Coast Blackcomb Suites at Whistler
Great value for a quiet getaway.
I have been coming to Whistler in the summer for a number of years. I have stayed at this hotel numerous times and although I sometimes switch it up and stay in the village, I keep coming back to this one again and again!
Here’s what I like about it:
1. Great value for large, spacious and comfortable rooms. The prices are very reasonable for Whistler (yes, even the parking. You can’t get parking cheaper than $23/night in Whistler). We always get the 1 bedroom king suite which gives us and our dog loads of room. The balconies are really a great size, perfect for having friends over for drinks. The views from the front of the hotel are terrific and the back is against the trees which is very peaceful.
2. Secure bike storage! For those who travel with expensive bikes, you know this is an issue. We have stayed at places in the village that just kinda throw your bike in some room off the front desk and you are supposed to just hope that your $4000 bike will be there the next day. Well, at Coast, they have secure bike pods, free of charge. These are located inside a secure caged bike area inside the secure underground parking garage. It couldn’t be any better! I really appreciated that peace of mind.
3. Free breakfast. I have stayed at lots of places in this price range with a free breakfast. This place is no different from the rest really. Juice, Starbucks coffee, fruit, cottage cheese, waffles. It’s free. It gets your day off to a good start without having to make it yourself.
I really like the outdoor seating, just off the breakfast room. It’s cute and a nice spot to have your coffee and toast.
4. Location. Sometimes I’m in the mood to stay in the heart of the action in the village. Sometimes I’m not. That’s when I stay at The Coast as it’s such a peaceful spot. I LOVE that I can walk out in the morning to the ski slope and look at the mountains and enjoy the quiet. It’s great for walkers and people with dogs. You can walk down this ski slope to the village in no time. It takes us 12 mins to walk from the bus depot area of the village up to the hotel via the ski slope.
My only negative with this hotel is how “family friendly” it is. This means it’s overrun by kids. You literally can’t use the pool on a nice day. I wish they had an adults only time at the pool. I was lucky to get to enjoy some quiet time in one of the hot tubs (it was raining) and it’s truly a lovely little spot. They should at least make one of the hot tubs adults only. But, this is a family type hotel, so I guess it’s to be expected.
Overall, if you are looking for great value, a spacious room with the ability to use the kitchen for lunches/snacks, and a peaceful location, stay here!
Great mountainside property
I have now stayed at the Coast, both on my own and with friends, a total of half dozen times since my first visit in 2006 (It was actually a Marriott at that time), and I just keep going back. Being a Vancouverite, I have no desire to ever stay in the Village, far too noisy, I am just trying to get away from it all. This place is wonderfully quiet and peaceful yet of course so close to everything. Visits have always been in August/early September to take full advantage of all the outdoor activities in summer.
The suites are large, and we have stayed in ones overlooking the cul de sac that you drive up when arriving as well as on the forest side. Even the suites overlooking the road are fairly quiet. No air conditioning, so in summer you will likely need to keep the fans going for hours at a time during the day if you are away. The breakfast buffet, while pretty good, is not what it used to be. In our stay of 2012, I noticed it was no longer a hot buffet. Gone were the scrambled eggs and breakfast meats, replaced by even more muffins, waffles and hard boiled eggs (ah, no thanks!). But that is not a deal breaker when all is said and done.
We often walk the 20-25 minutes down to the Village, and it is about 35 minutes back up during those times when our group is energetic (great workout), and being right on the side of Blackcomb, one can simply walk out in the summer (as skiers do in winter) and start hiking up Blackcomb. And if you are not into walking down or back up for that matter, very convenient and free bus service right in front of the hotel.
During our stay just this August (2014), we did notice some work going on at the far end of the 3rd floor, telling us that is appears some upgrading is starting to take place (we never actually asked unfortunately). Bottom line, a great place to stay for what you pay, and especially if you want to be away from it all even within the whole Whistler area.
Tried something different, away from the Village
Having stayed in Whistler Village for the Gran Fondo weekend for several years in a row, we decided to try the Whistler Blackcomb Suites.
Check in was very quick, friendly and efficient. The room we had was on the back of the hotel, facing the forest, so while it was rather dark, it was very quiet and very cool (as there is no A/C in this hotel which you may wish to take into consideration during the hot summer months).
After check in I asked at the front desk if there were any decent trails to go running on, and I was told to go and check out Lost Lake which was great.
The buffet breakfast was nice: pretty basic. Waffles, muffins, cereal, yogurt, Starbucks coffee (!) and fresh fruit. It was nice that the coffee was available all day, as well.
We slept so well there. We were around the corner from the elevator and thought that maybe we would overhear loud conversations of people waiting for the lift, but there was nothing. Nor was the person above us noisy either: it was such a peaceful sleep.
It is a 25 minute walk to the Village, which you should consider, but there is a free shuttle that picks up at the hotel and drops you in the Village (free) which runs roughly every 30 minutes. Also, there is nothing in the immediate area, and there is no dining (except breakfast) at the hotel.
One advantage was that I was able to find free parking a ten minute walk down the hill from the hotel, which saved us about $23 a night.
We originally intended to stay two nights, but we asked them if we could get a deal for a third night and they were able to accommodate us, so we actually stayed until the Monday which made it a very relaxed and leisurely getaway.
Blackcomb is the best
Loved the blackcomb side of Whistler/Blackcomb area. This hotel is really up the mountain, but no views. Parking onsite is overpriced. In the summer, it was easy to find parking down the street. Though it is quite a hike to/from the car. It is a quick walk or bike up/down the mountain to Blackcomb village. Room was awesome with suite and kitchen. Very comfortable. Could have stayed here long term!! Secure bike storage available for free. Loved the pool and Jacuzzi!! Only open from 10a to 10pm though. Breakfast was excellent with variety. Would recommend!
My favourite property in Whistler
Figured this property could use a review from someone who’s stayed here in the summer, fall and winter more years than I can count! Having stayed in probably every hotel in Whistler, the Coast (formerly the Marriott) is my favourite. Having just stayed up there for two nights, it’s my oasis away from Vancouver. Big rooms, solid pool area, free breakfast (on par with most new Holiday Inns) and just a walk down the path to the Upper Village. When I was in my 20′s, sure I loved being closer to the nightlife of the Village, but now, I prefer the quiet of being away from it all when I’m in Whistler. The hotel shuttle can take me in to the thick of it but when I want to sleep with all the windows and doors open and not be awoken to bar hoppers coming home, the Coast (make sure you don’t stay at the old Coast, now Aava!) is great. It’s not the Four Seasons but you also don’t pay those rates! Great all around hotel and good value for all the extras you get like the shuttle and breakfast.