Skwachays Lodge is a new boutique hotel at the crossroads of Vancouver’s historic Gastown and Chinatown. Just west of the Millennium Gate, Skwachàys is fast becoming a Vancouver landmark. Originally opened in June of 2012 as a Healing Lodge meant for patient travel, the Hotel is being completely renovated. This stunning addition to Vancouver’s urban landscape will provide a uniquely Aboriginal experience to our visitors and guests. Guests will experience many traditional Aboriginal elements, including the preserved 106 year old fir that was rescued from the old hotel and transformed into beautiful door lintels. The Hotel also has a sweat lodge and a number of gathering places including an artists’ workshop, a smudge room and a guest lounge.
Excpected to open in May 2014, guests will soon be able to experience an immersion in aboriginal art, as work is now underway to renovate the Lodge’s guest rooms. Six world-class Vancouver hotel interior designers have donated their services and have teamed up with seven aboriginal artists/designers to create 18 unique rooms with the installation of original carvings, blankets and paintings. Once the Lodge is re-launched, staff will team up with local First Nations communities, tourism operators and attractions to create educational and experiential adventures.
More information can be found our website www.skwachays.com., and an article that came out in The Vancouver Sun: http://blogs.vancouversun.com/2014/01/29/skwachays-lodge-the-countrys-first-aboriginal-arts-hotel/. Photos of the conversion are available on: http://craigminielly.photoshelter.com/gallery-collection/Skwachays-Lodge-Hotel-Conversion/C00008CCY7mjgJLM