Before writing further, I'd like to establish the fact that my family I do not travel the world over and probably have a limited set of experiences when compared to others who travel for a living. As such we are reasonably aware of the "normal" type of stay at the "standard" hotel chains. We had decided to stay at L'Hermitage for a dual work/family opportunity which was the main reason for our visit to Vancouver.
To quote my oldest, "Best. Hotel. Ever!"
I am sure there will be those who have different experiences at L'Hermitage and may feel we are exaggerating the review, but our review is based on our experience and my wife and I have really no words to express our experience - truly first class all the way!
It was the totality of the trip beginning with the valet parking, check-in experience, and then heading to the room where we were presented with a 1BR, 2BA suite with a balcony, a full kitchen, and washer and dryer. The room also had an office/den space which was perfect for getting some work done when my two children went to sleep. Frankly - it was nicer than some aspects of our home.
The staff in L'Orangerie could not have been better - they took the time to learn the names of my children, my wife, and I and used them every time we came to breakfast. They were attentive and extremely courteous; they remembered what we had to drink from the morning before.
Raymond, the Concierge, was more than helpful with recommendations for dinner and different suggestions to experience Vancouver. He never made you feel rushed, was always willing to guide you toward a more local experience and never had anything but a smile at the ready. After the first day, Raymond was our go to guy for everything.
The heated salt water pool/spa was fun for my kids, despite the light rain that was falling when they were using it. They had the best time swimming laps and just being kids at a hotel.
The location at the corner of Robson and Richards is really the best possible location you can get with Vancouver. Robson is the heart of the city experience (as far as we were concerned) and there were too many restaurants to choose from during our visit. Shopping was easy to get to and with the market store at the end of Richards - it was easy to skip going out to dinner and cook in the room. Stanley Park is only about 1.5 miles from the hotel and so it is extremely runner friendly - which for me is something I find normally lacking in most hotels. Granville Island is not to be missed nor is the Aquarium, which while albeit a little smaller than most, packs a lot into what it offers at a reasonable price.
I've probably left something out for sure, but this is probably one of the first times I've been looking forward to writing a review. I'm glad it took a couple of days before I had a chance because it allowed my wife, my kids, and I to talk about the stay and every time they all said they wanted to go back. I cannot provide feedback on kids’ activities directly attributed to the hotel as there were none explicitly directed toward children. I also cannot provide feed back on the spa which is not something you will find at the hotel, although there are plenty of them within walking distance. I wish Trip Advisor would allow N/A as a selection.
The next time we have a chance to stay in Vancouver - L'Hermitage will be our first and only choice. I hope anyone basing their decision to say here after reading this review has the same experience we did. I would be really surprised if it were anything different.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Located on the corner of Richards and Robson Street in the very heart of Vancouver's hottest shopping and entertainment district and only blocks from its' financial centre, L'Hermitage Hotel Vancouver is a 60-room, luxury, boutique property that graced the Vancouver hotel scene in June of 2008. Exclusively located on the 5th, 6th and 7th floors, L'Hermitage offers Studio-style rooms; One-bedroom Suites; Solarium-style rooms as well as One and Two-Bedroom 'homes' complete with a fully-equipped kitchen featuring Bosch and Sub-Zero appliances. Unique architecture within a West Coast setting, vogue interior design and thoughtful amenities makes L'Hermitage Hotel Vancouver the essence of the ultimate cosmopolitan getaway. When selecting your hotel for your next Vancouver business or leisure trip, please consider making your reservation with L'Hermitage Hotel Vancouver. ... more less
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