Where to stay in Whistler with a dog?
I used to think it was really weird that people brought their dogs to hotels. That changed as soon as we got our totally tragic, joined-at-the-hip, velcro-iest velcro dog. It was very clear: wherever we were going, he was going. We’ve now stayed in almost all of Whistler’s dog-friendly hotels (in every season). Weird or not, it’s my favourite way to spend a weekend – sometimes non-stop exploring, sometimes never leaving the hotel – but always a thousand times better than staying at home.
Whether you want to be in the heart of the village, next to the lifts or in a quieter corner of Whistler, here are my recommendations for dog-friendly Whistler hotels (plus a few more, if your vacation is just for people):
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My favourite: Summit Lodge Boutique Hotel ($)
Your dog stays for free, the location is fantastic, rooms are superb and it wins zillions of awards. We’ve stayed here many times and it just gets better. Discover 12 reasons why you’ll love Summit Lodge in my full review.
For doing it all: The Westin Resort & Spa ($$)
As with Summit Lodge, we’ve stayed at The Westin quite a lot. Maybe 30 nights in total. It offers everything you’d want from a big five-star hotel, in an unbeatable location. The Westin makes a great first impression of Whistler, with friendly smiles from the (typically gorgeous Aussie ski-boy) staff and a beautiful West Coast ski lodge lobby on an immense scale. The dog perks start with lots of attention and continue that night with a dog version of Westin’s ‘Heavenly’ bed.
For total indulgence: Four Seasons Resort Whistler ($$$)
My doggie and I stayed at Four Seasons Resort once and it.was.heaven. If you’re celebrating a special occasion or really want to spoil yourself in Whistler, you need no encouragement from me.
Compare Whistler’s dog-friendly hotels
|Hotel||Star-rating||Dog fee||Distance to village||Ski-in/ski-out|
|Aava Whistler||★★★★||$25/stay||3-minute walk||No|
|Adara Hotel||★★★★||$20/stay||1-minute walk||No|
|Coast Blackcomb Suites at Whistler||★★★||$25/night||30-minute walk / short drive||Yes|
|Crystal Lodge and Suites||★★★★||FREE||In the village||No|
|Delta Hotels Whistler Village Suites||★★★★||$35/night||In the village||No (shuttle)|
|Fairmont Chateau Whistler||★★★★★||$50/night||Upper village (10-min walk to main village)||Yes|
|Four Seasons Resort Whistler||★★★★★||FREE||Upper village (15-min walk to main village)||Ski concierge|
|Hilton Whistler Resort & Spa||★★★★||$25/stay||In the village||No|
|The Listel Hotel||★★★||$25/night||1-minute walk||No|
|Nita Lake Lodge||★★★★||$25/night||1-hour walk / short drive||No (shuttle)|
|Pan Pacific Whistler Village Centre||★★★★||$25/night||In the village||No|
|Pinnacle Hotel Whistler||★★★||$25/night||1-minute walk||No|
|Summit Lodge Boutique Hotel||★★★★||FREE||Across the street||No (shuttle)|
|Tantalus Resort Lodge||★★★★||$35/stay||10-minute walk / short drive||No|
|The Westin Resort & Spa, Whistler||★★★★★||FREE||In the village||Nearly!|
Five-star Whistler hotels
- Why choose Four Seasons? … Because it’s Four Seasons. Ivanka was here recently but, don’t worry, she left.
- What your dog gets: A taste of the high life he won’t soon forget. Everything is provided, including a dog bed and bowl. We set Lord Snuzzington up next to the fire place and he was a very, very happy doggie.
- What your dog costs: Nothing! All the more to spend on a room service cheese plate.
- Location: Tucked away in Whistler’s upper village, so it’s a pretty walk to the main village but very quiet.
- Skiing notes: Take the village shuttle or simply walk to Blackcomb base. A ski concierge takes care of your gear – I love when sports can be lazy.
- What I loved best: Ordering room service from Four Seasons’s steakhouse, Side Cut, and spending an entire Saturday reading beside the fire – snowing falling outside on cue. I’m sure someone did something strenous and endorphin-y in Whistler that day, but it wasn’t me.
- Why choose Westin? The location is tops, and you have a huge choice of rooms – including two-bedroom suites with an upstairs. With a dog or without, the hotel’s FireRock Lounge has a big heated patio (summer only) with friendly staff and great burgers. As dogs aren’t allowed on patios in BC (they have to be tied up outside), FireRock is a good spot for dogs that don’t necessarily love this law. It’s usually pretty quiet, with little passing foot traffic so you can sit right next to your dog and enjoy your afternoon or evening together.
- What your dog gets: To use a ‘Heavenly’ dog bed, and lots of attention.
- What your dog costs: Nothing – the little beauty stays for free.
