Whether you want to ski-in, ski-out, or are looking for the best hotel pool in the Village, the resort community of Whistler, British Columbia, has accommodation options for every family’s taste and budget.
Our family has stayed in many of Whistler’s most fabulous hotel properties, and each one has its own charm and advantages. (Free wifi is standard throughout all of the hotels, so I haven’t listed it separately in each mini-review.) Here are six of the best Whistler hotels for families to stay and play in the snow this winter ski season.
Luxury Hotel Properties
1. PAN PACIFIC WHISTLER VILLAGE CENTRE
Confession: The Pan Pacific Whistler Village Centre is our family’s favorite winter stay in Whistler. Pan Pacific has two hotel properties in Whistler (the other hotel is the Mountainside), but Whistler Village Centre is slightly off of the main stage, and therefore a bit quieter and more suited for families. It’s still in the Village centre, as the name suggests, and close to all amenities. The family-sized suites include a full kitchen, dining area and spacious rooms for kids and gear. The Village Centre is the only hotel in the Village that includes a full, hot European Breakfast for all guests. Served between 7-10 AM, the breakfast buffet is outstanding, featuring baked goods, hot and cold items, drinks, juices, fruit and yoghurt. It’s the perfect start to any successful ski day, especially when they serve maple syrup whipped cream – to die for good! The hotel also offers an après ski hot chocolate and cookie tea-time, a lovely way to end the day and begin the evening. There’s a good-sized, heated outdoor pool and hot tub with outstanding views of both Whistler and Blackcomb mountains.
Just a 5 minute walk to collect your ski gear at the complimentary ski valet at Pan Pacific Mountainside, and you’re ready to shred some powder.
Whistler Rating: 4.5 Stars Travelling Mom Rating: 5 Stars
2. FOUR SEASONS RESORT WHISTLER
The Four Seasons Resort is gorgeous luxury in the heart of Whistler’s Upper Village. Rooms are generously sized, with large, five-piece bathrooms and lots of closet space. There’s even a pet valet service that brings a special dog pillow and treats for your pooch. My husband really appreciated the complimentary do-it-yourself latté machine in the main lobby in the morning. The outdoor heated outdoor pool is expansive, and there’s a steam room in each change area, as well as a spa. The ski concierge at the base of Blackcomb mountain will save you time and effort schlepping gear to and from the hotel. The helpful concierge staff kit everyone out for the day, and will have hot chocolate & cookies waiting for you upon your return from the slopes, which are a short walk from the hotel. It’s a forested, ten minute walk to the main village or a quick shuttle bus ride. The breakfast buffet is generous, with lots of delicious hot and cold items, though we did find it a bit on the pricey side. Whistler Rating: 5 Stars Travelling Mom Rating: 4.5 Stars
3. HILTON WHISTLER RESORT & SPA
The HIlton Whistler Resort & Spa is in the heart of Village action. My youngest son loves the HIlton for its great location and vibe – it’s busy and bustling with skiers, other kids, and fun activity. The rooms are large and spacious, with up to three-bedroom suites with fully equipped kitchens. Large or extended families can also opt for connecting rooms so there’s space for everyone. The outdoor pool and hot tub have great views of the mountains, especially at night. There’s complimentary ski valet storage for guests on your way to and from the gondolas, which are practically at your doorstep, you’re that close.
Whistler Rating: 4.5 Stars Travelling Mom Rating: 4.5 Stars
4. WESTIN RESORT & SPA
The Westin Resort & Spa is another winning, family-friendly hotel property in the heart of Whistler Village. This all-suite hotel features comfortable and spacious rooms with kitchens, an elevated outdoor pool (with small indoor section) and hot tub, gym area, spa and steam room. The staff are friendly, and Westin has a Dog Program that includes amenities such as a Heavenly DogBed. This is not a small detail. I swear by the (human version) Westin Heavenly Beds. They are just so comfortable, and we always enjoy a great night’s sleep on them. There is a ski valet service, but there is a daily charge of $9/day/set of skis, up to $27 per day. Do what we did and lock them in your car, unless you have Pro ski gear and want them properly stored and secured.
Whistler Rating: 4.5 Stars Travelling Mom Rating: 4.5 Stars
Creekside Condo Apartment
5. LEGENDS WHISTLER CREEKSIDE
If a stay at Legends in Whistler Creekside feels different, it’s for two reasons. One, it’s actually a condominium-style lodge, with apartments that can be bought or rented. And two, it’s ski-in, ski-out at Whistler Creekside, which is south of the main Village. Creekside has great restaurants and cafes, and convenient access to the Creekside gondola, ski school and Whistler ski programs. The Legends property has a heated outdoor pool with two hot tubs (one family-specific), as well as games and media rooms. The staff is friendly, and parking is included. The spacious suites feature full kitchen and laundry facilities, and they really feel like a home away from home. A short 5-minute drive brings you into the main Village.
Whistler Rating: 4 Stars Travelling Mom Rating: 4 Stars
Budget & Convenience
6. AAVA WHISTLER HOTEL
The Aava Whistler Hotel is a well-appointed, contemporary hotel that is conveniently located just on the edge of Whistler Village Centre. It’s close to all the village amenities and people-watching action. Rooms are clean, if a bit snug for a family of four, with queen beds, sofa beds and a basic bathroom. There are ski lockers, and a small heated outdoor pool and hot tub. The hotel is quite affordable by Whistler standards, and the staff is always friendly and accommodating. Just a 5+ minute walk and you’re at Whistler gondola.
Whistler Rating: 4 Stars Travelling Mom Rating: 3 Stars
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Are you planning a Family Day long weekend or winter holiday in Whistler? Where does your family like to stay? Share your comments below.
Feature photo: Westin Resort. Credit: Tourism Whistler
Disclosure: The Travelling Mom visited the Pan Pacific Whistler Village Centre and the Four Seasons Resort Whistler courtesy of Tourism Whistler and the hotels. As always, our opinions are honest and our own.