I have been to Whistler many times, often stay in higher end hotels, and haven't always been pleased with value for money spent. This time I took a chance using Whistler.com 'Suite Secrets' option to find a hotel with a lower price tag. I enjoy a larger room so booked a deluxe loft suite for $137 per night in early November. This booking gave me a reservation at the Crystal Lodge. This hotel was a very pleasant surprise! Excellent location in the village, close to everything. The room was very spacious, with over 800 sq feet, including a bed in the loft above (two twins pushed together to make a king), sofa bed below, large living area, kitchen, and two full bathrooms. Very clean and well maintained. As their website indicates that not all rooms have fireplaces, I called the hotel, spoke to Rachel in reservations and requested one, as I was celebrating my girlfriend's birthday. She kindly accommodated my request, and upon arrival in the room, there was a surprise birthday card and small box of Rocky Mountain chocolates awaiting the birthday girl. Combined with the Starbucks and Martini Bar connecting to the lobby, a good start to a wonderful romantic weekend :) This suite would also be good for a family or a group of friends. If two couples wish to share the room, be aware that the loft is open to the main floor below, so privacy could be a concern. This room would certainly cost considerably more during peak season, but so would other hotels. Underground parking is $22 per night, on par with other hotels. Early November isn't the best time to go to Whistler, as most summer activities have stopped, and the slopes don't open up until month end. Was also surprised to see the number of restaurants that were closed for several weeks at this time. The Village was pretty empty compared to peak season, but this meant no lineups for anything and quick service in restaurants and stores. Overall, I would highly recommend the Crystal Lodge for a great stay at a comparatively reasonable price.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- The Crystal Lodge & Suites offers an unbeatable location in Whistler village, with a wide variety of rooms, lofts & suites, shops, restaurants and amenities to suit your every need. Just steps away from both Whistler and Blackcomb gondolas. The Crystal offers the most retail shops and restaurants attached to any one hotel in Whistler. Starbucks, Roots, Lululemon, Beacon Pub & Eatery, Wild Wood Pacific Bistro, Basalt Wine & Salumeria, and CanSki, to name a few. As a guest you will enjoy the benefits and discounts with our exclusive Crystal Advantage program. In addition to our location, rooms and services, you can also enjoy our heated outdoor pool, hot tub, sauna, fitness room, award winning 4 star service, complimentary wireless internet, heated underground parking, complimentary ski and bike valet. Your perfect whistler experience "at the centre of it all." ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- Crystal Hotel Whistler
- Crystal Lodge Whistler