Step inside the ornate lobby and prepare to be wowed by L’Hermitage’s dramatic suspended scarlet sculpture and stylish monochrome mosaic marble floor. After check-in, guests can visit the bright fifth-floor L’Orangerie lounge for complimentary tea or coffee and spend time organizing their stay with the concierge. In summer, go outside to relax in the rooftop garden, which features a lap pool and hot tub.
The independently owned L’Hermitage opened in 2006, a true boutique hotel with a European flavor and sophisticated urban style in Vancouver’s downtown entertainment district. Rooms are pleasingly spacious, with the majority boasting fireplaces, Italian marble bathrooms, and a full program of extras including plasma HDTVs, Nespresso machines, and free Wi-Fi. Upgrade to enjoy rooms with solariums, full kitchens, balconies, and patios. Away from the glamour of the lobby, the room decor has a calming vibe with dark wooden floors and vanilla and cocoa accents.
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Neatly placed on a quiet intersection between Vancouver’s main downtown shopping streets of West Georgia and Robson, guests are no more than a few minutes' walk from the city's main attractions. Pop in to the Vancouver Art Gallery, and visit Canada Place with its wonderfully photogenic Olympic Cauldron, which is lit on special occasions but also makes a great shot framed by the North Shore Mountains. One of the city’s quirkiest food trucks has a cart on Robson, and no trip to Vancouver is complete without trying the legendary Japadogs—regular hot dogs with a range of gloriously umami-ish toppings, from seaweed to teriyaki.
Need to Know
Rooms: 33 rooms, 27 suites; from $150. Check-in: 4 p.m.; check-out: noon. Dining options: L’Orangerie lounge offers a high-end breakfast buffet, which includes organic eggs, artisanal granola, and locally caught smoked salmon. On offer after breakfast? Cheese plates, coffee, and a selection of wines by the glass. Spa and gym details: In-room massage is available, and there is a skin care spa next door. The compact fitness studio overlooks the garden with its heated saltwater lap pool and Jacuzzi. There is also a steam room.
Who’s it for: L’Hermitage is overwhelmingly popular with leisure visitors, especially families who appreciate the in-suite kitchen and washer-dryer facilities. It’s also good for extended-stay business visitors who enjoy the hotel’s larger rooms and facilities. Our favorite rooms: The one-bedroom boutique suites on the fifth floor have private balconies. Ideal for families, the one-bedroom signature suites have fold-out sofa beds plus a fully equipped kitchen and washer-dryers. Extended service: Guests leaving the city on evening flights still get to enjoy all the facilities after check-out—including parking—for no extra charge.