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Posted January 16, 2015 by Natasha Lees in Blogs
 
 

The Fairmont Chateau Whistler Review

“The Perfect Family-Friendly Escape”

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An Overview: Luxury at its Finest

Get out of the city and escape to Whistler next time you and your family need some genuine family time together. The Fairmont Chateau Whistler is the perfect choice for families that want to be ultimately cared for and catered to while enjoying some fun in the snow or sun. Located at the base of Blackcomb Mountain in Whistler, British Columbia, this 550-room luxury property has been a top choice among locals and tourists for years.

As an all-season luxury hotel in one of British Columbia’s premiere ski destinations, the Fairmont Chateau Whistler is a place where families can spend genuine quality time together while enjoying some of Whistler’s most popular attractions and activities. The accommodations are luxurious and the hotel and resort has a room or suite to suit every type of traveller and their individual travel needs. Each guest room is tastefully designed and offers stunning mountain or colourful village views. The entire hotel and resort and all public areas are 100% smoke free.

Dine in first-class restaurants such as the Wildflower and the Grill Room and Private Dining Lounge, and enjoy alpine warmers, the ‘Chocolate Bar’ and specialty martinis at the Mallard Lounge and Terrace. There are kid-friendly menus in the Wildflower, Portobello Fresh Market and Bakery, The Chalet and in the rooms, and kids under 5 can eat free any time during the year. There are numerous options to please even the youngest of palates.

If you need to relax and unwind, or sooth sore muscles after a long day of skiing, snowboarding or sledding, make sure you stop by Vida Spa where you can experience unique holistic approaches to well-being, healing, rejuvenation and health.

If you have always dreamed of tying the knot in breathtaking Whistler, the Fairmont Chateau Whistler offers the only rooftop Wedding Chapel in the area. Turn “happily-ever-after” into a reality when considering this hotel for your special day. This world-class mountain resort is also a top place to hold high-powered business meetings, functions, conferences, signature social events and more as it is Whistler’s largest hotel and conference facility.

The hotel also offers a long list of amenities, activities and services to their guests, including concierge services, a health club, a pool, golf facilities, high speed internet, a ski valet, a village shuttle, boutique shops, tennis courts and more. The opportunities for family fun and spending quality time together while staying at the Fairmont Chateau Whistler are endless as there is something to do at every turn.

 

Perfect Stay for Kids

Kids can have fun with a variety of kid-friendly activities, from the Family Adventure Zone which includes bungee trampolines, mini golf and a climbing wall, to the Coca Cola Tube Park where they can challenge themselves to black diamond slopes and non-stop thrills. During the Christmas season and throughout the year there are multiple events going on that are kid and family-friendly, so don’t miss out and check the events calendar before you go!

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A Safe Stay for Baby

Traveling with an infant always adds a new level of concern, worry and care. Fairmont Chateau Whistler makes sure babies are safe and cared for on the highest level by providing parents with the necessities that their little one needs while travelling. Amenities and services include a Foundations Children’s Products crib that complies with international safety regulations, diaper pick-up and bottle warming services, as well as baby-size bathrobes and baby-friendly toiletries.

Three Highlights of the Fairmont Chateau Hotel that Make it Unique

  • A leading hotel in sustainability. Fairmont Hotels & Resorts was one of the world’s first hotel companies to embrace environmental stewardship. The luxury hotel brand has expanded this commitment to include economic, environmental, and social programming through its Fairmont Sustainability Partnership.

  • Landmark hotel of Whistler. With phenomenal landscape and stunning mountain views, this hotel offers some of the best photo opportunities in all of British Columbia.

  • A rooftop wedding chapel. Get married in Whistler’s premiere wedding spot where a winter wonderland and fairy tale ceremony awaits.

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Our Family Experience at Fairmont Chateau Whistler

Our family stay consisted of two nights and on a weekend right after New Year’s Eve, so the hotel was bustling with happy people and the lobby decorations looked gorgeous and were very welcoming. The front desk check in was fast as most people that were hanging out in the lobby were dressed in ski gear and getting ready for fun on the slopes. The front desk staff were efficient as well as friendly and very helpful when I had any inquiries.

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We were given deluxe connecting rooms which was fantastic for a bigger family like ourselves. The kids had two queen beds in their room along with a roll away bed for our 11 year old. We had a king size bed and a crib for our 10 month old son. The rooms offered enough space for everyone to move around and the slopeside views were absolutely stunning.

We requested a microwave and refrigerator to help us heat up and store some food which was an excellent way to save some money while in Whistler. The hotel has pretty much anything you need to make your hotel stay in Whistler a comfortable and convenient one. The rooms also had down filled duvets, flat screen TVs, fully equipped work stations, Wi-Fi access, cozy sitting areas, hair dryers, thick cotton bath robes, safes for valuables, deluxe toiletries, irons and ironing boards and more.

