Having never been to Whistlers before, we poured over the poor map on-line trying to find the sweet spot of price, walking access to the restaurants at night and good shuttle access to the hill for skiing. Glaciers Reach was our pick and worked for us. We were lucky enough to get a backside unit (facing the tennis bubbles) so little traffic noise except late night folks walking to their units. The shuttle to the ski hill was across the street as was one end of the village walk, called Marketplace. This included a grocery story and liquor store. We were able to park the car for the 5 nights which is really what an on hill village should let you do!
Things that worked: We loved the private hot tub and think if you are skiing multi-days in a row - this is a therapeutic necessity! The fireplace was nice as we were on the ground floor and the tile floors in kitchen and bath were freezing from the car park underneath it. Kitchen was adequately stocked for simple cooking and the 2 laundry soaps supplied was a nice touch.
Things to improve: If you phoned for assistance from your room number, no one answered. If you phoned from your cell (outside line), it was answered.
The living room sleeper sofa had seen better days and should be upgraded if they are really suggesting folks sleep on it every night.
The biggest concern is if you arrived by bus - 'check in' and 'out' was a long way from Glaciers Reach up the hill in 'the Aspens'. Maybe they can make special arrangements for folks coming in without a car but it wasn't offered and would really be a bad start and finish to a vacation given the amount of luggage folks haul around on a ski vacation.
We had good weather, lots of sun! and if you don't want to haul your skis on the bus every day, you should know you can leave them and your poles in the basement of Carleton Lodge overnight for $5/pair/nt, just beware of line -ups in prime time!... sleep late, ski late!
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- All of our townhomes at Glaciers Reach have Private hot tub, year round pool, full kitchen, in suite laundry, high speed internet, living room with entertainment centre and free parking. AllSeason Vacation Rentals has been offering our guest's quality accommodation at a resort complex called Glaciers Reach since 1999. Our vacation homes are fully equipped, well maintained and very clean. On behalf of all of us at Glaciers Reach we hope that you enjoy your stay. ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- Glaciers Reach Whistler
- Glaciers Reach Hotel Whistler
- Glacier Reach