Upon arrival I left my son and husband in the car so I could find out about parking and check in. The process took about 5 minutes, which is probably the fastest I have every checked into a hotel. I was handed a package of room keys, pool keys, towel cards, a map and a number of other promo cards. Bit overkill, but I guess everyone needs to have their say in your vacation. I do wish there was just one card that accessed everything though. There was too much risk of losing one of the pieces I had to return at the end of the trip.
Internet was included in the trip voucher we had bought from LivingSocial, but unbeknownst to me, parking was not. It cost us an additional CAD$15 per day. This was not a welcome additional expense as you can imagine, but you live and learn.
Our condo was clean, simple and efficient. The main section of the condo was one big room broken into 3 sections: the kitchen, a small dining area and the living room. There was a small flat screen TV and DVD player in the living room along with a fireplace. The kitchen was stocked with your basic utensils, plates and cookware. There was a dishwasher, which was a very nice surprise, as we hate to do dishes when we are on vacation. A balcony fed off the living room with a nice view of the pool, hot tubs and ski in/ski out entrance.
The bedroom was small, but had two dressers/night stands and a big enough closet to hang some clothes and stash our suitcase. There was no TV, so bring some books or your laptop to enjoy a movie if you have kids sleeping in the living room like we did.
The bathroom was larger than the one we have at home. Not hard to do, but I always marvel at how big they can be. There was enough space to stick our potty training toddler's tiny potty in a corner and still not trip over it. The tub was nice and deep allowing for a late night soak after a long day in the snow.
Overall the condo wasn’t the height of luxury, but it certainly wasn’t sub par in any way. It was efficient and clean, which is all we needed.
Hot Tubs and Pools:The resort boasted 3 outdoor hot tubs and a year round heated pool. By late afternoon the hot tubs were busy, but there was always room for one more person looking for a nice soak. The pool usually had one or two intrepid families making the plunge, but it was pretty chilly so no one stayed in for very long. I put one toe in and went running for the hot tubs.
-Note: You cannot use the condo towels in the pool area. You must use your pool towel card to get towels from the front desk. You must return the towels before you check out. Leaving the pool towels in your condo does not count as them being returned and you can be charged for them.
Ski and Snowboard Storage: Summit Ski, which is adjacent to the front desk, offers complimentary ski concierge service. If they are not open, you must leave your skis or board with the front desk.
-Note: Skis and snowboards are not allowed in the room. You must check them in at the complimentary concierge service. You can be charged for bringing them into the elevator and/or up to your room.
HouseKeeping: You are staying in a condo unit, not a hotel, so the rooms are only cleaned every 4 days.
Other Amenities include bike storage, communal laundry areas and a very small gym.
If you are an avid skier or snowboarder this location can’t be beat. With ski-in/ski-out access you can simply walk downstairs, strap on your snowboard and hit the powder. It is a short ride down to the Blackcomb ski lift and an easy walk back up the hill if you shoot past it at the end of the day. The condo complex was quiet since it was not close to any bars and had tons of families enjoying a stay. The resort also enforced quiet hours from 10pm-8am which ensured a good night sleep for all.
There are shuttles that will bring you from the Blackcomb day lodge and drop you off at your hotel in the Upper Village if you do not feel like walking. There are also a handful of restaurants available in the Upper Village, but if you are looking for more dining options head down the hill into Whistler Village with the kids. You can either walk, drive or shuttle it down. We chose to drive a lot so we could move on our own timeline. Parking was pretty cheap. Make sure you grab a bite at Crepe Montagne. We ate there every morning. I couldn't get enough!
- Also Known As:
- Aspens On Blackcomb Whistler
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- We invite you to stay at The Aspens on Blackcomb, a gorgeous Whistler resort with individually-decorated furnishings and the option of spectacular mountain views. Centrally located in North America’s top ski resort, you’ll be able to hit the slopes straight from your front door. The Aspens on Blackcomb is the perfect romantic getaway. ... more less
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