The resort community of Whistler, British Columbia, has accommodation options for every family’s taste and budget, whether you want a ski-in and ski-out condo or are looking for the best family hotel pool in the village. We’ve stayed in many of Whistler’s most fabulous hotel properties, and each one has its own charm and advantages. Our list of the 8 best Whistler hotels for families to stay and play will help you enjoy plan a fabulous alpine holiday in British Columbia, whether visiting Whistler in winter, fall or summer.
The Best Whistler Hotels for Families
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Whistler Luxury Hotel Properties
Pan Pacific Whistler Village Centre
The Pan Pacific Whistler Village Centre is one of our favorite hotels in Whistler for families. Pan Pacific has two hotel properties in Whistler (the other hotel is the Pan Pacific Whistler Mountainside), but Whistler Village Centre is slightly off of the main stage, and therefore a bit quieter. With large, family-sized suites that include a full kitchen, dining area and spacious rooms for kids and gear, this is a great boutique hotel for families in Whistler.
The Village Centre is the only hotel in the village that includes a full, hot European Breakfast for all guests. Served between 7-10 AM, the breakfast buffet is outstanding, featuring baked goods, hot and cold items, drinks, juices, fruit and yoghurt. Beginning the day at the brekkie buffet is the perfect start to any successful ski day, especially when they serve maple syrup whipped cream – it’s to die for delicious!
For après, the Pan Pacific hotel offers a cosy hot chocolate and cookie tea-time, which is a fabulous way to end the day and begin the evening. There’s a good-sized, heated outdoor pool and hot tub, offering outstanding views of both Whistler and Blackcomb mountains.
It’s just a 5-minute walk to collect your ski gear at the complimentary ski valet at Pan Pacific Mountainside, located at the base of Blackcomb.
Whistler Rating: 4.5 Stars Our Rating: 5 Stars
Four Seasons Resort Whistler
Whistler’s Four Seasons Resort and Residences is a gorgeous luxury getaway in the heart of Whistler’s Upper Village. The rooms are generously sized, with large, five-piece bathrooms and lots of closet space. There’s even a pet valet service that brings a special dog pillow and treats for your pooch.
My husband appreciated the complimentary do-it-yourself latté machine in the main lobby in the morning, while our kids loved the large heated outdoor pool in the afternoon. In addition to the popular pool, there’s a steam room as well as a spa.
The ski concierge at the base of Blackcomb mountain will save you time and effort schlepping gear to and from this slope side hotel. Helpful staff kit everyone out for the day, and will have hot chocolate and cookies waiting for you upon your return from the slopes, which are a short walk from the hotel. How cool is that?
Whistler’s main village is a forested, ten minute walk, or a quick shuttle bus ride away. The Four Season’s breakfast buffet is generous, with a large choice of delicious hot and cold items. As extensive as it was, we did find it a bit on the pricey side.
If staying during the summer season, inquire about the Porsche Driving Adventure. Guides meet participants in the Four Seasons Lobby with luxury Cayenne SUVs, then it’s off for a thrilling drive into the backcountry of the Callahan Valley north of Whistler. This is a Whistler experience you’ll never forget.
Whistler Rating: 5 Stars Our Rating: 4.5 Stars
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Fairmont Chateau Whistler
The “Castle in Whistler” is a luxury hotel property located in the Upper Village, just a 10-minute walk from the main village centre. Fairmont Chateau Whistler’s alpine setting includes stellar mountain views and easy access to Blackcomb Mountain’s gondola. The hotel has generous rooms and a lovely outdoor pool and hot tub. There’s even an 18-hole golf course within walking distance.
Expect the usual excellent Fairmont-quality service here, particularly on the Fairmont Gold floor with a fabulous buffet breakfast and après snacks included. Other Fairmont amenities include daily yoga, car shuttles to the village, babysitting, tennis, ski storage and laundry services. The Vida Spa offers relaxing face and body treatments that are a perfect post-ski treat. Dining options include the formal Wildflower and the more casual Portobello restaurants.
