L'Orangerie at L'Hermitage Hotel Vancouver
Had an amazing experience getting afternoon tea. Would recommend it highly!
If you're looking for a quiet, high end place to enjoy afternoon tea L'Orangerie is a good option. The lounge is only accessible to hotel guests and restaurant patrons. Make sure you have a reservation in advance. Ambiance was relaxing and cozy. You could spend a couple of hours here playing a game of chess or reading next to the fireplace. I received a hand-crafted drink once I was seated and there was a lovely note from the hotel manager. After that my review is mixed. Tea options include artisanal teas typically found at five-star hotels. I've purchased this particular tea brand before from online and appreciated the aroma and quality of the tea. The food on the other hand was not up to the same standards. Call me a purist, but cream cheese beaten with sugar and heavy cream is a clotted cream look-a-like. For those of us that can distinguish the taste, it was disastrous. The scones which were just the right amount of soft inside and crisp outside, but don't waste the "clotted" Devonshire Cream on them. The finger sandwiches tasted okay, but not anything to write home about. Desserts looked phenomenal and were a mixture of good and fair. If you're looking for a place to entertain others with exceptional service but just the looks of a high-end afternoon tea then look no further. However, if you are a purveyor of all things afternoon tea there are much better options a few blocks away.
This is a nice place to hold business meetings. It's quiet, the service is impeccable and the food is actually quite good. This is becoming my go to place for business meals now.
We went there before a performance at Vancouver Opera. The Afternoon High Tea was excellent. Attentive and polished service.
I visited for Afternoon Tea with five girlfriends. A few of us are from the UK, so have eaten at high quality Afternoon Teas in other hotels, not that we expected it to be the same:) We are definitely not snobs!
- nice decor, lovely fireplace (although unfortunately we weren't seated near it!), and what I would imagine would be a lovely outdoor deck in the summer
- efficient service (we were almost the only people there)
- excellent choice of teas
- decent quantity of food
- all of the food was quite blah and didn't any memorable flavour. It was just okay. Specifically:
- some of the sandwiches were dry on one side, where they had presumably been left out. But still, they tasted fine. The egg salad was the best.
- the scones were... well they just seemed very similar to the ones you get in a coffee shop; nothing special
- usually, Devonshire Cream (or any cream for that matter), in a traditional Afternoon Tea - is clotted. The cream we had was whipped.
- the pastries did not appear to be made in-house. It was a mixture of average sized pastry that was cut up into small pieces, mini eclairs and mini macaroons
- the only item that was memorably good was for the chocolate and mint macaroon
We were pretty hungry but still left about half the pastries and a few sandwiches.
The tea selection was excellent, the coffee was fine, the service was very efficient and friendly. The ambiance was lacking as was almost empty, however the surroundings were lovely, so on a busier day - or maybe at a different time of day - it could be really nice. Probably be a great summer brunch/lunch spot !
What a find in the heart of Downtown Vancouver! It's a cozy place. We had afternoon tea, which I highly recommend. We weren't rushed, the service was great. Good experience overall. When you enter the hotel though, the dining is on the 5th floor and one of the staff needs to scan their keycard in the elevator to go up. It's also recommended to use their valet parking service.
Great little hidden gem for breakfast. Perfect.
I really don't have the feeling that we're having high tea. Scones on the top tier is in big size, hard and crispy. It suppose to be soft and warm. Mid-tier sandwich, nothing special. Dessert at the bottom is ... You can always pick better scones and sandwich from other bakery.
It's not home made, most of them are from outside. Not worth for paying $45.00 each person and the picture (upload photo) cost $125.00.
Lovely service, great food and the place to ourselves! Perfect 👌🏻😊
I took my wife to tea in London a couple of years ago for her birthday, so we wanted to do something similar in Vancouver. The l’Hermitage experience was very nice. The tea, food and service were outstanding. Highly recommended.
I spent my birthday having afternoon tea here and was greeted with a special card. Excellent service from the staff at the dining lounge. The ambience was great! Loved the experience.
The food was okay. Many premade cakes that were definitely not made in house. Not worth the $45 per person