The Coast Blackcomb Suites at Whistler
4899 Painted Cliff Rd, Whistler, BC V0N 1B4 Canada
In large alpine resort towns, you can sometimes get lost in the sea of buildings. The beauty of the Coast Blackcomb Suites is you feel like you are one of the only hotels on the mountain. The hotel is siutated on the Painted Cliff Road one of the highest points for accommodation on the Blackcomb side of Whistler. Looking out of the hotel towards the Greenline Ski Run and Wizzard Chairlift it feels like the entire mountain is there just for you. But of course, this is Whistler/Blackcomb. The largest ski resort in North America, you are actually sharing it with the world. After a day of skiing, snowboarding, tubing or snowshoeing getting away from the hustle and bustle of the village is a nice break. With that said, the Coast Blackcomb Suites is better suited to the quiet traveller or family group.
If you are not taking advantage of the suites ski in ski out location or looking to venture out in search of Whistler nightlife, there is a public bus near the main entrance. It very convenient to pick up some groceries from the Whistler village or when you choose not to drive after a too many Après-ski.
The rooms are fitted out like many alpine hotels. The walls are ordained with old skis and the occasional alpine painting. The general ambience is inspired by traditional European alpine culture.
The beds are reasonably comfortable and bathrooms modest without too much flair. All in all, worth the price you pay.
The suites are equipped with kitchenettes or full kitchens in the larger suites. There are options for multiple bedroom suites and bunk beds for children. The suites are great for those on a budget and looking to save some money on dining expenses.
Despite all the family groups staying in the suites, the rooms are quiet and peaceful. Keep in mind, during the ski season, you will likely awaken to the sound of ski boots stomping down the hallway. Perhaps a welcome wake-up call, for those who want to follow suit and hit the slopes.
Whistler Blackcomb hires staff from all over the world. As with most ski resorts, you can expect to encounter a lot of Australians and Kiwis. Because of our Aussie heritage, it’s always nice to hear the Aussie drawl at the reception desk. The Vade’s put on their Canadian accents to see if anyone notices they are not from Canada and in fact Australians in disguise. All the Staff were friendly and accommodating, even happy to respond to a late night call answering a question about nighttime ski run grooming, that google couldn’t answer.
FOOD and DRINK:
The suites do not have a restaurant. So like most who stay there, we used the kitchen for a “mountain sized” cook up. After a long day on the slopes, it was nice to have a “home cooked” meal and there were enough left-overs for lunch the next day. The suite room package comes with a tasty continental breakfast buffet. A good way to start a day of adventure on the mountain. They also have a modest food store where you can pick up treats you may have forgotten like popcorn or chocolate.
In general, the Coast Blackcomb Suites are a good option for those wanting a peaceful location, on a modest budget and with cooking facilities. Great for families and serious skier/snowboarders. If you are looking for a close proximity to hit the Whistler nightlife, we suggest you stick closer to the village.
Our review is based on our stay April 2011.
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