Staying at the Hilton made our skiing holiday. You cannot beat the location or ski hire set-up, you walk through the lobby to Summit pick up your skis and walk 25 metres to the Whistler gondola. Summit staff are brilliant! They rush to help you with your skis/snowboard every afternoon and store them for the night. You change back into your walking shoes and straight up to your room. We stayed in a Standard King and a then upgraded to a Junior King Suite and extended our holiday to two weeks as we were having such a good time and were very happy and comfortable in the Hilton. Both rooms were sparkling clean, beds comfortable, good hot shower and very spacious.The microwave and refrigerator were so helpful. We found numerous great restaurants within minutes walk.
There was a miscommunication by the hotel staff at one stage, but they were cheerful and helpful and recovered immediately.
Choosing the Hilton was an unusually difficult decisions for us. There were a lot of hotels on offer at very reasonable prices in April and reading all the reviews made things very confusing. I tried to read between the lines and that proved successful. It's very important to remember that a hotel in a ski resort will have different priorities to one, say in Fiji or Hawaii.
One of the main complaints from reviewers seems to be the décor. I was expecting shabby but did not see any such thing anywhere at all. Sure the lobby looks like it was designed and decorated by Mike and Carol Brady but so what? It was immaculately clean and not at all worn and I found it quite retro-cool. Why people would get so worked up about an area you walk through briefly when there is a winter wonderland outside is beyond me.
We stayed in both the North and South towers, I was expecting the worst on the North side facing the street, is it noisier but it wasn't at all the problem as described by some reviewers. The South tower you can hear a pin drop.
I was also worried the rooms may smell of dogs but there was not an unpleasant odour anywhere. We hardly saw any dogs and I think it's great that the Hilton offers this option to animal lovers and also that they control it strictly which is important. Like everything in life if you follow the regulations you're not likely to have a problem.
In summary if you are a skier, particular one who hires, in my opinion the Hilton is superb. You need to focus on why you are going and be more happy with the location and comfort than the lack of bling in the lobby. And remember, if you don't want to pay ski resort prices in January February then don't go to a ski resort.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- EXPERIENCING WHISTLER STARTS WITH HILTON Relax and unwind at the luxurious, award winning Hilton Whistler Resort & Spa. The hotel is ideally located in the heart of Whistler Village, host mountain resort of the 2010 Winter Olympic and Paralympics Games. Named by Condé Nast as the 10th top resort hotel in Canada, the hotel is steps away from the chairlifts of the legendary Whistler & Blackcomb Mountains, and offers an array of world class restaurants, stylish boutiques, and buzzing nightlife at our doorstep. ... more less
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