There's no getting around it, when it comes to real estate and hotel accommodations, the old adage rings true: location, location, location. And doesn't Crystal Lodge & Suites know it. Located smack dab in the middle of Whistler Village, Crystal literally sits upon the doorstep of restaurants, shops, and the Whistler and Blackcomb gondolas. Travellers might expect to might pay a premium for such a good location, but Crystal remains a firmly mid-market offering. Mid-week winter rates start at $259, weekends start at $390.
This is not my first stay at Crystal Lodge. It is, however, the first time I've visited since the completion of a $3.2 million dollar renovation. If you had asked me last year, I would have said the accommodation is the best value for location but that the rooms are dated.
Today, the hotel's south wing rooms are dressed in clean neutrals with grey and blue accents that better reflect the mountain village aesthetic. It's a refreshed look that undeniably modernizes the guest experience.
Crystal Lodge's five stories are neatly tucked into the rustic Village Stroll frontage. The main entrance actually backs on to a cul-de-sac, which is easily accessed by vehicle visitors off Whistler Way.
A two-storey, wood accented lodge-style lobby greets guests with a cozy fireplace and seating. The property boasts a sauna, outdoor heated pool and hot tub - all welcome retreats for those wrapping up a day on the slopes or guests just wanting to warm up. Those in town for ski season will appreciate the complimentary services of a ski concierge and boot dryers located on each floor.
Heated underground parking is available at a nightly rate and Crystal Lodge offers ski & stay, family, relaxation and longer-stay packages.
I spent the night in a Crystal King Room, which at 220-sq. ft is compact yet practical.
The best features are a large patio with mountain views and the deepest bath tub I've ever sunk into. A writing desk, high-speed WiFi, ample outlets and a mini-fridge are well appreciated too.
All in all, it's no more and no less than exactly what I need for a Whistler getaway.
Despite its location in the heart of Whistler Village, my sleep is undisturbed by nightlife or other guests. I take advantage of the space the king bed affords me; the pillows are plush though the sheets are the standard, somewhat starchy hotel variety.
Amenities + Extras
- Outdoor heated pool and hot tub
- 24-7 front desk service & concierge
- Complimentary ski concierge, bike concierge & fitness room
- Meeting space (1,780 sq. ft of event space and conference rooms)
Crystal Canine Program: Dog-friendly lodging with complimentary blanket, bowl, towel, treat. (Allergy-free rooms are available upon request for guest with dog allergies.)
Crystal Advantage: 10-15% discount at many local retailers and dining partners. See the complete list here.
Basalt Wine & Salumeria
Wildwood Pacific Bistro
The Crystal Lounge
Old Spaghetti Factory
Beacon Pub & Eatery (located nearby)
Address: 4154 Village Green, Whistler BC V0N 1B4
My original impression remains unchanged: Crystal Lodge offers the best value for location, an opinion which is only positively compounded by their recent renovation. The location is especially well suited to a traveller like myself who prefers a walkable, pedestrian experience.
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