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Skwachays Healing Lodge

8.8 | Very Good | #31 out of 95 hotels in Vancouver

6-min. walk from SkyTrain, good rates and rooms, parking extra

  • Free Wi-Fi
  • Numerous guests praised the hotel's proximity to attractions and downtown locale
  • The hotel's rooms were found to be clean and comfortable by many reviewers
  • Several travellers found the rates to be affordable and inexpensive
  • A few guests found the hotel's surrounding area to be "sketchy"
  • No hair dryers and spotty Wi-Fi were reported by a few lodgers
Free Wi-Fi
Editor's Review
Updated Dec 20, 2013
Located a 7-minute drive from Vancouver's city centre and about a 6-minute walk from Stadium-Chinatown SkyTrain Station, the Skwachays Healing Lodge is geared towards travellers who prefer an aboriginal-themed boutique hotel with free Wi-Fi, a sweat lodge and easy access to public transit.

Each of this smoke-free hotel's guest rooms comes equipped with air conditioning, free Wi-Fi, cable TV, a desk, a coffeemaker and a mini-fridge. Rooms with a private entrance and a microwave are also available, as are wheelchair-accessible rooms.

Hotel amenities include a sweat lodge, a library, an artist's workshop, an art gallery, a rooftop terrace, a gift shop and meeting space. Public parking is available on site for $15 per day and pets are not permitted.

BC Place is about a 2-minute walk away, while Pacific Centre Mall can be found 7 minutes away via public transit. Vancouver Convention Centre is roughly a 4-minute drive from the hotel and Vancouver International Airport (YVR) is a 21-minute drive away. (All distances and travel time estimates: Google Maps)

Verified with a front desk agent: Wi-Fi, parking, pets, wheelchair accessible. (Call Date: December 14, 2014)
The Good
The majority of the reviews sourced for this analysis were positive, with praise going to the hotel's location, rooms and rates.

The hotel's location was praised by many guests, who found it close to restaurants, shopping, public transit, the cruise port, Canada Place and the Vancouver Convention Centre. One patron noted, "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". A few lodgers had issues with the hotel's surrounding area, however (see below).

Numerous reviewers were pleased with their accommodations at the hotel. They described their rooms as clean, spacious, well equipped, modern and quiet, with comfortable beds. A few lodgers had complaints about their rooms, however (see below).

The hotel's rates were enjoyed by several travellers. They were described as affordable, reasonable and inexpensive.
The Bad
While the majority of reviews consulted for this analysis were positive, there were a few common complaints about the hotel's surrounding area and the rooms.

Although the majority of reviewers praised the hotel's downtown locale and proximity to attractions, a few guests criticized its location. They found the surrounding area to be sketchy and "gritty". One travellers clarifies, "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".

While many guests were pleased with their spacious and comfortable accommodations, a few lodgers had complaints about their rooms. They reported no in-room hair dryers, noisy air conditioning, spotty Wi-Fi and a few housekeeping issues.
Show Sources
Sources guest reviews rated the hotel 7.7 out of 10 from 153 reviews. guest reviews ranked the hotel #14 of 36 specialty lodging in Vancouver with an average rating of 4 out of 5 from 22 reviews.

The author called the hotel on December 14, 2014 to verify some information.

Editor's Analysis by Erin H.
Analyzed by Erin H.
Erin loves to travel, and considers it her personal mission to help fellow travellers get the inside scoop, both good and bad, on Canadian Hotels.
Guest Reviews
Rated by Guests
8.8 / out of 10
"Very Good"
Ranked by Guests
31 / out of 95
hotels in Vancouver

The average guest rating for Skwachays Healing Lodge is 8.8 out of 10 based on 1255 reviews from past guests. This average guest rating ranks Skwachays Healing Lodge at #31 out of 95 hotels in Vancouver.

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31 West Pender, Vancouver, BC