- Location: Right smack-dab in the village, but tucked in just enough of its own universe that it’s very quiet. In the summer, Whistler’s driving range is across the street.
- Skiing notes: You’re adjacent to the lifts and, as at Four Seasons, there’s a ski concierge.
- What I loved best: Breakfast is incredible, but watching a bear from my balcony was a huge highlight.
- Why choose Fairmont? Total, utter Canadiana, in a gorgeous mountainside castle. If you want oldy-worldly glamour and rich history, perhaps a moose head or two on the wall … Fairmont is for you.
- What your dog gets: Membership to Fairmont’s ‘The Furrmont Club ‘, turn-down service (!) and the chance at room-service dog treats.
- What your dog costs: Whistler’s steepest dog fee – $50/night (capped at $150).
- Location: Nearby Four Seasons, in the upper village. The property is enormous with lots of facilities, but there are tons of great patios nearby as well – especially local favourite Merlin’s (where I spent an hour watching fellow tourists get very stupid photographing a bear last summer). Whistler people-watching never fails.
- Skiing notes: Great for skiing Blackcomb – it’s right next to the lifts. As at Four Seasons, someone else handles the logistics – you just rock up in style.
- What I like best about Fairmont: I haven’t stayed here – but have stayed in two other dog-friendly Fairmont properties: Fairmont Jasper Park Lodge and Fairmont Château Lake Louise. Both have their own hotel labrador ambassadors – and oh-yes-I-did follow these dogs around like a total stalker. As dogs aren’t allowed in food establishments, Fairmont hotels have a special ‘dog owners’ section of the lobby lounge where you can waiter/waitress your own food and drinks from the bar. We’ve spent Easter lunches in both Jasper and Lake Louise doing this and made instant best friends with all the other dog owners – happy campers indeed.
Four-star Whistler hotels (in village)
Before you confuse yourself, there are two Pan Pacific hotels in Whistler – quite close together. Pan Pacific Whistler Village Centre is pet-friendly, while Pan Pacific Whistler Mountainside is not. How to remember which is which? Think ‘Village Centre’ = “Victory for Canines”).
Both hotels have exceptional reviews (9+ out of 10 – pretty rare!), but only Pan Pacific Whistler Mountainside is ski-in/ski-out. This is the only one I’ve stayed in (shh, don’t tell Lord Snuzzington … he wasn’t invited that weekend), and it was great.
For drinks, there’s a great pub Pan Pacific Mountainside – Dubh Linn Gate – or the wildly popular Longhorn Saloon opposite. If you beat us to either, you can grab a perimeter patio table with a tie-up spot for your dog next to you (but still on the other side of some railings). Once seated, you’ll get lots of attention from fellow dog-owners who miss their puppies left behind at home.
You couldn’t be more in the village than at Crystal Lodge. Its rooms span the second-floor of the village’s main walk, from popular pub The Beacon to Lululemon. Get more West Coast than that! I’ve stayed here once, a few years ago – it was nice and comfy!
Hilton Whistler is right in the village but, with retail shops beneath it, it’s not a noticeable presence. I’ve stayed here and enjoyed the location – in the middle of everything, next to Lululemon. Expect a comfy room, with easy access to the lifts for skiing or mountain biking. Over long weekends and holiday periods, Hilton Whistler has a minimum guest age of 25, so you can expect a quieter experience than at other hotels popular for parties. (Or, if not quieter, at least guests with better wine).
While you know what you’re going to get with Hilton, Adara is a local option with a similar vibe to Summit Lodge: one-off décor with a modern Whistler twist and surprising amenities like Playstations, martini shakers and fresh cookies in the lobby. As for your dog? He gets a new best friend in Kate the house golden retriever. If you’re coming to enjoy yourself in Whistler – start downstairs at village institution Buffalo Bills, and expect to encounter at least one bachelorette party along the way. Adara is also ‘Green Key’-rated as an eco hotel.
My introduction to Delta wasn’t incredible, but I’ve returned since and had a great experience. In a mix-up, the front desk checked a second group of people into our room. They swiped their key to their room (unfortunately already our room) and walked in … to be greeted by a protective dog with plenty to say about their arrival. Yikes.
Tip: Whenever you’re staying in a hotel (especially with a dog), always lock and bolt your door.
Delta is popular with families, so our floor on this occasion was pretty noisy with kids running around. On our second visit, we had a mountain-side room with good views and a much quieter experience. For amenities, the connecting indoor-outdoor pool is a happy place to paddle like an easily-pleased idiot. (“I’m inside! Now I’m outside! I’m inside!”)
I’ve stayed at Aava Whistler for a weekend and it was ideal as a clean and cosy place to be after a day’s exploring. Keurig coffee machines in your room get you going in the morning, and it’s a great location for walking around both the village and Whistler’s Valley Trail – just across the street. Many rooms are ground-floor which is ideal if your dog isn’t used to elevators (or if you’re an apartment-dweller and want to pretend you have a yard).
