What's really inportant to understand here is that each apartment is quite differently appointed as they are independently owned. Our apartment (223, 224) was a cracker! I have great respect for anyone that is willing to appoint their short term rental so nicely with everything from big fluffy towels, complimentary toiletries, a high end kitchen and superbly comfortable beds and bedding. My wife nearly whooped with joy when she realised the apartment also had its own washer and dryer.
We stayed at Greystone for a week. It was the quiet week in January - after the North American vacation break - and felt we almost had the whole thing to ourselves. The hot tubs proved a hit, as did the ski in ski out thing with the downstair ski lockers after we got ourselves worked out.
Biggest critism is the overall access to Whistler village. The trip to get groceries was a bit of a drag as the free shuttles, as good as they are, don't get you near enough the store without transferring to another shuttle. 4 shuttles in total to get to the grocery store is a pain the rear end. In the end we'd hop on the shuttle to get down to the shops then catch a cab with our groceries to get home. It was also faster to walk from the Whistler Village bus stop to Greystone Lodge than catch the bus as the Greystone stop was one of the last stops on its circle route. Faster still was catching the bus at Whistler and hopping off at the first stop (base of Blackcombe) and walking up the ski slope to the lodge. Once we knew the best way to get to and from Whistler Village our location mattered much less to us. The upside to our location was that it was nice and quiet.
Views from the apartment were nearly 270 degrees of Winter Wonderland. I don't think we could have asked for anything better.
I just hope that me raving about Greystone and naming the specific apartment number doesn't create such demand that we find it hard to book it again! We will definitely be back but next time for much longer.
Tip: we paid for private transport to get from Vancouver airport to Whister and back. It was really expensive (about $400 including tips) each way. I think you would be far better off renting a car from Vancouver airport - Greystone has parking. It would be cheaper than $800 and it would mean that you wouldnt have the issues we had with getting groceries etc back to the apartment.
Hope this helps folks.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Greystone Lodge provides some of the finest affordable family oriented ski-in ski-out accommodations Whistler Canada. Greystone Lodge is located at the base of Blackcomb Mountain next to the Wizard Express and Magic Chair lifts. A boutique style condo complex with only 50 units makes Greystone Lodge one of the smaller vacation rental locations in the Benchlands neighbourhood in Whistler. ... more less
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- Also Known As:
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