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Hugh Jackman and Eric Bana Take the Family to Four Seasons Whistler

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  Site Where: 4591 Blackcomb Way, Whistler, BC, Canada, V0N 1B4
January 12, 2009 at 9:00 AM | by | ()

This week, we've taken a trip to the Winter Wonderland that is Whistler in British Columbia, Canada. Aside from enjoying the snow, the mountains and the adorable Canadian accents, we've also been checking out the hotel scene. Every day we'll sum up a hotel in the Whistler Village for your edification. Remember this place will be jammed packed next year with guests as the host of the 2010 Winter Olympics. Any questions? Let us know.

The Four Seasons Whistler is not quite a ski-in, ski-out hotel. There is a ski concierge located at the base of the Blackcomb mountain but you still have to walk a little bit (no more than 5 minutes, maybe 10 in ski boots) from the slopes to the hotel.

Then again, if you like to measure the value of a hotel based on its celebrity guests, look no further.

On Sunday night while the Golden Globes were taking place in Hollywood, Ozzie actors Eric Bana and Hugh Jackman were dining with their families at the hotel's Fifty Two 80 restaurant. Jackman, the 2009 Oscars host and 2008's Sexiest Man Alive, was casual in jeans and a blue zippered sweatered. Bana sported a similar casual outfit but instead with a beige sweater. Both had several hyperactive kids in tow.

While the celebs from Down Under dined in the restaurant's main dining room, we sank into plush leather chairs in the hotel's bar area which served killer appetizers and gourmet comfort food like black cod tacos, a lettuce wedge with a piece of fried chicken and a pulled pork BBQ sandwich with onion rings.

If a hard day of skiing followed by comfort food doesn't put you into a sleepy haze, then the seductively low lighting and the extensive cocktail list should definitely do the trick. While the bar is quite appropriate for folks coming in off the slopes in full gear, it's also perfect for fancy schmancy diners stopping in for a quick drink (Hopefully, they steered clear of the $80 margarita.) And of course, you can catch a hockey game playing on the flat-screen TV.

What made the bar all the more relaxing was the 18-year-old piano singer, Ali Milner, who's like a wonderful cross of Norah Jones, Sarah Bareilles and Diana Krall. Not to be missed? Her jazzy take on Nirvana's hit song, Lithium. And we thought the Four Seasons was all stuffy and stuff! Oh and about the bar's name, it's named after "the number of feet that can be skied on Blackcomb Mountain's vertical mile."

Room categories at the Four Seasons range from a Moderate room to the Deluxe executive suite. All rooms feature sitting areas, gas-burning fireplaces, deep-soaking tubs and views of the courtyard or the forest. We're guessing the Banas and the Jackmans took advantage of the Four Season private residences which are available to rent. The Four Seasons also features a spa, fitness center, a pool (open in the winter) and the aforementioned ski concierge near Blackcomb Mountain.

Room rates are currently going for about $332 a night. The hotel has several specials and packages available including a "Stay Three Nights, Get Fourth Night Free" deal.

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