Since my trip to Vancouver was mainly to ski, I stayed at Whistler again over a long weekend in March 2019. Prior to this, I have already covered stays at several Whistler hotels like the Westin and Hilton. This time around, I picked Delta Whistler Village Suites which is slightly further from the gondolas but closer to the Marketplace supermarket and other restaurants. Still located by the pedestrian mall, the resort is actually closer to guests who might arrive via bus from Vancouver so it works fine for me.
Room was not available when I checked in at 9am thus I deposited my bags and returned to the hotel to get my keys after skiing. Hotel has no restaurant so extra points were given in lieu of breakfast. I was able to get late check out on the Monday I was leaving as well since they were not expecting much occupancy on a Monday.
When I returned to the hotel around 4pm after skiing, I got my room keys with ease from the reception desk. Though the afternoon is quite a busy time so I had to wait a little while. Upon getting my keys, I was assigned a suite near the elevators which was nice. The suite was also a category upgrade from the basic guest room which I had reserved and attributed to my Platinum status.
Room No: 1309 Category: One Bedroom Suite
Suite has a closet by the door. The kitchen and dining area was the first thing guests notice by the door. Dining table was furnished with 4 chairs though one of them was placed in the closet when I checked in.
By the foyer, there is an enclosure that holds the washer and dryer. While washing detergent was supplied, it costs $2 per box though guests could easily get a cheaper deal from the nearby supermarket.
Kitchen in the suite has a good range of utensils, plates and cutleries. Even the appliances were decent and what one would normally find in a townhouse or downtown apartment. This makes the kitchen usable for one week stays so guests could prepare some of their own meals. However I do note that some of the utensils like the small knife provided was quite blunt and not great to use.
Living room in this suite has a open floor plan with a double sized pull out sofa bed and an armchair. A rectangular chest in the middle hides additional pillows, blankets and comforters for the pull-out sofa bed.
A gas fireplace isn located at the corner beside the balcony. The balcony overlooks the mountain and the courtyard making this suite quiet in the afternoon.
Across from the sofa, there was a desk with a chair. There were accessible power outlets on the desk that makes it convenient. Located above the desk was a large high definition flatscreen TV, and all this indicates the relatively new renovations done in the suite.
Beside the desk, there is even a small ledge with a tray that is convenient to place your coins, keys and other small items.
Next to the desk, there are doors leading to the bathroom and the bedroom. Moving to the bathroom next, it was a basic setup with a decent countertop space and more shelving space above the toilet.
The bathtub and shower has traditional shower curtains and is placed nearer to another door that leads to the bathroom. Thus the bathroom can be accessed from both the foyer and the bedroom. Inside, it is brightly lit and the space feels modern and clean making it acceptable even though the shower setup is not to my liking.
Amenities are provided in small bottles by a brand called Soapbox. It was my first time using them and they have a neutral scent which should be fine to most guests. That is to say they are a safe choice along with the rest of the decor in the room.
Lastly moving on to the bedroom itself, the King size bed occupies most of the space and it made it appear somewhat small. There was still room for 2 bedside tables, with a telephone occupying one and an alarm clock placed in the other. Two complimentary bottles of water was also found in the room as usual for SPG members. Across from the bed, there was a closet space to hang your clothes while a luggage bench was placed beside it. Two drawers underneath the luggage bench provided more storage space for guests who are staying for a longer ski week.
As part of the welcome to Platinum members, there was a bottle of wine that was complimentary and guests could select from one of them placed on the dining table out front.
The upgrade meant there was plenty of space and the suite was comfortable enough for guests to prepare their meals. I was able to cook some eggs and bacons for my long weekend stay since breakfast was not included and the large fridge made it easy to store milk, yogurts and beverages.
Fitness Centre and Swimming Pool
Like all the nicer hotels in Whistler, there was two outdoor and one indoor hot tubs in the resort, along with the heated pool having an outdoor and indoor component. This made sure there was space for guests to use the pool and hot tubs. The pool and hot tubs were open from 7am to 10pm daily.
There was a small room containing a couple of treadmills, a workout station and a weights area. The space is small though adequate for a ski resort since most guests would have their fair share of working out on the slopes already.
Aside from the fitness centre, there was a sauna chamber as well beside the towel rack. The sauna is open from 6am to 11pm while the fitness centre can be accessed 24 hours using the room key card.
Ski and Other Facilities
Skiers can be stored at the Affinity rental store beside the elevators with no additional charges since there was no dedicated ski lockers here, though guests could have no problem bringing the skis up their rooms as well. Another ski facility is the hotel shuttle that ferries skiers to the bus stop closer to the gondolas, though I did not use this service since it is not that far of a walk through the pedestrian mall. Furthermore the limited operational hours and seating spaces in the shuttle means that sometimes it might be faster to just walk.
There was no on-site restaurants in the hotel but there are plenty of dining spots, so guests will have no shortage of venue to eat out. An amenity they have for guests lounging in the lobby is the citrus infused water dispenser just like in the Westin. There was also some computers in the table at the end beside the reception desk for guests to use. A coffee machine is also placed beside the computers in case guests need a hot cup of coffee in the morning.
Guests who drive to the hotel should note that there is a charge for valet parking at C$35 per night though the long term free parking lot is not too far of a walk and the Convention Centre parking is also nearby if guests need sheltered parking.
The room rate was around C$260++ per night (~$199) for the days I stayed at. For a nice one bedroom in the middle of Whistler Village, this was a pretty good value since my stay included the weekend nights. Prices here are usually cheaper than the Westin and while the location is further from the gondolas, this hotel made for a good value option for guests with membership status in hotel chains.