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Skwachays Lodge
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Reviewed August 28, 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, traveled on business
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Thank FLIEGER67
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Reviewed August 17, 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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Thank davei_10
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Reviewed August 14, 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.

Room Tip: Our room was on the 6th floor towards the back. No issues with sound other than the white noise made by the air conditioner. I hadn't considered the longer daylight hours during the summer. Bring eye mask to help with sleeping while still light outside.
  • Stayed: July 2013, traveled with family
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Thank CathieH_11
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Reviewed August 13, 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, traveled as a couple
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Thank Jordy J
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Reviewed August 11, 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, traveled with family
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