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Review: Westin Whistler | Prince of Travel

Review: Westin Whistler | Prince of Travel

I stayed at the Westin Whistler on a recent ski trip to the Whistler Blackcomb resort. 

The Westin is one of the best options for using points and saving money on sky-high accommodation rates if you’re headed up to the Whistler area.

Here’s a full review of the property from my recent trips, including some additional thoughts from a separate stay I had in a Bi-Level Loft Suite. 

Westin Whistler – Booking

No matter the season, a trip to Whistler rarely comes cheap. You can expect paid rates at the Westin to fluctuate from $300 (CAD) before taxes in shoulder season, to $500–600 (CAD) in the peak of summertime, all the way up to $1,000+ (CAD) during ski season, when the hotel is nearly fully booked. 

Westin Whistler – Exterior

With the Marriott Bonvoy program, the Westin Whistler is a Category 7 property that charges 50,000, 60,000, or 70,000 Bonvoy points per night at the off-peak, standard, or peak rates, respectively. 

Given our target valuation of Bonvoy points at 0.9 cents per point, this means that it’ll likely be a better deal to pay cash at the Westin Whistler at off-peak times and to redeem points if you’re staying at the most popular times.

That’s exactly how I’ve booked my past two stays here. In the summer, I paid $300 (CAD) for a one-night stay on a relatively cheap rate that I had sought out far in advance. Meanwhile, I redeemed 70,000 points per night for a two-night stay during the winter holidays.

It was certainly somewhat painful to part ways with such a big sum of points for a stay that was relatively close to home, but that’s how Whistler’s winter prices have always tended to go. 

For alternative hotels on points, consider the Delta Whistler Village Suites or the Hilton Whistler, although neither property appears to be as strong as the Westin. I may well give those hotels a go on my future visits to Whistler in order to offer you an apples-to-apples comparison. 

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