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“Good Location and free shuttle to the lifts” 4 of 5 stars
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Glaciers Reach
Ranked #26 of 51 Hotels in Whistler
Union City, California
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29 reviews
11 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 7 helpful votes
“Good Location and free shuttle to the lifts”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed February 19, 2013

First time to Whistler to ski and like this property. There is #4 free bus shuttle to ski lifts across street - no need to bring your boot bag with you. Very nice breakfast place nearby - Wildwood Restaurant has Healthy Start breakfast - 3 egg-white, toast and fruit bowl for only $10.. Walking distance to the Marketplace and main street. Parking is expensive in Whistler - $15/night. If you can take shuttle from airport to Whistler, no need to rent a car.

Room Tip: Pick a room not facing the main street
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  • Stayed February 2013, traveled as a couple
    • 4 of 5 stars
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    • 4 of 5 stars
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    • 3 of 5 stars
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    • 4 of 5 stars
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    • 3 of 5 stars
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Seattle, Washington
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
2 of 5 stars Reviewed February 19, 2013

We stayed in unit 5 which was a one bedroom with pull out couch. What was not clear from our reservations is that it was a three story one bedroom. Yes, three stories. The entry way was so small, you literally had to stand on the stairs and reach down to open the door when you wanted to leave. There was a small dining table with six chairs only three of which were even possible to sit in. There was no room for any gear anywhere (this is a ski area, everyone has a ton of gear!). There are no lockers for wet skis or boards. The bathroom was 1/2 a flight of stairs up from the kitchen/living room area, and then there was another flight of stairs up to the very small bedroom. The walls were very thin and you could hear the pipes whining and clunking all night. Further, it is probably closer to a 20 minute walk to the lifts. We tried using the free shuttle, but this far out it was always full and the bus would drive right past us every time. Even getting in and out of the building was complicated and poorly designed. Stay somewhere else!!!!

  • Stayed February 2013, traveled with family
    • 2 of 5 stars
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    • 2 of 5 stars
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    • 2 of 5 stars
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    • 4 of 5 stars
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    • 2 of 5 stars
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2 Thank CMoses73
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Calgary, Canada
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33 reviews
13 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 22 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 23, 2013

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!

Room Tip: Rooms on the second floor would have warmer floors. Rooms on the tennis bubble side would be quieter...
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  • Stayed January 2013, traveled with friends
    • 4 of 5 stars
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    • 3 of 5 stars
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1 Thank adcalgary
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Bellevue, Washington
1 review
2 of 5 stars Reviewed January 5, 2013

This unit has two narrow steep stairwells if you rent it as a two bedroom. One bedroom, one steep narrow stairwell... The living space is very small and the dining room table is pushed against a wall barely fitting 4 people. Very closet phobic feeling. Had issues with disposal and sink backing up with not much help from the property owner. Noisy DW and water heater. Inadequate and old kitchen stuff including chipped dishes. Experienced dirty sheets, mattress pad and sweaty stained pillows! No working exercise equipment. Next time we will stay elsewhere so we don't have to deal with mechanical issues while we are on vacation. Too expensive for the quality. The only thing going is the location to the market and bus stop.

Room Tip: Choose carefully when you book a room in a winter ski destination. The wear and tear from snow and s...
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  • Stayed January 2013, traveled with family
    • 2 of 5 stars
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    • 3 of 5 stars
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    • 1 of 5 stars
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    • 2 of 5 stars
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    • 1 of 5 stars
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    • 2 of 5 stars
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Thank JBKM
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Surrey
Level Contributor
17 reviews
14 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 10 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed November 20, 2012

My husband and I rented a unit here for six months for the 2011/12 winter season, so we have plenty of experience with Glacier's Reach.

Firstly, it is in a great location - right across the road from the free bus shuttle which takes you to the lifts, and from the Marketplace supermarket. It is a ten minute walk to the lifts and to the top of the village, and the same to Blackcomb base, so super convenient.

The complex itself is relatively small, but I feel that's because there are a large number of units in quite a small space. Our condo was privately owned and very well looked after, and I couldn't fault the unit itself.

However, the main issues is NOISE and this is a big one...the problem with Glacier's Reach is that the walls and floor are thin, many units have outdoor hot tubs, and it's relatively cheap. Add to that that Whistler is a party town and attracts people who want to come and get absolutely smashed on drink and drugs most weekends.

The 11pm noise curfew is ignored my most weekenders, and when called, security are useless half the time, so we had to call the police a couple of times. One time we called security as the stag party downstairs (who had hired a hooker) were being noisy, and instead of sorting the issue out, the guy went inside!!

However, this issue is more a general Whistler issue, and having been to parties in other complexes, one endemic to Whistler condo complexes. My advice, spend a bit more money than the cheapest places available and you might have half a chance of a decent night's sleep.

  • Stayed April 2012, traveled as a couple
    • 4 of 5 stars
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    • 2 of 5 stars
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    • 1 of 5 stars
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Vancouver, Canada
Level Contributor
13 reviews
11 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 10 helpful votes
1 of 5 stars Reviewed July 31, 2012

I don't usually write negative reviews.

We stayed here during summer. The hot tub is insanely noisy at night and cannot be turned off. A phone call to management confirmed this. I slept on the couch instead.

The interior is sad and old. You can tell the owners do as little as possible to maintain the place, but still charge Whistler prices. Keep looking, there is much better out there.

You will also be woken up by the shouting tennis coaching that starts between 6am and 7am.

  • Stayed July 2012, traveled with friends
    • 1 of 5 stars
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    • 2 of 5 stars
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3 Thank iamjvn
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North Vancouver, Canada
Level Contributor
34 reviews
7 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 14 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 23, 2012

Just got back from a great stay at Glacier's Reach. We rented out room 25 which was a two bedroom, two bathroom place with our own private hot tub. Was well equipped and all we had to bring was our food and drinks. The bed that we slept in was really comfy and both rooms had air conditioners... which were noisy, but nice. We slept on the fold out couch the last night, which wasn't comfy at all but beats the floor! The whole place was really nice and fuss free... if youre someone who is always calling the front desk for something, this isnt your place. It really feels like your own little vacation home, not a hotel for sure. Super close to the village and right on the Valley trail. The hot tub was brand new and amazing, we spent lots of time in there. It was quite private too, since there are trees and bushes next to our building. Was sad to leave this morning... it was so nice and relaxing! Will definitely look into renting this place in the winter time. The price was great for the summer, fit four comfortably but could fit up to six. We booked it off alluradirect.com. Thanks!!

  • Stayed July 2012, traveled with family
    • 5 of 5 stars
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    • 4 of 5 stars
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    • 5 of 5 stars
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Thank Kilee895
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Property: Glaciers Reach
Address: 4388 Northlands Blvd, Whistler, British Columbia V0N 1B0, Canada
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Location: Canada > British Columbia > Whistler
Amenities:
Fitness Center with Gym / Workout Room Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Kitchenette Shuttle Bus service Suites Swimming Pool
Hotel Style:
#9 Top resorts Hotel in Whistler
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $
Hotel Class:3 star — Glaciers Reach 3*
Number of rooms: 127
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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