This review of the Coast Blackcomb Suites was part of another long weekend ski trip I organized with a couple of friends. (Don’t we all love long weekends?) Once again I took time to search for the best value accommodation. Since there were 6 people on the trip, I searched for a 2-bedroom suite and above. The best value came from the Coast Blackcomb Suites, though it was even cheaper if I booked via the Coast Hotel’s website.
Unlike the previous hotels and lodges I have stayed in, the Coast Blackcomb Suites are located at Blackcomb Mountain and is not connected to the pedestrian friendly Whistler Village. It is however, a ski-in/ski-out property located slightly above the Blackcomb base. What this essentially means is that you can ski out of the hotel to the chairlift. It sure is convenient for skiers and snowboarders. However do know that both gondolas start from the Whistler Village so if it is your idea to board the gondola at the start, this is probably not the right hotel for you.
I arrived at the hotel fairly early and had no problems since I used the sat-nav on my car. Since guests need to drive up the mountain, it can be quite confusing if you are not familiar with the area. Moreover because there aren’t any facilities nearby, guests need to take the bus or drive down to the village as the hotel’s restaurant does not serve lunch nor dinner.
Because the hotel was fully occupied the previous night, I wasn’t able to check-in early. Though I was able to leave my number and prepare to ski for the day. The rate I paid was C$497++ per night while parking was C$23++ per night. It was not the cheapest but it was still an average rate considering rates in Whistler are usually quite high during the winter weekends.
Room No: 451 Category: Two Bedroom Suite
I was able to get the keys to the hotel at the end of the day and was assigned a room on the 4th floor. There are 2 elevators lobby for this hotel and our room is located in between both. Some of the more expensive 2-bedroom suites faces the ski slopes though we decided not spend that extra money.
Inside the suite, there is a full kitchen with all the appliances for an extended stay. There is also a dining room with 4 chairs, a sofa bed in the living room, an electric fireplace and a flatscreen TV. With the additional chairs in the bedrooms, there was enough space for 6 to congregate by the dining table.
On the left of the living room is the main bedroom that comes with a King sized bed, its own TV, a chair and its own en-suite bathroom. Both bathrooms are about the same size though the main en-suite bathroom comes with a bathtub and shower combination while the outside bathroom comes with a walk-in shower cubicle. Both bathrooms are slightly smaller than standard but they are still usable.
On the right lies the second bedroom that has 2 single beds. Meanwhile there is another bathroom outside beside the entrance. There are closets in all bedrooms and another coat closet beside the main entrance door. There is also a nice balcony that stretches along the length of the suite.
Amenities in the bathroom are some Earth-brand which I did not use. While I am not sure how old the property is, the rooms and bathroom furnishing does look a bit worn down. But the space in the lodge was adequate and comfortable enough for a party of 6!
The good value of this resort is that breakfast is included and there was no coupon or check on the number of occupants for each room, so do not fret about additional charges. Breakfast is served by the communal hall area beside the reception counter and there was adequate seating as they seem to convert one of the meeting rooms into the dining area as well. The buffet consists of the usual continental selections like fruits, oatmeal, bagels, cereals, toast and yogurt. Though the one thing I enjoyed most are probably the freshly made waffles.
The resort also has a very nice outdoor heated pool and 2 large outdoor hot tubs which are more than what most accommodations in Whistler Blackcomb offers. There is also a decent changing and shower facility at the lobby for guests to change if they check out late. Another amenity is that the hotel stocks a small mini-market beside the reception but prices are a bit on the high side and there is always the mini-market at the village.
However one drawback to the resort is the lack of dining options around and guests need to take a bus or drive to the village for dinner, which will make it inconvenient. Thus on a value perspective, the resort is suitable for larger groups due to the wide availability of 2-bedroom suites but I would still prefer to stay in the Whistler Village area in the future.