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
Hotel is truly prepared for skiers, with right floors and carpets to welcome you in, great food options, and rooms that are warm immediately. The staff in the hotel couldn't be nicer. Will definitely return!
Spent 10 days over Easter time April 2019 on a skiing holiday with my adult son. It was everything I wanted it to be, luxurious, ski in ski out, no mess no fuss. Nice room , ski valet and the best cocktail barmen ever , and we drink in London so we know our stuff. Big shout out to Adam and Brad in the Mallard Lounge who helped us recalibrate when everything in the Hotel got very hectic over the Easter holidays when hoardes of children descended.... with parents although that was not always obvious.
Days started at 7 am whether you had set an alarm or not , with children running down the corridor outside your room shouting at the top of their voices, parents FaceTiming friends in their wake with no thought of others who were looking forward to a later start as they were not enrolled in ski school .
I struggled with children in their pyjamas running round the bar after 8 pm when I’m trying to have a pre dinner cocktail and parents nowhere to be seen or if they were, they thought this was acceptable behaviour in a 5 star hotel. The swimming pools were also inaccessible as far as I was concerned as it felt like a Lido .
Maybe there is call for a family Lounge and family floors or be more explicit in the marketing that this is a family orientated hotel although that does not excuse badly behaved children .
No one really really checked in with me about our experience over the 10 days,I doubt I could point out the Managers, they weren’t obvious and I wasn’t offered a feedback form.
Having said that we had a fantastic time , exceptional service from the bar staff mentioned and Ricky who runs the mountain activities.
We didn't actually stay at this hotel but I wish we did. We came to Whistler during the Easter long weekend and spent a lot of time here. We ate our meals here too. We enjoyed the live music and big lobby with the cute Easter centerpiece. Our hotel at the Nita Lake Lodge didn't have good customer service so we came to the Fairmont because it was in a nice location and stayed because it was a better place to go for meals and entertainment. The lobby is large and beautiful and welcoming.
definetlly not economy class
can't get closer to the Blackcomb lift, will not find better staff or amenities on the hill
great fitness rooms and pools/ hot tubs
great room, bed and bathroom- loved the rainfall shower
From the time we were picked up at Fairmont Empress in Victoria to welcoming us at Fairmont Whistler- the journey and service were exceptional. Sharing a room with a girlfriend gave us lots of space for each. The maid service could have included a couple of new glasses each day. The Spa/pool we enjoyed each evening after the rush of families and skiers was over. Buffet meals - breakfast lunch and dinner were delightful- nothing fried (except sausage in the am). Easy ride into the village with the shuttle- friendly informative drivers were helpful each time I used them. Honestly I will return in the summer when it’s warmer and clearer to take the gondola ride to the top!