This lovely, big hotel was completely refurbished for the 2010 Winter Games, when it was the host hotel for the alpine, Nordic, and sliding events. It’s also been twice named by Condé Nast as the top ski resort hotel in North America, so you know they’re doing something right. It starts with a handy location near the Whistler gondola, and continues with the airy lobby, all lined with river stone and sunny pine trim, where swooping contemporary furniture clusters around the big fireplace. The same look extends to the guest rooms, which have well-appointed kitchenettes with granite countertops, as well as fireplaces; most also have balconies. What sets this place apart are all the little extras—like the ski valet, boot-warming services, an exceptional fitness center, a workout gear-lending program, and a truly great full-service spa, Avello. Then there is the cozy FireRock Lounge and Grill & Vine, a sleek update of a classic bar and grill serving wood-fired pizza and wines by the glass in a high-ceilinged room with a fabulous patio. There’s also a village-level shopping plaza in case you left any of your essentials behind.