El Portal opened in Sedona, Arizona,USA, as a bed and breakfast hotel catering to both guests and their canine companions.
El Portal's owners, Steve and Connie Segner, built this twelve room hotel with Southwestern design, 18-inch thick handmade adobe walls, wood trim and natural native stone. Each guest room is different, but all have unique features such as arts and crafts furnishings, beamed ceilings or hand-painted detailing. The hotel also features wood and tile flooring throughout to accommodate its canine visitors, with a 1,000-square-foot fenced patio space for dogs and their owners.
Dogs are welcomed to El Portal with special treat baskets and their own pet bed in each guest room. Their owners are provided with lists of dog-friendly parks and outdoor restaurants, pet supply stores and groomers. The hotel also offers ways to enjoy the state's attractions, like a Grand Canyon tour complete with a tour guide and a picnic for all family members - even the dog.
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