Skwachàys Lodge is a unique boutique hotel featuring decor inspired by Aboriginal arts and culture. 100 per cent of profits from the 18 hotel support indigenous artists who live in adjacent Vancouver Native Housing Society. The artists are given studio space at the lodge where they can produce carvings and other artwork that are sold in the Urban Aboriginal Fair Trade Gallery and shop in the hotel.
Guests can choose from 18 individually designed rooms by a team of aboriginal artists and interior designers. Suites all have names such as The Tlingit Hat Suite, Sea Kingdom Suite and the Northern Lights Suite and feature original carvings, paintings, fabric, and furniture. Room facilities include a fridge, a microwave, a 43" flat-screen TV, and tea and coffee-making facilities. Local telephone calls are included.
Food is also part of the lodge’s unique aboriginal experience. The communal kitchen serves dishes such as cinnamon-flavoured bannock bites and wild rice corn potato pancakes for breakfast. Room service includes bison bourguignon and pulled bison in a rhubarb barbecue sauce.
There is also a traditional smudge room and workshops with the artist who inspired the design for the room are offered.
• 18 rooms
• Hotel opened: August 2014
• Unique: The 12 metre totem pole on the hotel's roof.
• International Village shopping centre & cinema: opposite
• Dr. Sun Yat-Sen Classical Chinese Garden: 240 metres
• Stadium-Chinatown Skytrain station: 350 metres
• Rogers Arena: 400 metres
• Queen Elizabeth Theatre: 500 metres
• Gastown Clock: 500 metres
• Downtown Vancouver: 1 km
• Stanley Park: 3 km