Finding A Discount Hotel Reservation In Whistler

Tip #2

As I mentioned in Tip #1 on the subject of finding a discount hotel reservation in Whistler, I've booked a lot of hotels in the resort over the past 20 years.

As a result I've learned what to look for, and where to look in order to get the best deals on accommodation. The example I shared in that first tip illustrated how I recently saved 33% on a hotel reservation at the top luxury hotel in Whistler.

In Tip #2 I'm going to show you how the type of reservation that you make can save you 15%, 25% or even as much as 35% on your next hotel booking. And of course I'll also show you which of the hotels in Whistler frequently offer these types of discounts.

Tip #2: Secure A Discount Hotel Reservation In Whistler By Choosing This Type Of Rate

Chateua Whistler as seen from Whistler Mountain Save 15% to 35% on a discount hotel reservation
in Whistler at the Fairmont Chateau when
you choose an Advance Purchase rate.

Most of the hotels in Whistler offer a variety of reservation rate options to their guests. Bed and breakfast packages, ski and stay packages, senior & AAA/CAA discount rates and of course their "Best Available Rate" or BAR. A hotels BAR is the rate that you will pay if you just want a hotel room that is not "packaged", and if you do not qualify for any other type of discount. But although the BAR may be the "best" rate, it is not necessarily the "cheapest" rate that you can get. Let me explain.

A handful of the hotels in Whistler resort offer what is called an "Advance Purchase" rate (often called a Pre-Paid rate). This Advance Purchase rate is typically 15% less than the Best Available Rate offered by the hotel, but can be as much as 35% less as I'll show you below. However, there are a few catches that you should be aware of before we start talking too much about the savings.

First, you typically have to make the reservation a set number of days "in advance" of arriving. Hence the name of the rate. Some hotels require you to book as little as 7 days in advance, others require 15 to 30 days.

Second, you have to pay the full amount of the reservation at the time that you make the booking.

Third, the booking is non-refundable.

And finally, many of the hotels that offer this type of discount hotel reservation in Whistler do not allow any changes to be made to the reservation once it has been booked.

Now, although these conditions may seem onerous at first, keep in mind that most hotel reservations during ski season are payable in full 30 to 45 days in advance of check-in anyway. Combine this with the substantial savings, and it makes these type of pre-paid reservations tempting.

Alright, let's look at a few examples of how much you can save, and which hotels offer this type of discount hotel reservation in Whistler. For these examples I picked a random 6 night stay, 3 months in the future (which happened to be mid-June). Here is what I found...

Example #1: The Westin Resort & Spa Whistler... 33% Savings

The Westin Whistler Hotel as seen in the summer from the driving range The Westin Hotel Whistler in summer


The Westin is located right in Whistler Village. In fact, it is only a few steps from the Whistler Gondola.

It is a 4½ star hotel that almost always offers an Advance Purchase rate on it's website.

In this example, the Best Available Rate is $279, and can be cancelled up to two days in advance of check-in. This late cancellation option is likely due to the fact that the reservation is for June, and not during ski season.

As you can also see, the Advance Purchase rate (paid in advance, completely non-refundable and penalties for changes) is priced substantially less at only $188.

This $91 difference in the two rates represents a saving of 33%.

The Best Available Rate at the Whistler Westin

The Advance Purchase Rate at the Whistler Westin, $188


Example #2: The Fairmont Chateau Whistler... 25% to 29% Savings

The Best Available Rate at the Whistler Westin Our family playing miniature golf
at the Whistler Adventure Zone in
front of the Fairmont Chateau


The 4 ½ star Fairmont Chateau Whistler is located in the Upper Whistler Village, at the base of Blackcomb Mountain. In the winter it is just a few steps from the Wizard Chairlift. In the summer months the Whistler Kid's Adventure Zone, with miniature golf and rides for kids, is located right next door.

If you are looking for a discount hotel reservation in Whistler, you can almost always find an Advance Purchase rate at either the Fairmont website, or other travel websites such as expedia.ca

In this example, the Best Available Rate offered through the Fairmont Whistler website is $269 per night, while the Advance Purchase Rate (non-refundable) offered is $202 per night.

This $67 per night savings represents a 25% discount.

Fairmont Whistler Website Rates:

The Best Available Rate at the Fairmont Chateau

The pre-paid rate at the Chateau Whistler

If we jump over to expedia.ca's website, we see that the same room type can be booked for $191 per night by choosing an Advance Purchase 3rd Night Free Offer. Although the Best Available Rate at expedia.ca is more than at the Fairmont website ($297.33 vs. $269) the pre-paid rate is cheaper, representing a 29% discount compared to the Fairmont's BAR.

Expedia.ca Rates For The Fairmont Whistler:

Fairmont Whistler rates at Expedia


Example #3: The Hilton Whistler... 15% Savings

The Hilton Whistler Hotel in Whistler Village, summertime The Hilton Hotel Whistler in summer


The Hilton Whistler is also located right in Whistler Village and is also rates 4 ½ stars by Tourism Whistler. In fact it is located right next door to the Westin.

The Hilton is another hotel that continually offers an Advance Purchase rate to its guests. Rooms can be booked at these rates through either the Hilton website or other travel websites such as travelocity.ca

In the first image below, we see that the Hilton website is offering an Advance Purchase Rate (full payment in advance, non-refundable) for $144, $25 cheaper than their Best Available Rate. This represents a 15% discount.

Hilton Whistler Website Rates:

The pre-paid rate at the Chateau Whistler

Similar discounts can be found at travelocity.ca as well.

Travelocity.ca Rates For The Hilton:

Fairmont Whistler rates at Expedia

Example #4: The Holiday Inn Whistler... 15% Savings

The Best Available Rate at the Whistler Westin The Holiday Inn Whistler Village


In the final example of this type of discount hotel reservation in Whistler, we look at the Holiday Inn Whistler. Like the Westin and Hilton, the Holiday Inn is also located in the main village, but not nearly as handy to the lifts. Nor is it rated as highly at only 3 stars.

The Holiday Inn offers an Advance Purchase rate (nonrefundable, requires full prepayment) through their website that is 15% cheaper than their Best Flexible rate. See below.








More Discount Reservation Options

You can often find a discount hotel reservation in Whistler at these places as well:

  • Pan Pacific Whistler Village Centre
  • Pan Pacific Mountainside Lodge
  • Listel Whistler Hotel
  • Coast Blackcomb Suite (they offer their "Locked and Loaded" rate at a 25% discount to their "Best Available" rates
  • Whistler Village Inn and Suites offers as much as a 25% discount on Advance Purchase rates. Reservations must be made at least 28 days in advance.
  • Mountainside Lodge offers a 20% discount on Advance Purchase rates


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