Whistler Rating: 4.5 Stars Our Rating: 4.5 Stars
Hilton Whistler Resort and Spa
The Hilton Whistler Resort & Spa is in the heart of village action near many shops and restaurants. My youngest son loves the HIlton for its great location and vibe – it’s busy and bustling with skiers, other kids, and fun activity. The rooms are large and spacious, with up to three-bedroom suites with fully equipped kitchens. Extended families can also opt for connecting rooms so there’s space for everyone.
The outdoor pool and hot tub have great views of the mountains, especially at night. There’s complimentary ski valet storage for guests on your way to and from the gondolas, which are practically at your doorstep.
Whistler Rating: 4.5 Stars Our Rating: 4.0 Stars
Westin Resort and Spa
The Westin Resort & Spa is another fantastic, family-friendly hotel property in the heart of Whistler Village. It’s got one of the best locations near the Whistler ski school check in and is steps from the Whistler Mountain Gondola. This all-suite hotel features comfortable and spacious rooms with full kitchens, as well as an elevated outdoor pool (with small indoor section), hot tub, gym area, spa and steam room.
I swear by Westin’s Heavenly Beds. They are super comfortable and I always get a great night’s sleep after a busy day in the village. There is a ski valet service, but there is a daily charge of $9/day/set of skis, up to $27 per day. Do what we did and lock them in your car’s ski box, unless you have Pro ski gear and want them properly stored and secured.
Bringing your fur baby along? The Westin has a Dog Program that includes amenities such as a Heavenly DogBed and special pup treats.
Whistler Rating: 4.5 Stars Our Rating: 4.5 Stars
Legends Whistler Creekside
Legends in Whistler Creekside may feel a bit different, for two reasons. One, it’s actually a condominium-style lodge with apartments that can be bought or rented. Secondly, it’s ski-in, ski-out at Whistler Creekside, which is south of the main Village. Creekside has great restaurants and cafes, and convenient access to the Creekside gondola, ski school and Whistler ski programs.
Legends Whistler Creekside has a heated outdoor pool with two hot tubs (one family-specific), and there’s also game and media rooms for the kids. The staff is friendly, and parking is included. The spacious suites feel like a home away from home, especially as they feature a full kitchen and a washer dryer laundry closet, which is exceptionally handy if you’re staying for an entire week. A short 5-minute drive north brings you into Whistler’s main village.
Whistler Rating: 4-Star Our Rating: 4 Stars
Nita Lake Lodge
The beautiful, chalet-like Nita Lake Lodge is tucked away on the north side of Highway 99, in a serene, lakeside setting in Whistler Creekside. This tranquil hotel property may be more suited for a romantic couples getaway to enjoy the annual Whistler Cornucopia event, but several of their spacious suites can sleep up to 6 people in luxurious, family-friendly comfort.
Nike Lake Lodge’s lakeside setting is perfect for canoeing or paddle-boarding, or simply dipping toes into the water. There’s a shuttle into the village so you can leave your car at the resort. Nita has three dining options, including Aura for delicious locavore dinners. Fix Café is the go-to for your morning oat milk latte and baked treat.
Whistler Rating: 4-Stars Our Rating: 4 Stars
Whistler Budget Hotels
Aava Whistler Hotel
The Aava Whistler Hotel is a well-appointed, contemporary hotel that is conveniently located just on the edge of Whistler Village Centre. It’s close to all the village amenities and people-watching action.
Rooms are clean, if a bit small for a family of four, with queen beds, sofa-beds and a basic bathroom. Amenities include ski lockers, and a small heated outdoor pool and hot tub. The hotel is quite affordable by Whistler standards, and the staff is friendly and accommodating. The best part? In five minutes, you’re at the base of Whistler Mountain gondola.
Whistler Rating: 4 Stars Our Rating: 3 Stars
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Feature photo: Westin Resort. Credit: Tourism Whistler
Disclosure: This article contains affiliate links. The writer visited the Pan Pacific Whistler Village Centre, the Four Seasons Resort Whistler, Hilton and Westin Hotels courtesy of Tourism Whistler and the hotels. As always, our opinions are honest and our own.