 

All rooms include Wi-Fi (included in $15 resort fee), a flat screen TV with pay-per-view movies, a Keurig coffeemaker, a tea kettle, a desk, a safe, an iron and ironing board, bathrobes, a hair dryer, windows that open and climate control.

Some rooms include a sofabed, a sitting area, a living room, a French-press coffeemaker, floor-to-ceiling windows, a gas fireplace, 1 or 2 bedrooms, 2 or 3 TVs, 2 or 3 bathrooms, a 1-person jetted tub, an over-sized shower with multiple showerheads, a marble bathroom, a walk-in closet, a Juliette balcony, semi-private elevator access and mountain, chef's garden or village views. 

Mini-fridges and microwaves are available for rent at $10 each, per day.

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

Fairmont Gold level offers access to a private lounge, which features concierge service, free continental breakfast (7:00 am - 10:30 am), a laptop with free Internet access, free all day coffee and tea, free afternoon snacks from 2 - 4 pm, an honour bar, free evening canapés from 4 - 7 pm and free late night pastries from 8 - 10 pm.

Guests should note: The hotel charges a $15 daily resort fee (plus tax) per room which entitles guests to Wi-Fi, health club access, tennis courts, driving range and the year-round Village Shuttle. 

Self-parking is $35 + tax per night. Valet parking is $39 + tax per night. Both are underground with a clearance of 6'8".

Pets are welcome for $50 per pet, per night to a maximum of 3 days. Pet amenities are supplied.

Restaurants on site: 
The Wildflower Restaurant is open daily for breakfast and dinner. (Sunday brunch is offered major holidays only.) 
The Grill Room offers fine dining with seafood and steak.
Portobello Market & Fresh Bakery offers a deli-style menu for breakfast, lunch and dinner each day in the summer. 
The Mallard Lounge and Terrace is open for lunch and light dinners, featuring seasonal live entertainment and an outdoor fire-lit terrace. 
The Clubhouse is open during the golf season and serves breakfast, lunch and dinner (May through September). 
The Chalet offers fondue and alpine cuisine in the winter evenings at the Club House (December through mid-March). 
Room service is 24 hours.

The on-site Health Club offers an outdoor heated lap pool featuring underwater music, an indoor-outdoor heated leisure pool, an indoor hot tub, 3 outdoor hot tubs, a dry sauna, 2 eucalyptus steam rooms, towel service, beverage service, 2 outdoor tennis courts, and a fitness centre.

Other on-site amenities include ski valet and golf valet services, a day spa, bell staff, concierge, ski and bike storage, gift shops, a ski rental shop, a guest laundry, dry cleaning, safe deposit boxes and meeting rooms. 

What's nearby? Whistler Village, which includes restaurants, shops, and nightlife is about 12 minutes away on foot. The Whistler ski lifts and gondola are also about a 12-minute walk away. The Mountain Art Gallery is 11 minutes away on foot. The Whistler Golf Course and Driving Range is a 6-minute drive. 

Getting around: The Sea-to-Sky Highway is a 6-minute drive away. (All travel times: Google Maps)

Confirmed by hotel June 16, 2017: parking and pet details
The Good
Guests loved their stays with many stating they would return.  

The hotel was classy and offered beautifully-decorated public spaces, along with a warm, hospitable and relaxing atmosphere. There was always lots to do and the hotel catered well to kids and families, as well as couples looking for a romantic getaway.

The staff made a great impression with the guests. They helped immensely to create a sense of fun, genuine friendliness and provided impeccable service. Guests praised them repeatedly in the reviews calling them incredibly cheerful, amazingly helpful, superb and wonderful. Some well-travelled guests said they were the best they had ever encountered.

Guests loved the location. It was right at the base of the Blackcomb Mountain with easy access to the lifts. The area offered great skiing and spectacular views. The ski rental and valet ran effectively with guests being able to get geared up and go. Some were pleased to be served hot chocolate on tap, and bottled water at the valet station. It was an easy walk to restaurants nearby and the lower village area offered many entertainment and dining choices.

The outdoor hot tubs and pools which were well heated in the wintertime, and had lounge service, provided guests with special and memorable experiences. Guests spoke of sipping cocktails under the stars at night, while in the pool with snowflakes falling.

The rooms were often described as clean, quiet and well appointed with amenities. Guests reported comfortable beds and liked the glassed-in showers. Some said the rooms were small and some said they were large. Club floor rooms were considered worth the extra charge for the variety and quality of the freebies offered, and mountain-view rooms came highly recommended by reviewers as definitely worth the extra cost.

Guests enjoyed dining on site. They mentioned good breakfast buffets, liked Portobello's, and had delicious dinner at The Chalet. The entertainment and drinks at the lounge were enjoyed also, along with great bar staff.

The Bad
There were some complaints offered in the reviews but these were by far, not commonly held sentiments.

Some felt the hotel was expensive. They mentioned parking fees, room rates and drinks and dining on site adding up. Some were especially upset with the price of alcoholic beverages on site.

Some guests complained about the day spa. Although some guests offered praise for the spa services, occasionally a guest found the spa treatments sub par, and the area too busy, or not relaxing enough with too many kids around.

A few guests mentioned that their room's decor, bathrooms and overall appearance was a little dated.

The hotel got rather busy at times. Guests spoke of queues at the ski rental shop and the ski valet, slow service in the restaurant and that there was no adult-only hot tub. One guest put it this way, "Just don't go when it's family day or weekends because with all the kids running around, it can get pretty hectic."
Show Sources
Expedia.ca gave this hotel an average score of 4.4 out of 5, with 90% of 1,048 guests recommending the property.

TripAdvisor.ca ranked this hotel #8 out of 51 properties in Whistler, from 2,390 guest reviews.

Booking.com gave this hotel an average score of 8.7 out of 10, based on 546 reviews.
Guest Reviews
Rated by Guests
9.0 / out of 10
Ranked by Guests
11 / out of 70
hotels in Whistler

The average guest rating for Fairmont Chateau Whistler Resort is 9.0 out of 10 based on 6085 reviews from past guests. This average guest rating ranks Fairmont Chateau Whistler Resort at #11 out of 70 hotels in Whistler.

Map Marker Fairmont Chateau Whistler Resort
4599 Chateau Boulevard, Whistler, BC