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Like it or not, the holiday season has officially begun. So while you're drawing up your Christmas wish lists or plotting out the best strategy for door-busting on Black Friday, don't forget to plan out your hotel stay. From now through New Year's Eve, we'll be pulling out the holiday hotel news, deals and events we think are the best (or the worst.) Got a question about booking a hotel over the holidays or what to do when staying in a hotel over the holidays? Let us know!
So you've decided to stay in a hotel over Christmas or during Hanukkah but you're worried you might be missing out on all the holiday fun up in your room. Well, if you're staying at these places below you can have the holidays delivered straight to your door.
At the Four Seasons Whistler in Canada, the hotel's "Deck the Halls" package includes a four or five-foot Christmas tree already on a stand and brought up to your room with lights, bulbs and a star for the top, along with hot chocolate, milk, freshly baked cookies, a Christmas music CD and one stocking per guest with their name embroidered on it.
Naturally, this makes the already pricey Four Seasons resort a bit pricier at $1,200 CAD a night before taxes. There's also a minimum stay of four nights. But there's a chance you could see a hunky Australian action star.
How do you say Daddy Warbucks in Canadian?
However, while everyone's favorite winter olympics sport--figure skating--takes place in Vancouver, much of the ski and snow sports take place up in Whistler, where the ski hotel and lodges have rapidly filled up.
Or have they?
The Fairmont Chateau Whistler put out a press release yesterday titled, "Rumors Quashed - Fairmont Chateau Whislter Says There are Still Rooms for the Olympics." The release then went on to say that rooms are still available for select dates from February 11 to 28. However, a three-night minimum is required and you have to pay up front.
Still, this is good news. The hotel is right at the base of Blackcomb Mountain (close to the action) and has a great sitting room overlooking the mountains. Plus there's a nightly fondue event in the hotel's Chalet.
The 2010 Winter Olympics will kick off in Vancouver and Whistler, Canada in just a few short months and we fer sure thought that the city's and ski resort's hotel rooms would be long gone by now. In fact, wasn't someone planning to dock a cruise ship in Vancouver to increase the hotel room supply?
Well, thankfully you won't have to train your sea legs. You just have to dip into your savings. The Pan Pacific Whistler has released a limited supply of suites for "public consumption." (Yes, that's what the press release actually said.)
The rooms are open from February 11 to February 28, 2010 at both the Pan Pacific Whistler Mountainside and Pan Pacific Whistler Village Centre. Guests must reserve a five-night minimum stay. The average room rate is about $1,119 CAD a night for a 1-bedroom suite with a mountain view. Yes, we know. $1,119 a night. And in U.S. dollars it's not that much of a difference--$1,080.
On the heels of our Whistler Hotel Guide, we've learned that the ski resort's two Pan Pacific Hotels have announced new "value added preference" packages. Both the Pan Pacific Mountainside and Pan Pacific Whistler Village Centre are giving guests “pre-paid internet special” with a “Lock in Your Exchange Rate” offer.
Starting at... $319CAD (about $253 USD) from January 4th through April 25th, those who book online at panpacificwest.com, will enjoy increasing savings for booking multiple nights, adding up to a free night’s stay for those reserving five consecutive room nights.
The ascending savings’ scale is as follows:
· 10 percent discount per night off any room type for three nights booked
· 15 percent discount per night off any room type for four nights booked
· 20 percent discount per night off any room type for five nights booked
The catch here is that you must pay in advance, thus locking in your currency exchange rate. It's also subject to limited availability and is non-refundable, non-cancellable. And remember, the Mountainside hotel is closer to the slopes so rooms will be more over there. All this is making us go..."eh." But the rooms do have complimentary internet, complimentary local phone calls, an in-resort shuttle and complimentary breakfast.
We're curious. Have you ever stayed at Pan Pacific Hotel before? What was it like? Let us know.
Please don't think that the only hotels to stay in when you visit Whistler are the ones we talked about in our Whistler Hotel Guide. In fact, we found it hard to keep track of all the lodgings right in Whistler Village and we didn't even get around to all the lodgings outside the Village. Oh and don't forget apartment rentals too.
As always, where you want to stay depends on the budget you have, the scene you are looking for and if being close to the slopes is really important to you. We tried to address a little bit of everything in some of our hotel picks, listed after the jump.
It feels like Halloween is barely over, but the folks over in Whistler, B.C. are already thinking snow.
The ski town’s Adara Hotel is offering an early season getaway package that includes two night’s accommodations in a Superior guestroom (get an upgrade for just $30 more per night), free valet parking and two two-day lift tickets to Whistler Blackcomb ski resort.
The package, available December 12-19 for $550 per night, coincides with the opening of Whistler’s latest attraction: the PEAK2PEAK gondola, an 1.88-mile unsupported freespan linking Whistler and Blackcomb, which, not so coincidentally, opens December 12.
We are suckers for a room with a killer view. We find that we are even more likely to forgive some minor hotel inconveniences if we can stare out the window at something pretty--yeah we are that shallow. Let's help out our fellow hotel mavens by uploading rooms with killer views to the HotelChatter/Flickr photo pool, or by sending the photo along to us. We will feature our favorites in this space from time to time. Remember to tell us the name of the hotel and the room number of the hot view.
Are we right or are we right: this view from the Fairmont Chateau Whistler is so pretty that it literally looks majorly photoshopped. Seriously, doesn't it look like those mountains in the back were inserted as an afterthought? Having been to this spot ourselves, we can promise you that this photo is authentic.
Located at the base of Blackcomb Mountain, the resort offers 550 rooms and four restaurants (plus afternoon tea service in the winter!) -- with two more restaurants at the Fairmont Chateau Whistler Golf Club next door.
Our favorite thing: if you book the Ski & Accommodation Package in the winter, the hotel offers a snow guarantee: if there isn't "1,500 feet of terrain or more open on Whistler Blackcomb" during your stay between November 27th and December 19th, your lift tickets are refunded and you can get your money back for your second night's room. Or you can just stick around and drink tea and enjoy the view.