My husband and I stayed here for five nights in August, and are already mentally planning to come back in the winter. At first, we were wondering if there would be enough to do up there in the summer, and we were quickly surprised at how much there IS to do in the summer. We didn't have our kids (ages 11 and 8) with us on this vacation, but would definitely come back here next summer with them. The weather was outstanding, and the scenery is just breathtaking.
In terms of the location of the hotel I don't know that it could possibly be better. You walk out the front doors in to the village and within two minutes you're at the entrance to the Whistler mountain gondola. We walked all around the Whistler Village and upper Village area and we both agree, this hotel is just it in terms of location.
The concierge was extremely helpful to us over several days. The rooms were very clean. We had just the standard studio suite, but it has a very large kitchenette. More complete than most kitchenette's I've seen in other places, including Westin timeshares (which this is not). Although it's not a full size refrigerator, there are two burners, a full size oven, full size dishwasher, and fully stocked for four. If we had our kids with us it could certainly work, although it would be a bit crowded, and save on some of the cost of meals. Cost of meals in the village can get from reasonable (breakfast wraps at the Coffee Lift outside the hotel are about $6-$7) to very pricey - $15 for an omelet. If you like sushi, look for Sushi Village, which is a short walk from the hotel in the village. We ate there three nights in a row, and it was always packed. A great sign. And reasonably priced, we found.
In terms of activities, we ziplined, white water rafted on the Elaho river, rented mountain bikes and had a great time riding through the trails (stop at the Nicklaus North patio for a bite to eat or just a drink -- it's SPECTACULAR and they have $4.25 beer and reasonable wine prices too. We did the Peak2Peak gondola (once was enough for us, but you can get a second day for only $10/ticket) and hiked one of the trails at the top of the Whistler gondola.
There are tons of things for kids to do there. We had no idea the mountain turns into a downhill mountain bike park during the summer, and they have actual camps the kids can take and learn how to do downhill mountain biking. And they have the same thing for adults too.
We will definitely be back both in the winter, and summertime.
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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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