The Best Hotels to Book in Whistler, British Columbia

The resort town of Whistler is home to some of British Columbia’s best hotels
The resort town of Whistler is home to some of British Columbia’s best hotels | Courtesy of Four Seasons Resort Whistler / Expedia
Emma Gibbins

You may know Whistler as the number-one ski resort in North America, with a season spanning nearly six months – but did you know it also has the longest zip line in Canada? It’s an adventure lover’s paradise, with hiking and other outdoor pursuits during the warmer months. It’s also home to some of British Columbia’s best hotels. Here’s Culture Trip’s pick of the best hotels and places to stay in Whistler.

1. Summit Lodge, for Indonesian massages and fish rentals

Boutique Hotel

A couch seating area around a cozy fireplace at Summit Lodge Boutique Hotel, Whistler
Courtesy of Summit Lodge Boutique Hotel / Booking.com

You can’t really feel lonely at this quirky boutique hotel. For one thing, it’s pet-friendly. Don’t have your own pet? Then rent a fish. Okay, technically it’s not renting when you get to borrow a betta fish and carry its tank to your room for your stay. Not your pace? The spa offers a relaxing Indonesian massage.

2. Crystal Lodge, for outdoor explorers with lots of gear

Budget Hotel

The Crystal exterior with mountains behind at dusk with people passing in front
Courtesy of Crystal Lodge / Expedia

Quite a few Whistler hotels are pet-friendly and will do anything to make dogs feel at home. But this one in the heart of Whistler Village takes care of not only you and your pooch but also of your gear. There are boot and glove dryers, bike washing and tuning stations and secure storage facilities. The ski, snowboard and bike valet services are free of charge too. If you need a break from all that activity, sweat it out in the sauna. Then jump in the outdoor pool or soak in the hot tub.

3. Evolution Whistler, for vacationing with your pup

Lodge, Ski Chalet, Apartment

Evolution Whistler room with fireplace and tv, cosy pillows and blankets and snow outside
Courtesy of Evolution Whistler / Expedia

One of the pet-friendliest of hotels in Whistler, this one knows how to get to all the best off-leash parks and beaches for doggie adventures. Four-footed guests even get their own towels for after that swim in the nearby lake. When they can’t follow their humans to the gondola just steps from the door, they can stay in to munch on a treat on their doggie bed: the hotel can help arrange for a dog sitter for company. Later, while the humans play foosball or pool, doggies do their rounds for pets from all the guests.

4. Sundial Hotel Whistler, for a rooftop hot tub

Hotel

Sundial Hotel Whistler hot tub with view of mountains beyond
Courtesy of Sundial Hotel Whistler / Expedia

On a getaway with your closest friends, you wake up and stumble to the bathroom with its heated slate floors. After a shower and getting dressed, you cook up a big breakfast in the fully-equipped kitchen. Then, mere steps from this Whistler hotel, you get on the ski lift for a day on the slopes. When you’re back, you all meet up for a soak in the rooftop hot tub, admiring the mountain views. Then it’s dinner at one of the on-site restaurants before a glass of wine in front of your own fireplace.

5. Lost Lake Lodge, for free shuttles to Whister's attractions

Lodge

Lost Lake Lodge by Whistler Premier lounge with fireplace, tv and armchair with furry pillows
Courtesy of Lost Lake Lodge by Whistler Premier / Expedia

Lost Lake Lodge is within walking distance of both Blackcomb Mountain and the Upper Village. It’s also on a free shuttle route, making Whistler’s best attractions accessible without a car. After days spent idling at the hotel’s quiet wooded setting, where sun loungers gaze over the outdoor heated pool, take the trail over to Lost Lake Park for a change of scenery. It’s a great place for hiking and biking during summer, and it turns into a network of cross-country and snowshoe trails during winter.

6. Legends Whistler, for plenty of on-site amenities

Lodge, Apartment, Ski Chalet

Legends Whistler lounge with brick walls, sofas and tv with fireplace
Courtesy of Legends Whistler / Expedia

Just steps away from the Creekside Gondola, on Whistler Creekside, this condominium-style lodge embodies everything there is to love about the resort town. There is a laid-back ambiance and ski-in/ski-out access, with biking, hiking and championship golf all within close reach. Stay in a suite with one, two, or three bedrooms, and enjoy an outdoor patio with a barbecue, pool and hot tub, along with the lodge’s theatre room and games room.

7. The Fairmont Château Whistler, for superb ski-in/ ski-out access

Hotel

The Fairmont Chateau Whistler lounge with fireplace, tv and pattern walls and rug
Courtesy of The Fairmont Chateau Whistler / Expedia

The award-winning Fairmont Château is best-known as Whistler’s landmark ski-in/ski-out hotel; an 18-hole golf course, complimentary yoga classes and specialist tours are among its best offerings. On-site cafe Portobello draws in a young local crowd with craft beers and legendary bacon maple cream doughnuts, while its sophisticated sister, The Mallard Lounge, welcomes latecomers with the promise of West Coast cuisine and live entertainment.

8. Four Seasons Resort Whistler, for an excellent on-site spa

Resort, Spa Hotel

Four Seasons Resort Whistler terrace with view of snow Whistler outside
Courtesy of Four Seasons Resort Whistler / Expedia

Whistler is all about adventure, and no place knows this more than the Four Seasons Resort. To get you ready for a day of activities, book in for a Maple & Stone sports-style massage at the hotel’s on-site spa; warm basalt stones and maple dowels are used in combination with wintergreen black spruce and fir balsam essential oils. Evenings are best spent cooking s’mores at the Patio Camper, which is an ideal spot to unwind after a day on the slopes.

9. Nita Lake Lodge, for locavore dining

Hotel, Lodge

Nita Lake Lodge exterior with snowy drive way and trees
Courtesy of Nita Lake Lodge / Expedia
Each of Nita Lake Lodge’s studio suites features a basalt gas fireplace and a sleek bathroom with heated slate floors, glass-enclosed rain showers, and tubs that are almost deep enough to swim in. Opt for the Rainforest Suite, and you’ll be spoiled for space: stretching over 1,415sqft (131sqm), this showstopper has its own private elevator entrance and balcony, dreamlike four-poster king-size bed, and a second lofted bedroom upstairs, complete with powder room. Grab a bite at your pick of Nita’s three restaurants — all of which make use of the rooftop herb and vegetable garden.

10. Pan Pacific Whistler Mountainside, for Irish food and pints of Guinness

Hotel

Pan Pacific Whistler Mountainside lounge area with view of slopes outside including forested area
Courtesy of Pan Pacific Whistler Mountainside / Expedia

Between its lodge-style ambiance, mountain views, and easy access to the slopes, Pan Pacific Whistler feels quintessentially Canadian. Its restaurant caters more to Whistler’s Irish ex-pats, who make up a large proportion of its residents. Pull up a pew and join in the fun at Dubh Linn Gate, where you can enjoy a traditional Irish breakfast – complete with hearty potato pancakes –for the full Irish experience. Wash it down with a refreshing pint of Guinness.

Doug Murray contributed additional reporting to this article.

For a bit more pampering, why not check out the best spa hotels in Whistler, or opt for a luxury stay, bookable with Culture Trip. For budget-friendly accommodation, check out our guide to the best hostels in Whistler, British Columbia, bookable on Culture Trip.

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