Enjoy rock & roll country with your pet at this lavish establishment
By Si Si Penaloza
Heading to Nashville to do a little light Taylor Swift stalking? Don’t forget to bring your pet as an ice-breaker (you wouldn’t be the first we imagine). She’s completely pet-obsessed and proud of it. She loves pups and is especially partial to felines; she has two kitties — Meredith and Olivia Benson. Can we just say we love those names? They’re right up there with twee monikers like Buttercup, Buttons and Bonnet.
If you’re hitting up Music City with your pet, Hutton is considered one of Nashville’s best pet-friendly hotels. Their Happy Tails Pet Program lavishes the same attention and care onto your furry companions as you’ll receive. Pets get an in-room menu of healthy, organic snacks, bedding, food and water bowls, a complimentary Hutton treat and a dedicated Critter Concierge! Take note all you no-pets-allowed meanies.
Staunchly serious on its boxy, buttoned-up exterior, Hutton Hotel reveals a plucky and playful personality once inside. Situated in midtown Nashville, the intimate property uses reclaimed wood and bamboo-paneled walls, along with warm color palettes paired with modern furniture. At check-in, you’ll settle into a more discreet desk set up instead of the standard hotel counter. It all adds up to a laid-back, more personal first impression.
The hotel is much more quaint than its larger neighboring downtown properties, but rest assured, the complimentary WiFi is supersonic. The one-bedroom King Suites are the best bets for extended stays – featuring a large work desk, and some with elliptical cross-trainers in the extended living areas. Coffee and crimson shades give a grounded feel to the suite, which boasts floor-to-ceiling windows in the living area, two 42” LCD HDTVs and granite bathrooms with Molton Brown full-sized bath products. While your room features a coffee maker, there is also a complimentary Nespresso machine located on each floor with teas, coffee and to-go cups.
The property also provides complimentary shuttle service (within a three-mile radius) in a Tesla Model S hybrid. This is a particularly sweet perk, considering three miles will get you to plenty of happening nightspots. The surrounding West End neighborhood is rife with lively cafés; you’ll be spoiled for choice. And be sure to try Hutton’s award-winning 1808 Grille, serving up a classic Southern menu. Awarded a Forbes Four-Star rating in 2014, the farm-to-table fare – especially the herbed spaetzle with fennel-braised duck – is a guest favourite. The stuffed barbecue chicken sandwich with white cheddar and candied jalapeños is next level Nashville. You’ll spot a sizable contingent from Vanderbilt University or the hub of the city’s recording industry, Music Row, settling down for a serious nosh on Thursday and Friday nights.
Hutton is one of the South’s standout eco-conscious hotels. The repurposed building has been a landmark since the 1970s and management was recognized by the Tennessee Hospitality Association for Green Initiatives. And talk about a low carbon footprint: sensors disable room lighting when guests exit and virtually all lights within the hotel are LED or fluorescent bulbs.
There’s actually more for pets to do around here than children! If your kitty is a nervous flyer, they’ve got a selection of scratching posts to work out the kinks. Not so much a family-friendly venue, Hutton Hotel is much more suited for adults, or business travelers looking to get some work done. The hotel features high concept decor with hard edges around every corner if you know what I mean — not the best place for young toddlers.
While in Nashville, be sure to check out the Country Music Hall of Fame, an impressive museum of popular culture and American music. To stand in the presence of Les Paul’s 1941 electric guitar is alone worth the visit. Your pup will love the vibrant 132-acre Centennial Park, anchored by the Parthenon of all things; a full-scale replica of the Athens landmark. Another great place to walk is East Nashville, brimming with experimental restaurants and eclectic coffeehouses.