National Post – April 20, 2015

610x381_nationalpost_logoShower power: What you can tell about a hotel from the quality of its bathrobe …

… the most gratifying good-robe hotel has been the brand new Skwachays (pronounced skwach-eyes), in East Vancouver, just a block from the infamous East Hastings. It’s an aboriginal-owned, and largely aboriginal-run hotel, with each room designed by a First Nations artist. There’s a welcome lounge while you wait for your room, with free coffee, tea and mix-your-own sodas. There’s a shop with work by the artists, and food is catered by a local aboriginal chef. And the chenille-like robe, white with Skwachays’ red logo, is soft and warm but also light, with weighted hems. It’s made in China, I see from the label, but it’s the best of the lot. And the rooms? They start at about $115 and top out around $230 for a suite. The rooms don’t have to be expensive, and neither do the robes; that’s the beauty of the system. Now we just have to figure out a way to get those robes up on the hotel websites in place of those stars.  Read full article…

The Gastown Gazette – April 14, 2015

LIVING WITH LEGENDS AT VANCOUVER’S SKWACHÀYS LODGE: At the junction of Gastown and historic Chinatown, just steps away from Vancouver’s Millennium Gate on Pender Street, sits Skwachàys Lodge, a boutique hotel, Aboriginal art gallery, and residential housing facility owned and operated by the non-profit Vancouver Native Housing Society (VNHS). More…

The Globe and Mail – APRIL 13, 2015

Rub shoulders with aboriginal artists at this unique Vancouver hotel: You can go to Vancouver and stay in a sparkling glass-tower hotel and enjoy the spa treatments, the first-class dining and the spectacular ocean vistas. But for a hotel experience that offers a very different view of the city – perhaps more authentic and eye-opening – consider Skwachays Lodge, a remarkable new project in one of the city’s most vibrant, interesting neighbourhoods. Just don’t expect egg-white omelettes at your door or a Chanel boutique around the corner. More…

The Anishinabek News – April 8, 2015

anishinabeknewsWorking together, sharing together: NORTH BAY –Focusing on urban strategic planning, the North Bay Indian Friendship Centre has successfully hosted the Working Together, Sharing Together Conference. Designed to keep the momentum rolling working on North Bay’s Urban Aboriginal Strategy, the two-day conference on March 31 and April 1st drew in managers, social workers, elders, policing services, entrepreneurs, politicians, academics and artists. Anyone asked claimed to benefit from the conference experience. More…

Hotel Chatter – April 3, 2015

Hotel_Chatter_MastheadFirst Aboriginal Art Hotel Opens in Vancouver: Skwachàys Lodge: Late this fall, where Vancouver’s oh-so-hip and oh-so-coolly-named Gastown meets historical Chinatown, the Skwachàys Lodge Hotel & Gallery opened its doors to the public (pronounced skwatch-eyes). No trumpets blew and there weren’t any fireworks, but this little 18-room hotel is truly one-of-a-kind. More…

SIP NorthWest – March 2015

SIP_mastheadDrifters: Skwachàys Lodge: The location of Canada’s first Aboriginal arts hotel may come as a surprise—even to locals who walk past the front door every day. The front desk of the unassuming, tucked away, brand new boutique hotel is in the Urban Aboriginal Fair Trade Gallery; you can check in to your suite while admiring and purchasing local artists’ works. More…

CTV News – March 18, 2015

CTV_NewsTired of the standard cookie-cutter digs at all the major chain hotels and motels? Opt for more inspiring lodgings by booking a stay in a themed hotel instead. From a boutique aboriginal lodge to a James Brown-themed hotel room, there’s no shortage of unique rooms out there … Here’s a look at five themed hotels you may want to consider on your next trip: 1. Skwachàys Lodge Located in Vancouver’s Downtown Eastside, the Skwachàys Lodge and Residence contains a fair trade gallery, boutique hotel, as well as an Aboriginal artist residence. The hotel was named in a traditional ceremony by the chief of the Squamish Nation, reflecting the traditional aboriginal name of the area located at the head of the False Creek. Designed with the socially responsible traveller in mind, the lodge contains 18 hotel units, each with a unique design. The hotel, which also provides shelter apartments for at risk aboriginal people, has a rooftop sweat lodge and smudge room, and studio space. More

New York Post – March 16, 2015

NewYorkPostChecking in:  Vancouver Skwachàys Lodge, an 18-room boutique hotel in the heart of Vancouver’s rapidly gentrifying downtown East Side, marries high-end interiors, First Nations art and a hipster locale. At once a social enterprise and a cultural tourism experience, Skwachàys Lodge is owned and operated by the Vancouver Native Housing Society. Its first four floors offer subsidized artists studios while its lobby is home to a gallery of traditional and contemporary native art. More

