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Skwachays Lodge

Indigenous Culture, Shopping, Hotels, Art Galleries

31 West Pender Street, Vancouver, British Columbia, V6B 1R3

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Art, Culture, and Exceptional Hospitality! Canada’s first Indigenous Arts Hotel, Skwachys Lodge (pronounced skwatch-eyes), 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, the hotel is surrounded by acclaimed restaurants and popular attractions, making it an ideal location for exploring the rest of the city. Offering the highest level of personalized service and premium in-suite amenities, Skwachys Lodge ensures guests enjoy a comfortable and memorable stay. At the street level, the Urban Aboriginal Fair Trade Gallery features Indigenous artwork, including original paintings, framed limited edition prints, jewelry, pottery, wood carvings, giftware, and so much more, purchasing most of its original work from local artists.Skwachys Lodge and Residence at 29 West Pender Street in Vancouver is a unique enterprise created by the social housing organization Vancouver Native Housing Society. The building houses a fair trade Indigenous Art Gallery, Boutique Hotel, and an Urban Indigenous Artist Residence.Owned and operated by Vancouver Native Housing Society (VNHS), the facility houses two social enterprises that support the Societys mission and financial sustainability.The top three floors contain 18 boutique hotel units for socially responsible travellers. The rooms have recently been transformed with the assistance of a team of artists, designers, and suppliers.At the street level, the gallery showcases Indigenous artistic and cultural work. Other distinguishing features of the building include a rooftop sweat lodge and smudge room used for spiritual cleansing, studio/workshop production space, and a commercial kitchen.