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
- 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
We were checking in at 2:45, knowing that check-in wasn’t until 3, and our room wasn’t ready yet. Hard to believe the Fairmont runs such a tight schedule? After the delay, which extended our check-in beyond 3 PM, the concierge was no more accommodating that a Super 8 Hotel, first fail... and where are the complimentary drinks upon arrival, this is a resort is it not? Second fail.
It was great to have a desk in our room, but the internet speed is terrible, I’ve had better internet in remote locations of Northn BC, third fail.
Why is the coffee machine tucked away in a bottom cabinet? Seriously some elderly chap could probably pull there back trying to make a coffee in the morning, fourth fail.
And finally, what bothers me the most is that this ‘resort’ costs $300/night but doesn’t provide breakfast. That is gouging at an extreme precedent. Fifth and sixth fail.
Oh wait one more, upon check-out there was an additional $50 resort fee that was once not communicated up front or during check-in. Seriously...
I am completely dissatisfied with this experience.
Gold floor does not disappoint. Upon arrival at hotel directed to the eighth floor for check in. Wonderful greeting and efficient. Room overlooked the entrance way with all of the flowers and stunning mountain view. Service was wonderful for the room with great turndown bottles of water!
Merlin and Jonathan at the gold desk were alway smiling and welcoming, offering great suggestions for the day or even for meals. The food in the lounge was great and daily changing. Eggs Benedict, smoked salmon, fresh fruit and a full array of choices for breakfast. Evening canapés ranged from beef or mushroom macaroni and cheese to mini fish and chips. Of course every time of the day had something different. Need to stay a long week to get bored!!!
The ladies ( cannot remember each of their names) who make specialized hot chocolate in the lounge were loved by every child and adult.
The rest of the hotel was beautiful from the pool with ample quantities of chairs and loungers and pitchers of drinks, to the sauna and exercise room. Top notch.
Wonderful example of what fairmont is famous for but whistler really makes it an all season resort! A must visit fairmont property.
Lovely room, gold floor. Service was excellent and delicious breakfast, drinks, relaxing.
We had dinner in The Grill, it was a special experience.
Overall the Fairmont is a very good hotel. We stayed at the Airport Fairmont as well as The Winnipeg Fairmont in the last month and we have found they were consistent in their service
We've been going to Whistler for over 20 years and this was our first stay at the Chateau. We we're here for work for two nights and couldn't have been happier with our stay. Having a dog friendly room is top class, and the amenities are as well. It's a huge hotel, the front desk staff are very accommodating, and the restaurant is awesome. We'll be back for sure, and recommend this hotel to anyone who wants to get away from the main village craziness.
My wife and I spent three nights at the Fairmont in July. The facility and service were excellent. We would definitely go back. It is a first class operation in every aspect. I strolled through the Four Seasons located next door and the Fairmont was more elegant.