Make Time to See the World – March 2017

MakeTimeToSeeTheWorldHow are they Socially Responsible? The Skwachàys Lodge is a boutique hotel located at the crossroads of Vancouver’s historic Gastown and Chinatown neighbourhoods, catering to visitors seeking unique accommodation with a cultural twist. The modern boutique hotel is also a social enterprise that will give back 100 percent of its profits to the non-profit society and local aboriginal community. Read full article…

Elle South Africa – February 2017

ElleSkwachàys (pronounced skwatch-eyes) A lodge and residence at 31 West Pender Street, Skwachàys is a fair trade gallery, boutique hotel and an urban Aboriginal artist residence. It provides 24 shelter rate apartments for Aboriginal people at risk of homelessness and two social enterprises that support the Society’s mission and financial sustainability. The hotel units have been transformed with the assistance of a team of artists and designers and the decor  unique to each room is simply incredible. Also in the building you’ll find a rooftop sweat lodge and smudge room used for spiritual cleansing, studio and workshop production space and  a commercial kitchen. Skwachàys is not a stay; it’s an experience.

Canadian Architect – November 2016

canadianarchitect_logoNew Visions for Social Housing

Housing affordability is reaching a crisis point in many Canadian cities. How can architects learn from the past to build social housing for a new generation of residents? Read full article …

Up in the Air Travels – October 25, 2016

upintheairtravels_logoHow You Can Make A Difference In Vancouver With Your Spending Money, Not Just Your Spare Change.

Vancouver’s first Aboriginal Art Hotel and how you can make sure your traveler’s dollar goes to a worthy cause! Read full article…

South China Morning Post – November 3, 2016

Post MagazineSkwachàys Lodge, for an arty stay near Vancouver’s Chinatown

With each of the social enterprise’s 18 rooms decorated by a First Nations artist, no two suites are alike at this Downtown Eastside hotel. What is it? Skwachàys (pronounced skwatch-eyes) Lodge is a First Nations-themed social enterprise hotel in downtown Vancouver, British Columbia. Its urban setting is conveni­ent for the popular tourist areas of Gastown and Chinatown. Skwachàys is the traditional name for the area in which the property stands. Read full article…

Financial Post – October 30, 2016

Financial Post logoRoom to paint: Hotel tackles Vancouver’s housing challenges while promoting Aboriginal art

Dave Eddy isn’t one to shy away from the unconventional — even if not everyone is equally enthused. So it came as no surprise when in 2014 the CEO of Vancouver Native Housing Society (VNHS), a non-profit Aboriginal housing provider in Vancouver, launched Canada’s first boutique Aboriginal hotel, Skwachàys Lodge, a social enterprise designed to tackle the city’s housing challenges. Along the way, Eddy stumbled across a powerful intersection between art, culture and the revitalization of community. Full article…

Travel2Next – September 2016

travel2next_logo10 of the best Hotels in Vancouver

The totem pole topped Skwachays Lodge is also a social enterprise hotel, but it focuses on low-income Aboriginal artists. Its 18 boutique rooms help subsidize 24 units of housing and studio space for artists, and a ground-floor art gallery. Six of Vancouver’s top designers created a unique aboriginal theme for each room. Guests can use the onsite smudge room and sweat lodge, and may have the chance to share breakfast or a glass of wine with artists-in-residence in one of the hotel’s communal spaces. See listing…

 

 

Road Stories – July 2016

RoadStoriesSkwachàys Lodge — An Innovative Mix of Native Culture and Social Good

Topped by a towering totem pole and a traditional bighouse, Vancouver’s Skwachàys Lodge is a most unusual hotel. The lobby is a Native art gallery bursting with carvings, masks, paintings and jewelry. The adjoining Welcome Room has dozens of unique aboriginal art pieces including a bold mural and an imposing carved communal table. Each of the 18 hotel rooms is decorated in elegant indigenous themes, created by Native artists working with top designers. A sweat lodge used for spiritual cleansing is on the roof beside a waterfall, totem pole, and a mural of a mountainside. In an adjoining room, traditional smudge ceremonies are performed by an Elder, who burns sage in a large oyster shell. No other hotel in Canada is so steeped in aboriginality. Read full article…

Grumpy Traveler

Grumpy TravelerA new indigenous-designed lodge gives David Whitley a cultural stay in Vancouver.

