Aboriginal-themed luxury hotel opening in downtown Vancouver

Aboriginal art will be on display at the Skwachays Lodge. Pictured here: a totem pole in the Museum of Anthropology at UBC. Photo credit: Hendl | Flickr

Aboriginal art will be on display at the new Skwachays Lodge. Pictured here: a totem pole in the Museum of Anthropology at UBC. Photo credit: Hendl | Flickr

Museums and galleries are great, but for a real taste of First Nations culture in Vancouver how about a night in the Water Suite?

Sculptures of salmon crafted from wood and steel swim above the headboard, while works of aboriginal art hang alongside handwritten lines of poetry inside the suite, part of a brand new hotel experiment in downtown Vancouver.

Visitors interested in learning more about Canada’s First Nations will soon have the option of staying in an entirely aboriginal-themed hotel. Opening in May, the 18-room Skwachays Lodge will be the first example of an “aboriginal boutique arts hotel” in Canada, according to an article by Kevin Griffin in the Vancouver Sun.

Situated on West Pender and Taylor Streets near the edge of Chinatown, the hotel will cater to travellers seeking higher-end accommodation that offers a cultural twist, with rooms going for around $225 a night.  And the aboriginal connection is more than just a marketing ploy.

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Aboriginal-themed luxury hotel opening in downtown Vancouver

Vancouver Hotel is First in Canada with in-room iPads

Photo credit: OPUS Hotels | Flickr

Opus, the boutique hotel in Vancouver’s Yaletown warehouse district, has always marched to the beat of its own drum.  Instead of having a single design scheme for its rooms, the high-end hotel has five different ones to match different personalities, from stylish sophisticates to modern minimalists and Hollywood A-Listers.

Now, Opus has taken its personalized approach one step further, with in-room iPads programmed to match each of those different personality profiles.  Continue reading:
Vancouver Hotel is First in Canada with in-room iPads

Best Hotel Bar in Vancouver? You make the call!

Hotel bars are funny things.  Some people absolutely hate them.  Some people love them.

At root, there’s a pretty complex dynamic at work.  Hotel bars are just about the opposite of your local watering hole.  They’re not chummy.  They’re rarely gritty or authentic.  But, done right, that works in their favour.

A good hotel bar, you see, is partly a fantasy.  It’s a little bit classier, a little bit more mysterious, a little bit more exotic than what you might be used to.  You certainly wouldn’t go there all the time – But once in a while, it’s a nice change of pace.

Now, there are plenty of great hotel bars in Vancouver.  Too many, in fact – which is why I’d like your help.

Do have a favourite hotel bar in the city?  A classy, cosmopolitan spot with a nice mix of travelers and locals and great drinks?  Please let us know below. 

I’ll start things off with a hotel bar I visited recently: Xi Shi Lounge in the Shangri-La Hotel.

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Best Hotel Bar in Vancouver? You make the call!

Finding a Hotel for the Whole Family in Vancouver

Finding a hotel that satisfies everyone in the family can sometimes be a challenge.

Not in Vancouver.  A range of family-friendly hotels in the city offer services ranging from babysitting to special activities for kids.  Among the best options is the Fairmont Hotel Vancouver, an elegant, historic hotel in the heart of the city with an innovative lineup of programs and packages for families.

For starters, the Fairmont Hotel Vancouver is offering a special Family Affair package.  When one room is booked at regular price (starting at $209), a second room is available at half-price.  That means plenty of space for mom and dad and for the kids.  The package also ensures that the family stays well fed.  Complimentary breakfast for four people is included, and there’s a 25 percent discount on food and beverages.

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Finding a Hotel for the Whole Family in Vancouver