Luxury lofts, suites and two-storey penthouses. It sure sounds glamorous, but Adelaide’s newest hotel is catering to a different kind of clientele.
Beau’s Pet Hotel (named after the first formally trained guide dog in Australia) is a social enterprise owned and operated by Guide Dogs SA/NT, with all profits going back into the charity. The $9 million project features a spacious foyer, mood lighting, and 262 standard and luxury rooms.
For doggos, a stay in the entry-level “classic” suite costs $44 per night and comes with brekkie and dinner, supervised playtime and 24/7 relaxation music. For the pampered pooch, “premier” suites come with extra goodies: a luxury bed, large screen TV (to watch old re-runs of Inspector Rex, we guess?), private alfresco courtyard and time in the VIP (Very Important Pooch) lounge to cuddle up with staff. They also get access to Central Bark (we’re not even joking); a large, grassy play yard with a water feature for extra fun. You can upgrade the experience with on-site grooming and a Skype call to see how they’re enjoying their stay.
Cosy cat lofts start at $23 per night, but those with a discerning feline or two can splurge for the “penthouse condo” for separate private sleeping and litter quarters. Either way, they’ll get the run of a shared playroom with plenty of space to bask in the sun – not to mention a flat-screen TV (set to a 12-hour video of an aquarium scene) and soothing water feature.
“Knowing people can go away on holiday and feel confident their pet is being looked after properly is an important part of why we’re here,” says Tracey Jones, executive manager for Guide Dogs SA and project manager for Beau’s Hotel.
Jones saw potential for a pet hotel to join the airport precinct and pitched the idea to the board of Guide Dogs SA/NT. After seven years of planning, including two years of design and construction, Beau’s officially opens today (after a soft opening on August 28).
The state-of-the-art facility, designed and built by local architects Walter Brooke and Associates, packs a lot of clever thinking in its design. It’s fully climate controlled at 21 degrees Celsius, and features tempered glass doors across all its suites. There’s an automatic air recirculation system to keep every room smelling fresh and clean, and partitions that act as visual barriers to stop the pooches eyeballing each other from across the room.
If your dog isn’t in for an overnight stay, you can still drop them off for Doggy Day Care come October, and there are plans for an onsite training facility further down the track.
Beau’s Pet Hotel
1 Navaid Road, Adelaide Airport
(08) 8115 6080
Mon to Sun 6.00am–9.00pm