Summit Lodge & Spa Rating: 4.0 Pearls
The upper-middle-range, 81-room Summit Lodge and Spa has a casual ambiance. Its large, bright rooms aren't stylish, but they do come with kitchenettes, fireplaces, balconies, and free Wi-Fi. Dogs are very welcome here (and can stay for free), and there's a small spa on-site offering Javanese-style treatments. The Lower Village location is a bit removed from the main tourist action; it's a short walk away from Whistler Village, and a shuttle bus ride or long walk away from the lifts, but the Summit Lodge & Spa offers great value for a 4-pearl hotel.
Aava Whistler Hotel Rating: 3.5 Pearls
From the outside, the Aava Whistler Hotel looks like many other Whistler hotels -- Bavarian-style architecture, lots of exposed wood, and well-kept grounds with some greenery. On the inside, the 191 contemporary (but inexpensive) rooms come with quality linens, up-to-date technology (such as fee Wi-Fi), and stylish touches, . The location isn't ski-in, ski-out, but it's still convenient -- just a short walk to the restaurants, bars, and ski lifts in the Village -- and has plenty of on-site amenities, such as a small pool, a putting green, a sauna, and a casual restaurant.
The Listel Hotel Whistler Rating: 3.0 Pearls
This 98-room mid-range hotel was formerly a Best Western. Although it lacks the charm or character of some other Whistler hotels, it offers its guests convenience in multiple forms: free in-room amenities such as Wi-Fi, coffee, and mini-fridges; a great location that's just a street over from Whistler Village's main drag; and equipment storage for summer and winter sports. The continental breakfast, although basic and sometimes crowded, is another free perk. On the negative side, the rooms feel dated but overall, it's still a solid value pick.