L'Hermitage en Ville

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788 Richards Street, Vancouver, BC

L'Hermitage en Ville

Street level view of L'Hermitage
Building Information
Developer Millennium Development Corporation
Architect Gomberoff Bell Lyon Architects and Lawrence Doyle Architects
Management Company Stratawest Management
Number of Units 204
Number of Floors 32
Year Built 2008
Construction Method Concrete
Type of Roof IRMA
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788 Richards Street, Vancouver, BC
Distance to Public Transit Over 50 options nearby
Region Vancouver
Municipality Vancouver
Zoning DD
Title of Land Strata



"Luxury, presence, and taste" are the three words used to market L'Hermitage en Ville, a boutique hotel and condominium on Richards Street in downtown Vancouver. The French name for this development is enough to give it the urbane and European flavour the developers were going for that matches its signature address near Robson Street.

Hotel guests and residents alike mix at this site

"L'Hermitage en Ville" literally means "hermitage in the city." This address certainly does not encourage a hermit lifestyle as Vancouver's best shopping, dining, and culture are all just steps away from the door. If looking for a nice retreat from city life, residents can always head to their balconies or the landscaped roof deck on the 11th floor to take in downtown views from a distance.

L'Hermitage en Ville is a mixed-use project with a hotel (L'Hermitage Hotel) and residential units in the lower building and the 32-story tower. Millennium Development Corporation turned a dilapidated rooming house next door into 46 suites that the City now owns and uses for rental housing.[1] An IGA Marketplace operates out of the ground floor of L'Hermitage.

Owners may find themselves mingling with hotel guests in the 24-hour fitness center, the outdoor lap pool and hot tub, or the roof deck. L'Hermitage thus offers a unique community of permanent dwellers/owners and transient tourists and business people.


Location is one of the key attractions of L'Hermitage. With an address of 788 Richards Street and an elevator in the building that provides direct access onto Robson Street, the developers have made it extremely convenient for residents to do their high end shopping on this world-famous, but also expensive, shopping strip. There's also Pacific Centre Mall three blocks away in case one option wasn't enough. When in need of groceries, residents can simply head to the IGA Marketplace downstairs in the building.

With such a central downtown "presence," in keeping with the developer's slogan, residents have access to Vancouver's best shopping, arts, culture, dining, and entertainment. Nearby areas with dining and entertainment venues include Granville Street, nicknamed "Theatre Row," Yaletown, and Gastown. The Vancouver Art Gallery and Robson Square are a few blocks away, as is Edgewater Casino and Rogers Arena where the Vancouver Canucks play.

L'Hermitage is very much in the heart of the city. Residents can't get a better location than this for walking, biking, or commuting. A bus stops right outside the complex and a few SkyTrain stations are close by including Granville, Vancouver City Centre, and Stadium-Chinatown.[2]


Stu Lyon of Gomberoff Bell Lyon Architect Group (gBL Architects) and Larry Doyle of Lawrence Doyle Architect Inc. designed L'Hermitage to reflect its chic and cosmopolitan setting on Vancouver's luxury shopping street - Robson.

This boutique condominium made of concrete also has concrete exterior finishing and boasts an elegant profile inspired by Chicago's modernism.[3]

There are 204 units in the 32-story tower with the penthouse and sub-penthouse levels clad in glass.

Layout and Features

The 204 units at L'Hermitage range from one to three bedrooms all with flex spaces and many with dens. The penthouse suites additionally feature powder rooms and family rooms. This boutique condominium boasts high end stainless steel appliances like a Sub Zero refrigerator, Bosch dishwasher and cook top, and German-made Eggersman kitchen cabinetry. A full-sized pantry is located in the kitchen. Other design details include recessed pot lighting, polished stone counter tops, a stainless steel back splash and steel-frame glass shelves.[4]

The suites come with central air conditioning and heating as well as hardwood floors and balconies. The over-height ceilings measure nine feet and floor-to-ceiling windows provide great city views as well as lots of natural light. The luxurious spa bathrooms have marble or limestone floors, a soaking tub, Dombracht lavatory faucets, and a ceiling-mounted rain shower head.

Residents in the penthouse suites enjoy private roof terraces. Residents who can't afford to live at the top can still soak up the sun lower down on the eleventh floor landscaped deck.

Floor Plans

Here is a sample of the floor plans available at L'Hermitage:


L'Hermitage provides state-of-the-art amenities for its residents, many of them shared with hotel guests:

  • Fitness room on fifth floor available 24 hours to owners and hotel guests
  • Private club lounge (L'Orangerie)
  • Fireside seating area
  • Library
  • Board room
  • 24-hour concierge
  • Outdoor lap pool and hot tub on fifth floor
  • Landscaped roof garden on 11th floor
  • Storage
  • Secure underground parking
  • Elevator ride away to Robson Street shopping[5]


L'Hermitage en Ville Bylaws
Rentals Yes
Pets Yes
Age No

L'Hermitage allows pets and rentals.

There is no age restriction in this building.


L'Hermitage en Ville was built according to sustainable and environmentally-friendly design practices with a full rain-screen and a heat pump for central heating and air conditioning.

Millennium Development did a socially sustainable and generous act by rebuilding the rundown rooming house next door, turning it into new, clean suites for the City to own and use as rental accommodation.

L'Hermitage's location is perhaps its biggest sustainability feature. Residents can help make Vancouver the greenest city, which City Council is striving for by 2020, by walking to and from daily errands rather than using a car.


L'Hermitage's Russian namesake
  • The lobby is decked out with furniture from Giorgio Armani’s home collection called Armani Casa, giving the boutique hotel and residence an immediate dose of European chic upon entering the building.[6]
  • Contrary to its French name, L'Hermitage is actually named after a Russian building, The State Hermitage Museum in St. Petersburg, which has over three million works of art and artefacts of world culture in its collection.[7]
  • L'Hermitage Hotel is a five-star hotel that operates on the fifth, sixth, and seventh floors of the condominium tower. The hotel offers guests bicycles to tour around Vancouver, which are especially popular along the Seawall route. The hotel was awarded number one in Canada for two years in a row.[8]
  • Robson Street is the second most expensive retail shopping district in Canada after Toronto's Bloor Street.[9]


  1. L'Hermitage Vancouver
  2. Walk Score
  3. Hotsheet/Living Space-"Signature Address"
  4. My BC Rental
  5. Les Twarog & Sonja Pedersen
  6. Vancouver Sun - "Partnership 'Presence'"
  7. Hermitage Museum
  8. L'Hermitage Hotel
  9. Vancity Buzz

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