We stayed here on a Groupon purchase, so the value was very good for the money. We had multiple reasons for being in Whistler: seeing friends, attending a wedding, and getting in some mountain biking.
Pretty much saw the same front desk staff person the entire time we were there, and she was very helpful (though I imagine a little overworked). Check in was efficient, though you are given a lot of "stuff" (key cards, fob for entry into bike locker and pool area, and towel cards). We noticed that every door had a different entry system so I assume each owner installs what they want.
Parking was $15/day, which we were informed of in advance of our arrival. Bikes are not allowed in the condo (fair enough--they can do a lot of damage) and there is a bike locker in the parkade. We did not park our bikes there because it is not in the gated area of the parkade, so we didn't feel it was as safe as locking it directly to our car. Bike thefts are not uncommon in Whistler.
Suite was a standard 1-bedroom condo. Wireless was available, kitchen appeared to have everything you would need (we didn't use it much). We were on the main floor so we had to make sure to lock our windows and balcony doors before departing, but that's pretty standard. Hot water was intermittent, but we didn't find it to be an issue given the warm weather so we just let the front desk know when we checked out (they said they would look into it). They accommodated a late checkout, which was very helpful as I believe standard checkout time was 10:00 am.
Location was great, especially since we don't like to be in the heart of Whistler. We usually stay on the Blackcomb side because it's a little quieter, especially in the evening. A short walk along well-travelled trails gets you to Whistler village quickly, and even faster on bikes.
Didn't try the pool but it seemed to be busy most of the day.
This is not a place you would stay if you're looking for pampering, valet parking, housekeeping, and turn down service. This is a "do it yourself" kind of place, and it is likely popular with families, groups of friends, and those that like to cook their own food while on vacation. We've stayed here in winter (for skiing) and in summer (for mountain biking) and the location really can't be beat. Otherwise, it's a good condo, of the standard you would expect with short term rentals.
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