Best Whistler Family Accommodation

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The Best Whistler Family Hotels and Accommodation

Looking for the best family hotels in Whistler, BC? My husband and I have been traveling to Whistler with kids several time a year since our two were born (and long before that too). Through tons of research and some trial and error, we have found what we believe are the best places to stay in Whistler with kids. Please see our top tips and picks for finding the best Whistler family resorts, hotels and vacation rentals.

Looking for something else? See also our  Whistler with Kids Winter Guide and Whistler with Kids Summer Guide for the the top things to do in Whistler with kids by season.

 

Whistler Family Hotels

 

Before You Book Your Whistler Family Vacation– The Need to Know

  1. Whistler Resort encompasses two mountains: Blackcomb and Whistler. The two mountains are linked at the top by the Peak-2-Peak gondola and a mountain pass is good for the whole resort.
  2. Whistler Resort has 3 village bases. Creekside is at the base of Whistler Mountain. Whistler Village is the main village with gondola access to both Whistler and Blackcomb mountains. Base ll or Upper Village is at the base of Blackcomb Mountain. Most of the restaurants, entertainment and events are hosted in Whistler Village proper and therefore it is also the liveliest (noisiest). Creekside Village is pretty self contained with a few good restaurants, but it is a 5-10 minute drive into Whistler Village. Blackcomb Base ll (Upper Village) is just a short, picturesque 15 minute walk to the main village and also has a couple of good restaurants (this is my personal favorite). This map will give you a better understanding of the layout.
  3. The little things can add up. Be aware of extra charges with your Whistler accommodation such as parking, which can run as high as $62 a night !  (Budget Tip: You can park overnight at the Whistler Conference Centre for $15 per 24 hour period – see map).
  4. All 3 village bases have Whistler Kids Snow School and Whistler Childcare drop off facilities. It should be noted that the Whistler daycare facilities can get quite busy during peak periods so you want to book them as far in advance as possible. Also be sure to book the closest ski school or daycare to your accommodation to make your life easier in the mornings. It’s hard enough getting a little one out the door in ski gear…why make it harder on yourself?
  5. If you are visiting Whistler with a baby and are in need of baby gear, try babysonthego.com. If you need a babysitter in Whistler, Babysitting Whistler has been taking care of mountain kids for over a decade.
  6. If you are thinking about booking a Whistler vacation rental rather than a hotel, VRBO and Airbnb all list hundreds of family-friendly vacation rentals in Whistler. On VRBO you can filter for Children Welcome (under House Rules) and on Airbnb you can filter For Families (under Trip Type). It should be noted that there are not a ton of true ski in/ski out properties in Whistler, so be sure to be clear on the exact distance of the property to the nearest gondola, lift, ski school drop-off point etc. If you have never rented from Airbnb before, I would love to offer you a $34 USD ($45 CAD) Airbnb referral credit towards your first booking.

 

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Best Family Accommodation Whistler – The Village

This main village with its pedestrian only Village Stroll is a very popular spot to stay with the greatest concentration of hotels, restaurants and amenities.

Pros: You are within easy walking distance of lots of great restaurants, shopping, the children’s playground, the outdoor ice rink,  the movie theatre and the gondolas to both mountains.

Cons: The only real downside to Whistler Village is that it can sometimes get a bit lively at night for families wishing to get to bed early. In recent years, I have pulled a few hotels off this list after some sleepless nights (clearly bad karma from some Whistler stays in my university years).

Comments:  All of the family friendly hotels in Whistler Village listed here offer suites with kitchenettes.

 

1. Pan Pacific Whistler Village Centre

Pan Pacific Whistler Village Centre

 

Highlights: A fantastic village location, included daily breakfast buffet, après ski wine reception, salt water outdoor pool, hot tubs, complimentary wifi, newspaper, ski valet, kids robes, games, high chairs, cribs, baby monitors, pool diapers and babysitting (fee).
Hotel class: 4 star
Rooms: Studio to 3 bedroom suites with kitchenettes (several available with washer/dryer).
Reviews: 95% of family reviewers rate as Very Good or Excellent on TripAdvisor.
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Important Note: I want to mention that I also really love the nearby Pan Pacific Whistler Mountainside, but the Pan Pacific Village Center wins me over because of their complimentary breakfast.

