Fairmont Chateau Whistler
When you arrive at the Fairmont Chateau Whistler the grandeur of the building is very exciting, the hotel itself looks much like a castle, the backdrop is of a snowy Blackcomb Mountain…. the valet will park your car or you can unload your luggage and park the car yourself to save $5… and today in our lives every penny counts.
The service is warm, big smiles and an outstretched hand to help you. The lobby of the Chateau is stunning, extremely high ceilings with skilled mill work, crown moldings and the colors feel very rich, elegant and with that… comforting.
The hotel entertains many banquets, conferences, and the locals Father Daughter Dance.
With the room key in hand we quickly rounded up the kids and headed for a quick dip in the pool before the birthday celebration.
Variety of Room Choices
The Chateau consists of 550 rooms of various sizes and style to accommodate the most variety in visitors. With a choice to be a Fairmont Gold customer you receive the ultimate in luxury service. You can check out their website for a description of this exclusive lifestyle hotel experience.
Our room was very pleasing with a king size bed, separate sitting area and a large bath; no view but tranquil tree setting about 400 square feet, extremely clean, with a nice size flat screen tv, and bar service.
Room rate $349 or a friends and family rate of $169. Good idea to be friends with someone who works at the Chateau.
We used the pool both in the evening and daytime, it is a fabulous area to relax as it nestled in an absolutely beautiful environment. During the day the sunshine streams across the pool deck, the steam from the water filters into the air and across the property people are skiing down the mountain to the lift. It really is something I’d recommend to see.
- Outdoor 60 ft heated lap pool with underwater music
- In-door / out-door leisure pool (lounge chairs, umbrellas and cabana)
- Whirlpool (4) – Dry Sauna – Two Eucalyptus steam room
We did not use the fitness center, the spa, tennis courts or golf..however we managed to do the following.
The Mallard Lounge
was offering $10 baron of beef on a bun – $5 draft Whistler Brewery (Whistler Powder Mountain & Whistler Pale Ale) http://whistlerbeer.com/
as well complimentary parking… Please note some of our friends which joined us had cut the advertisement from the paper because they experienced problems before with the complimentary parking… and it was
a problem once again – the valet did not know anything about it, even when the advertisement was shown to them.
We did have an absolute blast in the lounge and the kids joined us after swimming, our server we’ve known from the Chateau for years (Frank) I wonder if that forms Friends and Family rate? We were a large group of 14 and as you looked around the room it was clear that Fairmont Friday’s is well received by the locals.
Breakfast was a choice of menu items or the buffet, where the chef will prepare for you an omelette while you wait, fondue items, pastries and basic breakfast items in heated canisters. The choice is plenty and the dinning area is in a very calm elegant atmosphere. The first day we had eggs Benedict with salmon and crab cakes.. delicious, fresh squeezed OJ, and piping hot coffee… I was very pleased with the service and food. On the second day we chose the buffet, for me I don’t eat enough to feel I get my monies worth, but it was a nice change from the menu .
Hidden Day Spa
As locals in Whistler we headed across the walkway to Hidden Day Spa in the Glacier Lodge – Locals are 50% off Spa treatments. I was surprised to learn they do not have a website at this time… Facial, pedicure and massage… Excellent service and when we left I felt like a million dollars… all in tip included $125…try the old fashion method by telephone 604-938-1800
Hidden Day Spa
Lunch was back at the Chateau at Portobello Market and Fresh Bakery, I will often come to the upper village to drop in here and grab a sandwich or their parfait… great value, delicious food. We had a light lunch as later we attended the Whistler Blackcomb Fund-raiser on Whistler Mountain.
We loved our stay at the Fairmont Chateau Whistler and will definitely be a tourist in our own city again. It was kind of rewarding to spend three days within our resort mixing in with tourists and locals alike; and to feel proud that our service workers are leaving a lasting impression of excellence with our visitor.
- This particular visit was an auction table item purchased at one of the many fund-raisers in Whistler, so while the Chateau donated the item, someone actually paid to stay in the hotel.
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