Travelling “Boutique” is fast becoming the vacation-style of choice. The travel-savvy seek out unique and interesting hotels to create the ultimate vacation experience.

Where did it all begin?

The term “Boutique Hotel” was coined by entrepreneur Steve Rubell when he and his partner, Ian Schrager, opened the first Boutique Hotel in New York in 1984. The term was used to describe their new hotel as being more like a boutique as opposed to a department store. The concept emphasized personal service and attention to detail – and guests loved it.


So, with that in mind – what defines a Boutique Hotel today?

Generally speaking, a Boutique Hotel is an intimate, usually luxurious or unique hotel (You can expect a little of the unexpected). Always individual, Boutique Hotels focus on offering their services in a comfortable, welcoming yet genuine environment and often go above and beyond the usual expectations of temporary living spaces.

Also known as “Design Hotels” – these interesting accommodations are typically themed, stylish and artistic. At Summit Lodge & Spa, Local artisans are showcased throughout the lobby and within the rooms themselves. Original paintings by renowned artists, such as Kal Gajoum, adorn the walls and make this boutique hotel a contender for artistic display within the lively Whistler art scene.

What makes Summit Lodge & Spa a Boutique Hotel?

Simply put, we understand that nothing compares to genuine, individual service from people who truly want to make your stay more than just where you sleep – it needs to be an experience in and of itself.

When you arrive you can expect to greeted by warm and welcoming staff. Each of the 81 suites are beautifully and individually decorated with original Whistler Art and contemporary furnishings. You will not miss the comforts of home as each suite offers a cozy fireplace, a soaker tub and a kitchenette for those inviting nights you wish to stay in. If you have a pet, bring them along – Summit Lodge & Spa is very pet friendly!

If a unique hotel experience is what you desire while in Whistler BC, look no further than Summit Lodge & Spa. Located right in the heart of Whistler Village, each detail has been carefully thought out to offer a one-of-a-kind stay. We truly understand the essence of what you expect from your Boutique Hotel.