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Whistler hotels tops in world

Travel and Leisure magazine names three local hotels as best

Three Whistler hotels have been named as some of the top hotels in the world by Travel and Leisure magazine.

Fairmont Chateau Whistler, Four Seasons Resort Whistler and Westin Resort and Spa were three of 25 Canadian hotels named to the prestigious magazine’s list of the world’s top 500 hotels.

“It doesn’t get any better than this,” said Westin general manager Trevor Graham in a news release. “It’s a testament of our dedication to providing travellers a memorable stay.”

Travel and Leisure said the 419 all-suite Westin was memorable for its “cozy residential atmosphere.”

Chateau Whistler GM Michael Kaile said it’s never old hat for the 550-room hotel to receive accolades, which the magazine cited as being “a peaceful location away from the hubbub of the village but still within walking distance.”

“We just don’t take these things for granted,” said Kaile, who has been with the Chateau two months. Kaile said he realized how wonderful the hotel is recently while watching a family from Los Angeles at the hotel’s sleigh ride and later at the fondue, two events for which it was cited in Travel and Leisure.

“It kind of fulfilled, especially for the children, something very special and very magical and it just struck a chord as some things do and I thought this is fantastic that we do something which just seems to give so much pleasure.”

The 273-room Four Seasons was also singled out by the magazine, which named it “Whistler’s most luxurious property.”

Published in New York City, Travel and Leisure magazine has a circulation of almost one million readers. Its annual reader survey of the world’s top 500 hotels appears in the January issue.