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Whistler is a small town located north of Vancouver, in Canada. It is mostly known to be home of Whistler Blackcomb, one of the largest ski resort in North America. During the summer, activities include zip lining, hiking and golfing.

However, figuring out where to stay in Whistler can be a tough task.

This is exactly why I have decided to create this guide on where to stay in Whistler.

After reading this guide, YOU will be an expert on where to stay in Whistler and will be able to choose the perfect place depending on your style and budget.

Let’s dive in! Here is my comprehensive guide on where to stay in Whistler.

 

Quick Answers – Where to Stay in Whistler

 

In a hurry? Here’s my top neighborhood for first timers:

Upper Whistler
Located within walking distance of the main Whistler Village, Upper Whistler is the perfect place to stay for your first time in Whistler
Places to Visit:
  • Take the Merlin’s Wizard Express gondola to the top of the slopes
  • Go cross-country skiing around Lost Lake
  • Get some fresh produce at the weekly Farmers’ Market

 

Where to Stay in Whistler

 

Best Hostel in Whistler: HI Whistler

HI Whistler was built in 2010 and was at the time used as accommodation for the athletes competing in the Winter Olympics. It has now been turned into a hostel offering private bedrooms with an ensuite bathroom and single beds in mixed, female or male only dormitory rooms. Linens and towels are included, and there is free Wifi access.

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Best Airbnb in Whistler: A pine-nestled sanctuary right in the action

You’ll be skiing in and out of this place right around the corner from the main lifts, no need to waste a minute of fun. There’s space to dry your gear, and you’re only a short walk away from the main village. The warm lighting, pine views, and hot tub access make this a great place for winding down apres ski.

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Best Budget Hotel in Whistler: Whistler Village Inn and Suites

The Whistler Village Inn & Suites offers regular rooms and studios in the heart of Whistler. Each room is fitted with a private bathroom with a bathtub, air conditioning and a flat screen TV with international channels. The studios have a balcony with a view and a seating area. The hotel features a heated outdoor pool which can be used in all seasons.

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Best Mid-Range Hotel in Whistler: Summit Lodge and Spa

The Summit Lodge and Spa offer comfortable studios fitted with a private bathroom, air conditioning, a terrace, a kitchenette and a dining area. The hotel features an outdoor swimming pool which can be used during the summer, a bar and a restaurant.

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Whistler Neighbourhood Guide

Quick Summary: The Best Places to Stay in Whistler

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Upper Whistler

  • Located within walking distance of the main Whistler Village, Upper Whistler is the perfect place to stay for your first time in Whistler
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Whistler Village

  • Whistler Village is where most of the action takes place in Whistler. It is a beautiful pedestrian village with lots of shops, restaurants, and a crazy nightlife
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Alta Vista

  • Alta Vista is a small neighbourhood located near a big lake. Lots of hiking and cross-country skiing trails can be found around there, and you will be staying really close to nature
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Function Junction

  • Until recently, Function junction used to be an industrial and mechanical space where no one really went to in Whistler. However, things have changed and Function Junction is now one of the coolest areas around
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Creekside

  • While it is now overlooked to the profit of Whistler Village, Creekside is actually where the whole Blackcomb resort history started. Indeed, Creekside was the place where the first chair to go skiing was installed years ago
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Whistler in the home of Whistler Blackcomb, one of the most famous and largest ski resorts in North America. It is located a couple hours drive away from Vancouver, the largest city in British Columbia, Canada.

Whislter is most popular during the winter, but also has a lot of summer activities to offer. If you are into hiking, zip lining or golfing, among others, Whistler could be your dream summer destination too!

The beating heart of Whistler is Whistler Village, the most urbanised area of the resort. This is where you will be able to find most shops, restaurants and nightlife. Two gondolas also take you up to the slopes from Whistler Village. Most of the Airbnbs in Whistler are situated here and a few more are at Blackcomb Mountain.

Upper Whistler is located within walking distance of Whistler Village and is even closer to the slopes. From there, gondolas will also take you up the mountain to begin your skiing day. In the summer, the main golf is in Upper Whistler. A lot is going on in Upper Whistler, but you will have the feeling to be secluded in the mountain. Priceless.

