Fairmont Chateau Whistler

Member Rating 4 out of 5 by jim on May 15, 2002

Several friends were jealous when I mentioned I would be staying at the Fairmont. I shrugged it off, until I checked into the hotel. It was magnificent! At first glance, I was impressed by the imposing presence of the chateau. This impression was furthered when I walked into a very grand lobby area…very classy, yet comfortable and not overdone. I checked in late, but even at 2am the staff was exceptional. This high level of service and friendliness was consistent in every single interaction I had at the hotel…not a surly person in the bunch.

As for the room, I still chuckle when I think about it. I had a suite that was twice the size of my apartment in New York. It had an entrance area with a separate bathroom, a living room (complete with desk, couch, TV, and fireplace), a very large bedroom, a huge walk-in closet area, and an amazing master bathroom (complete with shower, hot tub, double sinks, and separate toilet area).

But it was actually the little things that made my room and stay so special. Just to list a few of the special touches:

When you turned on the lights in the bathroom, they started out very dim and gradually got brighter (great for early morning).
The towels were placed on an electronic towel warmer.
The bathroom was well stocked with the best lotions, shampoo, toothpaste, lip balm, etc.
Every night, the weather forecast and two bottles of water were brought to the room.
Everywhere you went, the staff knew your name and treated you magnificently.
The room had high-speed internet access (make sure you bring your Ethernet card and adapter if you want to use it).
The fitness room had everything you would ever need, including robes, towels, and locks, as well a wide range of cardiovascular and weight machines (and free weights).
Ski storage was provided at the bottom of the hotel (making it even easier to get back to your room and relax). The hotel was only 100 yards from the lifts. I could go on, but you get the picture.

When it came time to eat, the hotel had several options. For a casual environment, try the Portabello restaurant (it had a really nice, affordable breakfast buffet). The more formal dining room was a bit more upscale but still very comfortable. I spoiled myself and ate at the hotel several times.

Finally, you should try the spa. It is top-notch and worth every penny (and you will spend a lot more than pennies). I got an Ayurvedic Treatment ("a balancing treatment for the mind, body and spirit"). Specifically, I got the Swedana treatment: a 60-minute massage, 20 minutes in a cedar steam cabinet customized with herbs and oils (picture my body in a cedar steambox with my head sticking out), and a full-body exfoliation. It really was fantastic.

It is pricey, but I can’t recommend this hotel enough!

Fairmont Chateau Whistler
Whistler, British Columbia, V0N1B4


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