Mount Washington Accommodations:
2 bedroom AirBNB Review
It seems crazy I know, but I have never used AirBNB before. I have used other, similar sites, one of which burned me in London years ago, with a bait and switch listing. But the other time in Paris, we ended up with an amazing flat in the Montmartre district that was exactly what we wanted. I was planning a trip and looking up Mt Washington accommodations and found out it is mostly privately owned condos and chalet rentals. There are no hotels near Mount Washington alpine resort. They are all 20-30 minute drive down the mountain in town.
Over the last couple of years, hotels have been our choice for travel, I am not sure why, sometimes it is the convenience of someone tidying up for you, eating out with no dishes, or the array of options to get a full kitchen and one and two bedroom suites in hotels and resorts. But I am happy to have jumped into the AirBNB pool, and if you haven’t yet, you can use this link to save $45 on your first booking!
But back to our condo and why I am excited to add this to one of our Weekend Getaways from Vancouver!
We stayed in a lovely two bedroom condo on Mount Washington last week. While so many of the accommodations on the ski hill are huge homes with 4 and 5 bedrooms, with the 4 of us, a two bedroom was perfect.
We were in Blueberry Hill apartments, which was a 10 minute walk to the chairlift. (We did encounter a problem on Tuesday morning, we couldn’t see which direction the chair lift was, as visability was terrible! So we drove. And a 3 minute drive turned into an hour when we drive right into a snow drift! More on that in another post).
Our condo was a typical ski hill apartment. One bedroom with a queen bed, and another with a bunk bed (double on the bottom and single on the top) and a second double bed. This place could sleep 7 people comfortably, and would even work for two families with small children. It had vinyl flooring and carpet, lots of wood, that is typical of the build of these types of places. One of my favourite things was the huge bathtub! Perfect after a day on the slopes!
The place was well cleaned and we had shampoo left out for us. The kitchen had spices, as well as olive oil and some oatmeal in the cupboard. The nice thing about apartment style living, is that extra food is often left behind for others. Where in a hotel, even with a kitchen, they leave it empty, with usually just salt and pepper. While we had come prepared, it was nice to know that we did have cooking oil and plenty of spices if need be.
The WIFI was great, super fast and we were able to have netflix going on a few devices at once. After travelling the Middle East and having slow wifi in Egypt, the boys were sure happy for some downtime after skiing!
The condo had a washer / dryer with laundry soap and under ground parking (which was nice because we arrived during a huge snow dump of over 100 cm! The ski hill had even been closed the day before our arrival because of all of the snow!)
Everything we needed was easily at hand: a kettle, frying pan, plenty of cutting boards, cutlery and there were a few board games in the closet! The blueberry apartments had a luggage cart, making it easier to bring all of our luggage up to the second floor condo.
This condo is perfect for a small family trip as the large homes and large townhouses can get pretty pricey per night. I only wish we had stayed longer and I highly suggest you stay three or four nights!
A few things to note:
As Anuschka mentions, make sure you come prepared with groceries. There are limited options on the hill and we found some of the restaurants closed mid-week on the hill. There is no “village” on Mount Washington like other ski hills, and with the insane amount of snow on the hill, it was pretty tough to even get places at some times! We picked up a hard sided cooler and packed up everything to make tacos for one night, lasagna and garlic bread the second night, bacon and eggs for breakfasts and a bunch of snacks (and booze).
I will have a full packing list for ski holidays coming up!
The gas fireplace is not built it, it is more the look of an old wood stove. The whole things gets hot when turned on, so if you have little ones, I would not use the gas fireplace. There is ample baseboard heating to keep you cozy.
If lots of snow is expected, use the underground parking. When we arrived, they had had over 100 cm the previous day. Overnight they got another foot. It was very difficult to get out of the property at 8am as the road had not been cleared (and visability was terrible), so try and get acquainted with your surroundings so you know which way the chairlift is, or even how to get in and out of the property! We arrived to sunny skies and the next morning had 70km/h winds and snow to reckon with in the morning!
Want to see more? Check out Anuschka’s listing here.
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