01 Oct2011

A large room with old-world proportions in a fairly new building at half the price of similarly sized luxury rooms in major American cities… We were very happy with our choice of hotel in Vancouver, the L’Hermitage Hotel. In the heart of downtown, it was an easy walk to most of the places of interest in the city, and very convenient to all forms of transport. Apparently a pet-friendly hotel, the large open spaces in the rooms were presumably intended for your pet cougar, mountain dogs or mastiffs…hahaha…seriously, there were large open spaces that felt like furniture was missing from. Btw, did you know that a mastiff can weigh more than marketman at 180lbs?! :)

A very comfortable seating area was backed by large windows looking out onto Robson Street. There was an electric fireplace (?!) that not only flickered light for setting the wintery mood, but also provided heat if needed. A bit cheesy, but probably a fire-code necessity. The beds were large and fluffy and reading lamps provided ample light…

Flat screen television, a sound system, standard fridges and safe in the cabinets, a small coffee machine and supply of Badoit drinking water on the side table/desk area under some original artwork. Closets were large and the bathrobes plush. The room had a thick carpet and heavy drapes making for a cosseted dark and quiet respite from the outside world… Not only you, but your dog(s) would be very happy here. The hotel had a small pool (shouldn’t have bothered), and other standard amenities like a spa and restaurant/breakfast rooms. Part of an apartment complex, you share a lobby with residences, though there are separate elevator banks.

The bathroom was terrific. A cool, all marble space with bath tub, separate shower, separate toilet and lots of space… The only drawback were some towels that were desperately in need of replacement. There were a few minor service glitches during our stay, like rooms not being cleaned until 5pm or so despite having put our the “please make bed” sign at 9 in the morning, but overall this was a very nice hotel, and totally worth the daily rate of roughly $220 a night.

L’Hermitage Hotel
788 Richards Street
Vancouver, BC V6B 3A4
T 778.327.4100
F 778.327.4109



  1. wil-b says:

    nice simple interior. . . I love the light but masculine ish feel of the room. . .

    Oct 1, 2011 | 9:24 pm


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  3. rosedmd says:

    Hi MM, i stay in vancouver for 2months last year. i always walk along richards going to yaletown , where my cousin lives. Your hotel room is so nice!!!

    Oct 1, 2011 | 10:45 pm

  4. Louella says:

    Welcome to Vancouver Marketman! If your concierge has not already suggested, walk west towards Granville street, take bus 50 to False Creek South, and drop by Granville Island. Have fun with the great diversity in the choices of restaurants in the city too! Pagdala jud ug payong kay sige na ug ulan.

    Oct 1, 2011 | 10:47 pm

  5. present tense says:

    MM, u never had it so good ! So enjoy ! B

    Oct 2, 2011 | 3:33 am

  6. Julian says:

    Hello! This is my first time to post here. I have done a lot of back reading in your wonderful blog. I noticed that you always have stuff sent over from the US and have been there on nice vacations quite a number of times.. I was inspired by this and asked some friends if they could send me a couple of balikbayan boxes and thankfully they agreed! What food/appliances/etc. do you advise to buy in the states? Preferably those that i can order/pay online from Manila and just have it sent over to my friend’s house in the US so it would be more convenient.

    Your feedback on this would be much appreciated.


    Oct 2, 2011 | 4:29 am

  7. proteinshake says:

    Hi MM,I walk and drive past this hotel many times as I live in the neighborhood. Great choice — especially for the price!! It sure beats shlepping to a chain hotel further out in Coal Harbour in some ways. Let me know if you need some hotel/restaurant advice next time you visit.

    Oct 2, 2011 | 5:08 am

  8. MrsKookie says:

    Wow! 180 lbs! ;) congratulations !

    Oct 2, 2011 | 8:23 pm

  9. sunflowii says:

    MM, I saw the title of this entry and couldn’t help but laugh out loud. Then I called out to my husband, “P, Marketman stayed in the same hotel we stayed at!” he laughed out loud too. too bad we missed each other by a few days. you’d left by the time we arrived from Tofino.
    I love the hotel’s location. We walked everywhere except on the day we went to Bee Kim Heng for their singapore style jerky. And agree on the towels. The first one I used shed fiber all over my skin and hair. The other towels and the replacement were fine though.
    did you see their bulldog mascot at the lobby?
    also, half a block away is Smile Thai Wellness. finally had a 2-hour Traditional Thai massage after being deprived of the real thing for years!!

    Oct 2, 2011 | 9:46 pm


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