Passing in front of this Victorian building, you may be surprised to see a 12-metre-tall totem pole enthroned on top. Centrally located between Gastown and Chinatown, this boutique hotel offers an immersion into the world of First Nations cultures.
Each of the 18 rooms has been decorated by local artists with salmon, eagles, and other details characteristic of western Canadian forests, all of which are featured on the walls and headboards. Sleeping here is also doing a good deed. The property is fully managed by an association, the Vancouver Native Housing Society, and its profits help support an artistic residency installed on the lower floors of the building. On the ground floor, the store adheres to fair-trade rules while distributing the works of local artists; it also organises regular exhibitions.
In the kitchen, indigenous specialties are featured: bannock (flat bread) with buffalo and barbecue sauce, and rhubarb and local beer awaken your taste buds. If you want to go further, know that you can also be initiated into ritual ceremonies at the top of the building.
29/31 West Pender
Vancouver, BC V6B 1R3
+1 604 687 3589
Rooms: from 134 CAD