This was my first time staying at the Westin in Whistler, and I truly hope not the last. I did not want to leave! As I mentioned in my staycation post my husband booked me a night there so that I could get away and relax. It was glorious, so I wanted to share a bit about the hotel itself in case you are looking for a place to stay in Whistler.
The Westin is located in the centre of Whistler Village. I was shocked when I realized that a few steps out of the hotel and I was right at the base of the gondolas for Whistler and Blackcomb. This is a prime location if you love being on the mountain and something I am keeping in mind for future trips to Whistler in the winter.
Pulling up to the front of the hotel I was thrilled to see options for self-park or valet, parking rates are $30 or $34 a night depending on which option you go with. The staff that greeted me were incredibly kind and informative answering a few questions I had. I decided to go with self-park and got a spot right across from the elevator.
The process of checking in went quickly. The lobby of the hotel is very grand. I really appreciated the attention to detail there and how they brought the outdoors into the decor. There were trees adorning the walls, and even the main display behind the front desk consisted of discs cut from a tree.
I was pleasantly surprised to find out I was able to check in early and head right to my room. It was wonderful to be able to settle into the hotel earlier than I was anticipating. I was, however, staying in the opposite tower of where the front lobby is located. This meant different elevators were needed to get to where my room was located.
Walking into my hotel room at the Westin I was impressed immediately. Windows with a great view of the mountain in both the living room and bedroom, as well as a balcony to sit and relax on while watching the gondolas go up Whistler mountain.
I loved the layout of the one bedroom suite that I stayed in. Everything felt very modern but with a touch of rustic thanks to the details. The kitchen was the best, stocked kitchen I have ever seen in a hotel suite. There was even a blender tucked into the cupboard! The fridge had an icemaker inside of it, so no need to go and find an ice machine. We all know how those are often not on the floor you are staying on when at a hotel. It was nice having an open floor plan going from the kitchen to the living space.
The living space was possibly my favourite part of the hotel room. I kicked back and relaxed there while reading my book I brought with me. In the evening when it was still raining outside I turned on the fireplace and enjoyed some shows on the TV. Hotel rooms with fireplaces always win me over.
The bathroom was one of the most gorgeous I have ever seen in a hotel room. Hello soaker tub and amazing shower! I am seriously considering contacting the hotel to ask for details about the shower head because I want them in my own home.
My only qualm, and it’s one I have often with hotels, was the hair dryer. All hotels I find need to look into updating the hair dryers they have available to guests. Considering this was my only issue, that’s not bad.
The Westin has an indoor-outdoor pool that you can pop into from the inside and swim through to go outside. There is also a hot tub located inside, as well as one outside. I was pleased to see that the hotel offers adult only swim time as I know some find it distracting to have young children in the pool area. So if you fall under that category be sure to consider the adult only swim time.
Within the pool area, there are also eucalyptus steam rooms in both change rooms, as well as a sauna. Within the change rooms, there are lockers available so no need to walk down to the pool area in your swimsuit, you can get changed there if you would like and lock up your personal items.
The fitness studio is also located here on the second level. There were several different options of workout equipment from treadmills to mats for stretching. It was the best laid out fitness studio I have seen in a hotel.
I stayed up late and slept in. It was glorious to have the whole queen size bed to myself. The bed and pillows were incredibly comfortable. I loved waking up to the light coming in through the window in the morning.
The Westin does have dining options. There is the Grill & Vine restaurant, Off the Vine grab & go coffee station, FireRock Lounge, and Kaze Sushi. I did not dine at any of these locations it is nice to know that there are plenty of options available within the same building. There are even some shops connected to the Westin if you want to do a bit of shopping before wandering the village.
I did not want to go home after just one night away at The Westin. I wish that I had been able to spend a second night there. I think I know what my request may be for Mother’s Day… another night (or two) away at The Westin!
If you are looking for a hotel for a staycation or you are already planning a winter getaway for you and your family definitely consider going to The Westin in Whistler. It has become a favourite of mine and I truly hope we can head here as a whole family this winter season.