For location and value for money hard to find better in Whistler. Right smack in the middle of Whistler village beside all the shops, restaurants, groceries, etc. and 7 minute walk to the Whistler gondola.
1 bedroom suite is essentially booking a 1 bedroom condo/apartment to stay in. Read the fine print and understand that this is a lodge and not a full blown hotel. Heard others in the lifts complaining about not having daily room cleaning, room service, bars, restaurants, etc. Pretty clearly says this on the website, but they clearly didn't read properly first.
Main criteria I judge hotels on is bedrooms and bathrooms. This 1 bedroom suite (517) was very spacious, even if the layout was a little strange. Supposed to be an extra large bed but was in fact 2 double beds at either end of a long narrow bedroom, about a foot either side of the main bed and none around the second. Can't imagine how the second bed would ever be used?
Spa bath was a nice feature. Being 6ft 3but showering in hotels is normally entertaining but this place win the prize for least practical shower. Probably only really works comfortably, ie stand directly under the shower, for people under 5ft 5 due to the sharp sloping roof the bath was under.
Living space and kitchen were very large, designed for families or small parties to live in. Kitchen is fully equipped if you want to save a few more dollars for passes and eat in, grocery and liquor stores are less than 5 minutes walk away. Plus you are right on top of Cowes where the queues for the ice cream are well worth the wait!
Only real negative is the layout is very funky and Ben on the front desk doesn't do a great job of explaining how to get to your rooms. Luckily we bumped into 2 of the cleaning staff who took us all the way from the lobby to our room, without them we might still be wandering around Whistler village wondering where we are staying.
If you want plenty of space to live in, close to the centre of Whistler for a great price, this is your choice. If you want a fancy hotel with all the latest facilities, spas, mini bars, etc you probably want somewhere else.
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- Also Known As:
- Holiday Inn Whistler Village Hotel Whistler
- Whistler Holiday Inn