My husband, our two college-age sons and I stayed at the Hilton for several days between Christmas and New Year's. I was thrilled to find two rooms available using our HHonors points during the busiest week of the year (and with only about a month's notice), and even more pleased to discover upon checking in that our rooms included complimentary buffet breakfast for each of us. The Hilton's buffet breakfast is fairly extensive for a hotel, and not cheap at $30 per person, but there's a good variety and even vegetarians will find plenty of options.
Our rooms, next to each other but not adjoining, were typical hotel rooms, not the suite that I expected. We had reserved two "junior king suites," the only room type that was available when I made the reservation. It was a bit of a stretch to call the room a suite, even a junior one! I also expected a real kitchen, although I'd read a review that mentioned there was no oven. We hadn't planned to cook more than breakfast, and I really appreciated the breakfast coupons because it would have been a tight squeeze preparing even something simple. There was a flat cooktop with two burners, a mini fridge and a small dishwasher, but the dining area would have been big enough only for two people, and it was right at the foot of the bed. The "kitchen" itself was about three feet from the side of the bed. Don't book a junior king suite and expect a spacious kitchen! However, the room was clean and comfortable, and we had a quiet location overlooking an inner courtyard with a firepit. The bath had been updated, but was a traditional small bath with a single sink and shower/tub combo. The king bed was comfortable, and there were down/feather pillows, which we prefer.
My biggest complaint was that the rooms were not very well insulated - conversations next door were audible unless the TV was on, and you could hear people in the suite above us using the toilet.
The location is fabulous for skiers, a tiny walk from the lifts at Whistler Mountain. I don't ski, but my husband and sons do, as do the friends we met who stayed at a nearby condo, and the location can't be beat. It was our first visit to Whistler Mountain, and I have to say, it was a phenomenal resort. The village is teeming with shops and restaurants, and you could easily spend a couple of days exploring just the village.
I consulted the hotel's concierge for snowshoeing activities and received good advice and directions about the free shuttle bus. I would absolutely go back to Whistler, and if the price is right (since we pretty much depleted our reward points reservoir), I would consider the Hilton again.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- EXPERIENCING WHISTLER STARTS WITH HILTON Relax and unwind at the luxurious, award winning Hilton Whistler Resort & Spa. The hotel is ideally located in the heart of Whistler Village, host mountain resort of the 2010 Winter Olympic and Paralympics Games. Named by Condé Nast as the 10th top resort hotel in Canada, the hotel is steps away from the chairlifts of the legendary Whistler & Blackcomb Mountains, and offers an array of world class restaurants, stylish boutiques, and buzzing nightlife at our doorstep. ... more less
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