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Skwachays Lodge
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Stuttgart, Germany
Level 6 Contributor
178 reviews
177 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 271 helpful votes
“Support the first nations”
Reviewed 28 August 2013

Here is location no. 6 around the latest biz trip for Canada.
Arrived in style by Tofino Air at Vancouver Harbour airport downtown, a nice older guy working at the parking garage called us a cab what arrived within a minute and onwards for the hotel.
The driver had no idea about it, but with the street shown on the map we arrived not that long thereafter. A nice welcome from an aboriginal young woman and also an old guy taking care of the first nations art gallery. Top floor was requested and prepared, facing the rear side of the building, no noise beside some talking on one of the balconys. The room spacious, Ikea style furniture, sure ok for us and Wifi worked well.
Well the location is really good from the first view, Gastown just a couple of blocks away, Canada Place in walking distance, Chinatown beside, but on the other hand side be prepared for Downtown Eastside with all it´s alcohol and drug addicted people not that far away.
Everything ok for us in the end also in the evening. No restaurant on offer, Tim Hortons around the corner saved us breakfast.
Downsides?. Well housekeeping needs some improvement. Not that nice when you step really wet out of the shower only to notice that there is no hairdryer around and while you´re desperate search you notice further some used old towels in one drawer and also there are plenty of plastic bags stored in another drawer. Who knows why?.

  • Stayed August 2013, travelled on business
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Woking, United Kingdom
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Reviewed 17 August 2013 via mobile

We wanted a hotel as close as possible to Gastown and decided to plump for this one. Initially we were pleased with the rooms when we arrived with our own parking space in a secure garage, we immediately noticed quite a few beggers, tramps and drug takers hanging around. Our children did not feel comfortable and neither did we, especially in the evening. We thought the hotel would provide breakfast only to be informed they stopped doing it although there are plenty of cafes nearby. We did enjoy Vancouver, so much to do. Not a cheap place to visit but definetely worthwhile.

  • Stayed August 2013
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Anaheim, CAlifornia, USA
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 19 helpful votes
Reviewed 15 August 2013

Downtown Vancouver is not as big as we thought and this hotel was in walking distance to everything that we wanted to see...Gastown, Canada Place, Stanley Park (we stopped for lunch on the way), Science Center, Waterbus to Granville Island, Casino, and Chinatown. Room had the essentials...free wifi, mini fridge, TV/cable (didn't use), and comfy bed. Very secure building and separate secure parking garage. There is a medical clinic a couple of doors down from this hotel. They people look a little shabby but none of them gave us any issues and said anything to us. The transients that you will see periodically were very under the radar. Not at all aggressive like I've seen in other downtown cities in the US.

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  • Stayed July 2013, travelled with family
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Netherlands
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 10 helpful votes
Reviewed 13 August 2013

The hotel is on a great location for visiting Downtown; on walking distance to Gastown, BC Arena, Robson Street/Square, Chinatown. Although, there are lots of homeless people in area, which does not feel very safe, specially at night. Rooms are average; not too spacious, but clean. Staff is friendly. Wi-Fi worked properly. Good value for price.

  • Stayed July 2013, travelled as a couple
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Dusseldorf, Germany
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Reviewed 11 August 2013

Go beyond the faceless, nameless, eversame sad hotel rooms you find in every city. This Lodge is in for personal, caring service. It runs on great staff, encouraged people and on a project that is worth supporting. Our room was perfect, huge actually, clean, with comfortable beds. The Cafe provided in the rooms was actually one of the best I drank on our whole 3-week-Trip. We enjoyed our stay and would surely recommend it to everyone going to Vancouver. So, yes, the neighbourhood seems to be a bit rougher. We were adviced to leave out certain parts at night which we didn't come across anyways. But as a matter of fact we didn`t fell threatened or insecure at any time. We really liked the place and if we come across Vancouver again - this would be it. Only one thing we missed - some chairs on our balcony! ;-)

  • Stayed July 2013, travelled with family
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22 reviews
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Reviewed 9 August 2013

We didn't realize this was a hybrid hotel/halfway house until we got there but overall the experience was good. The surrounding neighborhood is pretty rough but it's within a close walk of several other more desirable neighborhoods. The room was a little small but it was clean and comfortable. Would stay there again.

  • Stayed June 2013, travelled with friends
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Basel, Switzerland
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34 reviews
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Reviewed 22 July 2013 via mobile

There's nothing you could complain of regarding the hotel itself. The staff is friendly, the rooms are very clean, spacious and offer everything you'd want. Nevertheless, the neighbourhood is really bad - there are masses of drug addicts living in the streets just around the hotel, and we've even seen them using needles etc. Although we were travelling as couple, we didn't feel really save there and tried to find other ways to get to the hotel.

  • Stayed July 2013
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Property: Skwachays Lodge
Address: 31 Pender St W, Vancouver, British Columbia V6B 1R3, Canada
Region: Canada > British Columbia > Vancouver > Gastown
Amenities:
Beverage Selection Free Breakfast Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Pets Allowed ( Dog / Pet Friendly ) Suites Wheelchair access
Hotel Style:
Ranked #2 of 49 Speciality Lodging in Vancouver
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): ££
Hotel Class:2.5 star — Skwachays Lodge 2.5*
Number of rooms: 18
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
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. ... more   less 
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