I’ve mentioned before that sometimes I enjoy self-catering accommodations. They make the money go a bit further and for families it’s a great way to have a base for exploring. But there are times I really want to push the boat out and, frankly, they don’t come much better than L’Hermitage Hotel, smack in the middle of Downtown and a haven of tranquility amongst the hustle and bustle of the city.
Don’t expect a massive chain hotel. I enjoy them when I’m there but sometimes something a little different is called for and L’Hermitage supplies it. It’s a boutique hotel and its situation in the heart of the city’s entertainment and shopping district makes it a magnet for vacationers.
L’Hermitage has been on the Vancouver scene since the middle of 2008 and has 60 rooms that are intriguingly set in a residential tower, taking up the fifth, sixth and seventh floors. As well as a good selection of different types of room, there is also a range of luxurious suites with either one or two bedrooms, and these include state-of-the-art kitchens with top quality appliances.
You expect to be comfortable in a room at a hotel like this – and believe me, you are! – but it’s all the other touches that make it special. Naturally there is high-speed wifi, but additional amenities include a superbly equipped fitness studio, an outdoor heated saltwater pool with a Jacuzzi and outstanding views across the city and, one of my favorites as I enjoy a good shot of caffeine from time to time – a Nespresso coffee machine in every room.
Breakfast is another pleasure to enjoy in L’Orangerie Dining Room & Lounge. Match smoked salmon from British Columbia with some organic, free-range scrambled eggs, or sample Belgian waffles with Italian ‘Milano’ roasted coffee to get set up for a busy day either at work or play.
One extra touch that I like is the complimentary bicycles available for touring the city. Vancouver is great for bicycling and there are a number of routes you can follow. Keep fit, work up an appetite, and then take your dinner at one of the many restaurants close to L’Hermitage. Perfect