After the crowds have cleared up after the holidays but the ski season is still in full swing, now is the ideal time to find a window of opportunity to visit one of North America’s best ski resorts with one of the most diverse offers in the world. The Whistler Village and the surrounding area are all packed with dining options, boutiques, spas, exciting family adventures, and just very cool experiences. From escaping with your family through one of Whistler’s escape room adventures to joining the rest of the awe-struck visitors for a free Fire and Ice show every Sunday when world-class athletes play with burning rings of fire (and this much in between), you can experience real-life wonders when you step outside of your hotel. Most times, however, their amazing lodging properties will already have everything you need. From those in the very heart of the action to those in the more quiet areas, from old veterans keeping up with trends in glamorous ways to new kids on the block stealing the show, here is a diverse overview of the best family-friendly hotels in Whistler.
Whistler Ski Season:
*Peak Skiing: December – February
*Spring Skiing: March (warmer with a history of quality snow!)
*Glacier Skiing: June and July (Blackcomb Mountain)
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Vancouver International Airport – 115 km / 70 miles
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Adara Hotel is minutes away from the slopes and centre of the village. We recommend the loft suites; in any case, go for a room away from the clubs to avoid noise. You’ll welcome granola bars and drinks in the morning, and the wonderful warmth of the fireplace and the rooms’ wooden décor after a day of skiing. When you miss the snow, step out on the balcony. There are also a pool and a hot tub to soak in and soak in the atmosphere. A PS3 with games to choose from, freshly-baked cookies throughout the day and the hotel Golden Retriever Kate are some of the less expected kid-friendly bonuses that await!
Adara Hotel, www.adarahotel.com
If you like to feel like royalty, go to this his castle-like ski-in/ski-out hotel with the Blackcomb Gondola steps away. While its very name speaks to the level of luxury provided, it doesn't reflect what an incredibly family-accommodating place it is. Some of the cooler kid-friendly options include incredible kids' meals that kids under 5 eat for free, while gourmands under 12 receive 50% off the regular adult menu at their world-class dining facilities. Parent-friendly options include babysitting services. Besides fantastic skiing, there's a huge host of guided indoor and outdoor excursions and exclusive family-friendly experiences that will make your stay authentic and unforgettable. Their experience guide black Lab Alta might accompany you on one of your adventures!
Fairmont Chateau Whistler Resort, www.fairmont.com/whistler/
Four Seasons Resort Whistler is located at the heart of Upper Village and the combination of its rustic charm and luxury are every skiing family’s dream. All rooms feature a fireplace and a balcony to connect the great outdoors with the warmth of your intimate retreat. For an equally cozy outdoor experience, join their winter tradition by their vintage camper and fire pit, where the perfect winter comfort snack, gooey s’mores and marshmallows, are roasted to perfection of choice. If money is no object, we advise you to direct your attention towards almost entirely definitely the most incredible dining option of your lifetime, a private five-course dinner in the Blue Room, a 12,000-year-old ice cave in a secret location.
Four Seasons Resort Whistler, www.fourseasons.com/whistler/
Hilton has been newly renovated in the spring of 2018. It combines a neutral, modern design with authentic elements like indigenous art from the Sea-to-Sky Corridor and that mountain vibe that comes with getting a daily log to burn in your fireplace. The lively Whistler atmosphere is just steps away, and that’s the Whistler Gondola and ski school, and the comfortable hustle and bustle of Whistler’s streets, restaurants and shops both. We recommend rooms with a steam room, and if not, at least enjoy the heated outdoor pool and hot tub. Kids can work on their table game skills for free in their game room!
Hilton Whistler Resort & Spa, www3.hilton.com/en/hotels/british-columbia/hilton-whistler-resort-and-spa/
Legends is a condominium-style lodge with ski-in/ski-out access in Whistler Creekside, meters away from the Creekside Gondola. Though enjoying the Whistler Village will require a 5-minute bus ride, Creekside offers a wide selection of restaurants and shops of its own, while the atmosphere is even more family-friendly. And family-friendliness is a given at Legends. The rooms are super homeily decorated and even equipped with laundry facilities. Besides a heated outdoor pool, they have a specifically kid-friendly hot tub, a media room as well as a kids’ game room with toys, board games and two Nintendo Wii U stations.