A bit further away, Creekside is where the first chair was built in Whistler. It has a more laid-back and quiet vibe than Whistler Village itself, while still providing easy access to lots of shops and restaurants – which families will love. You can also ski in and out of Creekside without needing a car.

Alta Vista is also a quieter alternative, but is located closer to the Village which is more convenient if you think you will be in the mood for a party or two during your stay!

 

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5 Best Neighbourhoods To Stay In Whistler

At this point, you might still feel confused about where to stay in Whistler. Here is a more detailed overview of the 5 best neighbourhoods to stay in Whistler.

 

1. Upper Whistler – Where to Stay in Whistler your First Time

Located within walking distance of the main Whistler Village, Upper Whistler is the perfect place to stay for your first time in Whistler. Although it is so close to all the main action, Upper Whistler will make you feel like you are in a secluded village in the middle of nowhere. The pine tree forests surrounding it make Upper Whistler feel like it is isolated from the rest of the world, which is really nice if you are trying to really unplug!

Two gondolas can take you directly from Upper Whistler to the top of the slopes. The biggest one is the Merlin’s Wizard Express, which can be reached from right outside your door. Skiing in and out of your hotel is, let’s admit it, a luxury I love.

If you are more into cross-country skiing, the Lost Lake provides great terrain to practice. During the summer, you can hike around it and stop for a nice picnic in the forest.

Upper Whistler, Canada

 

Things to see and do in Upper Whistler

– Take the Merlin’s Wizard Express gondola to the top of the slopes

– Go cross-country skiing around Lost Lake

– Get some fresh produce at the weekly Farmers’ Market

 

Best Airbnb in Upper Whistler: A pine-nestled sanctuary right in the action

You’ll be skiing in and out of this place right around the corner from the main lifts, no need to waste a minute of fun. There’s space to dry your gear, and you’re only a short walk away from the main village. The warm lighting, pine views, and hot tub access make this a great place for winding down apres ski.

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Best Budget Hotel in Upper Whistler: Aspens on Blackcomb

The Aspens on Blackcomb offers stylish apartments in the heart Upper Whistler. You can ski directly in and out of the building during the winter. Each apartment features a bedroom and a living room, fitted with air conditioning, a private bathroom, a fireplace, a kitchen and dining area, and a balcony with a barbecue area.

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Best Hotel in Upper Whistler: Fairmont Chateau Whistler Resort

The Fairmont Chateau Whistler Resort is an iconic resort in Upper Whistler. It has an outdoor swimming pool and a bar, as well as a restaurant. Each room in the resort can accommodate families and features 2 large beds, a private bathroom, air conditioning, a seating area and a free Wifi connection.

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2. Whistler Village – Where to Stay in Whistler on a Budget

Whistler Village is where most of the action takes place in Whistler. It is a beautiful pedestrian village with lots of shops, restaurants, and a crazy nightlife. As there are many more hotels and apartments to rent in Whistler Village than in Upper Whistler, prices tend to be cheaper and more accommodating for backpackers.

Whistler Village is also a convenient place to go skiing from, as two gondolas will take you directly from there to the slopes. You cannot ski in and out of most accommodations, but both gondolas will always be within walking distance.

Whistler Village has a lot of shopping and dining opportunities. Take the time to stroll around the cobbled streets to buy some new snow equipment, souvenirs, or even new trendy apparel. When it comes to food, there are so many options you could spend weeks in Whistler and still have some to try. A good way to start is to take a food tour like Whistler Tasting Tour, where each course is taken in a different restaurant.

Whistler Village, Whistler

 

Things to see and do in Whistler Village

– Go skiing directly from the Whistler Village Gondola

– Shop around the cobblestone streets

– Spend a wild evening in Tommy Africa’s

– Take a food tour with Whistler Tasting Tour

 

Best Hostel in Whistler Village: Pangea Pod Hotel

The Pangea Pod Hotel offers private pods in dormitory rooms in the heart of Whistler Village. It boasts boutique hotel features such as a shared Living room, an espresso machine, craft beer and a rooftop bar. Each pod can be individually locked for safety and includes a plug and a reading light.

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Best Airbnb in Whistler Village: Everything you need, and slightly more!

Let’s be honest, Whistler isn’t cheap. Pile on your lift passes, gear hire, transport costs, and your budget can be eaten up pretty quick. This might not be the most luxurious room in the world, but it certainly is cheap for the area and should do a more than ample job at keeping you warm and rested before another day on the slopes.

