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
We only had one night in Whistler but are so glad we found this hotel. We paid for the access to the Gold Lounge and it made our trip even better. Our teenagers were able to find snacks they loved when the later afternoon hunger/grumpiness was setting in and we all had a delicious and filling breakfast in the morning before heading out for a day of activity. Staff was very kind and helpful when we needed directions to various restaurants and activities in the area. We will absolutely stay here again should we be fortunate enough to get back to Whistler!
We stayed for four nights and had an amazing time. Our room was lovely and the staff was exceptional. We would definitely stay at the Fairmont again -- the location and amenities were perfect for a relaxing, fun and much needed vacation.
We were on the gold floor
What a treat!
Concierge on this floor
Snacks all day
Great attention to detail(our name was on the shampoo bottle...)
Fairmont hotels never disappoint, but we had just been at two smaller hotels, this one seemed so big. It didn’t help that we were at the very end of a long hallway. Other than that it’s a beautiful hotel, loved the swimming pools. They have an outdoor and indoor jacuzzi, which was what I really needed after our long hikes. Our room was a good size, the same with the bathroom. Loved our Le Labo products, they smell wonderful. The kids had a few surprises in the room when we checked in, and we did too. The breakfast buffet was delicious, fresh omelettes, yum. Everyone was so friendly and helpful especially Joann the concierge. She really helped me focus our time on the main highlights of Whistler with the kids. Overall a great time.
We had a wonderful experience staying at the Fairmont Chateau Whistler on the Fairmont Gold floor! It was worth every penny! The service was fantastic and everyone there was always friendly and great with our kids. The food in the Gold Lounge was always plentiful and delicious, and it was so convenient for our family to grab some snacks or drinks without having to venture far. The service in the lounge was top notch. (Thanks Dale, Patricia and the rest of the team!) The Concierge staff were always available and were always of great help to us for all of our requests. (Thanks Merlin, Ian and Ai!) The attention to detail for our arrival was second to none (welcome treats, robes and slippers that fit our kids, toys for the kids upon arrival, personalized toiletries etc). Our family really enjoyed using the pool and the facilities were always clean and well-stocked with supplies. We signed up for guided excursion with the Fairmont Whistler Experience Guide for a local’s perspective hike and it was the highlight of our trip! (Thanks Rikki!) We were able to meet Alta the canine ambassador for the hotel, which was a nice treat as well! My husband also got a chance to attend a morning yoga class and it was awesome as well. Thank you so much to the Fairmont staff and the Fairmont Gold staff for making this family trip such a memorable one! We’ll be back for sure!