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.
I cannot stress enough how very different these two hotels are, and yet I felt at home in both. While the Pacific Rim had an 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 skeptical 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.
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.
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.
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!
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.
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!
Disclosure: I stayed at the Fairmont Chateau Whistler as part of my #WhyYVR competition win. However, all opinions are my own. A big thank you to the Fairmont Chateau Whistler for their fantastic hospitality.