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Best Budget Hotel in Whistler Village: Whistler Village Inn and Suites

The Whistler Village Inn & Suites offers regular rooms and studios in the heart of Whistler. Each room is fitted with a private bathroom with a bathtub, air conditioning and a flat screen TV with international channels. The studios have a balcony with a view and a seating area. The hotel features a heated outdoor pool which can be used in all seasons.

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Best Mid-Range Hotel in Whistler Village: Summit Lodge and Spa

The Summit Lodge and Spa offer comfortable studios fitted with a private bathroom, air conditioning, a terrace, a kitchenette and a dining area. The hotel features an outdoor swimming pool which can be used during the summer, a bar and a restaurant.

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3. Alta Vista – Best Area to Stay in Whistler for Nightlife

Alta Vista is a small neighbourhood located near a big lake. Lots of hiking and cross-country skiing trails can be found around there, and you will be staying really close to nature.

However, due to its proximity to Whistler Village, Alta Vista is a great compromise for party goers. Indeed, it gives you the opportunity to go out and party late while coming back to a tranquil area in order to get a good rest and feel refreshed for the next day’s activities.

During the summer, you can enjoy one of Whistler best beaches at Lakeside Park. There, you can have a picnic on the lakeside lawn, indulge into some supervises swimming in the lake or rent a pedal boat to explore the lake.

The river of Golden Dreams is an iconic place in the region to go kayaking. There you will catch epic views over the surrounding mountains and forests, and learn more about the wildlife around you.

Alta Vista, Whistler

 

Things to see and do in Alta Vista

– Go hiking around Alta Lake

– Party all night in Whistler Village and come back to get a good rest

– Enjoy the beach in Lakeside Park

– Try some kayaking in the River of Golden Dreams

 

Best Hostel in Alta Vista: Whistler Lodge Hostel

The Whistler Lodge Hostel is a 42-bed hostel for backpackers, located on the road to Creekside. Located in a beautiful chalet style house, the hostel offers bunk beds in mixed dormitory rooms as well as private bedrooms with a shared bathroom. In the hostel, guests have access to a sauna and a hot tub.

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Best Airbnb in Alta Vista: A classy affair in the middle of the party

A log burning fire, wing back armchairs, leather-bound books, and rich mahogany. Pure class. It gets even better with the fact whistler world-famous nightlife is right outside your doorstep, and prepare yourself, because it really does live up to the hype. No doubt you’ll be feeling a little fragile some mornings, and this shacks the perfect place to curl up with a blanket, snacks, and a good movie while your ride out the storm.

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Best Budget Hotel in Alta Vista: Haus Landsberg B&B

The Haus Landsberg B&B is a nice bed and breakfast in Alta Vista. It offers comfortable rooms fitted with a bathroom, air conditioning, a flat screen TV with international channels and a free Wifi connection. During the winter, the B&B provides a free ski shuttle to the closest gondola.

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Best Mid-Range Hotel in Alta Vista: Golden Dreams B&B

The Golden Dreams B&B offers comfortable private rooms with a shared or an ensuite bathroom. It tucked away from the main Alta Vista neighbourhood and close the river of Golden Dreams. The B&B has a hot tub and prepares a free breakfast in the morning.

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4. Function Junction – Coolest Place to Stay in Whistler

Until recently, Function junction used to be an industrial and mechanical space where no one really went to in Whistler. However, things have changed and Function Junction is now one of the coolest areas around.

Function Junction has a very artsy vibe, with lots of cool shops and restaurants around. It is located just about 10 minutes away from the main Whistler Village and is easy to access. Function Junction is a good alternative if you want to avoid the crazy crowds of Whistler and find a more laid-back, hippy environment.

Plenty of activities are also available in Function Junction, such as mountain biking. Special bike parks have been set up in the mountain to cater to all levels, from beginners to advanced. If you have never tried it before, we recommend taking a teacher who can show you the techniques to get the most out of it without risking falling or getting injured!

