Nita Lake Lodge
What We Love
- Location directly on Nita Lake, just a five-minute walk from Creekside Gondola
- All rooms have huge fireplaces, DVD players, iPod docks and kitchenettes
- Free WiFi
- Free trail bikes are available throughout the summer
What To Know
- Not in the center of Whistler (located in Creekside)
- Better suited to couples and honeymooners
- Lodge’s free shuttle runs every 30 minutes during the winter
- The property is entirely smoke-free
- Free ski lockers are available at the base of Whistler Mountain in Creekside
- Free WiFi
- Parking On Site
Welcome to a modern Zen take on the traditional ski lodge—we’re talking clean lines, natural materials (wood beams, stone fireplaces), and inviting textures including buttery leather and nubby plaid. Colors reflect the hotel’s dramatic surroundings; from the inky waters of the lake to the rust-hued foliage. All of the 77 guest rooms (even the smallest studios) feature fireplaces, fully equipped (if small) kitchenettes, and 40-inch LCD televisions. Large slate tile bathrooms have separate rain showers and deep soaking tubs. Rooms overlooking the lake are rightly popular, but those with mountain and forest views are just as impressive. Larger suites, such as the two-bedroom Nita Suites, have split levels, kitchens and large balconies above the lake. Although skiing is the main focus in Whistler (hiking and biking in summertime), there are plenty of amenities at the lodge to keep non-skiers and youngsters occupied: a quiet library, a game room, a plunge pool, a hot tub, and more. In the summer months, free bikes and fishing rods are available. The impressive on-site spa highlights Nita Lake’s wellness vibe, with a yoga studio and a program of detoxifying treatments. The lodge also holds frequent fitness camps and classes with professional trainers. The Cure Lounge & Patio is a great place for an après-ski cocktail, with its comfy sofas, fireplace, and frequent live music. Otherwise, there’s the Aura restaurant, which specializes in European comfort food made from sustainable and organic ingredients.
In the Area
With its exclusive lakeside setting away from the hustle and bustle of Whistler village (but still close to the gondola), this boutique property holds some of the best views, food and amenities in the area. And that’s saying a lot for a place that hosted the 2010 Winter Olympics. Featuring Canadian specialties such as Vancouver Island black cod and Canadian wild arctic caribou chops, the award-winning Bearfoot Bistro in Whistler Village is a local favorite. And be sure to take a swig from the restaurant’s 14,000-bottle wine cellar, as well. With access to more than 432,000 acres on hundreds of unspoiled mountains and glaciers in British Columbia, the local company Whistler Heli Skiing runs guided group tours to some of the country’s most stunning terrain until late April. From April through October, the most scenic and fun way to get from Vancouver to Whistler is the Rocky Mountaineer, a train that runs through the Canadian wilderness. It delivers you to the main station just a few steps from the doors of Nita Lake Lodge.
How to Get There
Last year my partner and I were gifted a stay at Nita during my mom's wedding and were so impressed that I planned a trip for us to return exactly one year following. The trip exceeded our expectations and fondest memories: The staff was incredibly friendly (front desk and dining alike), the room impeccable with a FANTASTIC view of the lake, and the guests also so friendly. We're friendly people so it's always nice to be able to have casual conversation with new people in new places. Over the two days, we got to recognize the staff, and some of the guests. We were so impressed that we booked our return visit for the following year upon check-out and are already planning what excursions to do! I should add, the staff was super helpful in planning our Zip Lining trip and spa services prior to our stay. Couldn't have asked for a better vacation!
The lodge hugs Nita Lake, and the view from the "lake view" rooms is absolutely stunning. We stayed on a rainy weekend and I enjoyed looking out at the misty water surrounded by mountains and forest while relaxing on the sofa in front of the cozy gas fireplace in our room. Loved the modern rustic feel of the room, the lobby area, everything about it. It was nice to be set a bit away from the bustle of Whistler village. The coffee shop attached the building was excellent - good food and coffee, and it was a fun place to hang out.
This is our second visit to Nita since a couple years ago. The rooms are a good size, quiet no noise from other rooms or outside and comfortable beds. The patio doors are a little tricky to figure how to use and open, unfortunately there is no Nespresso coffee makers in the room which would be a nice update. We did not pay the extra price to have a room overlooking the small lake in the back and instead had a room on the second floor overlooking a rooftop garden with trees so unable to see the mountains or anything for that matter. We had asked for a higher room which would be on the third or fourth floor but were not accommodated, They have a free shuttle to Whistler every half hour or you can take a walking path which takes around 40 minutes but well worth the views.
We stayed here for only one night on our voyage through the Rockies. The location (a little outside Whistler) is beautiful by the lakeside. We snacked in the bar and it was very good. We later dined in the dining room and had a lovely mean with friendly and attentive service. The hotel has ample parking although you have to pay for it.
Being outside of Whistler is no disadvantage as the hotel is nice and quiet but it runs an on demand shuttle bus to and from the village.
We stayed here for three nights after being recommended by our son who had stayed here previously, and we were not disappointed. Set beside a small lake, a short ride from Whistler village itself, the Nita Lake Lodge is a lovely, friendly hotel. The staff are great. We had some major snags getting on to the free wifi, but the lovely ladies on reception, Linda, Sarah and Janice managed to sort it in the end. ( Turned out we had the only room in the hotel where the router didn't have the new wifi password). Our room was huge with an amazingly comfy bed and a stunning bathroom. The shower was fabulous. The only thing I will say is that the photo canvases of the hotel on the bathroom wall let it down, but if that is the only thing I didn't like, who cares. Let's face it you're not there to spend all your time in the bathroom!
All the bathroom products are L'Occitane which is nice and luxurious. There is a complimentary shuttle bus to take you to and from Whistler village, so one you've parked your car you can forget about it, tho parking is $20 per day! A little steep but there's no alternative so just suck it up and pay for it. There are some lovely trails to walk around Whistler and one goes right past the Nita Lake Lodge to the village. All in all a lovely stay and a special thank you to Aussie Sarah from the bar who surprised me with a funny gift on our last night!