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Evolution
3.5 of 5 Hotel   |   2020 LONDON LANE, Whistler, British Columbia VON 1B2, Canada   |  
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“Great location for skiing...”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 11, 2013

Away from the hustle and bustle of whistler village, but still close to everything you need. I was impressed with my recent stay at Evolution Creekside. It is very convenient to the hill (couple hunder yards away). No need to drive to the lifts, just put on your boots and walk over to the gondola.

The rooms have everything you need from a full kitchen, laundry, and double sided fireplace (living room/balcony).

The hot tub, steam room and sauna were great for apres ski. I especially like the fact that you can sip a nice cold beer while sitting in the tub....

  • Stayed April 2013, traveled with friends
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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Ovations, Director of Sales at Evolution, responded to this review, April 17, 2013
Thank you very much for your review of Evolution. I am pleased to read that you enjoyed great après ski in the facilities at Evolution and the convenience of being a couple hundred yards away from the ski hill. We look forward to the opportunity to welcome you back again in the future.
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  • Location
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Sleep Quality
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Rooms
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Service
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Value
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Cleanliness
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 31, 2013

We and our two kids had enjoyed our stay at Evolution and can recommend these condos with some important reservations. Fellow travelers should be well aware of the negatives first: if you expect ski-in and ski-out and / or lift side property, this is not the place. The walk with your skis is not a long one certainly (less than 100 yards). You can ski in even closer on the right side of The Legends lodge at the base of Creekside gondola and with a few bumps of watery snow you will be within 50 yards. Be aware by the way that Whistler is essentially a "suburb" resort - it is so close to Vancouver that city denizens go to ski there on their weekends and a lot take Friday off as well. So the lifts are very crowded Friday and Saturday. About Creekside for those new to Whistler (and we were): it is a very small, quiet and not very attractive village, quite distant from Whistler: taxi ride is 15 CAD, and the bus is 2.50 for adult and 2 CAD for a child. Adult bus tickets can be purchased at the Legends (location of a bus stop as well). The ride will take 10-15 minutes depending on time of the day. The service is reasonably frequent (every 10-20 minutes). There is no direct service to Blackomb base. You will need to change the bus at the bus loop of Whistler. Ski school at Creekside has serious disadvantages for those with children (relative to Whistler and Blackomb): they do not offer private lessons for beginners and only offer 3 days adventure camp rather than 5 days like main locations. They do offer two days extension but they do not guarantee the same teacher for the extension days. Also be aware that if you register you kids to ski school online, you still have to line up to get their vouchers and ski lift tickets prior to bringing them to ski school. The line is unlikely to be long but somehow it still takes forever. I guess one of the main problems there is that they do not prepare vouchers and tickets for those who paid on line in advance but still keep looking into their computers and print them out as you wait. Tickets are old style - not your Vail e-cards.
The supermarket is very convenient for the Evolution (less than 5 minutes walk) and the selection is reasonably impressive but we did not manage to buy typical things our kids particularly enjoy (specific kind of yogurt or drinks that are very common in any US supermarket).
Negatives on the lodge itself: it is great that it is a pet friendly lodge but if you have the slightest allergies to pets you are in trouble. No matter how well the staff cleans the rooms you will be sneezing and red-eyeing all week long. They do not seem to separate pet-friendly from pet free rooms. There is no concierge or staffed lobby desk at the Evolution - all services are provided by the desk at - you guessed it - The Legends. So if you arrive with lots of skis and bags, you are welcome to push your trolley that is conveniently available at the lobby. The elevators have to be the slowest on earth as well. The rooms are somehow getting way too warm at night, and opening small windows does not really help. There is an acceptable set of utensils at the kitchen but - as seems to be a perennial problem with these lodges the world over - the knives need good sharpening. There is no restaurant at this lodge and in general most good restaurants are NOT at Creekside but in Whistler village. The exception is a Creekbread pizza restaurant at Creekside - less than 5 minutes walk from the lodge.

