Why choose Summit Lodge in Whistler?
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#1. It’s soooo lovely
We’ve stayed at Summit Lodge perhaps six times in both summer and winter seasons … it feels like coming home for the weekend. It’s exactly the right amount of quirky, ideally suited to nice people like me and you. (An “only nice people please” sign in the elevator states as such).
#2. Fantastic staff
Comment cards left on the bedside table encourage you to notify staff if there’s anything they can do to improve your stay while you’re out – but I usually just leave them love letters for getting everything right in the first (fur-st?) place.
#3. Your dog gets fame and stardom
Or more accurately, he gets his/her name on the lobby dog chalkboard. Also look forward to a great welcome goodie kit with treats, dog bags, a Whistler dog guide and a bowl and dog towel to use during your stay. On some stays the goodies have included a small West Paw Design dog toy, and sometimes not. Lord Snuzzington now has two and we call them his babies. Which is weird, and I regret sharing that with the internet.
#4. Free puppies!
Summit Lodge is one of just four Whistler hotels with no pet fee (the others are Four Seasons Resort Whistler, Crystal Lodge and The Westin Resort & Spa). Of the 16 dog-friendly Whistler hotels I’ve reviewed, the average pet fee for a 2-night weekend stay is $37.50. You know what you can do with $37.50?
- Buy five Peaked Pies
- Buy snowshoe tickets for two adults and a dog at Ski Callaghan
- Buy two bacon-cheddar burgers at the Longhorn Saloon
- Buy most of a Peak 2 Peak gondola ticket ($52)
- Buy one and a half Summit Lodge “monsters” (and why wouldn’t you)
Summit Lodge is free for puppies – and free is good.
#5. Fantastic location
This hotel has a fantastic location, but you stand to gain 10 pounds overnight. Why? OMG. It’s next to door Peaked Pies: where Aussie meat pies as big as your head come topped with mashed potatoes, gravy and mushy peas (token vegetable). They’re insanely good.
Do you have actual self-restraint? Summit Lodge is just across the street from a great juice bar/healthy eatery place, The Green Moustache. Rounding out your tasty take-out options, there’s a good pizza spot about a one-minute walk away: Gnarly Roots. If, like my dog, your dog will never let you out of his sight – Summit Lodge’s location gives you lots of options to get dinner and eat it in your room with a good movie (winter option), or, have a picnic in Olympic Plaza (summer option).
#6. Great nearby dog walks
As for easily walking your dog, it’s across the street from Whistler Olympic Plaza which is gorgeous year-round (except when it briefly becomes a fenced mud-pit during the April thaw). It’s an ice-skating rink and sledding hill in the winter, and a gorgeous ‘nap in the grass with your puppy’ park in the summer. They even provide the Adirondack/Muskoka chairs. If your pack includes children, there’s also an enormous playground. In the winter, an outdoor fire pit is a favourite spot.
#7. Facilities galore
There’s also a new, super-sweet co-working space/bakery/coffee shop – 81 Whistler – attached to Summit Lodge. Perhaps best of all … the on-site spa: Taman Sari Spa. Ahhh, work-life balance happening before your very eyes.
#8. Big rooms, bright rooms
We’ve stayed in a variety of rooms at Summit Lodge – including its top-floor, biggest room which was amazing (it felt like an entire apartment). If your dog barks at strange noises, ask for a room away from the elevators (which are in the middle of the hallways).
Tip: Here’s how I got my dog to stop barking in hotels – at least, 1000% less than before.
#9. Chocolate awaits
Enjoy great mini-bar options, including stuff you actually want to eat: local Whistler chocolate, popcorn and reasonably priced wine. In the summer, free bike rentals are available!
#10. Christmas cuteness overload
Summit Lodge at Christmas: You’ve never seen anything so cute. In 2016 there was a mistletoe photo booth, an endless supply of candy canes and a hot chocolate station with ALL the toppings in the lobby. Did I leave the hotel once? Not so much.
A shuttle leaves every fifteen minutes, and there’s a ski-tuning shop attached to Summit Lodge’s lobby. (I checked with my skier and I’m told it’s called Underground Tuning, and that they’re super nice guys). For the rest of us, snowshoes are available to borrow free of charge in the winter.
#12. Wildlife viewing
Wildlife I’ve seen from Summit Lodge: No bears (unlike at The Westin), but I did once watch an entire family of raccoons on manoeuvres at the crack of dawn. It was pretty cool to watch mummy raccoon lead all her babies like Mary Poppins. Perhaps a strange thing to be excited about but … I’m not exactly hiding my ‘crazy animal-lover’ badge.
Note! Summit Lodge won Canada’s best ski boutique hotel in 2017, 2016 and 2015. It’s deservedly popular and, as such, is often fully booked. Make your reservation as early as possible – I take gleeful pleasure in booking the last room.
Want more options? If you still can’t decide, want to splash out on a 5-star room or want to be further away from the action, see 16 more dog-friendly Whistler hotels (+ 2 dog-friendly vacation rentals). Have fun!