Overall I thought the hotel was awesome. Unfortunately the location was scary. There were a lot of drug addicts in the alley way next to the hotel and needles laying around (right outside the parking garage). More
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Overall I thought the hotel was awesome. Unfortunately the location was scary. There were a lot of drug addicts in the alley way next to the hotel and needles laying around (right outside the parking garage). MoreShow less
I am sorry to hear that you felt uncomfortable in our neighborhood and admittedly Vancouver's "harm reduction" policy with regards to drug addiction puts it all out there on the street. Although the optics are sometimes painful, it does not, however make the area more dangerous for tourists.
For those of us who live and work in the Downtown Eastside we love the community feel of the area and it's proximity to everything, Chinatown(1/2 block), Gastown (2 blocks) and a Skytrain station (Chinatown) with quick access to YVR. So feel free to explore and enjoy all that our diverse neighborhood has to offer.
My wife and I stayed at the Skwachays Lodge in September 2017. Everyone mentions the location and it does have some rough looking characters out on the street but nobody bothered us. The hotel has a quaint breakfast tea/coffee sweet bread doughnut type things fruit yogurts fruit juices. All good to start your day in Vancouver. Close to most tourist venues and 15 minutes walk to Canada Place and Skytrain stops. Staff friendly. Room very nice shower only in our room. small balcony for air in the Salmon room whih was lovely in the warm weather. All in all don`t worry about the location as the hotel is great.
Visited Vancouver for a concert (Tom Petty...RIP). This hotel is only a short walk away from both Rogers and BC Place. It is also convenient for what's left of Chinatown, for the hop-on, hop-off bus and Gastown. The room was a bit small but comfortable and well maintained. The breakfast was very tasty. The cost of the room was, for Vancouver, very good value. So far this all warrants a 5 star rating. The only downside is the parking situation which gives a glimpse at "the other side" of Vancouver. Hastings street is a couple of blocks away and some of the people from there sleep/live in the alley which is also access to the parking. We had absolutely no problems. We also didn't access the parking at night. Kudos to Todd, the source of so much information, the breakfast guy and a pleasant hospitality professional!
Love the authentic Aboriginal art vibe of Skwachàys Lodge, and talk about location! It’s right at the Chinatown Gate, 4 blocks from Gastown and only 3 km from Stanley Park. So impressed with the works in the gallery (both beautiful and surprisingly affordable!!). Be sure to check out the carved totem table in the breakfast room by First Nations artist, Eric Parnell. And yes, a breakfast of baked goodies, yogurt and beverages was included! You can also order light bites, local beer and wines. We stayed in the Canadiana Suite, #601, which gave us views of the north shore mountains, bonus! It’s also a non-profit hotel which supports the local Aboriginal community. Plus, there’s a smudge room and a rooftop sweat lodge. The only reason I didn’t give Skwachàys Lodge a 5/5 is because of its' downtown Eastside location, which has a sketchy rep. BUT there’s 24/7 underground parking, and all the staff were amazingly friendly. I’d stay here again anytime ;)
We really liked the big room we had at the Skwachays Hotel. We also loved the fact that they do something back for the aboriginal community, it really is a social enterprise. The breakfast was not that big, but really nice.
I want to start this review off by saying how unique this hotel is. It is already cool enough that the lobby is an art gallery filled with great aboriginal pieces, but they took it to the next level in the rooms. We had the "moon room." Beautifully painted and great colors atypical of the traditional hotel room. The bed was very comfortable and the air flow was excellent. It smelled very clean and appeared clean at first glance, but I will say that they missed some spots. There was gum stuck to the baseboard along with several dust bunnies. The water pressure in the shower was lacking and our drain was clogged up enough that by the end of the shower I was standing in an inch of water. My least favorite part of our experience at Skwachays Lodge was the view. Although I was already sort of expecting this from reading other reviews, I was not prepared for how unpleasant it was. Our balcony looked directly at the brick exterior of the apartments next to us and those balconies. This was made worse, I think, by how close it was. A very agile person could in theory jump from one balcony to the next. The hotel is also right on the edge of more unfavorable neighborhoods, but this never made us feel unsafe. There are homeless people who linger in the area near the front of the hotel, but they never threatened us. Even at 11:00 pm we weren't afraid. The hotel itself has put in several security measures that ensure their guests safety. The staff was fantastic, friendly and helpful.
So to summarize: This hotel is different from any other and offers a unique experience. The staff are helpful and friendly. The hotel is in a rougher area, but the hotel is itself very safe. This is absolutely not a hotel with a view. I think it was a little overpriced for where it was located and what you were limited to seeing out your window.