Mountain luxury at the Fairmont Chateau Whistler

I was in Whistler in the summer and had the pleasure of staying at the Fairmont Chateau. I also stayed at another Fairmont hotel in Vancouver, the Fairmont Pacific Rim, which I loved, and the Whistler branch certainly did not disappoint. On the contrary.

pools at the Fairmont Chateau Whistler

I cannot stress enough how very different these two hotels are, and yet I felt at home in both. While the Pacific Rim had amazing modern design, cool, understated, and in perfect balance with such a stylish city, the Whistler branch was quite the opposite.

Nestled at the foot of Blackcomb Mountain in Whistler Village, it sits not far from the Sea to Sky Highway in one hell of a stunning location in BC. To be honest, the European I am I was very sceptical of the use of the word “chateau” in a North American context, and had researched the hotel online beforehand. While I am admittedly not a fan of its exterior, I can only admire what awaits inside.

Welcome in the lobby of the Fairmont Chateau Whistler

I was travelling with the group from Virgin Atlantic as part of their inaugural flight from London to Vancouver, and we were given a very warm welcome by a First Nations group. Right afterwards, I joined the champagne reception in a wonderful lounge on the 5th floor, which looked out onto the outdoor pools and jacuzzies, with the mountains and the forest right behind.

Fairmont Chateau Whistler corridor

Incredibly pink and cream wallpapered corridors lead to the guest rooms. A bit of a surprise after the huge and wide lobby with all the stone features, but very cosy and elegant at the same time.

On entering the room, I discovered another welcome gift: a personalised card and a very tasty aperitif! That homemade jam was to die for, and so was the charcuterie. Nothing better than a beautifully presented and yummy snack after a 3-hour bus ride.

Fairmont Chateau Whistler welcome plate

While Pacific Rim was uber-stylish, the Fairmont Chateau allows you to live it up old school style. The wooden furniture, golden decor here and there, the fireplace, the heavy armchairs and woolen throws really harmonize to create that mountain chalet feeling – a luxury one, though, not the rustic mountain hut kind!

room at the Fairmont Chateau Whistler

Fairmont Chateau Whistler bed

I was particularly impressed with the bathroom. Every woman loves a big stylish bathroom, so no surprise there. Again, just like at the Pacific Rim, the toiletries were from Le Labo, with a particularly pleasant rose scent. All the gold details in the bathroom, the high-end toiletries and the very polished presentation give it a very elegant feel that completes the luxury experience.

Fairmont Chateau Whistler, toiletries in the bathroom

bathroom at Fairmont Chateau Whistler

Fairmont Chateau Whistler bathroom

I had a fantastic stay at the Fairmont Chateau Whistler and I am already looking forward to visiting again in the wintertime. The hotel is the perfect ski-in ski-out place, so I’ve heard, so I’ll put that to the test!

Have you been to the Fairmont Chateau Whistler?


Disclosure: I stayed at the Fairmont Chateau Whistler as part of my #WhyYVR competition winHowever, all opinions are my own.  A big thank you to the Fairmont Chateau Whistler for their fantastic hospitality.

Christina Hegele

About the author: Christina Hegele runs Sandal Road, a blog on her favourite destinations. It just so happened that 95% turned out to be about New Zealand. Follow Christina and her blog on Twitter, like her blog on Facebook, and subscribe to her Youtube channel. Alternatively, subscribe to her email newsletter at the top right of this blog.

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  4 comments for “Mountain luxury at the Fairmont Chateau Whistler

  1. 6 September, 2012 at 08:17

    Congratulations on the win and this awesome prize! We’ve gone to Whistler a few times to ski and always pass by the Fairmont. We can’t afford its prices either. We’ve always wanted to take a peek and wow..truly luxurious and elegant. I think I’d have a hard time leaving this room 🙂

    • Christina
      10 September, 2012 at 21:50

      Thanks Mary! Well I had a very hard time leaving this amazing place, let me tell you that. I could hardly chew my bircher muesli in the morning because I was smiling from ear to ear sitting in the restaurant and looking out onto the mountains 🙂

  2. 10 November, 2012 at 09:54

    I have always wanted to go to this Fairmont, I am not usually drawn to hotels but this is definitely one that is unique.

    • Christina
      10 November, 2012 at 13:51

      It is beautiful. I didn’t have time to explore it all, I was kind of overwhelmed by my room and the scenery. I heard the spa was lovely.

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