MONTECRISTO – March 2015

MONTECRISTOSkwachàys Lodge In the heart of downtown, tucked away two blocks from Rogers Arena and down the street from the Chinatown archway, is the paradoxical brick façade and ?.? metre totem pole (the Dreamweaver) rising from a ÿ ° h- oor balcony of the Skwachàys Lodge. Many stay here because of its convenient location to all things Vancouver, but step past the discreet black and white “Hotel” sign, and you’ll ÿ nd more than just a place to crash a° er cheering on the Canucks. More

Westjet Magazine – March 2015

3 Hotels To Check Out | WestJet MagazineSkwachàys Lodge, Vancouver There’s a smudge room and a sweat lodge, you can sip craft beer in the welcome area, and the colourful guest rooms are decorated by Vancouver designers and local First Nations artists. Owned and operated by the Vancouver Native Housing Society (VNHS), Skwachàys Lodge (named for the natural springs that once existed at the head of False Creek) was created to make a di”erence. At this downtown hotel, located on West Pender Street near Gastown, each !oor is dedicated to a sacred animal, and a colourful totem pole rises above the roof. There are 18 units for guests, while another 24 rooms are used as low-cost housing for Aboriginal artists-in-residence. Pro#ts from the hotel and the ground-!oor art gallery go to the VNHS for various programs, which means that staying here is both a unique guest experience and a contribution to a worthy cause. Rates start at $129. —Jim Byers Delano, Las Vegas

SOAR Magazine – March 2015


VANCOUVER ARTS AND CULTURE HOTEL IS THE FIRST OF ITS KIND IN CANADA The totem, called Dreamweaver, punches into the skyline of West Pender Street in Vancouver, hugging the edge of a longhouse, built — incongruously yet spectacularly — onto the roo?op of Skwachàys Lodge.?is marked the ?rst sign that our experience would be special. Once we stepped through the hotel’s front door into a world of First Nations art, we understood we’d discovered a one-of-a-kind accommodation, perfect for anyone seeking a great downtown Vancouver location combined with an authentic Aboriginal culture experience. More

APTN National News – January 20, 2015

APTN_SlugVancouver hotel offers guests ‘authentic’ Aboriginal experience

A boutique hotel in downtown Vancouver is offering guests what they say is a unique and authentic Aboriginal experience to its guests from around the world. The owners of the hotel also says it’s a way to help those in need.


CTV News – January 5, 2015

CTV_jan_2015This is a really great bit of coverage featuring the design work of Clifton Fred – a resident at Swkachàys Residence..

First News of the Year – CBC NEWS

CBC_NEWSJan 2, 2015 | 2:10

Aboriginal hotel opens in Vancouver

Skwachàys Lodge, Canada’s first aboriginal hotel. has 18 unique rooms designed by native artists – this is the first media coverage of the new year. (A nice start to what could be a an exceptional year for Swkchaàys.)


Huffington Post – Oct 31

Huffpost  Aboriginal Art Hotel In Vancouver Offers Unique Cultural Experience

Tucked cozily away in Vancouver’s Downtown Eastside neighbourhood sits a building that is hard to miss. With ornate aboriginal designs and a majestic totem pole on its roof, this cultural oasis is different from anything else in the city — or even the country, for that matter.

“There are so many different layers for how this positively affects the aboriginal community, but I think for the greater community at large, they get to have a great experience and exposure to aboriginal art,” Maggie Edwards, Skwachays’ general manager, told The Huffington Post B.C. in an interview.

“It’s such a beautiful place to stay in the hotel; we are getting tremendous exposure to the greater, wider community of Vancouver and travellers in general. I think it’s just a win-win on so many levels.” Read article…

The Independent – Oct 30

independent Skwachays Lodge, Vancouver: Room service

Part boutique hotel, part indigenous art gallery and part social enterprise, Vancouver’s newly-opened Skwachays Lodge (pronounced skwatch-eyes) manages to balance all three with panache. From the 40ft totem pole that soars above the hotel’s century-old brick façade, to the discovery that the reception desk is inside a Fair Trade aboriginal gallery, this is quite a departure for Vancouver’s hotel scene. Read article..

Northwest Travel Magazine – Oct. 30

northwest_travelSkwachàys Lodge, Vancouver B.C.’s Aboriginal Hotel

Art hotels are sanctuaries that wrap us in a world of artistic expression, symbolism and introspection. They are to the mind and imagination as spas are to the body and spirit. In the urban heart of Vancouver, B.C., Skwachàys (pronounced “Squatch Eyes”) Lodge is a deep bow to Squamish cultural heritage. Guests of the lodge are immersed in the imagery, history and hospitality of the Northwest coastal First Nations people. Read article..


The Australian – Oct. 25

australian Feeling the Healing in Vancouver

FOR inquiring travellers, Canada’s first Aboriginal arts hotel offers an enriching new take on downtown Vancouver. But forget harbour views and cookie-cutter guestrooms — Skwachays Lodge is an exciting collaboration between a ­selection of the harbour city’s leading interior ­designers and First Nations artists. Read article.