Function Junction, Whistler

 

Things to see and do in Function Junction

– Experience mountain biking

– Try a new kind of exercise at the Bounce Acrobatic Academy

– Stop for some food at the Wildwood Café

 

Best Hostel in Function Junction: HI Whistler

HI Whistler was built in 2010 and was at the time used as accommodation for the athletes competing in the Winter Olympics. It has now been turned into a hostel offering private bedrooms with an ensuite bathroom and single beds in mixed, female or male only dormitory rooms. Linens and towels are included, and there is free Wifi access.

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Best Airbnb in Function Junction: Steal a spot in Whistlers underbelly

Function Junctions still a pretty well-kept secret, and as such there’s not heaps of options in the area yet. What was pretty recently an industrial wreck has fast become the hub of Whistlers’ alternative arts, music, and cultural hub. If you want to get away from the crowds and see what Whistlers really about, this is the place for you. Quality over quantity.

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Best Budget Hotel in Function Junction: Legends Hotel

The Legends Hotel is located in Creekside, a couple kilometres away from Function Junction. It offers comfortable suites with one to three bedrooms fitted with a private bathroom, a seating area, air conditioning, a washing machine and a balcony. Free Wifi access is provided. The hotel has an outdoor swimming pool for the summer.

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Best Mid-Range Hotel in Function Junction: Nita Lake Lodge

Nita Lake Lodge is located near Creekside on the shores of the Nita Lake. It offers stylish rooms fitted with a private bathroom with a bathtub, a flat screen TV with international channels, a seating area, a kitchenette and air conditioning. The hotel also has a swimming pool, a fitness centre, a bar and a restaurant.

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5. Creekside – Best Neighbourhood in Whistler for Families

While it is now overlooked to the profit of Whistler Village, Creekside is actually where the whole Blackcomb resort history started. Indeed, Creekside was the place where the first chair to go skiing was installed years ago.

As a  result, there are still many resorts and hotel you can ski in and out from, which can be really enjoyable when you have kids who do not carry their own equipment around! The Creekside gondola will take you up the mountain in just a few minutes and is easy to access.

Apart from skiing, from Creekside, you can take an easy walk to the main Whistler Village. This is a good alternative option on an off day or during the summer. Take some snacks with you and the kids will follow!

Creekside is also where the Whislter Railway station is located. From there, you can embark on historic train rides retracing the travels of the gold diggers back in the day, all the way around British Columbia.

Creekside, Whistler

 

Things to see and do in Creekside

– Go skiing from the Creekside gondola

– Take an easy hike to the main Whistler Village

– Embark on a historic train ride at the Whistler Railway station

 

Best Airbnb in Creekside: Chic penthouse with heaps of room

This modern, well-designed penthouse really makes the most of its space. Every nook and crannies got somewhere useful for you to store everyone’s stuff. Between the peak views and the pool (!), there’s a lot to keep the kids entertained here. With Whistler been a pretty pricey affair, the well-supplied kitchen might get a lot of use if you’re trying to keep costs down.

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Best Budget Hotel in Creekside: Evolution

Evolution offers modern mountain-style accommodation in Creekside. One and two-bedroom suites are available and are fitted with a private bathroom, a seating area with a sofa, a kitchen, a dining room and air conditioning. The hotel features a swimming pool as well as a good fitness centre.

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Best Mid-Range Hotel in Creekside: Lake Placid Lodge

The Lake Placid Lodge is a vacation club offering apartments you can ski in and out of during the winter. It features an outdoor swimming pool, a terrace and a free wifi connection for guests. The apartments are well decorated and fitted with an ensuite bathroom, a kitchen, a dining room and a seating area.

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My Final Thoughts On Where To Stay In Whistler…

Whistler is a real winter wonderland where people with all levels of skiing can enjoy the beauty of the mountain while getting a good workout in. In the summer, there are also a lot of activities to discover, from kayaking to mountain biking, and even beaches on the surrounding lake shores.

My favourite place to stay in Whistler is Whistler Village, as all the main activities and action are located there, and there is plenty of accommodation available to suit all budgets.

My top hotel choice in Whistler is the Summit Lodge and Spa, offering nice studios in the centre of the Village, within easy access to everything.

If you are travelling on a backpacker’s budget, I recommend the HI Whistler, built in 2010 to accommodate the Olympic Games’ athletes. It is modern, friendly and comfortable.

Have I missed anything? Let me know in the comments and I will add it to this guide!

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