Concierge.com's insider take:
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though the newer Four Seasons challenges its status as Whistler's definitive luxury resort, the Fairmont is far from outdated.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.
From the readers of Condé Nast Traveler:
2011 Gold List
Overall Score: 88.2
- Activities: 88.3
- Design: 89.9
- Food: 83.4
- Location: 92.6
- Rooms: 86.0
- Service: 89.0
Also appeared in the Gold List in 2010, 2008, 2007, 2006, 2005
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