Sandwiched between Vancouver’s Chinatown and the historic Gastown quarter of the city, yet not quite in either, the surroundings are central but sketchy. If all goes to plan with the Downtown Eastside’s slow gentrification, the location will no longer be the Skwachays Lodge’s Achilles heel. For now, though, most things are within easy walking distance – but you’ll encounter visible signs of drug addiction on the way. View article

Luxury Travel Guide – May 2016

Luxury Design Hotel of the YearLuxury Design Hotel of the Year

Luxury Travel Guide has recently announced that Skwachàys Lodge has been successful in winning the award for ‘Luxury Design Hotel of the Year” (2016). The Luxury Travel Guide Awards represent the pinnacle of hospitality achievement, championing the best in their respective fields; therefore to come out on top is truly an achievement you should be proud of.

Luxury & Boutique Hotels – May 2016

Luxury Boutique Hotels ReviewSkwachàys Lodge Aboriginal Hotel & Gallery

It feels great to stay at a hotel that makes a positive contribution to a community. Not just the typical minimal washing of towels and linens and recycling of newspapers, but a hotel that really makes a difference. View article.

Tangibili Emozioni – April 2016

An Italian Travel BlogAn Italian travel blog  Translation: There are experiences that deserve to be lived, and with them stories that deserve to be told. Because in the words of Italo Calvino, a city does not appreciate the seven or seventy wonders, but the answer I gave to your question, and thereby Vancouver you can not help but appreciate the effort that visionary minds and generous hearts, have made to give life the Skwachàys Lodge. View original.

METRO NEWS Vancouver – April 23, 2016

Metro VancouverVancouver aboriginal hotel a ‘place of transformation’ for artist-in-residence

An artist-in-residence at Vancouver’s Skwachàys Lodge is praising the aboriginal hotel and gallery as “a place of transformation.”Every morning, Jonathan Erickson of the Nak’azdli and Kitwanga First Nations wakes up, grabs a coffee from the Tim Horton’s across the street and returns to his apartment in the 31 West Pender St. building. There, he sits for hours at his desk and perfects his craft — silver and gold jewelry carving. Sometimes he paints. View article…

See Change – April 17, 2016

See ChangeInside Skwachàys Lodge, Canada’s Aboriginal Art Hotel

SEE Change’s video series profiling social entrepreneurs effecting change continues with a visit to Skwachàys Lodge in Vancouver, British Columbia. Billed as the first Aboriginal arts hotel in Canada, the boutique hotel was designed by Aboriginal artists and local designers. Aside from 18 uniquely designed rooms that help support Aboriginal artists in residence, the hotel houses an Aboriginal fair trade art gallery, a sweat lodge and smudge room. View video…

San Francisco Chronicle – April 15, 2016

San Francisco ChronicleSeeing Vancouver through Aboriginal eyes

“Can you handle two more rocks?” Old Hands asks. Sitting cross-legged in the dirt in a sweat-soaked T-shirt, I’m pleasantly hypnotized by the rhythm of a drumbeat. “Bring them on,” I tell the medicine man.When they’re delivered, cradled on deer antlers, Old Hands ladles water over them, sending up clouds of steam. It’s pitch black inside the traditional sweat lodge except for the glowing stones. We sweat, talk and sweat some more. Full article…

Indian Country – April 8, 2016

Indian CountrySkwachàys Lodge Showcases Native Culture by Supporting Indigenous Artists

Stepping into Vancouver’s Skwachàys Lodge, a visitor is immediately immersed in First Nations culture. The lobby is a gallery showcasing Native art; the meeting room resonates in aboriginal motifs, and each of the 18 guest rooms is decorated in elegant indigenous themes. Full article…

 

 

The Globe & Mail – April 7, 2016

Globe & MailHow can visitors best explore Canada’s indigenous culture?

Staying in Vancouver? Check into Skwachays Lodge, where the rooms have been designed in collaboration with First Nations artists, and add dinner across town at the Salmon n’ Bannock bistro. Then visit the city’s celebrated Museum of Anthropology at UBC and the Bill Reid Gallery of Northwest Coast Art. Full article…