This review is all about one restless night we owe to the Best Western's thin walls and two loud neighbors, but I want to start with some basics.
If you're looking for an affordable place to stay relatively close to Whistler, the price is right. The hotel is great for families - it's pet-friendly (I saw three dogs in just a few quick trips from car to room and back), and there's a pool with a water slide for the kids. The rooms are really roomy, and most importantly - their pillows aren't completely flattened like most of the pillows I've experienced in hotels in this price range. There's a fair amount of covered parking, which is a necessity in this neck of the (very wet) woods. There's reliable free wi-fi. On the down side, one of the two elevators was broken when we were there, and the only staircase to the second floor leads from the outside of the building and is locked, which meant it sometimes took forever to get up to our room.
Another family-friendly feature has a major drawback: some of the rooms are adjoined to each other by two matching doors. Unfortunately, those doors don't muffle sound very well. By which I mean "at all." They may even amplify it, as we were to find out.
We came back from dinner after a very long day - we'd left home at 4:30am to hit Whistler around opening, we'd skied all day, and we'd driven back up to Whistler from Squamish to retrieve a ski pole from the parking lot and grab dinner. We hit the bed exhausted.
I don't know when our neighbors happened to come back to the hotel, because we were already asleep. What I do know is that around 1:30 in the morning, they decided to get amorous. Nothing wrong with that - kudos, guys, and normally I'd be really happy for you that you were enjoying each other's company.
Unfortunately, our neighbors evidently learned to express themselves romantically by consuming a steady diet of the standard commercial output of our domestic adult cinematographic industry.
We were awoken by repeated, energetic (and utterly unconvincing) screams of "Oh!" from the female half of the adjoining room punctuated by the occasional "---- me! ---- me!" I felt bad for her - she sounded a bit like someone leading a workout class. "You can do it! Way to go! Keep it up!" Kids, pay heed - this is the real danger of the kinds of films she had undoubtedly watched too many of. As people's expectations get influenced by the mannerisms of their favorite actors and actresses, they might wind up playing a role during what should be a powerfully personal moment between two people (or three or more people - I'm not here to judge, I'm here to write a hotel review). I can only assume she was saying what she thought her male counterpart wanted to hear. And we were unconsenting ear witnesses to her performance.
That really is the point here - we could hear every interjection. Sound carries in this hotel.
When we got in even later (and even more tired) the next day after a seven-hour epic drive over a snarled Sea to Sky Highway, we inquired at the front desk as to whether the neighboring room was still occupied by the same people. It was. We explained that they'd been really disruptive in the middle of the night, and the front desk graciously asked us to let them know if we should experience the same problem again. Thankfully, we didn't, so maybe the front desk said something. Or maybe our neighbors had sat through the same hellish traffic we had and didn't have it in them to put on a repeat performance.
In any case, if they should happen to read this, I want you to know this: your little show wasn't impressive - it was inconsiderate in the extreme. If you did it for the gratification of knowing people could hear, well then that's just abusive...and unsuccessful - we found it as pathetic as it was annoying and simply did our best to ignore it and go back to sleep. Finally, I have a message for you. It's one you should recognize: "---- YOU!"
The hotel was fine in most other regards and responded reasonably to the noise concerns, so despite the thin walls, I give it a solid three-star rating.
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