Nevertheless on the balance this was a great vacation and the lodge is very good. One bedroom suite is very well designed, the bathroom and rooms are very comfortable. While Creekside has clear shortcomings, there are clear advantages: it is by far not as crowded, the skiing of the Whistler mountain on the Creekside is amazing, and the access to other sides and to Blackcomb mountain is very convenient. Kids loved the mountain.

  • Stayed March 2013, traveled with family
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Location
    • 3 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
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1 of 5 stars Reviewed March 26, 2013 via mobile

Your absolutely inflexible cancellation policy and customer service is terrible. Due to extenuating circumstances we were unable to use the room, so we cannot comment on the room suitability. We informed you 30 days in advance of the booking and of course our request for cancellation was denied as we needed to give 45 days notice. If we could have given that much notice we would have. Luckily many hotels in Whistler are managed with much more regard for unforeseen circumstances and customers are treated with compassion....Lodging Ovations is not one of them.The room cost us $3,200 for 7 nights and we were unable to use it and you were unwilling to transfer the property or help us to find someone to take over the rental. I asked to speak with someone beyond your call centre staff. They gave me an email address. I sent an email outlining my concerns and never got a reply. Your slogan Best Price Guarantee" is totally bogus . How much is a one bedroom suite in March? it sure isn't $450 per night....more like $350? We were not only not able to cancel....but then we were held to pay the premium price for a room that sat empty. Thanks for nothing.

Stayed March 2013
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Ovations, Director of Sales at Evolution, responded to this review, April 2, 2013
Dear Renee G,

I am sorry to hear that you were disappointed with our cancellation policies. Being a resort hotel with seasonal demands and long-lead booking patterns, we must have some certainty with our bookings as, once confirmed, other guests are actively declined accommodation and deprived of an opportunity to visit the resort and enjoy the exceptional season. These cancellation policies are emphasized at the time of booking and also via email confirmation(s).

Looking at your reservation I see that you had originally booked at Evolution for the 22nd of December for seven (7) nights and that you contacted the reservations center on November 25th to cancel the booking as you had purchased a place in Whistler. Unfortunately, this was well within our 45 day nonrefundable cancellation period. Out of courtesy we offered to move your reservation to another date or for you to assign the reservation to one of your friends. Both options were presented to try and help you with your booking situation.

On Dec 6, 2012, upon your request, Customer Care moved your reservation to March 16 - 23, 2013. On Feb 11, 2013, you requested another date change which was not permitted due to the fact that a change had already been made.

I am truly surprised and puzzled by your mention “we were unable to use the room, so we cannot comment on the room suitability" as we have a registration card signed with your name and there was also a car parked in our parkade under your registration for the entire stay!?

Thank you for your diligence in bringing your sentiments to our attention via our Guest Folio and Trip Advisor.

Regards,
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Vancouver, Canada
1 review
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 19, 2013

We are Vancouverites who joined San Francisco friends for a memorable weekend at Evolution Creekside. Our two bedroom suite was sharply furnished with ample space and modern kitchen to hold a dinner for 8. Soaker/Jet tub, Deck with a view of Whistler mountain, and ski gear room were all perfect! 3' walk to the Creekside gondola, Starbucks in the am, and Dusty's for apres. One call to the front desk got us into the neighboring Rimrock Cafe for an amazing dinner! Will be finding an excuse to come again soon!

  • Stayed March 2013, traveled with friends
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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Melbourne, Australia
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 25, 2013

My husband and I stayed at Evolution this year for Christmas and New Years. At our expense, the manager of Evolutions kindly arranged for following in our room upon our arrival:

- a stunning real pine Christmas tree lit up with tiny fairy lights
(the elves had left the decorations in a bowl so that we could decorate the tree ourselves :-)
- A bottle of champagne chilled in a bucket of ice

We couldnt have asked for a better hotel! We thought that Creekside was much nicer than the main village, which can be rather noisy at night.
The room was very modern, quiet and was very close walking distance to the lifts. We caught the Creekside lift up each day and snowboarded across to Whistler and Blackcomb mountains before snowboarding back to Creekside at the end of the day. If we were tired at the end of the day we occasionally caught the bus back to Creekside for $2.50 CAD (exact change required). There is also supermarket and liquor shop also within walking distance to Evolution. There is a really nice bar in Creekside, Dustys, where you should try the bucekt of bones and a Canadian drink "The horse with no shame" - very unique and different.

