Whistler is the Mecca of ski resorts in North America- and arguably, the world. Its world-class status was sealed in 2010 when it hosted the Winter Olympics. With 210 runs, from terrifying double blacks to blue runs for beginners, there is something for everyone at Fairmont Chateau Whistler – even if you don’t want to ski.
To experience the height of luxury and convenience in this little town in the Rockies, the place to stay is the Fairmont Chateau Whistler. The hotel is nestled at the base of Blackcomb Mountain, only steps away from the chair lift. In fact, it’s so close you can don your skis or snowboard in the hotel and ski out to the lifts.
Every room has stunning views over the mountains and the towns – but the one thing that does let the hotel down is the dated in room design. However, the convenience of the location, the service and views more than make up for this.
The hotel also has a lot to offer in terms of food. It has a collection of restaurants that celebrate the best of British Colombia produce, the Wildflower restaurant which is open for breakfast and dinner serves up seasonal cuisine, and if you are after meat the Grill Room is the place to go. For a healthy fresh breakfast and lunch, head to the Portobello for a market feel, and for drinks head to the Mallard lounge. If you are looking for a bite to eat after a round of golf, you can enjoy a fondue evening at the Chalet at the Fairmont Chateau Whistler Golf club.
However, if you are looking to help your muscles recover after a day on the slopes head over to Scandinavian spa, which is close to the hotel, where you can sit in an outdoor hot-tub and look out at the spectacular view.
If you aren’t partial to trying out the slopes, it’s also good to know the Fairmont Chateau is not only just for skiers. It has an 18 hole golf course designed by Robert Trent Jones Jr, an indoor and outdoor pool complete with a hot tub, a holistic spa and on-site wedding chapel.
The hotel has won many awards and its easy to see why – the service and facilities are excellent. Nothing has been left out, from separate shampoo and conditioners (always a sign of a good hotel in my opinion), to sun lotion at the pool side, it seems to have thought of everything – theFairmonteven has a menu for your pooch.
By Cat Hughes