One of the most popular Canadian resort towns is Whistler, which is visited by over two million people each year. The biggest draw to Whistler, Canada is alpine skiing, but it also offers plenty of opportunity for snowboarding in the winter. Its scenery is so beautiful and its landscape so ripe for snow sports that Whistler hosted the majority of the luge, bobsled, alpine, Nordic, and skeleton events for the 2010 Winter Olympics.
When summer rolls around, the town becomes a haven for mountain bikers. Since it's a major tourist area, you'll find a wide range of accommodation in the city, including lavish resorts and hotels. Here are the top five luxury hotels in Whistler, Canada.
1. The Westin Resort And Spa Whistler
Westin's four star Whistler resort is a short five minute walk to the Whistler Golf Club and some of the area's best skiing. The hotel offers ski equipment rentals and storage, which is perfect if you've come to town to hit the slopes. This beautiful hotel property is notable for its distinctive exterior that perfectly melds in with the formations, towering trees, and natural beauty around it. Inside is a chic interior full of modern decor, an on-site restaurant and lounge, and a fitness center. The spa at Whistler's Westin resort offers world class services and has an indoor pool and several rejuvenating whirlpools.
There are many types of suites there, including studios, one and two bedroom suites, and split-level suites. The Studios have kitchenettes, seating areas, desks, and fireplaces. Separate living rooms are in the one and two bedroom suites, while the split-level suites are the most luxurious and include Jacuzzi tubs and clear mountain views. The nightly rate at the Westin starts at $181.
2. Fairmont Chateau Whistler
Nestled close to the Blackcomb ski area in Whistler, Canada is Fairmont Chateau, one of the most posh four star hotels in the area. It's also about one mile from the beautiful Lost Lake Nature Trail, where you can enjoy nature, majestic views, and cross-country skiing. Fairmont Chateau has an 18-hole golf course on-site, a driving range, tennis and sports courts, and a high end fitness center -- it's an ideal place to stay if you're into sports.
Other amenities at Fairmont Chateau include fine dining restaurants, a spa with a sauna, several hot tubs and steam rooms, a heated indoor pool, and several outdoor pools. One of the pools at the hotel plays underwater music to provide even more relaxation to guests.
The rooms at this hotel are plush, comfortable, and very stylish. Fairmont Chateau Whistler has 550 suites as well as Fairmont Gold. The latter is an exclusive experience reserved for guests who want the ultimate in luxury, providing access to a private lounge, evening canapes and cocktails, and a deluxe continental breakfast each morning. Impeccable room service, an attentive concierge, village shuttle, and free Wifi are some of the perks of staying at this hotel. Fairmont Chateau Whistler's nightly rate starts at $261.
3. Pan Pacific Whistler Village Centre
If you'd like to stay in a luxury hotel with a European flair, consider Pan Pacific Whistler Village Centre. This boutique property sports a classic alpine aesthetic and is located about five minutes from the Whistler Golf Club and the Whistler Village Gondola.
The upscale atmosphere inside is full of attractive contemporary decor, and the suites at Pan Pacific Whistler Village Centre have full kitchens, flat screen televisions, iPod docking stations, in-suite theater systems, and gas fireplaces. Upgraded suites feature washing machines, dryers, and private balconies.
Amenities at this hotel include a free in-resort shuttle, ski and bike storage, a delicious complimentary breakfast buffet, large fitness center, and a sundeck where you can get an excellent view of the mountains. There's also whirlpool baths and a heated outdoor saltwater pool that can be enjoyed year round. Pan Pacific Whistler Village Centre's rates start at $127 per night.
4. Pan Pacific Whistler Mountainside
One of the most family friendly luxury hotels in Whistler, Canada is Pan Pacific Whistler Mountainside. When accompanied by an adult, children 18 and under stay for free, and there's a host of other benefits to staying there. It's close to some of the top entertainment and dining options in town and has it's own Irish pub on-site that serves excellently prepared traditional dishes and drinks.
The heated outdoor pool and two hot tubs at Pan Pacific Whistler Mountainside will provide the perfect way to relax after a long day on the slopes, and the hotel also has a free ski valet, shuttle, and equipment storage area.
This fabulous lodge features suites and studios with polished decor, deluxe mattresses, and separate living areas with fireplaces and pull-out sofas. All rooms at Pan Pacific Whistler Mountainside have flat screen televisions, iPod docking stations, and free Wifi. The nightly rate starts at $120.
5. Four Seasons Whistler
The most notable five star hotel in Whistler is the Four Seasons Resort. For high end accommodation and close proximity to prime skiing and outdoor excursions, it doesn't get much better -- the property is less than a mile from the Blackcomb area and the Whistler Mountain Bike Park.
This outstanding hotel has an incredible spa, 24-hour fitness center, and a ski concierge to help you get the most out of your vacation. A steakhouse restaurant with the finest cuts of meat and game is on-site, along with a swanky cocktail lounge where you can enjoy lunch or dinner by a roaring fireplace or dine al fresco in the cool mountain air. If you'd like to take in a few rounds of golf during your stay, the hotel also has it's own Jack Nicklaus Signature Canada course.
In addition to its exquisite decor and amenities, the suites here have premium furnishings, flat screen televisions, minibars, designer toiletries, and free Wifi. The upgraded rooms at the Four Seasons include free standing tubs, private balconies, wet bars, kitchens, and separate living areas. The Four Seasons' nightly rate starts at $228.
Written by Garrett Parker
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