LA Times – April 4, 2016

LA TImesHip meets heritage in Vancouver, Canada’s revitalizing Gastown, Railtown and Chinatown

WHERE TO STAY (All prices in U.S. dollars)

Skwachays Lodge, 31 W. Pender St. Vancouver; (888) 998-0797,  Aboriginal boutique hotel and gallery with 18 First Nations’ art-themed rooms and a 40-foot totem pole on the roof. A portion of room rates benefit the nonprofit BC Native Housing Corp. Doubles from about $130. Full article…

New York Travel Magazine – March 9, 2016

New York Travel MagazineSee the Stylish Side of Vancouver

Emerging design and art districts, along with new cocktail spots and boutiques, are making the British Colombian city a haven for creatives…Clean contemporary style meets First Nations culture at Skwachàys.  Full Article…

Nation Talk – March 7, 2016

Nation TalkDavid Eddy, CEO of the Vancouver Native Housing Society (VNHS)

Since June, 2012 David has taken VNHS in a new direction of entrepreneurialism and self-sustainability, creating two social enterprises which have received international media attention and acclaim. With the introduction of Skwachàys Lodge and the Urban Aboriginal Fair Trade Gallery, the society is guiding new projects to focus on Aboriginal art and culture as a means of revitalizing community pride and leading transformative change, and while doing this providing subsidy for 24 Aboriginal artists to live in the community. Full article…

Globe & Mail – February 26, 2016

Globe & MailVancity’s employee onboarding offers invaluable experience

In the course of her career, Sarah Symes has been involved in various workplace orientation programs ranging anywhere from “three days, two days, one day to no days kind of thing.” But Ms. Symes says she had never experienced anything “as awesome” as the week-long session Vancouver City Savings Credit Union puts all recruits through, whether they are joining as front-line employees or members of the board of directors. Full Article…

The Telegraph – January 26, 2016

The Telegraph on Skwachàys LodgeWhere to stay and what to do in Vancouver

On the border between Chinatown and Gastown, Skwachàys Lodge (pronounced “skwatch-eyes”) is steps away from film locations, such as Victory Square, where scenes from The X-Files were shot last summer. The 18 rooms have all been individually decorated by Pacific Coast artists. Themes include traditional images, such as the raven and eagle; more personal are the Poem Suite’s hand-drawn words and faces. Over breakfast, guests chat at the long communal table. Read article…

New York Times – February 9, 2016

New York Times on Skwachàys LodgeVancouver Explores Its First Nations Roots

Moving into the province’s biggest city, Vancouver, First Nations interests have produced the city’s first native hotel, Skwachays Lodge. Proceeds from the intimate 18-room boutique hotel, opened in the fall of 2014, support 24 artists in residence in the building. Six native artists paired up with six local interior designers to create the individually decorated rooms that might include the legend of the raven covering one wall, or evoke a community gathering place known as a long house through abstract aboriginal motifs of animals. Read article…

Hotel Business Design – February 9, 2016

Hotel Business Design reviews Skwachàys LodgeAt Vancouver’s Skwachàys Lodge, Aboriginal Art Is in Focus

Skwachàys Lodge .. is more than a boutique hotel. It’s a social enterprise that houses an onsite gallery and 24 artists with the aim of creating an enveloping experience in Aboriginal arts and culture for guests. Read article…

JustLuxe – January 29, 2016

JustLuxeVancouver: A City of Diverse Landscapes, Fine Cuisine & First Nations Attractions

Vancouver is known for its stunning landscapes, active harbor and mountain backdrops, it’s a destination full of life. Thus, to say this city has everything is less an opinion; it is simply fact. However, Vancouver’s “everything” category also includes its selection of hotels, a fact uniquely underscored for me on a recent visit when my overnight discoveries ranged from first class to First Nations. Read article…

Enroute – January 26, 2016

EnRoute Review of Skwachàys11 Great Hotel Spas Across Canada

With sweat lodge ceremonies, traditional Chinese medicine and cold socks to boot, Canadian hotel spas are going beyond back rubs to heal the 21st-century traveler. Read article…

Enroute Magazine – November 2015

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Condé Nast Traveler – October 13, 2015

CondeNastTravelerThis Vancouver Hotel Is Home to Local Aboriginal Artists

In downtown Vancouver in British Columbia, at the very edge of Chinatown, you’ll find Skwachàys Lodge, a hotel that houses aboriginal art, as well as the artists themselves. Watch video…

The Champion – Oct 4th, 2015

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Artists front and center at Vancouver boutique hotel

Aboriginal art is at the heart of one of Vancouver’s newest hotels.Skwachàys Lodge Hotel and Gallery is a boutique hotel where the art and culture of British Columbia’s indigenous people is infused in the property and experiences. Skwàchays is the traditional name of the area at the head of False Creek and refers to the spring waters that once covered the area. A distinctive totem sits atop the hotel’s façade. Read article…

Blouin Art Info – September 17, 2015

BloubinArtInfoAboriginal Social Housing Turns Art Hotel in Vancouver

When the Vancouver Native Housing Society opened its building in the city’s downtown eastside, it didn’t originally intend to impact the aboriginal art scene. But through three incarnations in as many years, Skwachàys (pronounced skwatch-eyes) Lodge and Residence at 31 West Pender Street in Vancouver has not only improved the lives of dozens of artists, but become one of the city’s most in demand hotels.  Article …

Vancouver Observer – August 24, 2015

VancouverObserverVancouver’s insanely cool Aboriginal boutique hotel you’ve never heard of …

Skwachay Lodge and Gallery basks in the glowing reviews as a boutique art hotel with first class accommodations and an innovative back story that could be the model for other properties. Filmmakers, designers, and ethically responsible and discerning tourists from abroad and throughout Canada know about it, but ask most Vancouverites what the Skwachays Lodge is, and you are likely to get a blank stare. Read article …

California Home Design – August 17 2015

CADesign Destination: Skwachàys Lodge In Vancouver – Look Good, Feel Good, Do Good

If you’re looking to fold a bit of history into your visit to Vancouver, consider Skwachàys Lodge. Forging a connection to the area’s Aboriginal heritage, the hotel, atop a complex which offers affordable housing for Aboriginal people, promotes a unique model for the socially conscious traveler.  Read article …

CheckIn -August 2015

CheckIn Skwachàys Lodge gives visitors insight into the land on which it’s located through local first nations artwork and a traditional sweat lodge experience. Vancouver is a notoriously creative city and with a rapidly growing and diverse immigrant community– it’s hard to tell what’s going to happen next. This is what’s going on right now.  Read article …