After just waking up from an overnight test run of the Pangea Pod Hotel, now open in Whistler, we’re happy to report that this place was worth podding out in.
First of all, the double memory foam mattress, high-end linens and comfy pillows made for a delightful snooze (we slept like a BABY). The fan kept us cool in this summer heat but also provided white noise to protect us from any beauty sleep-stealing sounds.
The thing we love most about Pangea (aside from its founders Russell and Jelena being the definition of couple goals) is its thoughtful design – they have thought of almost everything.
There’s a ramp running up the stairs so bikers can roll their wheels up after a day on the trails. The key to enter your room is a little tag on a wristband, so you won’t lose it. There are bottles of soap throughout the bathroom facilities, and each pod gets a pair of fresh towels. There’s a USB charging port in every pod because Millennials love anything that charges and even a small hole in the storage cupboard so you can keep charging your device while it’s locked up.
Yes, the pods offer privacy, but we love Pangea for its social atmosphere as well. There’s a communal space with a full-service bar and kitchen… in which we may have dabbled in a pizza or two. Or seven. Whatever.
Pangea is also home to Whistler’s only rooftop patio, where you can ‘cheers’ while overseeing the heart of Whistler Village and mingling with your new international pod friends.
The pods themselves have curtains so you can sit and chat with your bunkmates when you’re feeling social, but you can also swing your curtain shut when you’re in need of a polite “don’t talk to me” sign.
We can tell this place is going to attract a fun, budget-minded group of travellers that are a level above the hostel crowd (coming from a loyal member of the hostel crowd, this is meant in the most respectful way possible). We can’t wait to come back and see how bumpin’ this place is when it’s open to the general public – which, by the way, will be this upcoming weekend, just in time for Crankworx.
Pricing fluctuates based on date, and ranges from $56.05 to $189.05.
As co-founder Russell Kling puts it, Pangea offers “the affordability of a hostel with the perks of a boutique hotel.”
This is an exciting new accommodation option that we know travellers will love. We can’t wait to see where they
pod pop up next!
Bookings available now at pangeapod.com/bookings.
Address: 4333 Sunrise Alley, Whistler, BC V0N 1B4