We stayed in Whistler in late Feb / early March 2012. It was our first trip to Whistler Blackcombe so we had no idea where to stay or what to look for.
We were on a 2 week ski trip so wanted an apartment / accommodation where we could cook for ourselves if we wanted to, but more importantly have an area to relax that wasn't going to be someone's bed!
We were 4 people so wanted a 2 bedroom place. A lot of the "4 people" rooms on offer are actually 1 bed places with a sofa bed in the lounge. The Tantalus provides 2 bedroom apartments with great space for cooking / dining / relaxing in front of the tv, and had a real log fire (logs are pretty pricey though so you may just want to up the thermostat on the central heating!)
The staff were all very friendly and helpful. There is a free shuttle bus which takes you to the lift (which is actually only 100m up the road but it is up a hill so that little bus journey is quite lovely after a hard day's ski whilst still in your ski boots).
Location is great for skiing, as I say 100m (ok maybe 150-200m) to the main Whistler lift and start of what I would call the highstreet / village. It's probably about a 15-20min walk to the other end of the village. We were happy to walk in and out for dinner and didn't feel far away at all.
Facilities are good. There is sauna, jacuzzi and heated outdoor pool (time it right and you can have it to yourself), and laundry facilities.
For our 2 weeks it provided everything we needed. It was cleaned every day, we had free refills on the tea and coffee, AND most importantly it was very reasonably priced.
Having read some of the negative reviews of this place, a few people seem to have been unlucky with their neighbours... you will get that in any hotel, be it 5* or backpackers hostel. It's luck of the draw if you happen to be below a family of elephants, or next to Metallica's biggest fan. The Tantalus, I would say, has sound proofing on a par with your standard European small hotel (think small family run Austrian ski hotel). It depends what your tolerance level is I guess. But you can't really blame a hotel on the behaviour of their guests.
If you want a clean, well-located for skiing, warm apartment with plenty of storage for skis & snowboards (and free hot chocolate when you get out the hot tub) I would highly recommend The Tantalus.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Inspired by traditional ski lodges from around the world, surrounded by mountains and forest, let the Tantalus Lodge be your hosts during your next visit to Whistler BC Canada. The Tantalus Lodge offers 24 hour hospitality and housekeeping daily, our team will help you make the most of your time in Whistler. Each of our spacious suites has full kitchen facilities, real wood burning fireplaces and the largest balconies in Whistler. Our convenient and easy to find location is a 5 minute walk to the gondolas and the main Whistler Village where people gather from morning until night.Whatever the season or the reasons for coming to Whistler BC, make the Tantalus part of your lodging plans. ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- Tantalus Hotel Whistler
- Tantalus Resort Whistler