When choosing a hotel, I was delighted to find out that there was a Fairmont in Whistler. It wasn’t about hotel points or status. It was about trying a new location to see if what I didn’t like about the Fairmont Banff was the brand standard.
Happily, it was not.
Staying at the Fairmont Banff in Alberta was overall an 8 out of 10. But, staying at the Fairmont Chateau Whistler? 10s across the board.
The location of the resort is perfectly positioned next to the end of a run on Whistler Blackcomb. It’s cozy – with modern convinces that make it stand out. It’s close to the little town of Whistler. So, you can walk or get a ride on the Fairmont route bus to the center of town.
The room was absolutely beautiful, spacious and – most importantly – updated. It felt clean and well put together. I will say that – similar to my room at the Fairmont Banff – I absolutely loved the view out of the window. In fact, the window felt like its very own frame of a moving photograph. As the snow fell, it just framed the scene perfectly.
The in room bathroom products were stocked with one my favorite brands: Le Labo. But, I still really dislike the trend of hotels to stock soaps and lotions with larger, refillable bottles of product.
Personally, I like the sanitized feeling I get with taking my new toiletries home. However, quality is quality. And, at least I had a new mini soap of Rose 31 to take home.
The hot tubs and pool area was a bit challenging to get to. The signs make it seem like it’s relatively close from the lobby region to the outdoor area. To be honest, it’s slightly a maze.
But, once arrived, it was absolutely lovely. I loved being in the hot tub, as it lightly rained. Then, going into the barrel sauna and experiencing the extra heat on a snuggly cold night.
Overall, the perks and beauty of the Fairmont Whistler make it a stand out, modern resort for the discerning traveler. But, what really made it stand out were the service touches. The valet service was great; the shuttle service to the The Chalet Restaurant was on point and overall, the hotel service was what I expected. And, in some ways (like with my conversation with the bartender at The Mallard Lounge and with the concierge) above and beyond.
Overall, I would highly suggest a stay at Fairmont Whistler. It’s picturesque, the rooms are tasteful and the service is exactly how I expected it to be.
- If you are planning on booking at a Fairmont or Four Seasons, I HIGHLY suggest checking the Amex Travel website. Booking with my Platinum Amex, I was able to pay with points, get $200 off due to it being in the Fine Hotels program, receive a $100 hotel spend credit, receive a room upgrade and complimentary breakfast.
- One important thing to note – just because you’re upgraded to the club level of the 8th floor, doesn’t give you access to the club lounge. However, this was not a particularly challenging situation, due to booking through Amex Travel. Plus, the food around the hotel and Whistler itself made access to the club lounge unnecessary.
- One of the great perks from staying at the Fairmont Whistler is the private Escalade car service to The Chalet, the easy to access Fairmont shuttle service and the super helpful valet for pointing out locations of interest around the hotel. In contrast, The Fairmont Banff literally hands out a bus schedule and says you can take the bus, taxi, or walk to the main point in Banff. I gag at the difference in service. It really is the little things….
Fairmont Chateau Whistler
4599 Chateau Blvd
Whistler, BC V8E 0Z5 Canada Canada