The Chateau Whistler was built to be the most luxurious hotel in town and it maintains that status today. In my opinion, it still remains the only full service hotel in town. Most all other properties (including the Westin, Sheraton, Pan Pacific etc) have taken the condominium approach where investors buy each individual unit. This is fine, but you won’t find the same quality or breadth of services that the chateau offers anywhere else. The hotel is located at the base of Blackcomb, which is about a ten minute walk to whistler village. This is a not a major inconvenience because there is also ski run access to whistler from the top of the beginner slope on Blackcomb. The hotel also has a free shuttle.
Rooms are not overly large but have all the amenities you would expect in a Fairmont hotel. I highly recommend paying extra for a room on the entrée gold floor (club level). These rooms are not bigger, but have upgraded amenities and fireplaces. Also, this floor has a very nice lounge where complimentary breakfast / afternoon tea is served and there is also an honor bar. The service here is also much more personal.
The hotel also maintains the best health club in town. There are plenty of outdoor (and an indoor) hot tubs and a nice indoor / outdoor pool. There is also a new outdoor lap pool but this is a little too short to be functional. This area is busy after skiing but a great place to meet other guests. I’ve heard the spa services are also very good, but expensive. There are nice outdoor tennis courts in the summer.
The hotel has three main restaurants. The wildflower is the flagship and is expensive but extremely good. The Mallard Lounge has lost some of its intimacy in a recent expansion, but is still a very relaxing place for a drink in the evening. There is usually live music and also a cigar lounge here. Finally, Portabello is a sort of luxury cafeteria which is good, but in my opinion, over-priced.
The chateau has a nice ski storage area on the lower floor (and boots are warmed in the morning!). All of your other standard luxury hotel services are offered. If you can afford the price tag, you will not go wrong with this hotel.