You can choose your own Tantalus adventure from its wide variety of rooms, from fairly basic “I just need somewhere to sleep” to high-end fancy apartments. I’ve stayed in a Tantalus townhouse on a group trip and felt pretty smug about it. If your FitBit has you doing lots of sports, there are tennis, basketball and beach volleyball courts on site.
Four-star Whistler hotels (out of village)
Why choose Nita Lake Lodge? It’s preeeeettyyyy. If it’s your first time to Whistler, BC, Canada or the West Coast in general – Nita Lake Lodge is an incredible introduction. In a summer visit, run from bed to breakfast and straight into a canoe, waiting on the lake for you and your puppy to paddle (well, maybe the puppy won’t paddle). Or, hop straight on a bike and explore Whistler’s Valley Trail. With an active dog, a swimming dog or a dog that must fully investigate every tree he meets … Nita’s pretty special. I haven’t stayed here yet … but regularly saunter past and ogle.
Like Nita Lake Lodge, Evolution Whistler is just outside of Whistler Village – in this case in Creekside. It has its own little world of human necessities – Starbucks chief amongst them – and is a quick drive/cab ride or a longer (but very pretty) walk to the village. I haven’t stayed at Evolution, but have stayed at its adjacent sister property First Tracks Lodge (not pet-friendly). I liked it so much I spent the next week on Pinterest scheming ways to have my very own alpine apartment wonderland.
Three-star Whistler hotels
Coast Blackcomb is ideal for skiers – it’s ski-in/ski-out. The skiing half of my mini-family LOVED the Coast’s location, but there’s not much on the doorstep (especially if you’re with a dog who will cause unholy hell if you leave him alone). I didn’t use the pool and hot tub area, but it looked very pretty against the mountains. As the left-behind, non-skier plus dog, I enjoyed the half-hour walk down to the village … but didn’t want to walk back up. A free bus service is available (though I’m not sure if dogs are allowed). Despite its location (which, again, will suit skiers and bikers), I really enjoyed the quiet weekend – no traffic to be heard.
A comfy bed for you – and another for your dog. I’ve stayed here and it was perfectly lovely, at a great price. Of your three pet-friendly Whistler hotel options at the three-star level, Pinnacle is the highest reviewed.
I haven’t stayed at The Listel, but if you want a clean and comfortable environment in a central location – it’s ready to welcome you and two dogs with competitive prices and friendly staff. Like its neighbours Aava and Adara, The Listel is just across the street from the section of Whistler’s Valley Trail that leads you (and your lucky dog) straight to Alta Lake, pictured in the very top photo.
Pet-friendly apartments/vacation rentals
Destination Properties is great if you’re coming to Whistler as a couple, a family or a big group. It has one-, two-, three- and four-bedroom apartments and town-homes, and was totally renovated 18 months ago.
Greystone Lodge is ski-in/ski-out, and has one- and two-bedroom apartments.
Pet fees for Whistler hotels
- The Crystal Lodge and Suites
- Four Seasons Resort Whistler
- Summit Lodge Boutique Hotel
- The Westin Resort & Spa, Whistler
$20 per stay
- Adara Hotel (per pet, per 5 nights)
$25 per stay
$35 per stay
- Tantalus Resort Lodge (stay ≤ 5 nights)
$25 per night
- Coast Blackcomb Suites at Whistler
- Evolution Whistler
- The Listel Hotel
- Nita Lake Lodge
- Pan Pacific Whistler Village Centre (max $100)
- Pinnacle Hotel Whistler
$35 per night
$50 per night (max $150)
Human-friendly Whistler hotels (no dogs)
Put it this way: A two-bedroom apartment at First Tracks is so big that one of us got lost inside. It’s not pet-friendly, but if you’re coming in a group and perhaps one of them has allergies, you can book the dog people into neighbouring Evolution Whistler and the others at First Tracks. I’d trade my own home for our First Tracks apartment in a heart-beat.
Why choose Mountainside Lodge? OMG you guys. What do you expect next to your bed in a hotel room? A notepad? A phone? A Bible? Imagine our surprise to find a sauna – an entire wood-panelled Seventies time-machine sauna room, right next to our bed. Surprise of the century. (Great location, too!)
Image credit: Shutterstock images used under licence, and Booking.com where noted. Sources: Pet-friendly policies for Adara Hotel, Aava Whistler, Coast Blackcomb, Crystal Lodge, Delta Whistler, Fairmont Chateau Whistler, Hilton Whistler, Listel Hotel, Nita Lake Lodge, Pan Pacific Whistler, Whistler Pinnacle, Tantalus Lodge and Westin Whistler