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Fairmont Chateau Whistler, Whistler 

4599 Chateau Boulevard
Whistler , British Columbia
Canada V0N 1B4
Tel: 800 606 8244 (toll-free)
Tel: 604 938 8000
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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though the newer Four Seasons challenges its status as Whistler's definitive luxury resort, the Fairmont is far from outdated.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:
The Blackcomb Mountain resort has "a location that can't be beat." The château resembles structures of the early nineteenth century, so "if visitors prefer modern hotels, look elsewhere." Rooms contain antique pieces from Labrador, Baffin Island, and the Maritime regions of Canada. At The Chalet, have the three-course fondue dinner beside a warming fire. Staff "take care of your needs without hovering."

(550 rooms)
—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

Amenities: Golf, Pool, Skiing, Spa, Tennis

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