Evolutions also has a very large hot tub, a smaller hot tub, steam room and pool, which only had a few people in them at any one time, unlike other larger hotels.

We also loved that the hotel was pet friendly and was nice seeing different dogs going up and down in the lifts and playing in the snow. We had a fantastic holiday and cant wait to return.

Room Tip: Choose a rear (mountain facing) room. Beautiful views of snow covered trees and very quiet.
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  • Stayed January 2013, traveled as a couple
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 3 of 5 stars Service
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed February 21, 2013

If you're thinking of a trip to Whistler and Blackcomb, this is the place to stay! From a well coordinated booking and check in; friendly and helpful staff; and links to ski hire, Creekside village, chairlifts (but skiing to the doorstep is also an option); $2.50 bus ride (make sure you have the exact amount as they are not designed to give you change but the bus community has a great way of chipping in to save you a $10 bill) to Whistler Village, the location is perfect. And I haven't even described the views. I felt like I was coming home each day. The apartments are very well appointed and maintained; my favourite feature been the heated bathroom floor and the Papaya hygiene products. A cosy fireplace kept me indoors so I did not get the chance to sample the sauna or outdoor heated pool - definitely on my to do list for the next time I visit, because I am going back for sure.
If you want a front of hotel view, ask for a room with an even number and when you check in at the Legends reception, get some directions to the ski equipment locker room as at first go, it's a little tricky to find the connecting door. Creekside village has a great little grocer store that has a wide variety of goods and there's a bottle shop next door that does some great BC reds. Creekbread is a short walk away for some great pizza with very creative toppings. And the area's little gem is the Rimrock cafe, 5 minutes walk from the hotel for a 5 star food experience, make sure you make a reservation, you won't regret it.

Room Tip: If you want a front of hotel view, ask for a room with an even number
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  • Stayed January 2013, traveled with friends
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 4 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
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Naples, Italy
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6 helpful votes 6 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 20, 2013

We stayed over New Years 2013. I couldn't have asked for more. The room was in a great spot in the hotel, on the "back side", against the slope. We had a 2-bedroom suite with a full kitchen. We used the kitchen regularly and saved by only going to a restaurant for dinner once. We used the hot tubs, pool, sauna, and steam room regularly. And my wife STILL raves about the heated bathroom floors!

If I had to list one drawback, it was the use of the "barn-style" track doors to separate the bedrooms and the living room. It didn't seem like you had complete privacy, but this was a minor thing. Evolution made our Whistler trip so much better!

Room Tip: The side facing the mountain was quiet. Expect the pool/hot tub area to have lots of families with k...
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  • Stayed January 2013, traveled with friends
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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Address: 2020 LONDON LANE, Whistler, British Columbia VON 1B2, Canada
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Location: Canada > British Columbia > Whistler
Amenities:
Fitness Center with Gym / Workout Room Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Kitchenette Pets Allowed ( Dog / Pet Friendly ) Suites Swimming Pool Wheelchair access
Hotel Style:
#5 Best Value Hotel in Whistler
#8 Family Hotel in Whistler
#13 Romantic Hotel in Whistler
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $$
Hotel Class:3.5 star — Evolution 3.5*
Number of rooms: 70
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
This modern, chic lodge is located in Whistler Creekside, just a short walk to the slopes and offers one and two bedroom suites as well as one three bedroom suite. All suites feature a trendy and sophisticated design, full kitchen with high end appliances, dining area, living area with a cozy fireplace, private balconies and an in suite washer and dryer. The amenities are endless with an outdoor heated pool, two hot tubs, a sauna, eucalyptus steam room, fitness centre, a games room and a media room, which provides two daily movie viewings. Come experience all Evolution and Whistler Creekside have to offer! ... more   less 
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