Spouse and I stayed three nights recently for a low-key birthday getaway. Choice was based on: in Canada (I forgot to renew my passport), animal-friendly, L’Occitane bath amenities, proximate to walking trails, outdoor heated pools and hot tubs, and pricing competitive with nearby properties.
Pet friendliness was the most important aspect of our experience but I’ll make a few general notes first:
Décor is not modern or tech but was comfortable and very clean. Staff said “of course” to every request, which was huge. The bed was comfortable. The pools are as good as they look in the pictures. The spa was beautiful and the massage therapists excellent. The lobby smelled amazing. I was worried the location was a bit of a hike from the village but it was quite short. Room service was fast and friendly. There is free coffee in the lobby in the morning. The hotel itself was quiet, in part because we stayed during the shoulder season, but also excellent soundproofing: There were other, barkier dogs staying on our floor, but we discovered their presence only when walking past the room doors. Also: Free wifi and they gave me a nice card and a cupcake for my birthday.–Thoughtful touch!
FYIs: There are no amenity sample packs of face or hand cream in the bathrooms and the wine reception set up does not encourage networking/meeting other guests. Also, the morning coffee cart is pulled at 8am sharp, so snap to (unless you like pod coffee in the room).
Respecting pet friendliness, with our last dog, we always stayed at Fairmonts, and there is one of those in Whistler but our experience with that chain was hit or miss: Pre-booked dog amenities usually had to be re-requested; there was never a suitable ‘bathroom’ near the entrance; we usually got an older room; and one time we were lectured for trying to ‘sneak in’ our large dog, despite communication in advance.
So we were ready for a change, and thankfully Four Seasons gave it to us: On arrival, Angela met us with a smile, fresh water in a dog bowl, dog snacks, and sincere dog love. (She herself is a dog rescue gal.) Other staff also seemed glad to see our guy and learned his name quickly. Our room was set up with two large dog dishes, water, treats, and a dog bed. Petsitting was available and reasonably priced (though we never used it). The trail walks were across the street, and on the way out each morning, we were offered bottled water.
Basically, it felt like a hotel staffed with people who like dogs, which was especially appreciated because until just a few months ago, our guy was abused and lived his life outside on a chain. Splayed on the rug in front of the fireplace in the lobby, he may have looked ‘to the manor born’, but I credit his relaxation in strange surroundings to specific policies and people making him feel welcome. So thank you, Four Seasons.
The Four Seasons Resort Whistler is a shore walk to Blackcomb Mountain*s ski lefts or a short shuttle ride to Whistler Mountain and Whistler Village – 15min walk to the main village and 3min walk to the upper village. The resort offers a full-service spa, fitness center, an outdoor pool and three heated whirlpools. Guest can enjoy an array of winters sports as well as warm-weather outdoor adventures including golf at 3 nearby champion courses. The Four Seasons Ski Concierge offers complete winter sports support. The Four Seasons Whistler combines a spectacular setting with inuitive service that will make every stay memorable.
Four Seasons Hotel Whistler on a map
24 hour front desk
Babysitting/child services (surcharge)
Currency exchange on-site
Express check out
Designated smoking area