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One of the best features of the rooms were the views of the mountain and Peak 2 Peak gondola ride. When we woke up extra early the next day, it was so refreshing to see untouched fluffy white snow and lush mountain tree tops. It was a serene experience that we will always remember and our 10 month old just loved looking out!

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Fun at the Coca Cola Tube Park

It is always a good idea to get up to some genuine family fun when in Whistler. There are loads of activities to enjoy, from tubing, snowshoeing and dog sledding in the winter, to zip lining, bungee jumping and rock climbing in the summer. We decided to challenge ourselves to 1000-foot runs at the Coca Cola Tube Park. It was a bit packed and we had to wait a half hour before getting our tubes and hitting the black diamond run, but it was a lot of fun once we got into it. You really have to “let go” and trust you will be ok when you first try it out. That’s the thrill of it all!

The kids loved it and everyone had a smile on their face as they built up the courage to fly down the steep hill! We only lasted about an hour though as the kids were feeling the cold a bit too much and we had to return to the village. The Coca Cola Tube Park is definitely a must-do for families that want to add some thrills to their Whistler escape. Just remember to double up on clothing, wear two pairs of socks if you tend to get cold quickly and wear a good pair of boots.

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Dining at the Wildflower

We reserved a table for 7pm at the Wildflower Restaurant within the hotel. This dining experience was by far one of the best and it is now at the top of my list when it comes to Whistler dining recommendations. The staff were extremely pleasant, knowledgeable about ingredients and dishes, and very helpful when it came to suggestions. Our server Warren was very professional, as well as warm and friendly and got on well with the kids. The kids were a little uncomfortable with not knowing what specific menu ingredients were and Warren explained then in more detail.

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My husband and I ordered the West Coast Seafood Chowder to start while the kids enjoyed the Jumbo Prawn Cocktail and the Smoked Bacon Wildflower Caesar. The chowder was the perfect appetizer after a long cold day and the seafood, rich herb cream and unique flavors made us only crave more. The mouth-watering seafood that came in the chowder included clams, shrimp, scallops and salmon.

For the mains, two of our kids ordered the Half Roast Fraser Valley Free Run Chicken with garlic mashed organic Pemberton potatoes, Madeira jus and harvest vegetables while our 13 year old wanted the New York Steak Frites with portobello mushroom, asparagus, herb butter, pomme frites and green peppercorn sauce. I decided on the Roast Sirloin of Lamb with a white bean cassoulet with confit of Brome Lake duck and merguez sausage and my husband Shaun took up Warren’s Slow Roast Prime Rib recommendation.

I loved my dish as it had the perfect amount of “sweet” and the perfect amount of “heat.” I love spicy food and the sausage offered that, while the bean cassoulet was a bit sweet and added a unique flavour when combined with the lamb. I tried my husband’s prime rib which was fantastic too and cooked to perfection.

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Dessert came next and the kids devoured their Sticky Toffee Puddings, while my husband and I shared the Maple Pecan Cheesecake. The cheesecake was extra creamy and the perfect ending to a fabulous family dining experience. The Wildflower is family-friendly and we saw many babies in the restaurant dining at the same time as us so we felt very comfortable and welcome.

My Final Thoughts

The Fairmont Chateau Whistler is perfect for families who need all of the conveniences of home and who want to be close to all of the action and adventure that Whistler provides. The hotel and resort amenities and services exceed expectations and there are also numerous amenities for babies which I was extremely excited about. The restaurant venues are world-class and the culinary delights were memorable. This cosy family-friendly resort offers the most stunning views of the magnificent Whistler and Blackcomb Mountains.

I highly recommend the Fairmont Chateau Whistler to families that are looking for a luxury hotel and resort that offers that perfect ‘home away from home’ feeling while visiting one of the most famous ski destinations in Canada.

 

Where?

4599 Chateau Boulevard
Whistler
British Columbia, Canada
V0N 1B4
Maps & Directions

Phone: 604-938-8000

Website: www.Fairmont.com/Whistler

 

**A special thank you to Kerry Duff and Christine Cowin for arranging our stay and dining experience at the lovely Fairmont Chateau Whistler**

Author: Natasha Jervis, Travel Copywriter


Natasha Lees

 
Natasha Lees
Natasha Lees is a dedicated and professional travel copywriter with over 16 years of experience in the travel and tourism industry. Some of her past and current roles include the New York Times travel channel on About.com, Trivago, Sunwing Vacation Group, WeddingVacations.com, Mastercard Caribbean, Princess Cruises, CanadaTravels.com, Escapes.ca and a variety of other worldwide travel media resources.