Finding A Discount Hotel Reservation In Whistler
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
Save 15% to 35% on a discount hotel
in Whistler at the Fairmont Chateau when
you choose an Advance Purchase
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
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.
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 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
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
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%.
Example #2: The Fairmont Chateau Whistler... 25% to 29% Savings
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
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.
Whistler Website Rates:
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.
Rates For The Fairmont Whistler:
Example #3: The Hilton Whistler... 15% Savings
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%
Whistler Website Rates:
Similar discounts can be found at travelocity.ca as well.
Rates For The Hilton:
Example #4: The Holiday Inn Whistler... 15% Savings
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
- Mountainside Lodge offers a 20% discount on Advance Purchase rates