Whistler’s Most Prominent Hotel Is Reborn
Alpine Lodge Adaptation
Whistler’s most prominent hotel is reborn. Fresh from a two-phase, multiyear renovation that began during the pandemic, the Fairmont Chateau Whistler revealed its updated 519 guest rooms and suites in December 2022.
Located at the base of Blackcomb Mountain, the landmark ski-in, ski-out hotel is a favourite mountain getaway destination. The most recent renovation, started in April 2022, reinterprets the traditional ski chalet aesthetic with a contemporary application of natural materials.
Designed by Hirsch Bedner Associates (HBA), the $14-million refresh of 366 guest rooms and eight suites follows 2020’s $14.2-million revamp of Fairmont’s next-level Fairmont Gold experience. Drawing inspiration from the natural beauty of the Coast Mountains region, the cozy alpine lodge design brings Whistler’s alpine outdoors in, providing a luxurious haven to rest and relax in after a day spent exploring North America’s largest mountain playground.
The guest rooms are comfortable and functional spaces for travellers’ home away from home. Woven wallcoverings and drapery cocoon each room with elegant warmth in a palette that evokes Whistler’s own natural colours. Bedrooms are anchored by headboards made from live-edge slabs of parota wood. The wood’s warmth complements elements of stone, leather, textiles, and custom metal joinery, creating a nest-like retreat.
For those seeking an even more refined experience, the new Fairmont Gold Lounge and its guest rooms will fit the bill. Also designed by Hirsch Bedner Associates, this remodelling project was completed in January 2021, and borrowed from Whistler’s natural surroundings and culture to create a luxurious ski chalet environment.
“Fairmont Gold was designed as the next level for the discerning guest who wants the best when they travel,” explains Norman Mastalir, managing director of Fairmont Chateau Whistler. “The Lounge has a sense of exclusivity, but it’s warm and welcoming with a luxurious residential feel. It serves as an extension to the guest room and reflects Whistler’s awesome outdoors with the finest of amenities and service.”
This boutique hotel within a hotel is on floors 7 to 12. After checking in at its exclusive reception on the eighth floor, guests can relax in the private guest lounge overlooking the mountains while nibbling on executive chef Isabel Chung’s daily extravaganza of gourmand delights.
New executive chef Cliff Crawford orchestrates the Fairmont Chateau Whistler’s dining options, which include shared plates and craft cocktails at the Mallard Lounge, fine dining at the Wildflower, and European-inspired alpine cuisine at the Chalet.