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Art, Culture, and Exceptional Hospitality Canada's first Aboriginal arts hotel, Skwachays Lodge, combines art and culture with exceptional hospitality. Eighteen one-of-a-kind guest suites, designed by local Aboriginal artists and Vancouver interior designers, tell stunning visual stories about First Nations culture and feature original artwork created by the participating artists. Centrally located in Vancouver's historic Gastown district, Skwachays Lodge is surrounded by acclaimed restaurants and popular attractions, making it an ideal location from which to explore the rest of the city. Offering the highest level of personalized service and premium in-suite amenities, Skwachays Lodge ensures guests enjoy a comfortable and memorable stay.
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Property amenities
Free High Speed Internet (WiFi)
Breakfast included
Multilingual Staff
Non-smoking hotel
Pets Allowed ( Dog / Pet Friendly )
Public Wifi
Wheelchair Access
Room features
Air conditioning
Refrigerator in room
Accessible rooms
Family Rooms
Non-smoking rooms
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With the recent exodus of massive new building projects hitting the neighbourhood, Chinatown; which has always been one of the city's most vibrant areas; is even more buzzing and buoyant than ever before. Playing host to some of the city's best pan-Asian cuisine, from fusion food to traditional home-cooking, Chinatown has remained faithful to its roots as a space which clambers with shop signs and welcomes diners to the table. More that that, it has a hip experimental vibe to it, with trendy pop-ups and catchall market shops. The biggest of Canada's Chinatowns, it is also home to an expansive Chinese garden whose manicured grounds inspire and delight, its ponds and pagodas drawing walkers in for an stroll. Take in the red streetlights, the playful awnings, and the upbeat air that suffuse this area.
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My mother and I had a great time staying at this unique and beautiful place. Our loft room was attractive with comfortable beds and beautiful art. I slept so very well. If the weather had not been so unusually pleasant for winter, we could have stayed in the hotel without
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This is a perfect spot for exploring Vancouver or just taking a break. The rooms are nicely appointed with comfortable beds. The artwork is outstanding. The neighborhood is full of great restaurants and shops. Breakfast is served with care. Homemade fry bread and other goodies
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Excellent place to stay, friendly caring staff, very helpful! Clean rooms and beautiful art work. Great breakfast and nice lounge. Has sweat lodge and scared space, just an amazing hotel. Has a coffee bar to make all types of coffee. Fresh bannock for breakfast bar, very clean.
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Response from Maggie E, General Manager at Skwachays Lodge
Responded 3 weeks ago
Dear Sherry, Thank you so much for your great review. You covered it all. Gratefully, Maggie
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This little boutique hotel is a gem. It is Native owned and mostly Native staffed with wonderful Northwest Coast Art everywhere. I stayed in the Sea Kingdom Suite which was decorated in blues and greens with leaping salmon, canoe paddles and carvings of marine animals.
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Response from Maggie E, General Manager at Skwachays Lodge
Responded 3 weeks ago
Dear Marie, Thank you so much for your lovely review. I am so happy that you enjoyed your stay. Guestst need not worry about our neighbourhood, although at times the optics can be disconcerting. Since working in the Downtown Eastside I have learned to love the community feel of our location and to appreciate it's proximity to Chinatown(1/2 block), Gastown(2 blocks) and the Skytrain station (Chinatown/Stadium) with quick access to YVR so feel free to explore and enjoy all that our diverse neighbourhood has to offer. Come back and see us, soon.
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A last minute flight cancellation allowed me the chance to check out the Skwachàys Lodge and Hotel that I have heard rave reviews from colleagues of mine. The Skwachàys is not a far walk from the waterfront station, and close to Gastown and Chinatown. The neighbourhood seemed a
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I can tell you that we did not hear a peep from the other rooms. Honestly, the street noise was more than tolerable with all windows to the street open. As in any major city you get street noise, however we never found it intrusive. I hope my review helped in your search for nirvana!
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How far is this hotel from the cruise ship port?
Or I did Uber around Vancouver. Much cheaper than taxi. For $5 I was able to travel cross town.
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Yes you can have a smudge room and sweat lodge experience - there is a cost to this . The best thing to do is to send a email to the hotel and find out what current rates are. If there are only 2 of you they maybe able to put you with others which reduces the cost. I stayed there for 3 nights and September and loved the hotel.
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"Look at the suites in the website before selecting one."
"Top floor was very quiet."
"All rooms are ok i think"
"All rooms unique, definitely not corporate"
"Northern Lights suite was up several steps which I found difficult, but the stairwell made the room feel even more airy and spacious"
US$118 - US$269 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
CanadaBritish ColumbiaVancouverChinatownCentralDowntown
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