Whether you want to ski-in and ski-out or are looking for the best family hotel pool in the village, the resort community of Whistler, British Columbia, has accommodation options for every family’s taste and budget. Our family has stayed in many of Whistler’s most fabulous hotel properties, and each one has its own charm and advantages. Here are the best Whistler hotels for families to stay and play at any time of year.
The Best Whistler Hotels for Families
UPDATE: It’s important to note that all the properties listed here, and all accommodations in Whistler have instituted special health and wellness policies in accordance with government regulations to prevent the spread of Covid-19. In most Whistler accommodations, wearing a mask on-premise is mandatory. There are sanitation stations throughout hotels, including in elevators and in hotel restaurants. Many hotels are restricting the number of guests in elevators at any one time, and reducing housekeeping during guest stays. Guests will have to reserve spots to use the fitness centers, gyms and pool facilities through reservation systems that can be accessed from smartphones. While this can be frustrating, it’s the only way to ensure everyone can access popular spots around the hotel in a safe manner.
Whistler Luxury Hotel Properties
Pan Pacific Whistler Village Centre
Confession: The Pan Pacific Whistler Village Centre is one of our family’s favorite hotels in Whistler. Pan Pacific has two hotel properties in Whistler (the other hotel is the Mountainside at the base of Whistler), but Whistler Village Centre is slightly off of the main stage, and therefore a bit quieter; it’s a great boutique hotel in Whistler for families. The large, family-sized suites include a full kitchen, dining area and spacious rooms for kids and gear.
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. It’s the perfect start to any successful ski day, especially when they serve maple syrup whipped cream – to die for delicious!
For après, the Pan Pacific hotel offers a cosy hot chocolate and cookie tea-time. It’s a lovely way to end the day and begin the evening. There’s a good-sized, heated outdoor pool and hot tub with 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
The Four Seasons Resort and Residences is a gorgeous luxury getaway in the heart of Whistler’s Upper Village. 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 really appreciated the complimentary do-it-yourself latté machine in the main lobby in the morning. The large heated outdoor pool is very popular with families, and there’s a steam room in each change area, 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. The helpful staff kit everyone out for the day, and will have hot chocolate & cookies waiting for you upon your return from the slopes, which are a short walk from the hotel. How cool is that?
The main Whistler village is a forested, ten minute walk, or a quick shuttle bus ride. The hotel’s breakfast buffet is generous, with lots 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 with luxury Cayenne SUVs pick up participants from the Four Seasons Lobby. Driving into the backcountry of the Callahan Valley north of Whistler is an experience you’ll never forget.
Whistler Rating: 5 Stars Our Rating: 4.5 Stars
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. Its alpine setting includes pretty stellar mountain views and easy access to Blackcomb mountain’s gondola. The hotel has generous rooms, a lovely outdoor pool and hot tub, and even an 18-hole golf course within walking distance.
Expect the usual excellent Fairmont-quality service here, and amenities like daily yoga, car shuttles to the village, babysitting, tennis, ski storage and laundry services. The Vida Spa offers relaxing face and body treatments, and the dining options include the formal Wildflower and the more casual Portobello restaurants.
Whistler Rating: 4.5 Stars Our Rating: 4 Stars
Hilton Whistler Resort & 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. Large or 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, you’re that close.
Whistler Rating: 4.5 Stars Our Rating: 4.5 Stars
Westin Resort & 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, an elevated outdoor pool (with small indoor section) and hot tub, gym area, spa and steam room.
The Westin has a Dog Program that includes amenities such as a Heavenly DogBed and special treats for your fur baby.
I swear by the (human version) Westin Heavenly Beds. They are super comfortable, and we always enjoy a great night’s sleep on them. 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.
Whistler Rating: 4.5 Stars Our Rating: 4.5 Stars
Legends Whistler Creekside
If a stay at Legends in Whistler Creekside feels different, it’s for two reasons. One, it’s actually a condominium-style lodge, with apartments that can be bought or rented. And two, 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.
The Legends property has a heated outdoor pool with two hot tubs (one family-specific), as well as games and media rooms. The staff is friendly, and parking is included. The spacious suites feature full kitchen and washer dryer laundry closet, which is exceptionally handy if staying for an entire week. The suites feel like a home away from home. A short 5-minute drive brings you into the 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 Whistler’s annual Cornucopia event. But several of their spacious suites can sleep up to 6 people in luxurious, family-friendly comfort.
The 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. There are three dining options here, including Aura for delicious locavore dinners and Fix Café for your morning cup and baked treat to go or stay.
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 snug 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 always friendly and accommodating. With just a 5 minute walk, you’re at 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.