GRADUATE RICHMOND – PET FRIENDLY HOTEL

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The Graduate Richmond Hotel…

GRADUATE RICHMOND - PET FRIENDLY HOTEL

…is ULTRA Pet Friendly!

If given the opportunity to star in a commercial for them, those would be my opening lines.

Only a few months old, this trendy hotel with its mid-century modern decor chose accents inspired by local Richmond, Virginia tennis legend – Arthur Ashe.

Each hotel celebrates and commemorates the optimistic energy of its community. Graduate Richmond captured that very well honoring Arther Ashe.

Those wide rimmed glasses he made iconic, adorn a wall by the elevators. Echings of a tennis ball catch your eye making you turn in a complete circle following the bouncing sequence. Porcelin tennis shoes used as planters are in the center of each cafe table…

GRADUATE RICHMOND - PET FRIENDLY HOTEL

Graduate Hotels are hand-crafted boutique hotels, located in the heart of the most dynamic University towns in America. Source: Hospitalitynet

This one resides in the middle of Virginia Commonwealth University.

PET FRIENDLY –

They state on their website – “ we love furry friends” and I can attest this to be a true statement.

As soon as we arrived, the Boys felt welcomed and comfortable in their new surroundings…

GRADUATE RICHMOND - PET FRIENDLY HOTEL

All weekend long, the entire staff went out of their way to be helpful. They directed us to the areas where I could walk the Boys, offered them treats, offered me poop bags #Iappreciatedthat and treated them like royalty…

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The room made me gasp, made Doodle Dad say “oh my” and caused Jaxson to immediately jump up on the bed (notice the Arthur Ashe etching in the corner)…

GRADUATE RICHMOND - PET FRIENDLY HOTEL

We’ve teamed up with our pals at BarkBox to make your pup’s stay extra special. When you check in with Fido, he’ll receive a complimentary BarkBox as well as a bowl and blanket to enjoy during his stay. Source: Graduate Richmond Hotel

China “pet”  bowls have a chalk border finish allowing them to write your pets name(s) on there. The blanket was a thick soft denim fabric that Harley fell madly in love with.

While the BarkBoxes were complimentary, the bowls and blankets were available for purchase. #wantedyoutoknow

Spacious and long, there was more than enough room for the four of us to relax. Did I mention “pets stay for free?”…GRADUATE RICHMOND - PET FRIENDLY HOTEL

COLLEGE NOSTALGIA –

Back to school creativity mixed with luxury living gave a unique collegiate and eccentric design to the hotel.

Their key cards were genius! Featuring a student ID theme…

GRADUATE RICHMOND - PET FRIENDLY HOTEL

Pawhaps I don’t get out much, but this card and tassel in the bathroom blew me away…

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Join the green scene and opt to reuse your towels and linens during your stay, we’ll say “thank you” with a daily $10 credit that can be used in any of our restaurants. To participate simply hang the green tassel on your door. Source: Graduate Richmond

A GOOD TIME…

…was had by all.

Cafe style eating is available. Light fare is what they prepare. Food is tasty and the Boys were welcome. Jax felt right at home Saturday morning while I enjoyed a delicious cup of coffee..

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People felt right at home with Jaxson while I continued to enjoy my delicious cup of coffee…

GRADUATE RICHMOND - PET FRIENDLY HOTEL

Since pool season was over, we stole a glance at the roof-top pool area Saturday evening. I’m sure this isn’t pet friendly and thank the Doodle it’s not, because Jaxson loves water…

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Human children surprised us. They drove down from Northern Va and stayed at the hotel too!

Tiffany happily participated in our photo entry for the hotel’s Pet Halloween Costume Contest…

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Never heard anything – so I guess we didn’t win #disadoodleppointed

BOOK A ROOM –

If any of this has you thinking about a weekend get-away with your entire family #fourlegsincluded

Here’s what I know.

  • There are presently ten hotels in operation with three new ones expected to open in the near future.
  • All are located in the most dynamic University towns across the country.
  • Each is designed with the heritage and history of each unique town where you are guaranteed moments of surprise and discovery down every corridor and around each corner.
  • Every site and property cultivates the spirit of each community.

Just remember …

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Traveling – it leaves you speechless – then turns you into a storyteller ❤️

In full disclosure: Groovy Goldendoodles™ was not compensated for this review. We were invited to spend the weekend at theGraduate Richmond in exchange for an honest review of their pet friendly hotel. Groovy Goldendoodles™ only shares information we feel is relevant to our readers. All opinions are my own, swayed only by Harley & Jax’s tail wagging approval. Graduate Richmond is not responsible for the content of this post.

 

7 Comments
  • Emma
    November 13, 2017

    What a wonderful and fun hotel! There are a lot of dog friendly hotels these days, but many make an old garage look a lot nicer. We totally appreciate nice hotels who give us pups a chance!

  • Monika & Sam
    November 13, 2017

    Wow…what a pawsome adventure in a furbulous place! Bravo. I’m surprised you guys didn’t win…that was a terrific ‘Howliween’ shot.

  • Tiffany Bennett-Cuartero
    November 14, 2017

    Great hotel!!

  • Melissa Clinton
    November 14, 2017

    What a furbulous hotel! We will definitely look for a Graduate Richmond on our next road trip! I love your Halloween costumes. #ShouldaWon

  • Lindsay
    November 15, 2017

    What a handsome hotel. Looks like you had a great time and it was so nice to have the family join you. 🙂 xoxo

  • Cathy Armato
    November 16, 2017

    What a fabulous dog friendly boutique hotel! We love finding great new places to stay with the pups. Thanks for sharing. This hotel is so gorgeous, and I can’t believe they let the dogs come into the dining area with you, that’s awesome!
    Love & Biscuits,
    Dogs Luv Us and We Luv Them

  • Jan K
    November 19, 2017

    What a beautiful hotel, I love the roof top pool! They really thought of everything to make you and your whole family feel welcome!

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