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Hostelz.com's Review
Fireside Lodge is a gorgeous, alpine lodge that is member owned, located just down the road from Whistler Village and a great place to base yourself to explore the surrounding area.

The Location

The lodge is located about three kilometers from the main village of Whistler at 2117 Nordic Drive on the right side of the road. It can be a little hard to find in the dark, but just look out for the Fireside Lodge sign after the second speed hump. There is a bus stop about a five-minute walk down the road that takes you to and from Whistler Village, which is also where the buses from Vancouver will drop off and pick up as well as where all of the shops, nightlife, and chairlifts up Blackcomb and Whistler mountains are located. If you have your own car, plenty of parking is available onsite.

Rooms and Bathrooms

As it is a lodge, the focus is more on private rooms, but there are also a couple of dorm rooms available, which have four beds. The private rooms range in size from double rooms to family rooms that can fit four or five people. The family room is split up into two levels with a double bed below and two single beds up the stairs to the loft above. These rooms are quite cozy, though, and you have to walk down the hall to the bathrooms, which are gender-segregated with toilets and semi-private showers that always seem really clean.

Common Spaces

This lodge has the most amazing kitchen with many ovens, work spaces, and every different utensil you could need (and some you didn’t know you needed!) as well as a very handy and well-stocked spice rack. There is also a nice, relaxing lounge area with a big fireplace to keep you warm on those cold winter days. As well there is a games room with pool table and table tennis, laundry, and a sauna downstairs. Locked storage is also available downstairs for skis and snowboards and you take your footwear off at the lower level, which keeps the floors nice and clean. Free Wi-Fi is available throughout the house, but you don’t get a signal in some of the rooms further away from the common areas.

As it is a member-run lodge, the clientele are more mature or of the quieter but friendly nature, which is good if you are in Whistler just to enjoy the mountain and relax. Be aware that the reception does close during the middle of the day, so you will not be able to get into the hostel until check-in, but there does seem to be an area with lockers that you can access if you want to leave your bag.

Summary

This is a great hostel if you want to relax and enjoy the alpine lifestyle in a very clean and friendly environment.

by keppers
Hostelz.com Staff Reviewer
May 2012

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Hostelz.com Guest Reviews
5   Excellent a very clean, friendly, well equipped place to stay.  ()
5   Great Hostel! Very clean, organized and staff was very helpful. I loved my stay! Everyone is pleasant and I wasn't worried about being robbed. Most people there are more than 40 and very sociable. Even if I was in a 4-person dorm I could still go relax anytime because the dorms are always quiet.  , Canada ()
2   Not a hostel, it's a "lodge" according to manager This lodge is a clean and large place, however, it is run as if guests are an inconvenience to the place, as it's a members "lodge." The manager Randy is quite a horrible and unaccommodating person, more concerned with the pretense of this pseudo members club then the needs of guests. The other staff are very nice, and the guests despite mostly being forty-plus are nice. I would not recommend this place for anyone under thirty, as you will be frowned upon by management and easily feel isolated amongst the older patrons.  , New Zealand ()
4  The environment is very friendly and welcoming. Everyone there is great and I would recommend the lodge to anyone who wants to have fun and meet new people.  ()
4  The games room was a bit hectic and messy, but the environment was great. The walls are paper thin, though, so noise travels quite far. However, you can be quite loud in the kitchen/den area.  ()
4  Family-oriented. Pool table, big shared kitched area, lots of couches. The dorm is just fine.  ()

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