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“OK if you are a Lilliputian” 1 of 5 stars
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Rainbow Suites
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Gateway Drive, Whistler, British Columbia, Canada   |  
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Ranked #49 of 52 Hotels in Whistler
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“OK if you are a Lilliputian”
1 of 5 stars Reviewed April 3, 2012

We were told the place sleeps 6. Haha. We have 3 teenage boys who are 6 feet tall. We arrive to find 2 teeny bedrooms with queen sized beds - a shelf that is called a "loft" - more laughs - with a twin pull out and a living room that seats 3 and oh, one of the kids has to sleep on the couch. I really think a place that says it 'sleeps' 6 should have actual beds for 6 people, and if two people have to share a bed, this should be made clear. I also think that the living room should have enough seating for the amount of people staying. My husbnad and i immediately went off to find a Hotel room because there was simply no way we were going to have a good time crammed into such a tiny space with all the ski gear etc...
Everything is TINY - we are normal sized people - even down to the bathrobes which were a nice touch but would fit maybe a 9 year old girl. I am not sure what these people are thinking. If we couldnt afford to go rent another room or if there hadnt been one available, our vacation could easily have really sucked. OH and those photos are FICTION - that place looks nice and spacious - like a normal condo, not a nicely appointed closet. I would say renter be very leary about this place. Also, this is not mere steps form the Gondola - let us be clear that it is as far away from the Gondola as you can get and still be in the village, a really long walk in ski boots with skis. I think there is a fair amount of misrepresentation going on here - the place was clean and nicely decorated but would be right for 2 couples and small child, NOT a couple with 3 big kids.

  • Stayed April 2012, traveled with family
    • 2 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Location
    • 2 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 1 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 3 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 2 of 5 stars Service
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WRetreats, Guest Relations Manager at Rainbow Suites, responded to this review, April 5, 2012
Thank-you for the review. Please note that all the units at Rainbow Suites are privately owned and represented by different management companies - this is not a hotel and therefore this review does not apply to all the units in the complex.

Because of the variation from unit to unit, most companies provide complete unit descriptions which include maximum occupancies, bed configurations, square footage, and amenities. Photos are representative of specific units so the booking agencies that guests use to reserve their vacation will have unit-specific descriptions and photos.

That said, a Rainbow Suites 1+loft unit has a recommended occupancy of 4 with a maximum occupancy of 6 people. Maximum occupancies assume that ALL double/queen beds will be shared by two people.
We recommend Rainbow Suites to guests on a tighter budget but who still want to be in the heart of the Village, close to shops, restaurants, bars & clubs, and yes - the lifts.
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  • Location
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Sleep Quality
    2 of 5 stars
  • Rooms
    2 of 5 stars
  • Service
    2.5 of 5 stars
  • Value
    3 of 5 stars
  • Cleanliness
    3.5 of 5 stars
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2 of 5 stars Reviewed December 29, 2011

We came here as a couple to celebrate NYE and found this property last minute online for a steep price of over $500/night. The location is great, right in Whistler Village, with a parking space in the garage below the building.

However the property itself is extremely overpriced for what you get. I understand however that it is NYE and demand and supply come into play. The suite has two bedrooms, a small kitchen and two small bathrooms. The quality of the suite is more a two star property.

Several very negative factors:
- the suites are rooms organised around a central 'living room' with tables and chairs. Therefore, it is very noisy when groups congregate there to converse and party. You will hear it from your room; there is no escaping it.
- there are no elevators at all, so if you have luggage, ski equipment, etc, be prepared to carry everything through small doors and several flights of stairs.

Unless this property is offered at a much lower price at other times of the year, I do not recommend this hotel. I actually after this experience would never stay here again at any price.

  • Stayed December 2011, traveled as a couple
    • 2 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 2 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 3 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 3 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 3 of 5 stars Service
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 25, 2011

The rainbow Suites are right in the heart of Whistler Village. It was a perfect location since we had a toddler. It was very easy to swing back in the condo for snacks or a brief rest. The units have one assigned parking spot in an underground, secured garage. The parking is included, which is very nice since most Whistler resorts charge at least $20 a day.
We stayed in unit 3, which came with a warning that it was over a bar and there would be some noise. This was very true. The noise was a soft beating of bass that could be heard until 2am. I'm not a light sleeper, so it was not an issue to me. However, the taxi cue is also right outside this unit. So for about 30 mins after 2am you get to hear car doors slamming shut. Note that we were staying in August and had the doors to the deck wide open (no air conditioning in the unit). I'm guessing that there are only a couple weeks during the year that would be hot enough to need the place opened up all night. If the windows were closed and you aren't a super light sleeper, I don't think it would be an issue.
The unit was very clean. However, the building is old. Updates had been made to appliances and plumbing fixtures. The upstairs loft was very private feeling, and we really enjoyed having the half bath downstairs for convenience. The living room couches are comfortable and there was a nice flat screen television. Without the curtains open the unit is a bit dark, but I would almost just call it cozy. The balcony is huge and was a wonderful hit with my 18 month old (faces the outer street, not the village).
We stayed with 4 adults and one toddler and felt that we had plenty of room for everyone. I would happily rent this condo again, as long as everyone in the group was either prepared to stay out enjoying the bar, or felt they could sleep through the sound of bass.

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  • Stayed August 2011, traveled with family
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
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Additional Information about Rainbow Suites

Address: Gateway Drive, Whistler, British Columbia, Canada
Location: Canada > British Columbia > Whistler
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi )
Hotel Style:
Ranked #49 of 52 Hotels in Whistler
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $$
Number of rooms: 7
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
Charming rustic condominiums in the heart of Whistler Village with private balconies, full kitchens, and wood-burning fireplaces. Some units offer Free Wireless Internet Access and Free Local & Long Distance Calls.This property is very close to bars and restaurants therefore is not recommended for guests who are sensitive to noise. The building does not have an elevator. ... more   less 

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