Legends Whistler Creekside, www.legendswhistler.com
Nita Lake Lodge is another boutique hotel worth mentioning among these hospitality giants. Oozing next-level Canadian lodge vibes, it is the only lakeside property in Whistler, and by lakeside, we mean literally on the edge of the shore of a scenic glacier-fed lake. It’s intimate and rustic, but the rooms are incredibly spacious and the bathrooms huge. It’s a couple of minutes’ walk to the Creekside Gondola. While almost all hotels on this list have a spa, Nita Lake Lodge’s is award-winning, organic, sustainable, and allows you to soothe your skiing sores, among other options, in two rooftop hot tubs with lake views before you retreat to your indoor fireplace-lit piece of lakeside heaven.
Nita Lake Lodge, www.nitalakelodge.com
With its spacious rooms and quieter location, Pan Pacific Village Centre is the more family-friendly of the two fantastic Pan Pacific properties in Whistler. It’s a bit farther from the action, but still just 5 minutes away from the Mountainside sister hotel lockers at the bottom of Whistler Mountain where you can keep your gear. They have a great heated outdoor salt water lap pool with heater whirlpools and amazing views, but what often steals the show is the rich, yet complimentary Continental European breakfast, something you can’t get at any other hotel in the village. Hot chocolate is not complimentary for kids at breakfast, though (which leaves only tea as a kid-friendly complimentary hot drink option), but it is in the afternoon, along with some sweet, well-deserved snacks.
Pan Pacific Whistler Village Centre, www.panpacific.com/en/hotels-and-resorts/pp-whistler-village-centre.html
Voted Canada’s best ski boutique hotel for the fifth year in a row, this quirky gem with a "special offer of free hughs" will make you feel 100% at (a uniquely and attentively decorated) home. While its outdoor pool, hot tub, sauna and outdoor fire pit are amazing, it’s the little things that make this place stand out. It’s located in Whistler’s food district, but make sure to try their own tapas which have been voted the best in town since 2005—and save some room for free candy from the lobby Candy Corner. Hugs and candy aren’t the only things that are free, and the range is interesting: from coffee and hot chocolate, snow shoes for kids and adults, to a pet fish to keep you company if you’re lonely! A stuffed toy on the bed and a rubber duck in the bath are bound to delight even the adults, plus some of their Easter eggs are super useful, like an in-room iPad!
Summit Lodge Boutique Hotel, www.summitlodge.com
Yes, boutique hotels are taking over. Sundial is an all-suite ski-in/ski-out one right below the Whistler Gondola with incredibly strong hot tub game that makes up for its lack of a pool: they offer 2-bedroom suites with outdoor hot tubs on private balconies, and the hotel boasts the village’s only rooftop hot tub (you can imagine the views). These rooms will also keep your feet and hearts warm with gas fireplaces, heated bathroom floors, and a great selection of DVDs. Since Sundial is in the heart of the village, it’s smart to book a room away from the hustle and bustle. Pro tip: make your family ski trip doubly unforgettable by renting out their GoPro camera free of charge and take the advantage of their VR experience as well after you capture your real-life adventures in HD!
Sundial Boutique Hotel, www.sundialhotel.com
Host of the 2010 Olympic off-slopes events, Westin Resort & Spa makes the best of everything around it: it's built with indigenous materials for a truly authentic feel, offers stunning views both from the rooms and the elevated outdoor pool, and is nestled steps away from the Whistler Gondola, ski school meeting point and the apres ski activities offered in the village both. They are known for very attentive staff and great mattresses. Ideally, go for the renovated rooms in the East Tower. Kids will love complimentary s'mores and hot chocolates in the afternoon, as well as Westin's huge play area hosting Westin's structured kids activities, or just providing a well-equipped area for safe haphazard play.
Westin Resort & Spa, www.marriott.com/hotels/travel/ysewi-the-westin-resort-and-spa-whistler/