Moving forward to 2005, the Crystal underwent extensive renovations, featuring a new lobby with an architecturally beautiful two‐storey high ceiling and a grand staircase leading you to easy access of the shops, restaurants, night life and mountain gondolas along the Whistler Village Stroll. This current property certainly lives up to its tag line “at the centre of it all”.
One of the most recent Whistler development under the Burrard International name is the Cypress Place estate at Nicklaus North. This urban development was awarded the Best Single Family Award at the Urban Development Institute – Pacific Region, Awards for Excellence. They also recently renovated what was Inn By the Lake in South Lake Tahoe and re-opened the property with a new name, Hotel Azure, and a new 3.5 million dollar look.
Things have definitely changed over the years and most of what you see in the video above from the Nancy Greene Lodge opening is not even recognisable today. However there are still traces of history if you look closely. Next time you come to stay at Whistlers first hotel “at the centre of it all” note the strange set of stairs in the middle of the hotel hallway. Those stairs were a key ‘step’ in the joining of the two hotels as part of the renovations in 2005.