As you pass through the stone floors of the lobby of Summit Lodge, plush tufted couches and armchairs invite you to take a seat beside an inviting fireplace. Take a look at the hotel walls where you’ll see bold, playful photographs of dogs adding a playful feel to this traditional mountain lodge. The playful tone is continued throughout with quirky artwork on the walls and retro-style lamps.
Expect cuddles (for your dog) from front desk staff before you’ve even picked up your room key and check out the VIP pets board where you’ll likely see your pets name! The “dogs stay free” policy was allegedly introduced by the two canine members of staff, Talitha and Zoe, two office Rottweilers who can often be seen playing with tennis balls, bones or sleeping on their thrones.
Each of the 81 deluxe studios, executive and one-bedroom suites, are decorated with flashes of pink, blue and green; a striking and tasteful contrast against the charcoal gray furniture and granite kitchen countertops.
Just a few steps from the hotel you’ll find Rainbow Park and a dog-specific beach known as Barking Bay. Off-leash times are before 10am and after 8pm in the main park but dogs can run off-leash all day long in the designated dog area. Lost Lake Park is also not far away and Canine Cove is a favourite sandy beach spot among local dog owners.
There are dining options aplenty in the very same building as Summit Lodge, and Elements Urban Tapas Parlour serves up a famous French toast recipe and legendary egg dishes. Alternatively, dine on casual Japanese cuisine including sushi, tempura, noodles, and hot pots at Sachi Sushi.