Woof Woof stays at the The Graduate Hotel in Tempe, Arizona


graduatehotelThe Graduate is a few minutes from downtown Phoenix. Woof Woof happened upon this hotel by accident because I was there for a conference that was at the hotel. Sometimes which pet friendly hotel we choose is simply about convenience, but we lucked out with this one.

Woof Woof always appreciates rooms with yard access. Thus, one of the first things he noticed was the sliding glass door. Several rooms on the bottom floor of the hotel have direct grass access. The yard is semi-private with a large cement wall behind it. The only problem is there is ungated access to the parking lot and the pool. Being on leash in this area is definitely a safety preference.

The other perk of this hotel is that the rooftop used for private parties is dog friendly as are the outdoor areas of the restaurant. He ate outside at The Normal Diner. On vacation, dog food is his secondary food source. I ordered him a kid’s meal with sliced tomatoes instead of fries and no mayo on the bun. The server happily accommodated him and gave him a bowl of water as well.

Woof Woof is a big fan of bread and only gets it as a treat. So he was thrilled to have a homemade bun on his burger. He’s not a lettuce fan, so we skipped the lettuce. Onions also were excluded.

graduatehoteltempeThe bed itself was approved by Woof Woof. However, the height was an obstacle. He did have to ask to be lifted on to the bed. Luckily, for me, he’s only 16 pounds. Once on the bed, he was impressed with the variety of decorative and traditional pillows. He tried each one out and ultimately chose a combination of decorative a standard pillow as his bed top dog bed.

The pet fee is $25 per day plus a $100 refundable deposit, but it’s waived for service dogs and is well worth it. Yard access and good food service is definitely a plus.

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Woof Woof, a 6-month mini schnauzer, is our official travel blogger. He travels the world reviewing hotels, restaurants and his experiences. Check out his columns every Wednesday. The column is co-written by his dog parent, travel writer Reyna Gobel. Her travel articles have published in Costco Connection, Southwest Spirit, American Way, and Hemispheres.


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