The Fairmont Chateau Whistler
What We Love
- The 60-foot heated outdoor lap pool with underwater music
- Topnotch fitness center
- Dining options abound: there are five restaurants, plus room service
- The hotel’s Vida Spa, specializing in Ayurvedic treatments
What To Know
- A five-minute walk from Whistler Village, for restaurants, bars and shops
- Reservations are recommended for the popular Sunday brunch at the Wildflower restaurant
- It's a pet-friendly property
- Free WiFi
- Golf Course
- Handicap Accessible
- Parking On Site
- Room Service
The hotel was built in 1989 and has 550 guestrooms. Common areas and hallways are ski-resort chic, with pinecone motif carpeting, iron “twig” wall sconces in the hallways, plus shabby-chic tables, stone tiling, folk art wooden ducks, and overstuffed sofas in the lobby.
Bed and Bath
A classic Fairmont look pervades the 550 luxe guestrooms, which are done in a subdued mix of beige, cream, caramel and dusky blue, with dark wood furniture, heavy curtains with valances, and club chairs. Upgrading to any room with mountain views is worth the investment, but village-view rooms have their charms. Bathrooms have a curved marble-top vanity and deep tubs, and last year they added new chichi products by Le Labo Rose 31.
Wildflower Restaurant on the main floor serves seasonal Pacific Northwest cuisine such as BC trout and Pemberton beet and Schramm vodka–cured salmon for dinner, but also offers breakfast and lunch in a relaxed setting with windows that offer incredible views of the mountains. Sunday brunch is epic. Mallard Lounge is the ultimate upscale après-ski rustic-chic hangout — leave the nachos ’n’ beer for the partiers in Whistler Village. Here you’ll settle in year-round on a cozy sofa by a roaring fireplace, gazing out the window while you sip a handcrafted cocktail and listen to live music. Try the Purple Rain: Ketel vodka, Beefeater gin and Violette liqueur. For a fast bite in the morning, grab a Belgian hot chocolate and breakfast sandwich to go at Portobello Market & Fresh Bakery.
In the Area
Featuring such Canadian specialties 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 20,000-bottle wine cellar, as well. If you really want to utilize your gourmet in-suite kitchen, check into the Whistler Cooking School. Classes are run both day and evening, for beginners and experts alike. The guest chefs are stars in their own right. When it’s time to party, the Dubh Linn Gate Irish Pub is both a go-to for locals and visitors alike for a lively night out, be it for a pint or a pie — steak and Guinness pie, that is. Dancing afterward? Everybody ends up at Buffalo Bill’s, where top DJs spin late into the night.
How to Get There
It was our first visit to Whistler. Flew into Vancouver, drove the amazing Sea To Sky Highway, and was delighted to arrive at this beautiful property. The mountain views are amazing and hiking trails were fun. Although known as a ski destination, there's plenty to do in the warm weather. A highlight was taking the gondola, right outside the hotel door, up Blackcomb, and then across to Whistler. Spectacular scenery and great hiking with wildflowers in bloom. Played several rounds of golf. Also took advantage of the Yoga classes. We had a room that looked out on the mountain, and also the lifts and some shops. It was spacious yet had the cozy lodge feel. Staff was friendly and helpful. Had good food in the restaurants, and liked the bar in the evening, which had live music. Had a great time in the mountains of Canada, and would love to go back to the Fairmont!
We were in Whistler to attend a conference held at the Chateaux Whistler, and given that Fairmont hotels in Canada are amongst my favourites in all of the world, I was excited to have an opportunity to stay.
We were greeted by the doorman/bellman warmly. They looked after our luggage and car without worry.
Check in was amazing. Just before we got there, their system had a rare crash. They were apologetic, calm, accommodating and looked after us. Free drinks and food in the lobby bar while we waited. When it was clear they could not resolve this quickly, they manually checked us in and we were off to our room. WOW. The room is gorgeous, warm, spacious. If I could ask for anything it would be for better lighting/brighter lighting as it was hard to see when we were ironing clothes for special events.
I had the opportunity to work out in the fitness facility and it was great. Lots of fitness machines and well stocked workout facility with towels, water and more readily available. I used it twice in our 3 days. The Spa was also wonderful. Indoor/Outdoor pools (I love them) with warm water, a lap pool, many hot tubs, and servers bringing you food and drinks while you relax were lovely touches. The steam and sauna's were spacious and clean. I really liked this place.
My wife enjoyed a massage and she said it was wonderful, if a bit crazy expensive.
The food and beverage service provided amazing breakfast, lunch and suppers for the conference that were delicious and perfectly prepared.
I loved our stay here and look forward to returning.
We said we weren't going back to the Fairmont after our last experience there, but the couple we were traveling with wanted us to give the Fairmont another chance so we did. And this time we weren't disappointed. We stayed on the gold floor again and were in a better room..the shower worked this time and the bathroom in general was in much better condition...the room itself still needs a renovation but it was much better than last time. What we really love about this place is that they welcome dogs. There was a dog bed, dog dishes, and even some dog treats in our room when we checked in, which is a very nice touch. The gold floor is worth the extra money as you check in up on the 8th floor and not in the lobby so we avoided the line up there. The only negative of the gold floor is the price of the alcohol in the lounge. I would highly recommend you do what we did..bring the alcohol with you and just go to the lounge for food. Overall it was a positive experience and we would go back again.