Luxury on Nita Lake, Whistler Creekside
It’s hard to believe that only a few years ago Whistler Creekside was nothing more than a gravel parking lot, a small gas station and a rarely used gondola that transported guests to Whistler Mid-Mountain. Times have definitely changed for Whistler Creekside.
If you haven’t visited Creekside in the past 10 years, you’d hardly recognize it after its extensive facelift. It wasn’t too long ago that we would drive right past Creekside and head straight to Whistler Village, especially on days when we wanted to ride Blackcomb Mountain.
Prior to the recent edition of the record breaking Peak-2-Peak Gondola, skiers and snowboarders typically needed to make a decision on what mountain to ski for the day. It was just too time consuming to switch mountains during the limited operating hours. Now it’s very easy to ride both mountains in the same day, making it one of North America’s best ski mountains.
Whistler Creekside has quickly changed its reputation as being “just a day parking lot”, to becoming a convenient alternative to the popular Whistler Village.
One of the newest additions to Creekside is the luxurious Nita Lake Lodge. The lakeside resort has received impressive reviews over the past year, ranking as a Top-Rated Hotel in Whistler according to TripAdvisor. It also placed in the Top 10 Luxury Hotels in Canada on TripAdvisor’s 2011 Travelers’ Choice Awards.
Needless to say, we were delighted to have received an invitation by Nita Lake Lodge to experience its alpine resort and see firsthand what all the hype was about.
After a beautiful sunny day snowboarding the Peak of Whistler Mountain, we enjoyed a couple après beers at Dusty’s Bar. The hotel is quite close to the base of the mountain, about 100 meters away from the Creekside Gondola.
The hotel’s décor is fresh and modern, but still represents the distinctive Whistler alpine vibe, with lots of woodwork and stone. Our studio suite was quite large and spacious, with a separate sitting area, gas fire place and open patio that overlooked the frozen lake. Our eyes were immediately drawn to the oversized bathroom, complete with an inviting soaker tub and separate shower with a slate bench.
What stood out for us was the simplicity and peacefulness of the lakeside resort. Typically when we spend the weekend in Whistler Village we are drawn to the village square and its nightlife.
But as the snow started to fall, we sat by our warm fireplace and watched kids shovelling the fresh snow off the lake, getting it ready for a game of pickup hockey. It was a welcomed change of pace.
Nita Lake Lodge has everything that you would expect from a high-end hotel, but we feel that a great hotel does the little things right.
Here are a few things that stood out for us during our stay:
- Quality coffee with a French press. As coffee lovers, it’s important to us that a hotel offer fresh and tasty gourmet coffee in the room. Add a complimentary newspaper and you’ve got two happy customers.
- Super comfy bed. At the end of the day, a great hotel MUST have a great bed. Nita Lake Lodge picked the perfect bed with fluffy pillows and soft sheets (thumbs up from us!).
- Complimentary Land Rover Shuttle service to and from Whistler Village. We didn’t end up using the service because we wanted to enjoy our room, but it was nice to know that we could easily get to the village for dinner or drinks.
- Complimentary Internet access. It’s so annoying when hotels don’t provide free internet.
- Outdoor hot tub. After a day on the slopes nothing beats a hot soak surrounded by fresh air and mountain views.
- 12:00 check out. We hate the 10:00AM check out that most hotels have. We like to sleep in and enjoy fresh coffee and a newspaper on a Sunday morning. The 12:00 check out let us move slow and enjoy the morning (more thumbs up!).
Even though it’s only a short drive from Vancouver to Whistler, spending the weekend in Whistler has a way of making us feel like we’re millions of miles away from the big city. It’s the perfect place to get outdoors, have a little adventure and enjoy a relaxing soak in the hot tub.
Have you visited Whistler before? What did you think?
Share your comments below!