Which hotels and resorts have executive club or concierge lounge in Whistler? While there are two Marriott Bonvoy hotels in Whistler, neither of these has an executive club lounge. The Hilton doesn’t have a club lounge either. The hotel to choose in Whistler with an executive club lounge is the Fairmont.
We have already reviewed the best ski hotels and resorts in the Whistler, the best ski hotels in Europe and the best ski hotels in the world. Now we review the Gold Club level at the Fairmont, part of Accor hotels, in Whistler.
Fairmont Chateau Whistler
Fairmont Chateau Whistler is your second best luxury hotel choice in Whistler.
The rooms at the Fairmont Chateau Whistler are less impressive than the Four Seasons up the road. Most have decent sized windows but few are floor to ceiling. The majority of rooms don’t have balconies which is a real disadvantage. The ones with a balcony only offer Romeo and Juliette style, so you can’t step out or sit out. There’s nothing like swinging open your balcony doors to take in the summer air, or stepping out barefoot onto a balcony covered in snow, as the flakes are falling, only to return immediately to the warmth of your room so you can cosy up at your own private fireplace. For this joy, you have to pick the Four Seasons Whistler, I’m afraid.
The standard rooms at the Fairmont face backwards, towards the car park rather than over the pool and the slopes. While they remain luxury rooms with 37m2 of space, they are nothing special and if you are a luxury traveller, you may be disappointed if you get a car park view. If you want a fireplace in your room, it’s only the suites at the Fairmont that offer fireplaces. If you have a view overlooking the mountains, your view will look something like that pictured above. What you can’t see in this photo is the large, steaming, Fairmont pool which protrudes from the property. It’s still a magical place to swim and you can warm up in the hot tubs that surround the pool.
The Fairmont offers small 40 mL bottles of Le Labo Rose 31 bath amenities in their bathrooms which is standard for the Fairmont brand. These amenities smell nice but are not my favourites.
The big advantage of the Fairmont is that it’s located at the base of Blackcomb Mountain by the Wizard Express ski lift. This means you walk out of the hotel and onto the slopes. They have a ski concierge room to store your skis/boards/boots overnight so you don’t have to carry everything back to the hotel. In this ski concierge room, there is sometimes hot chocolate available too.
The other big advantage of the Fairmont is that it offers a club lounge which you get access to by booking their Gold rooms. The Fairmont Chateau Whistler Gold floor accommodations offer jetted tubs and gas fireplaces in every room along with upgraded hotel amenities and Bose sound systems. These rooms have the view above, ie over the slopes.
The Fairmont Gold accommodations are located on the 9-12th Floor with some Fairmont Gold rooms on the 8th floor. Privileges include:
Private check-in and check-out
Exclusive Fairmont Gold Lounge for Fairmont Gold guests
Deluxe Continental Breakfast in the Fairmont Gold Lounge
All day coffee & tea service in the Fairmont Gold Lounge
Afternoon canapés & honour bar in the Fairmont Gold Lounge
Complimentary newspapers and personalized wake-up calls
Fairmont Gold privileges include exclusive access to the Fairmont Gold Lounge. Relax fireside while enjoying complimentary Deluxe Continental Breakfast, local newspapers, magazines, catching up on email with our complimentary laptop computer or simply unwinding after a day on Whistler Mountain.
The Gold Floor with its club lounge is special, with a cook awaiting to take your omelette order in the morning and great organisation with several servers bringing you dishes and clearing tables. A sophisticated experience! There’s also a roaring fireplace and plenty of comfy seats to relax into.
Afternoon canapes are worth sticking around for and there’s an honour bar but no free alcohol. The Fairmont also has lounges and restaurants but the overall feel is less intimate and more traditional than the Four Seasons. While the Fairmont is undoubtedly one of the best ski hotels in the world, When comparing Fairmont Vs Four Seasons Whistler, the Four Seasons up the road is just that little bit better!
You will benefit from the following FREE perks at Fairmont Chateau Whistler if you book with luxury travel concierge:
- Upgrade on arrival, subject to availability
- Daily full breakfast, for up to two guests per bedroom served in restaurant
- Welcome amenity
- $100 USD equivalent Food & Beverage credit to be utilized during stay (not combinable, no cash value if not redeemed in full)
- Early check-in/late check-out subject to availability
- Complimentary Wi-Fi
*benefits offered were correct as of 2020 but may be amended at the hotel’s discretion.
Disclosure: Most reviews are sponsored by the proprietor or brand being appraised. All opinions remain our own & are in no way influenced.