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Whistler Hotels

$300-$399
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Adara Hotel
4122 Village Green
Whistler , British Columbia
Canada
Tel: 604 905 4009
info@adarahotel.com
www.adarahotel.com

Not everybody comes to Whistler simply for the skiing: If you're a fashion-forward type from Vancouver or elsewhere looking for a weekend away, you might find yourself at this 41-room boutique hotel. Opened in 2006, the Adara injected some needed style and funk into the Whistler hotel scene: Note the vinyl headboards and the Jetsons-esque plastic chairs topped with faux sheepskin throws. There are also such niceties as a Bodum French press coffeemaker, a docking station for MP3 players (you can borrow a preprogrammed iPod or laptop), and a rain shower stocked with products from Fresh. Gas fireplaces are the one nod to traditional ski lodges (and, since it is in Whistler Village, it's still only five-minute walk from the mountains' gondolas).

$300-$399
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Fairmont Chateau Whistler
4599 Chateau Boulevard
Whistler , British Columbia
Canada V0N 1B4
Tel: 800 606 8244 (toll-free)
Tel: 604 938 8000
chateauwhistlerresort@fairmont.com
www.fairmont.com/whistler

The Chateau has towered above the Blackcomb base since 1989, and even though the newer Four Seasons challenges its status as Whistler's definitive luxury resort, the Fairmont is far from outdated. Both its location (steps from the Wizard chairlift and snuggled tight against the slopes) and architecture (a fortress topped by soaring green steeples) render it Whistler's best-known landmark. Grand by design, the Chateau fills its lobby (sorry, "Great Hall") with Mennonite rugs and a redwood-size fireplace. The 550 traditionally furnished rooms make for good rest at night, and the hotel offers a number of suite options. The rooms really aren't the thing, though: Even during the off-season, guests can take a spin around the seven-store shopping floor, sip fireside cocktails in the expansive Mallard Lounge, or play the mountainside 18-hole golf course designed by Robert Trent Jones, Jr. And the service is spot on: If you need dinner reservations at Araxi, a quick ski tune-up, or a facial at the on-site Vida Wellness Spa on a moment's notice, the capable and congenial staff will attend to it all with genuine B.C. hospitality.

$400 or more
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Four Seasons Resort Whistler
4591 Blackcomb Way
Whistler , British Columbia
Canada V0N 1B4
Tel: 888 935 2460 (toll-free)
Tel: 604 935 3400
reservations.whi@fourseasons.com
www.fourseasons.com/whistler

The Fairmont may have come first, but it's no shock that its main luxury rival is the Four Seasons, which opened to rave reviews in 2005. Four Seasons veterans will recognize the zealous service, but newcomers to the chain who are here just for the snow might be taken aback. (Use your "Privacy Please" door hanger if you don't want staffers checking on your well-being every two hours.) The hotel has 273 rooms, all with fireplaces and balconies—and even the smallest feels pretty darn big at more than 500 square feet. Guests can reach either mountain via shuttle bus, but it's a mere four-minute walk to Blackcomb's base, where the hotel posts a top-flight ski concierge to store your equipment and lend advice on the best runs. When the ski day is done, head to Fifty Two 80 Bistro, where chef Scott Dolbee celebrates his Californian roots with dishes based around locally sourced ingredients. His seared sablefish, with open-faced oxtail ravioli, butternut squash, and sorrel julienne, is a novel treat.

$200-$299
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Holiday Inn SunSpree Resort
4295 Blackcomb Way
Whistler , British Columbia
Canada
Tel: 604 938 0878
mail@whistlerhi.com
www.whistlerhi.com

Most ski villages have a budget option that stands out for skiing practicality. After all, design and decor matters little to hard-core types who just want to get up and out early when the snow is good. In Whistler's case, that option is the Holiday Inn (go figure), which has a prime location in Village Centre alongside the upscale properties. Suffer the overly shiny bedspreads, but enjoy the kitchenettes, fireplaces in every room, and cable TV. There's also a small gym and 10-person hot tub. Plus, you can bring your equipment into the rooms—try that at the Four Seasons.

