On the doorstep of the Whistler and Blackbomb mountains, Crystal Lodge is the perfectly situated hotel for skiing, shopping, eating and golf, and it's family friendly, too!
On the doorstep of both Whistler and Blackcomb mountains, the Crystal Lodge is one of those unique places that really can back up its claim to be right ‘at the centre of it all’.
For ski-bunnies, forget the local snow-phone – a quick glance out of the windows and you’ll know exactly the state of the day’s skiing, thanks to splendid views of the Blackcomb gondola and, in fact, most of Blackcomb mountain. Step out on the balcony, and you’d be forgiven for forgetting your ski boots inside and settling for an alfresco G&T instead.
Unsurprisingly, The Crystal is a favourite of those who like to be on the first lift up the mountain in the morning, but it’s also a perfect place to bring your family. Our suite had two rooms (one ensuite), plus a second bathroom, so no queuing for showers at the end of an action-packed ski day. Another added bonus was the in-suite washer and drier (no excuse for smelly socks!).
All suites have fireplaces – perfect for when you want to curl up on the sofa and rest your aching muscles in front of the TV – and there are also full kitchens with fridges, freezers, two-burner stoves and even dishwashers, meaning you can stock up on your favourite meals from the supermarket (just a two-minute walk away) and rustle them up yourself on those few evenings when tiredness sets in and a night out sounds too much like hard work.
If you do want to eat out, The Crystal’s very own Crystal Lounge has possibly the best
chicken wings in all of Canada. Open seven days a
week, from 3pm till 1am, it’s a great place to watch sports, drink some
beers, hang out with friends or chill with some Whistler locals. If it’s steak you’re after, Ric’s
Grill (also next to the lobby) is a popular spot – don’t forget to make a reservation.
One important thing to note: skis and snowboards are not allowed in the rooms, although the hotel does offer a valet service right at the bottom of the mountain in the Carlton Lodge (right below the Longhorn saloon).
Other details worthy of a mention? There is internet available for a small fee, and underground parking directly below the building should you need it, the rooms are serviced every day, and, our favourite bits, a hot tub and heated pool for all guests – something of a godsend for aching muscles.
If you’re travelling on a budget, The Crystal also has traditional hotel
rooms all equipped with TVs, coffee stations and small fridges, so you
can have breakfast before you hit the slopes.
Details: Prices start at C$108. Crystal Lodge, 4154 Village Green, Whistler, B.C. 604 932 2221 (www.crystal-lodge.com)