If you have never been to Whistler before and are planning on staying for a season or longer it’s a good idea to start off your accommodation search in a hostel. Hostels are great as they give you the opportunity to get your bearings and meet people who will be in the same position as you – all searching for accommodation. You will also be able to check out a few places without having to commit to anything before you have seen them.
Hostels as short-term accommodation in Whistler
The Fireside Lodge is situated on Nordic Drive about a 5-10 minute bus journey from Whistler village. It’s got a cosy cabin feel with a huge communal kitchen and living room. The ideal surroundings for meeting fellow seasonaires! The bedrooms are a bit small, but they are in most hostels and it just adds to the cosy log cabin feel! Another bonus is its games room; equipped with a pool table and a table-tennis table. Fireside is a great place to start off your Whistler accommodation search as it is both near the village and Creekside, so you can check out a good few places nearby to decide where you want to live. Fireside starts from $23. You should note, it is private members only once the season starts, so can be hard to get a reservation.
AMS/UBC Whistler Lodge
Is located further up Nordic Drive past the Fireside Lodge. The big bonus of UBC is the hot tub and sauna. UBC has a large common room area but as the kitchen closes at 8pm it can be a bit of an atmosphere killer. Though still a great spot to meet people and the bedrooms are a decent sized. Though be warned in both Fireside and Noridc some of the rooms don’t have doors just curtains! Once you get used to it you forget why doors were ever needed! Prices start from $30 in low season and go up to $35 once the season starts.
HI Hostel Whistler
HI is more of a four star hotel than a hostel. The bedrooms are gigantic and an elevator makes it the most pimped out hostel going. There’s also a decent café and bar, which is a real luxury in a Whistler hostel. The drawback to Hi Hostel is that it is quite far from the village. It’s not too far, but about 10-15 minutes on the bus. Prices start from $31 and progress as the season starts.
The Southside Lodge is located in Creekside. It is not the swankiest accommodation in town, but has a good location. Situated in Creekside near bars, restaurants, shops and a gondola, it’s about a 5 minute bus journey to the village.