$199 or less
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Horstman House
4653 Blackcomb Way
Whistler , British Columbia
Canada V0N 1B4
Tel: 888 621 1177 (toll-free)
Tel: 604 935 1177
bookings@whistlerpremier.com
www.horstmanhouse.com

Although budget-friendly hotels aren't easy to come by in Whistler, a night at the Horstman House can cost you as little as $180 in high season—a fraction of what the higher-end places will run. The standard-issue mountain rental decor isn't going to win any awards, but at 700 to 1,000 square feet, the lodge's 51 one- and two-bedroom suites are massive by Whistler standards and include full kitchens, private balconies, gas fireplaces, living and dining rooms, and laundry facilities. What's the catch? It's a 10-minute walk from the hotel to the Blackcomb Mountain base, and 15 to 20 minutes to the center of Whistler Village. The free Whistler shuttle does stop here roughly every 15 minutes between 5:30 am and 3 am, and there are plenty of distractions on-property, including a mountain-view pool, hot tub, fitness center, and a kid-friendly lobby with foosball and pool tables.

$200-$299
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Nita Lake Lodge
2131 Lake Placid Road
Whistler , British Columbia
Canada V0N 1B2
Tel: 888 755 6482 (toll-free)
Tel: 604 966 5700
res.nita@bhrbc.com
www.nitalakelodge.com

At the edge of lovely little Nita Lake, this boutique lodge is a haven for skiers who dig quiet evenings, alpine views, and easy mountain access. It's located in Whistler Creekside—three miles south of the late-night hooting and hollering for which Whistler Village is sometimes known, and a five-minute walk from the Creekside gondola. The look here is a polished take on rustic (fir beams, woven rugs, leather furnishings), while the amenities are thoroughly modern: All 77 guest rooms are equipped with basalt rock fireplaces, heated stone floors, 40-inch flat-screen TVs, and spacious bathrooms with soaking tubs and rain showers. (Large groups should book one of the two guesthouses, which include four or five bedrooms, gourmet kitchens, and hot tubs.) At sunset, guests gather on Lakeside Lounge's patio (it's heated in winter) to enjoy a glass of wine and swap tales of trails conquered.

$400 or more
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Pan Pacific Whistler Village Centre
4299 Blackcomb Way
Whistler , British Columbia
Canada
Tel: 604 966 5500
vc-concierge@panpacific.com
whistlervc.panpacific.com

"Gorgeous views and lots of colorful flower beds" are hallmarks of this metal-roofed resort "central to the action." "Crisp and stylish suites" are equipped with fireplaces, kitchens, and Aveda products. Expect a ski valet, a heated outdoor saltwater lap pool, and two hot tubs. At Pacific Lounge, the breakfast buffet is "more than a juice and muffin carbohydrate load."

(83 suites)

$200-$299
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Summit Lodge & Spa
4359 Main Street
Whistler , British Columbia
Canada
Tel: 604 932 2778
reservations@summitlodge.com
www.summitlodge.com

The Summit has fashioned itself as a purveyor of "Western Zen," with touches such as a 24-hour yoga channel, yoga mats, serene water features, and sand gardens available for your room. Less enlightened visitors just like its peaceful location near a gurgling creek in the North Village. The 81 suites come with refrigerators, stoves, microwaves, and 300-thread-count bed linens. (Ask for room 410, which overlooks a grove of majestic Douglas firs, promising an early-morning birdsong alarm clock.) There are also two good restaurants here, Elements and Sachi Sushi. Despite its overly florid name, we like the Taman Sari Royal Heritage Spa, which specializes in Javanese treatments, an Indonesian discipline with lots of deep kneading and pressure—a welcome release after a day of hiking, skiing, or boarding.

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