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Skwachays Lodge
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San Diego, CA
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“Really wanted to like it....”
Reviewed October 14, 2013

We really wanted to like this hotel, but ultimately it came up short for a lot of reasons. The room itself was pretty spartan, but the bed was comfortable and both the room and the bathroom were clean The staff was very, very friendly. The aboriginal art is very interesting and worth taking some time to browse - maybe purchase if it fits your style. Those are the good things.
Location - not horrible, but I wouldn't stay here again. Far down West Pender - our room was on the back of the hotel facing Hastings. There was a club on Hastings that was easily seen and heard. The club, 'Funky', was quite loud with loud revelers very late into Saturday night/Sunday morning. There is an alley directly behind the hotel. The alley is the access to the reservations only car garage. I would not feel safe in that alley late at night - or in the garage for that matter.

Room, others described their room as spacious, I wouldn't call it spacious, unless you are comparing it to some Paris shoebox hotels. Our room wasn't small, but it certainly wouldn't have been described as spacious. And one feature that is probably not important to everyone, the TV only received one channel. We had one towel in the bathroom. One bath towel. No hand towels, no bath matt, no washcloths. Could we have gotten them? I don't know, the office was closed when we returned early evening (at 8PM). Additionally one of the windows could not be closed at all as it served as the fresh air source for the portable air conditioning/heating unit. Not only couldn't it be closed, there was no way to shutter it. It served as an unwelcome source of noise and light.

Food - As mentioned, food options are rather limited in the neighborhood. There is a McDonalds, a 7/11 and a Tim Horton on the block, and a public house and another restaurant are within two blocks - but all of the good restaurants are a bit of a walk - either toward Water Street, or on Robson, or further. We love walking - so it wasn't an issue - but when we had a few hunger pangs at 8:30PM, the options were pretty limited.

Parking - metered on the street (pretty expensive) and a parking garage - $15.00 reserved + a $35.00 refundable deposit for a key fob.

The neighborhood has its share of street folks - but as others have said, they were not aggressive at all. We were told by the clerk at the front desk however, that we should avoid Hastings when walking. It certainly did not feel carefree - but neither did it feel dangerous.

I hope the area improves and the hotel and resident artists survive and thrive. If you are adventurous and used to spartan downtown hotels in less that optimal neighborhoods, you should consider supporting this hotel and its resident artists by staying a night or two.

Room Tip: Anything with windows that close and not facing Hastings....
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  • Stayed October 2013, traveled as a couple
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Palma de Mallorca, Spain
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Reviewed October 1, 2013

quite well located, near to Chinatown. We were not bothered by the homeless drop-in center nearby at all, no one was aggressive and they never bothered us.

we stayed in the family room, which had a separate room and a small queen. the main room had 2 twins. very roomy, bright and comfy beds.

Excellent service!!

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  • Stayed September 2013, traveled with friends
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Seattle, Washington
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Reviewed September 17, 2013

Stayed on September 7 for one night with my partner (room 508). This place is not the Fairmont or Westin, nor does it try to be. It is a small, First Nations-oriented "lodge" that provides secure, clean, and comfortable short-term accommodations for a very reasonable price. The staff are trying VERY hard to make it a rewarding experience for guests, and it is one of the best values in an otherwise expensive city.

The Lodge is located in what has long been a "sketchy" part of town, but what is now quickly becoming a very urban, active, and entertainment-oriented part of the downtown core (we were a five minute walk from our "Eagles" concert at Rogers Arena). There are numerous interesting bars and restaurants in the immediate area, and we did not feel unsafe walking the neighbourhood (although there are a lot of "interesting characters" on the streets - think of the "Tenderloin District" of San Francisco, without the threat of violence).

The security is good (pass cards for the parking garage, the after-hours entrance, and the elevator). The room was basic, quiet, and very clean. There was a balcony large enough to sit on, and there was not a lot of traffic noise (we looked over Pender Street). The bed was very soft. The bathroom was average sized with the usual amenities, but no issues with water pressure or temperature. There was television and wi-fi included,with a comfortable work station. The room lighting could use some improvement, and the air conditioning unit looked like something from the space shuttle (possibly louder than the space shuttle..) but we turned it off (on a very warm night) and just left our balcony door open a crack and we were fine.

This property is certainly not trying to compete with a larger hotel, but is far more fun than a "brand X" budget chain-motel. There is an adequately stocked common kitchen on the main floor, and interesting native art throughout the lobby area (they were even preparing for an upcoming showing). If you want a break from the larger hotels, if you are open-minded and want something interesting for a night, and if you are trying to save money on accommodations in Vancouver then this place is worth considering.

Room Tip: Don't be afraid of the street noise, the balconies are designed to deflect it. The south facing...
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  • Stayed September 2013, traveled with friends
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Wakefield, Canada
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Reviewed September 11, 2013 via mobile

I stayed at this hotel for the first time. Recently opened and very modern. Rooms are well appointed and spacious. Service is personal and attentive. The feel of the place is very positive. Obviously the location is convenient, but not far from a dicey part of town. That said, the whole area is gentrifying and the area's poor reputation is overstated. I felt secure throughout my stay.

I will make this hotel a key part of my future travel plans to Vancouver.

  • Stayed September 2013
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Seattle, Washington
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Reviewed September 10, 2013

This is the last time I book a hotel without READING the reviews first. (I normally just look at the overall ratings, which DID NOT prepare me for this place.)

First of all, we couldn't even find the place, because the entrance to the hotel is through this little hole-in-the-wall gallery. When I called for directions, the person I spoke to on the phone assured me I was on the wrong side of Pender (E. Pender vs. W. Pender), even though I wasn't. Then, when we finally got to the hotel and checked in at the desk, the person there tried to charge me the entire amount of our stay - including the $250+ that was pre-paid through http://Hotels.com. (Also, parking is extra, and their lot is super limited so be prepared for that.)

When we finally got to our room, we found that it was super small and very bare-bones. The bed has just a regular metal frame, the TV is a giant tube set that hums loudly when you turn it on, and the windows and balcony were unusable because they looked directly into other people's residences (all of which were within 30 feet of us). Housekeeping was awkward the next morning, as they don't give you "do not disturb" signs to put out, so I had not one, but two people try to come into the room while I was getting dressed, and had to yell at them through the door that we were fine and didn't need our bed made.

With that said, the room, though small, was clean, and was fine for just sleeping. If you're planning to be out and about in downtown the whole time you stay here, I think this place is probably fine. But if you plan to spend any amount of time in your room (which we expected to do at least a bit of, since this was our anniversary weekend), I don't recommend this place.

  • Stayed August 2013, traveled as a couple
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Stuttgart, Germany
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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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Woking, United Kingdom
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90 reviews
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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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Property: Skwachays Lodge
Address: 31 Pender St W, Vancouver, British Columbia V6B 1R3, Canada
Location: 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 #1 of 49 Specialty 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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