 

2. Delta Hotels by Marriott Whistler Village Suites

Delta Village Suites by Marriott
Image Credit: Marriott Whistler Village Suites

 

Highlights: Large family-sized suites, outdoor pool, 3 hot tubs, fitness room, sauna, and a handy resort shuttle.
Hotel class: 4 star
Rooms: Studio, 1 and 2 bedroom suites (some with a full kitchen and washer/dryer).
Reviews: 87% of family reviewers rate as Very Good or Excellent on TripAdvisor.
Important Note: Although this property is a short walk to the Whistler Snow School and the gondolas (or a shuttle ride), it is located conveniently close to the playground and the outdoor skating rink. Just be sure to request a room away from the nightclub (I once had a stay where I was sure the DJ was in our room).
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3. Sundial Boutique Hotel Whistler

Sundial Boutique Hotel Whistler
Image Credit: Sundial Boutique Hotel Whistler

 

Highlights: Excellent slope-side location, complimentary wifi, complimentary yoga classes, room service, self serve laundry.
Hotel class: 4 star
Rooms: 1 and 2 bedroom suites with full kitchens (some units have their own hot tub)
Reviews: 90% of family reviewers rate as Very Good or Excellent on TripAdvisor.
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4. The Westin Whistler Resort and Spa

Westin Whistler Hotel

 

Highlights: Excellent location (very close to Whistler Kids Snow School and daycare), outdoor pool, hot tubs, fitness center, sauna.
Hotel class: 4 star
Rooms: Studio, 1 and 2 bedroom suites with kitchenettes.
Reviews:  80% of family reviewers rate as Very Good or Excellent on TripAdvisor.
Important Note: While I would not normally recommend a hotel that gets less than 90% on TripAdvisor, I love this hotel with kids for its proximity to Whistler Childcare (a location within the same complex) and the nearby Whistler Kids Ski School drop-off point. If you decide to take advantage of Fresh Tracks early morning mountain access, that also lines up just outside the hotel at the Whistler Village Gondola.
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Blackcomb Family Hotels (Base ll or Upper Village)

Pros: Base ll is quieter than Whistler Village but still only a short walk (or shuttle) away.

Cons:  Both hotels recommended here do not offer much in the way of self catering options (suites with kitchenettes) as they are luxury, full service properties. They are both exceptionally expensive. I will admit to working every travel hack I have to stay at these properties (booking early, loyalty programs etc.) as I have watched their prices soar over the years.

Comments: Worth noting is the fabulous Mallard Lounge at the Fairmont Chateau Whistler where you can enjoy “après ski” by the fireplace (inside or outside). This lounge has always been a part of our Whistler family vacation tradition even when we have not been staying at the Fairmont. It’s pricey, but the venue is lovely and it is perfect with kids (kids menu’, little hill for them to slide on outside, etc.).

 

1. Fairmont Chateau Whistler

Top Luxury Hotels for Families Whistler
Image Credit : Mike Crane – Tourism Whistler

 

Highlights: Ski valet, indoor/outdoor pool, hot tubs, fitness centre, spa, seasonal kids programming.
Hotel Class: 4.5 star
Rooms: Double queen rooms to 2 bedroom suites.
Reviews:  90% of family reviewers rate as Very Good or Excellent on TripAdvisor.
Comment: According to my own children, the Fairmont is the “best hotel in Whistler for kids”. The property has also recently undergone a multi-million dollar renovation.
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2. Four Seasons Resort Whistler

Luxury Family Friendly Hotel Whistler
Image Credit : Mike Crane – Tourism Whistler

 

Highlights: Ski valet, complimentary wifi, pet-friendly, baby gear/toiletries, babysitting, spa and health club, complimentary s’mores by the fire pit, family movie night, kids cookies delivered to room, evening wine tasting, complimentary yoga classes and more.
Hotel Class: 5 star
Rooms:  Deluxe kings (with sofabed) to 2 bedroom suites.
Reviews:  95% of family reviewers rate as Very Good or Excellent on TripAdvisor.
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Creekside Whistler Family Lodging Options

Pros:  As Creekside is a little removed from Whistler Village proper, it is quieter and room rates tend to be a bit lower. You will find everything you need in Creekside including very easy gondola access, several restaurants, Starbucks, a Whistler Kids Ski School and Daycare drop-off and a grocery store.

Cons:  You are removed from the main village action which is a 5-10 minute drive/bus/shuttle ride away.

 

1. First Tracks Lodge

First Tracks Lodge Whistler

 

Highlights: Pool and fitness centre, ski in/ski out, wifi, full gourmet kitchens, washer/dryer.
Hotel Class: 4 star
Rooms: One to four bedroom suites.
Reviews:  96% of family reviewers rate as Very Good or Excellent on TripAdvisor.
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