The Professional Association of Innkeepers International, better known al PAII, has mounted a campaign to dispel the notion that ALL B& B’s and inns are “old Victorians dripping in lace and doilies”. Their “Doily-free inn” idea is a fun way for a modern inn to co-exist with those more traditional types of inns.
Many of the most exclusive and luxurious places to stay are actually B & B’s. They may be called Inns, County Inns, Boutique Lodging, but at the heart of it, they are lodging properties who do provide breakfast included in the stay, as well as traditional personal service and hospitality. There is often a strong focus on service for the business traveller, and some of the best lodging choices for folks who travel on business are B &B’s. And, depending on the part of the country, an option can be anything from a teepee or luxurious ranch cabin to a modern “uptown” loft. While a traditional Victorian is still often the building style in which an inn is located, the interior is often open and airy with modern furnishings, and not a doily in sight.
One such inn that has “re-imagined” itself is the former Parrish Place B & B in Salt Lake City. It is now known as “SVEA– Boutique lodging for the smart traveler”. Wanting to focus on her Swedish heritage, owners Karin & Jeff Gauvin have “reinvented” the inn.
In the Historic Cannon Mansion, in Sugarhouse just 4 miles from downtown Salt Lake, the inn is Historic, yet modern…There is a fresh new look, but the same warm service is present. The four guest rooms, all with private bath, are lighter and brighter. The Swedish term used is “lagom – not too much or too little, but just right, so your experience is your own”.
Focus is on the business traveler, and those who choose to use Salt Lake City as the base for their travels throughout Utah, and the surrounding states. It’s just 4 or so hours to each of Utah’s FIVE National Parks, plus all of the National Forests, Monuments, and state parks in Utah. It is also just 4 or so hours to the Yellowstone NP, Jackson Hole, Sun Valley, Great Basin NP, and numerous other locations visitors come to the west to experience.
Because business travelers are a specialty, Svea provides flat rate room pricing, free wi-fi, computer and printing, and a frequent stay program providing a $50 gift card for each 5 night stay on business. And for repeat business guests… storage availability for trade products and non-essential personal items.
And, says the website, “free of charge, we will add some dry Swedish humor/sarcasm – our way of making you feel welcome.”
Svea is located at 720 Ashton Ave. in Salt Lake City, For reservations or more information, check the website, email or 801-832-097.
If a visit to a more traditional B & B is your choice, check out the other terrific member inns of the Bed and Breakfast Inns of Utah (BBIU) that are located in Salt Lake City.