Visitors will be able to immerse themselves in Canada's First Nations culture when a first-of-its-kind hotel opens next month in Vancouver.
Skwachays Lodge is billing itself as an "entirely aboriginal-themed hotel." The 18-room boutique hotel in British Columbia will sit at the crossroads of Chinatown and Gastown in downtown Vancouver.
The building opened two years ago as a residential facility operated by the Vancouver Native Housing Society. Two floors are being converted into an experiential hotel whose profits will benefit the nonprofit organization.
Guests will be treated to a wealth of First Nations art. Each room will have a unique theme and will feature indigenous crafts such as blankets, carvings and paintings.
The hotel will also showcase a traditional sweat lodge and an artist's workshop.
The lodge's brick exterior is crowned with a traditional longhouse complete with a 40-foot-tall totem pole named "Dreamweaver."
Passersby can learn more about aboriginal art and culture from an interactive video display. Half of the exhibit is submerged in a unique glass sidewalk.
Room rates begin about $204 a night.