Since 1997, AlluraDirect.com has been serving mountain travelers like you in search of a more personalized vacation experience. There is no better testimonial to the benefits of AlluraDirect.com and owner-direct lodging than statements by our past guests, who number in the tens of thousands! Here are some recent comments, including excerpts from 2 articles published by Frommer's Travel!
..One other excellent booking service is Allura Direct (tel. 866/4-ALLURA or 604/707-6700; www.alluradirect.com), through which owners of rental properties in Whistler rent directly to the public (and you escape the 10% local hotel tax). The website has an excellent search engine, and offers lots of information and photos of numerous properties located throughout Whistler. Though owners are screened -- we encountered no problems and got a fabulous deal on a one-bedroom condo -- quality can vary, so we recommend you do your homework and book only with those owners who accept credit cards.
http://www.frommers.com/destinations/whistler/1268010027.html (see full article)
....If you're on a budget, are traveling with a large group, or want a little more privacy and quiet, a great option in Whistler is to rent a private townhouse or condominium for the duration of your stay. Quality obviously varies according to the owner, but generally speaking, most lodgings are renovated often and kept in good shape. I highly recommend an online booking service, Allura Direct (www.alluradirect.com), that showcases numerous available properties in Whistler and offers photos, details, and instant reservations capability. For less than the price of a night at most of Whistler's luxury hotels, I booked 2 nights in June in a one-bedroom condo (3 The Gables; ID #182 on the Allura site) that was spotless, a 5-minute walk from the heart of the village but incredibly private, and came with a washer/dryer, sunken living room with fireplace, dining room, jetted tub, full kitchen, and a private porch. In pricey Whistler, it was a genuine steal.
http://www.frommers.com/destinations/article.cfm?destid=1268&articleid=1239 (see full article)
Review the raves on TripAdvisor.com:
Visit www.tripadvisor.com and type in either alluradirect or allura direct in the search box.
From Jim L., first-time site user
Very simple, hassle-free, browse, reserve and payment service. Communication was prompt and the whole process reassuring.
From Victoria S., who stayed in property 114...
I would like to congratulate you on such a fantastic business. My partner and I have always used standard booking agents for our international trips. We are very impressed by the value, personable service and variety of specific unit availability that is offered by your company within an easy to use, secure and informative environment.
Dear Stephen and Anne (property owners)...
My family and I are absolutely delighted to have the opportunity to rent your home. I used the alluradirect website to find and to book your place. I found alluradirect very user friendly, informative and quite simple to navigate. Booking your place was a snap. I received confirmation and return emails within seconds of emailing the request. I will definitely use alluradirect again and will recommend it to others.
Jim, a guest in Stephen and Anne's home
I just wanted to tell you that using your website to reserve my vacation was really easy and fast. I will recommend your site to all my friends. The owner got back to me really quickly and in 24 hours I was all set.
From Kristie Wong, Mililani, Hawaii...
My family had another wonderful vacation using Allura. It's amazing how the years fly by so quickly. This is our 5th year doing business with your company and thank you for the wonderful condo's (nicely decorated and clean) and friendly owners. You too, have always been so helpful. Regards to Wayne & Sue (company founders & owners!)
From Ruben Hernandez...
I feel as though I should be the one thanking you! Our experience with both yourself and Allura Direct was an absolute pleasure. First, the responsiveness and help we received from the staff at Allura Direct was great. They were very helpful in helping us select a location that best suited our needs. Second, the condo we elected to go with was stellar! The location was great, the amenities were exactly what we were looking for and the interior was very well appointed. Finally, the overall customer service from yourself and Allura Direct made our overall experience unforgettable. Once again, thank you for allowing us the use of your home and we will surely recommend Allura Direct to our friends.
From Eric Thauvette...
This web site is probably one of the most useful and practical websites I've come across. This is a great idea and made our search for rentals incredibly easy. The details included were more than we were looking for and the site was easy to use.
If the actual rental lives up to the website (I have no reason to believe it won't), we will probably have an even better overall experience!
We were deeply impressed that this direct owner rental system is great because owners treat guests like their own friends. We thank you again for your help and hospitable guide for us. I seem to be already satisfied even before I start packing my holiday kit!
Well, the website saved me hours of searching!! The ability to search and then refine my search was great. The info was easy to understand and follow. The response to my requests were within 24 hrs. But I still missed my preferred unit by about 4 hours!!
Thanks for your help.
Dear Sue Chappel...
I've booked with your owners for my large group over the last four years and your recent revision of your website is great!! I like the ability to key on "Development" and the ability to check "Availability" without wasting phone calls only to find out the dates I need are already booked. Great job!!!
From Dr. Norman Goldwasser...
Just a note to tell you how impressed I am with you web site. I am planning a family retreat, and have visited just about every site imaginable to find accomodations. Your site was far and away the most informative and user-friendly, and I have found that browsing through the various options, along with all of the comments, suggestions, and helpful information has convinced me that I will be using your service to rent the homes that we need, both now and in the future. Thanks for all of the work that you put into this. It certainly paid off for this satisfied customer.
From Gary Brock...
Thank you very much for your service and wonderful staff. I have booked through you many times in the last 5 years or so, and I find your service to be an excellent product.
From Welton Vo...
This is just to say that my stay was better than expected. everything went extremely smooth, and i was impressed with the setup. i would like to thank you for providing such an excellent getaway vacation spot, the location and facilities were nothing short of satisfaction, and I very much hope to be back soon.
From Jacqui, Geoff and Ben...
A quick email to thank you for hosting us in January - we had a wonderful time on our recent vacation to Whistler. Your apartment was perfect - great facilities, great location, plenty of space and just so warm and welcoming. Accessing the apartment when we arrived was a breeze. We found the information you emailed to us prior to our arrival as well as the advice that appeared on the fridge about facilities and contacts very useful.
Booking through the Allura Direct website was also very easy.
As I noted in your guest book - we'll be back!
From Jeannie Marino...
Thanks for supplying such a great site. I'm telling everyone!
Hi to all at Allura...
Congratulations on putting together and operating such a fantastic service to both the end customer and the principals/service providers whom you serve
From Leonard Wei...
Hi. I just want to tell you that using your website to reserve my Whistler vacation was really easy and fast. I will recommend your site to all my friends. The owner got back to me really quickly and in 24 hours I was all set. I recently rented a ski property for this coming winter through the Alluradirect system. Great set up, cuts away a lot of waiting, and perfect for first hand rental decisions!
Hi Sue Chappel...
Thanks so much for your prompt reply, I love your web site.
I have had a very good look around at all the other sites, but feel yours is the best by far.
Hi Sue Chappel...
I started searching the web for information, especially lodging. I wanted to let you know that I kept coming back to Allura because of all the helpful information and the clear format. It sold me.
Allura is doing something right. Thanks, Sue.
I have booked reservations through your site before. I really love the site. Thanks.
From Ray Hunter, Network Consultant...
AlluraDirect worked very well for us, and also for some friends of ours who stayed in Glacier Creek, so it'll be our first stop if we do come back.
Once again, thanks.