My boyfriend and I just got back from 2 nights at Nita Lake - it was very relaxing, restful, peaceful.
This is considered a 'boutique' hotel and we both thought this hotel was the perfect size. Not too small, not too huge.
We've stayed at the Alpine Chalet (too small) and the Fairmont Whistler (too huge). Nita is perfect size-wise. I overall, loved the "feel" of this hotel.
We checked in and got a young gentleman helping us. He was super-friendly and gave us advice for where to eat dinner. Off to a good start. We entered our room (a studio room on the 4th floor, lakeside view). We immediately went out to the balconey to check out the view. Beautiful!! (see pics). And it was sooo quiet. And had this amazingly peaceful feeling. Very nice escape from the city! The room itself was quite nice. There was 6 yummy chocolates waiting for us, with a welcome card.
The room had a king sized bed, a flat screen TV (with hundreds of satellite channels btw), a gas fireplace, sitting area, well-equipped kitchenette, free wi-fi, an iPod dock. The bathroom was nice and large, with a great-sized soaker tub!! The shower was awesome (with a bench to sit down on), nice granite tile work - and heated floors! A single sink. The bed was one of THE most comfortable I have EVER slept on. The pillows were divine and after lying in bed for a short while, I felt as though I had taken a muscle-relaxant, lol. Sooooo comfy. The first night, both my boyfriend and I slept for a full 8 hours without waking up ONCE (which is extremely rare for us). Did I mention the quiet?? We did hear the train sometime in the morning and again later on. But overnight, it was very quiet (and we had our balconey door open the entire night, too. It was also lovely to sleep with the fireplace on.Very romantic.
Well, the first day, we didn't manage to get out of bed til early afternoon. We decided to go for a walk around the lake. Very pretty walk.Though, a LOT of cyclists whipped by us. However, the hotel does offer free bicycle rentals, which is a nice touch! I should note this hotel is not near the village...BUT conveniently, just up the street is a complex of businesses, restaurants, a grocery store, liquor store, etc. But as mentioned by others, the hotel also offers free shuttle service to take you anywhere inthe village, if you want to go there.
After our stroll, we headed back to the hotel as we had a reservation at Aura, the fine dining restaurant in the hotel. We got a table near the window (so overlooking the lake) and we tried the 3 Course "Prix Fixe". So for 50 dollars, you get to choose one appetizer, one entree and one dessert. The food was definitely yummy. We both enjoyed the Coriander and Cashew soup (and I am not normally a soup fan - but the flavour was awesome) and the summer mushroom, braised bison short ribs (appetizers). For mains, my boyfriend had the salmon (very moist and juicy), and I had the sezmu beef flat iron steak (very tender and tasty!). For dessert, I had the lemon meringue and my guy had the fruit and sorbet (mine was delicious). The portions are a bit small, but we also had bread served to us, so by the end, we were full. The service was extremely friendly...almost overkill friendly, lol. But the waiters and waitresses certainly go out of their way to chat with you and show interest in you.
Overall, we had a great time and will go back at some point.
However, nothing is perfect, so here are the less-than-perfect things just for your information:
The room is designed a bit strangely. The couch is directly across from the TV and fireplace (the windows/balconey is on the right, the bed is opposite the windows on the left. However, if you are sitting on the couch, you cannot change the channels as the receiver is kind of around the corner, so you have to be sitting on the bed to change it. The TV does swing all the way out and angles so you can watch TV easily from bed...but then you can't see the fireplace from the bed.
The bed has the mattress sitting on a low base which juts out many inches. The problem is, going from the sitting area to bed area, you have to pass through a pretty narrow opening (between the wall and the bed)...and ultimately, you don't see the low jutting out base, and so several times my boyfriend ended up running into it with his shins. Ouch!!
The continental breakfast (is in their cafe) and is really not too great. You get a [mediocre] couple of baked goods (chosen from a small selection) a hot or cold drink, and some yoghurt.
When we checked in, they confirmed our Aura reservation. When we showed up the next day for it, the staff at the restaurant didn't have it on file. We still got seated right away, so that's fine...but it was my birthday and my guy had asked for special instructions for that, come dessert time....which didn't happen as the reservation was lost. Not sure how that happened.
Parking is 20 dollars per day, which I think is a bit much.
Anyways, if you are looking for peaceful, pretty, romantic escape, I recommend Nita Lake.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Nestled on the shores of Nita Lake offering breathtaking views of the mountains, lake and surrounding forest, the luxurious Nita Lake Lodge reflects the highest level of style, comfort, service and pure indulgence. The 77-suite lodge features spacious deluxe studios, one and two bedroom suites that reflect a discerning lifestyle. ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- Nita Lake Hotel Whistler
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