Best place to stay for location and price
The Westin Whistler Village is a great hotel and a fantastic location. If you want the luxury of having the ski gondola just a stone's throw from your hotel room, then this is the place.
Amentities are top notch with 2 hot tubs, a pool (1/3 indoor, 2/3 outdoor, 80 degrees), and a full gym. We did not go to the spa but it had a full array of services. The Vida spa is a chain with a branch that is also located in the Fairmont Chateau Whistler.
Rooms were excellent. We were in a one bedroom suite with a view of the mountains. The gondola could be seen right outside our window. Our room had a full kitchen (with dishwasher, granite counters), soak tub, shower, and TVs in the bedroom and living room (which also has a sofabed and is good for families). We were upgraded without difficulty from a base room to the suite without difficulty. (Starwood Gold status may have helped). Beds were comfortable (usual Westin Heavenly bed) but our linens seemed a bit coarse.
Overall, the service was excellent. Aubergine grill has great food and a decent wine list. Their food is on par with the top restaurants in the area but you also get 10% off your bill if you are a hotel guest.
Don't rent skis at the Salomon store (expensive) unless you demand Salomon equipment. Instead, go to Summit ski rentals and use the 10% coupon you get at the visitor center. Summit is right across the courtyeard from the Westin.
We considered staying at the Fairmont and Four Seasons but we are glad that we didn't. First, they are located in Upper Village, which is a 15 minute uphill hike from Whistler village. To get there, you need to take a shuttle bus (the hotels have their own). However, there is NOTHING to do in Upper Village. In contrast the Westin is at one end of Whistler Village, and you have instant accesst to over 30 (probably more) restuarants, dozens of shops, and lots of bars and a handful of clubs. There is a nice gourmet grocery store not far from the Westin, which is a great place to stock up to make prepare your own foor to wine and dine in your hotel room.
Overall. we highly recommend the Westin for a great combination of hotel quality, service, amenities, and location. The Four Seasons and Fairmont are great hotels, but only stay there if you want the best room and the best service and don't care about location.
My husband and our friend just returned from a long weekend from Whistler. The Westin was great! The rooms were very cozy with a lodge feel. The granite counter tops in the kitchenette and bathroom were great.
The service was top notch everywhere we went. We dined at Aubergine's for breakfast every morning at the huge and very lashish buffet. There were chefs on had to make fresh omlets and plenty of fresh fruit and anything else that you could ever want.
We made a stop at the spa for an afternoon of pampering and it was wonderful! The staff was very professional and attentive. The resort itself is so beautiful and was decorated with christmas decorations. There was a long hallway that had upscale shops for all your winter needs.
We were in walking distance of the slopes, shops, and dining. If you love great music and beer and huge piles of chicken nachos you must visit Amsterdam's!
I would highly recommend the Westin and plan to return in the coming months. I am usually a beach girl but was totally blown away by the people and activities that were offered at Whistler. EVERYONE was extremely friendly and happy. Be sure to try snowmobiling and snowboarding. Our lessons were great!
The place was just OK. The hotel was nice and clean. Its location is great. There is only one outdoor hot tub. It's usually too crowded to get into. The service was good but the hotel itself was not a very warm place. The decor is just not inviting. The bar stinks. I would rather drink in my room. This year we are staying at the Fairmont.
The Hotel is excellent and the service is great! Its not only the hotel but also Whistler itself, which is just so pleasant and great. On your way to Whistler make a quick stop in Vancouver, never seen anything like it. You will be glad you did. The village next to Westin is awesome. Check out Sushi Village and Umberto's.
Well, I've been to Whistler dozens of times and my favorite hotel is still the Fairmount Chateau Whistler, but this Westin is no slouch!
Our room, a "Junior Suite" was comfortable and nicely equpped with a small kitchenette, lovely bathrrom with soaker tub and seperate shower. Service was pleasant and professional.
I didn't use the spa facilities but they looked nice.
The biggest surprise was the "Aubergine Grill" restaurant, whose food, though pricey was as excellent as any I have had anywhere!
So why do I prefer the Fairmount? These hotels are similar in quality, first class, but the Fairmount just has a magnificent lobby, which is as comfortable and delightful to sit in for a snack or a drink as it is magnificent to the eye. The Westin's architecture just isn't as nice.
On the other hand, the Westin is right in the village...