The next hotel I moved to in Whistler was the Executive The Inn at Whistler Village, which is part of the Executive Hotels chain in Canada. The chain actually manages this property and an adjacent Mountainside Lodge, though the latter does not have direct access to the village. The Inn does have direct access to the village but shares the pool and hot tub located at Mountainside Lodge as there are no other facilities in this building. However The Inn is located just opposite the Crystal Lodge which means it has location as good as Crystal Lodge but at a much cheaper last-minute booking rate of C$99.20++ (~$83). Again I booked this hotel via Whistler Blackcomb’s official site.
Inside the small lobby, there are 2 armchairs with a fireplace and a table where daily newspapers are provided. There is another small check-in area with another armchair for guests checking in. For a hotel, this has got to be the smallest lobby ever. Most of the space on the main floor leading to the village is taken up by an Italian restaurant.
Thankfully the check-in was quick during the evening after I skied and I was given a room key after about 5 minutes.
Room No: 213 Category: Deluxe Queen Room
My room on the second floor was actually more like a suite. There was a small storage shelf beside the door and as you walk into the room, guests are greeted with a kitchenette with a dishwasher, 2 stove top, a coffee maker and all the necessary appliances to cook something simple. There is also dining table with seats for 3 people and more pantry space on the adjacent wall.
A downside to the large kitchen and dining space was the small bathroom which has an unusual layout due to the slanted floorplan. The bathroom door actually opens out into the vanity counter will block the toilet so it takes a little bit of work entering and exiting the bathroom.
The small bathroom also meant a walk-in shower which I prefer as there was no space for a bathtub. And the hotel actually supplies Pharmacopia bath amenities which I last saw on an Andaz hotel and the club rooms of Hyatt Regency in Tokyo so that was a plus. However the bath amenities lack a shower gel as I find the rooms in ski resorts cheap out on bath and shower gels, supplying guests with soap instead.
As to why I consider the room to be a suite even with the small bathroom is because the bedroom is actually split from the rest of the room by a small stairs so guests with disability might want to re-consider staying here. A queen sized bed occupies the bedroom and the hotel supplies a nice thick throw on the bed.
There is another armchair with more shelving by the side of the wall. Thus storage space is excellent in the room making it very suitable for skiers who carries lots of gears. The room also has a gas fireplace with a flat-screen TV located above the fireplace.
More windows on this room also makes the whole room appear larger and more comfortable. To top it off, there is even a balcony that overlooks the back lane that provides access for vehicles. It makes it quieter at night since there are less crowds here. The balcony is also nice to have some fresh mountain air!
As I mentioned earlier, there isn’t much else in the hotel beyond the rooms and a lone restaurant but it is close to shops and other places to eat in the village with direct access to the pedestrian village walkway. Guests are also welcome to walk about 100 metres to the Mountainside Lodge across the back alley to use the heated pool and hot tub. Though it just makes it slightly inconvenient so I did not use the pool at all.
Despite this small drawback, I would not mind saving a bit to enjoy a larger room for an extended ski vacation. With a large room that has plenty of space and a nice location in the village, I think Executive The Inn can be considered a family and budget friendly lodging option that is still comfortable in Whistler!