Family Hotel Review: L’Hermitage Hotel Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada
A luxury boutique hotel in the heart of Vancouver that offers family-friendly accommodation and a fabulous outdoor pool!
Best For: Exploring Vancouver; kids of all ages
Reviewed by: Katja Gaskell
Why You’ll Love It
We spent our first night in Vancouver in L’Hermitage and it was the perfect fit for our family. Positioned in the heart of the city, this family-friendly boutique hotel is within easy walking distance of the main shopping and restaurant districts, making it a great base from which to explore Vancouver.
L’Hermitage has 60 rooms, located on the 5th, 6th and 7th floor of a residential tower. There’s a lovely restaurant, L’Orangerie lounge where complimentary tea or coffee is served and a fantastic rooftop saltwater swimming pool. But what really makes this hotel stand out (and the reason why it’s the winner of various awards) is the service. The staff when we stayed were truly fantastic and nothing was too much trouble.
We had requested an early check-in and although the room was not available when we arrived, the staff could not have been more accommodating. They provided breakfast for our kids, even though breakfast had officially finished, stored our bags for us and called us the minute our room was ready. This ‘can do’ attitude and the constant cheery demeanour of everyone who worked here, really made our stay at L’Hermitage stand out.
Why The Kids Will Love It
L’Hermitage Vancouver is a wonderful hotel for families. There are no kids’ clubs or dedicated kids’ activities but this beautiful boutique hotel treats children as proper guests, which is hugely important in my book. We stayed here with our three children aged 7- and 5-years and 4 months, and the kids thought it was great.
Highlights for the oldest two was the buffet breakfast where endless pastries, yoghurts and fresh fruit were available, and the 5th floor rooftop lap pool where they decided to spend most of the afternoon.
We had booked a One-bedroom “home” that was the perfect size for our short stay and came with a fully-equipped kitchen. There was even a washer / dryer which, had this been the end of our holiday, would have been perfect. The kids loved the room because the sofa bed was positioned directly in front of the TV, meaning movies in bed at nighttime!
L’Hermitage Vancouver has 60 rooms located on the 5th, 6th and 7th floor of a residential tower. The hotel offers traditional rooms and suites in addition to One and Two Bedroom “homes” that come with full-equipped kitchens featuring Bosch and Sub-Zero appliances.
The rooms are not enormous but pleasingly spacious for a downtown hotel such as this one. Most of the rooms boast a fireplace, Italian marble bathrooms (the bathrooms are big! and come with a shower and a bath), HDTVs, Nespresso machines and free WiFi.
Rooms are divided into the following categories:
‘Petite’ Boutique Room: These rooms feature a king-sized bed and a luxurious 4-piece marble bath. These intimate rooms, up to 330 square feet in size, offer the same room amenities found in all the Guest rooms including complimentary Nespresso coffee; complimentary WIFI and 32″ HD plasma screen with satellite TV programming.
Boutique Room: These stylish studio-style rooms (up to 475 sq. ft) offer a pool or city view and feature a king-sized bed. These rooms comfortably include a spacious 4-piece marble bathroom, 32″ plasma HD television and cozy fireplace. Selected rooms also feature a personal balcony.
Boutique Solarium Room: A uniquely designed studio-style room, 520 sq. feet in size, featuring a sun-drenched solarium and fully equipped, stainless steel kitchen featuring Sub-Zero and Bosch appliances, full-size stacked washer dryer combo and a spacious 3-piece, marble bathroom. Comfortably included is a personal fireplace and 32″ plasma HD television.
One-Bedroom Boutique Suite: These suites, up to 640 sq. feet, feature a layout with a king or queen sized bed, separate living room and a 4-piece marble bathroom. There is also ample space for your private fireplace, fold-out double-sized sofabed and two plasma HD televisions.
One-Bedroom Signature Suite: These luxurious suites up to 750 sq. feet, feature one bedroom with a Queen or King-sized bed, separate living room with cozy fireplace, two plasma HD televisions and foldout double-sized sofa. In addition, there is a fully equipped, stainless steel kitchen featuring Sub-Zero and Bosch appliances, full-size stacked washer dryer combo and a spacious 3-piece, marble bathroom.
