Checking in: Skwachàys Lodge, 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.

The heritage conversion of an old six-story Edwardian hotel by architect Joe Y. Wai now features a 40-foot totem pole on the rooftop “longhouse” that acts as a new neighborhood beacon.


At the intersection of historic Gastown and Chinatown, and just a 10-minute walk to the business district, this is an ideal location for many pursuits. Close to the Sun-Yat-Sen classical gardens and yummy new eateries like Bao Bei, it also offers access to Gastown designer boutiques and nightclubs. It’s a 15-minute cab

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