Everything at This New Utah Hotel Is Designed With Dogs in Mind — but Humans Are Welcome, Too (Video)

For competing properties, the Best Friends Roadhouse and Mercantile set the bar quite high. Fortunately for dogs, and even felines, there is finally a location where they’re not only welcome, but virtually worshipped.
“Is that a Leonberger?” asked the receptionist inspecting us in. She really stood up and walked the counter to enjoy on my 10-month-old Leonberger young puppy, Wilco. I was amazed. Ninety-nine percent of people have never ever heard of the breed (generally a Newfoundland-St. Bernard hybrid). However, as I would soon understand, this is Best Friends Roadhouse and Mercantile– it’s not in the 99 percent. It’s the exception to the guideline. All of the “dog-friendly” hotels I’ve remained at in the past have actually had strict guidelines: You can’t leave your animal alone in the room, there are weight (and breed) limitations, and don’t even consider keeping your pup off-leash on the property.
Its rooms feature integrated canine houses and slide-out pet dog beds that are huge enough to easily fit Wilco, who weighs 105 pounds. Simply know that Best Friends Animal Society, who owns and runs the hotel, saved 22 of football quarterback Michael Vick’s former fighting pets.
The residential or commercial property likewise offers complimentary shuttle bus to Best Friends Animal Society’s sanctuary, 5 miles up the road. Visitors are invited to volunteer, take pleasure in a $5 vegan buffet lunch, and even take an animal back to the Roadhouse for a sleepover. And if the sanctuary– the biggest no-kill animal shelter in the U.S.– looks familiar, you’re not envisioning things. It was the setting for National Geographic’s 2008 to 2010 series, DogTown. The sanctuary is likewise home to Cat World, and its 1,500-plus saved homeowners consist of horses, rabbits, birds, and more.
Best Friends Roadhouse and Mercantile
In reality, the substantial picture hanging over my bed in space 111 revealed Paco, a parrot stolen from the jungle. After numerous bad human homes, he ended up at the sanctuary, where he restored his health. And according to the published placard in our room, he can sing Somewhere Over the Rainbow.

Wilco and I didn’t fulfill Paco. But in the mercantile, where a complimentary vegan continental breakfast is served daily, we fulfilled Lady, a shy husky mix adopted by a Las Vegas family we enjoyed getting to know. We likewise ran into Boulder, a bulldog of some kind, and his well-dressed Chihuahua pal on our way to the on-site pet park. The hotel has 2 canine parks– one for lap dogs and one that is big enough for 101 Dalmatians. Whatever, from the “slurp” doggie water fountains to the rooms’ two-door entries to deter Houdinis to the gravel (pavement can get too hot for paws), is developed with pet dogs in mind.

“Pet-centric” is the precise term utilized by Best Friends. When I asked Julie, one of the staff members who has a Great Pyrenees I’m dying to satisfy, if I could bring a bunny from the sanctuary back to the hotel for a slumber party, she stated, “Sure.” Since the hotel is brand-new, they simply have to set something like a yoga mat, so the bunny doesn’t chew up the floor. You can only host a sleepover if you’re not taking a trip with a personal animal. Sorry, Wilco.

Even without an animal, I ‘d stay here. With its warm wood tones, toss blankets, and soft lighting (there are three settings to select from), our space radiated hygge. Takeout menus, channel lists, and any details that is generally printed out can be discovered on the streamlined in-room tablet. There are no plastic-wrapped plastic cups or mini shampoo bottles in the bathroom, which boasts sliding barn-style doors. Even the ice container in our kitchen space– stocked with flatware and cookware I ‘d purchase for my own kitchen area– looked good enough to have on the table at Easter.
There were also pet dog dishes for Wilco, hooks by the door for his leash, and 2 pet beds. In addition, the residential or commercial property has actually spaces specifically developed for cats (think window perches, cat-proof blinds, high hanging lighting fixtures, and the obligatory litter box). There’s even a pet-free room for travelers with allergic reactions. The two-level accommodations can sleep approximately eight, or 12 if you bring the 4 designated animals per room. And practically anything you forget to pack– on your own or Fido– can be acquired at the mercantile. I think it was Wilco’s first store (besides PetSmart).

The one location Wilco wasn’t delighted with was the indoor pet-washing station. It’s totally free for guests and is equipped with nearly whatever an expert groomer would have.

The rooms, however, are not complimentary. The home, which will utilize its profits to try and end animal killings in U.S. shelters by 2025, is conveniently located in the Grand Circle.

You don’t have to step foot in a nationwide park to validate going to Best Friends Roadhouse and Mercantile. If you do bring your pet, he may be ruined for life.

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