One-Bedroom Signature Den: Beautiful and spacious, these 810 sq. foot rooms feature a king sized bed, 26″ flat screen HD television and master 3-piece marble bathroom. The living room has a foldout double-sized sofa, fireplace and 32″ plasma HD television. A gourmet, fully equipped, stainless steel kitchen featuring Sub-Zero and Bosch appliances, full-size stacked washer dryer combo, walk-in closet, guest bathroom, den and balcony are some of the added features to this suite.
Two-Bedroom Signature Suite: These grand 1,100 sq. foot suites enjoy two bedrooms, the master with a King and the second room offering a Queen sized bed. Other features include an ensuite bathroom, three plasma HD televisions, separate living room with foldout sofa, den, fireplace, secondary 4-piece marble bathroom, and balcony. Also featured is a gourmet, fully equipped stainless steel kitchen featuring Sub-Zero and Bosch appliances and a full-size stacked washer dryer combo.
Best rooms for families: We enjoyed a One Bedroom Signature Suite and it was perfect for us. A small balcony (now enclosed), sat off the bedroom and provided the perfect space for the baby cot. The living room had a comfortable sofa bed where the two eldest slept. Having the kitchen was a bonus as, although we did not cook, we could order room service and have space to eat. And the fridge meant we could keep the wine chilled!
Located on the 5th floor of the hotel, L’Orangerie serves a Hot European Style Breakfast Buffet between 6:30am and 11:30am each day.
Enjoy a selection of Fresh Fruits of the Season; Artisan Granola; BC Smoked Salmon; BC Bacon and Sausage, Organic Free-Range Scrambled Eggs; Belgian Waffles; Milano ‘boutique’ roasted coffee and fresh juice.
♦ Boutique Breakfast Buffet is $21.50 per adult and per child 13 years and above.
♦ Boutique Breakfast Buffet is $13.50 for children 6-12 years. (inclusive)
♦ Children 5 and under are complimentary.
L’Orangerie is also a casual lounge for hotel residents and their guests from 6:30am to 10:00pm daily.It is an excellent location for a casual business meeting and has a strong wireless internet signal. Food or beverage service is not offered after 10:00pm.
Room Service: Breakfast is available daily 6.30am – 11.30am and lunch and dinner can be delivered to your room from 11.30am until late.
For Kids: There is no dedicated kids’ menu but plenty on the main menu to satisfy younger diners. My kids loved the breakfast buffet in particular.
Cafe Medina: Immediately next door to L’Hermitage is Cafe Medina, a hugely popular spot that regularly has queues of people lining up outside its doors. Open Monday – Friday from 8am – 3pm.
Activities for the family:
The outdoor saltwater swimming pool will keep kids entertained for hours, that’s when they’re not exploring the city of Vancouver of course. Vancouver has oodles for the whole family to enjoy including a fantastic Aquarium, plenty of museums, seaplane trips, excellent shopping, fine dining and famous Stanely Park. Then there’s all the adventure activities on offer! The hotel can guide you.
A/C, babysitting available for an additional charge, common rooms, handful of baby cots available, doctor on call, laundry, pushchair-friendly, swimming pool, travel desk, WiFi (complimentary and available throughout the property).
Rates vary considerably according to room type, extra bed requests and date of travel. Please contact the hotel directly for an exact quote based on your family’s requirements.
When to go:
The best times to visit Vancouver are from March to May and from September to November when the weather is mild and hotel rooms can be found at bargain rates. Summer is the most popular time thanks to warmer weather; this can be reflected in hotel rates and availability. Winter is also a great time to visit, particularly if you’re looking to hit the ski slopes!
Location & Travel:
L’Hermitage Hotel is located on the corner of Richards and Robson Street in the very heart of Vancouver’s shopping and entertainment district and only blocks from its financial centre.
Vancouver International Airport is the closest airport, 13km away. A train runs into the city centre from the airport or cabs are easily available. There are regularly daily flights to international and domestic destinations from the airport.
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Contact The Hotel
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Reviewer’s Top Tips!
1) Don’t spend all your time sightseeing! Make sure to leave a couple of hours for playing in the saltwater swimming pool.
2) If you’re travelling with more than one child then it’s worth getting a larger room so that you all have a bit of space.
3) Make use of the hotel concierge for tips and ideas of what to do in Vancouver, the staff are all incredibly helpful.
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