The Fairmont Chateau – A Winter Wonderland
With Whistler, B.C. being my all time favorite winter vacation I have ever been on, you know I HAVE to dedicate a post to my favorite hotel there! In fact, the Fairmont Chateau Whistler may be one of the best hotels I have ever stayed in, in my entire life. It is rustic, cozy, and gorgeous. They have thought about every detail, from the architecture to the overall guest experience. They even leave a little gift each day of your stay!
It is located right on the edge of the Blackcomb Mountain, making it a ski-in/ski-out resort. When you first walk in to the lobby, you are greeted with expansive ceilings, arches, and natural wood beams. The staff are gold standard, and are there to ensure you have the best experience possible. The concierge is so easy to book activities with, whether you want to sign up for ski lessons, or visit the nearby Scandinave Spa.
They have a bar and a restaurant in the lobby. It can be pricey, with breakfast costing around 70 Canadian Dollars, but it is so worth it. The breakfast buffet spreads out over the entire dining room, with a beautiful wooden carriage dedicated solely to pastries and croissants. Then they have an omelette station, carving station, typical breakfast buffet items with some luxury benedict additions, deli meat platters, fruit platters, and even a raw fish platter! Their selections vary every day.
If you go to Whistler, definitely spend at least a night here!
EATING AND DRINKING
The Portobello Market is part of their ongoing $23 million dollar renovation. It offers a fresh new concept with a modern take on their rustic materials. Also check out the Wildflower Grill (a bangin’ breakfast buffet – probably the best I have ever eaten), the Grill Room, the Mallard Lounge, the Chalet, the Clubhouse, and Whistler Family Restaurant.
The Wildflower restaurant cost $35 CAD / $26 USD and is worth every penny. They offer everything you could dream of, with an entire wooden horse cart dedicated to a pastry selection. Not to forget, on Christmas Morning, what I thought was already a massive breakfast buffet almost doubled in size, when they began to have it sprawl into the lobby. If I had a bucket list for breakfast buffets, that would be on it.
Some notable amenities include a free resort area shuttle, indoor and outdoor heated pools, a sauna, lounge, and Vida Wellness Spa. They also have a fitness center, bar, and are puppy friendly!
ACTIVITIES & EXCURSIONS
With the Fairmont being a ski-in / ski-out resort, they are an 8-10 minute walk from the ski-lift. They have their very own ski shop situated in the lobby, and sell ski-lift passes right there in the hotel. You can also book an excursion at the concierge, with activities for the whole family ranging from hiking down multiple trails to paddle boarding on one of Whistler’s gorgeous lakes. They offer free excursions that leave at various times throughout the day, but must be reserved 72 to 48 hours in advance. Another beautiful thing about the Fairmont is all of the additional complimentary services they offer, which truly represents their gold standard of service. Each day they leave a gift in your room, which is such a nice gesture, and a delicious one. My favorite gift they left us was a sleeve of macarons, each a different flavor. We also received a bag of candied nuts, candy canes, and a Christmas Stocking stuffed with goodies hanging on our door on Christmas morning.