Our family has made dozens of Whistler hotel reservations over the years. Being pseudo-Whistler locals, we've had to.
You see, we live in Vancouver, but we travel to Whistler a lot. We know the resort well, but we don't live right in Whistler. Hence the "pseudo-locals" label. So when we do make our way up Highway 99 from Vancouver to Whistler, we need to have a place to stay while we are there. In other words, we have to book hotels and condos like any other tourist. And because we do it so often, we've learned a few cost saving tricks along the way.
|The scenic drive from Vancouver to Whistler
on the Sea to Sky Highway... ocean, mountains, snow
||Dad and Cal check-in at the Whistler Pan
||Cal enjoying his complimentary hot
chocolate in the lobby
The truth is we like staying at all the different hotels and resorts Whistler has to offer. Sure we have our favourites, but we like to try new accommodations as well.
And being pseudo-locals gives us an interesting take on the resort of Whistler. Like I said, we "play" in Whistler all the time. But we also have a visitor's perspective when it making Whistler hotel reservations, eating out in the restaurants, shopping, buying our lift tickets etc.
One of our favourite
Whistler hotels, the Pan Pacific Mountainside (under large white arrow)
seen from Whistler Mountain. The small white arrow points to the pool and hot tubs.
Our goal is to pass this knowledge (gained through years of arduous
research) on to folks like yourself so that
you can plan the best Whistler vacation, at the best price. Acquiring
all of this knowledge isn't easy, but someone has to do it...
Getting ready to do a
little hot tub "research"
My son and me in the hot
There are certainly lots of variables to consider before making your Whistler hotel reservations. What part of the resort do you want to stay in? Do you want accommodation that offers ski-in ski-out access? What amenities do you want at your hotel? And of course... How much do you want to pay?If you're like me, you want a nice hotel, at the best price.
To that end, here are a couple of things that I find myself doing almost every time when making Whistler hotel reservations. Experience has taught me that by simply following these two "tips" if you will, I can sometimes save 15%, 25% or sometimes as much as 33% on the price of a hotel room.
The "royalty" in our
family relaxing in our room
at the Whistler Four Seasons
Nightly rate offered at the Four Seasons website, $395With that price in mind, I thought I would check out a few more websites and see if I couldn't find a better deal.
Nightly rate offered by Expedia, $395No deals here. They were offering the same nightly rate as the resort. But before I booked in at that price, I thought I'd check one more site, Travelocity.
Nightly rate offered by Travelocity, $263
The lobby of the Four Seasons Whistler, decorated for Christmas