Our family spent a weekend at Whistler in Junior Suite at the Westin. We last stayed at the Westin about 5 years ago, and I used to think it was great, but the small suite doesn't really compete with all the full condos and condo-hotels in Whistler. Westin has a great swimming pool which you can access from inside and swim through a flap to go outside. Temperature was perfect. They have two hot tubs: one inside, one outside. Fabulous. And the Westin's location may be the best in Whistler for skiers: Once you leave the hotel via the rental shop, it's only a 2 minute walk to the Whistler Gondola. Perfect!
The Westin Heavenly beds are very comfortable, the suite was well equipped and very clean. Even the sofabed had a pretty thick and comfortable mattress for a sofabed. Although there was a full kitchen, with stove, oven, dishwasher, pots, pans, dishes etc, there was NO dining table to eat on, only 1 chair at a small desk. Our family of four ate breakfast each day on the trunk which stores the pillows and duvet for the sofa bed, with three people sitting on the sofa bed and one on the desk-chair. It's strange to have a full kitchen, full set of dishes and utensils and not even a small cafe-type table for two people to sit at. The suite was considerably smaller than similar full-kitchen suites in other Whistler hotels.
The room rate was quite good given the location next to the Gondola. But beware extra charges: We didn't use the internet, it would have been more than $20/day. The parking was $30/day, but that's typical for Whistler. After checkin, the valet suggested to us to just leave our skis in our car in the garage, because the fee was $8/day per pair of skis and with 4 of us, that's a huge ski surcharge each day.. The Westin is the ONLY Whistler resort we've been where they charge you for storing skis. How about ski lockers in the basement? Since the Westin is next door to the Whistler gondola, storing skis in the car in the garage was very convenient - but I smirked upon re-entering the hotel from the car-garage when I read the big warning sign telling you not to leave skis or valuables in your car!
So it's a great hotel, but we'll likely go elsewhere next time: rooms are on the small side, and a full kitchen with no dining table was strange. And all those the extra charges make you feel like you are being needlessly nickeled and dimed. Last time we stayed in either a loft or a one-bedroom and if we go back to the Westin, we'd go with a one-bedroom, which apparently has a dining table.
Suggestion to manager: Set the room rate to include internet, ski or golf bag valet and the other extras. Just like most other Whistler hotels and/or condos. I agree with parking fees, but none of the other fees. (Hopefully bicycle parking is free!) If the rate had been a bit higher but with no extra charges, that would have been fine, - I don't like the feeling that every small extra results in an extra charge on your bill.
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- Located in Whistler Village just yards from the gondolas and the slopes of Whistler and Blackcomb mountains, The Westin Resort & Spa, Whistler is an all-suite, full-service conference hotel and spa. ... more less
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