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Charlottesville’s Draftsman Hotel Offers PAW-fect Amenity - Hotel Dog Bulleit

Having officially opened their doors in May 2018, The Draftsman is a new addition to the Autograph Collection, Marriott International’s curated portfolio of high-design boutique hotels. Each Autograph Collection hotel is marked by exceptional standards of design, craft, and vision. For The Draftsman, that vision includes a certified therapy dog who serves as greeter, playmate, and all-around best boy.

“Bulleit absolutely loves being around people. He’s thrilled to greet new guests and wander around the library and lobby, but we are most excited about having him interact with the incredibly tough kids next door at UVA Children’s Hospital once he completes his therapy dog certification,” said General Manager, JP Roberts.

Bulleit is a Soft Coated Wheaten Terrier named after Bulleit Rye Whiskey and was born 21 miles from the hotel at Shady Lane Family Farm in Free Union. Roberts and Bulleit have completed the necessary training courses in order to register for therapy dog certification as soon as he is old enough.

Roberts adds, “Even as a puppy, Bulleit had an incredible demeanor — loving, calm, and eager to bond with people. And to think that he can share that love with children who are going through some very scary and painful times is so powerful to us. Our hope is that Bulleit can bring these brave fighters some smiles, and some moments where they can forget their battles and remember how to be kids again.” 

In addition to his visits to the Children’s Hospital, Bulleit is onsite at The Draftsman to brighten the days of the guests and anyone who stops by to meet him. “Lots of hotels are pet-friendly,” says Roberts, “but we decided to take it a step further and have an official hotel dog.”

Bulleit completes the vision for the hotel, which is named for Virginia’s founding fathers and draftsmen: Thomas Jefferson (The Declaration of Independence), James Madison (The Bill of Rights), and James Monroe (The Monroe Doctrine). These men were not only instrumental in shaping our country, but they were also dog owners. Thomas Jefferson brought Briard sheepdogs home from France and put them to work at Monticello. James Monroe kept dogs at Montpelier, and today the site welcomes leashed dogs on landscape tours and in the outdoor cafe. And James Monroe’s daughter Maria had a small spaniel living with them in the White House.

Bulleit reflects Charlottesville— friendly, outdoorsy, and committed to making life better for everyone in the community. He is one of the most lovable ways that The Draftsman provides an experience that is “exactly like nothing else.” 

About The Draftsman Hotel

With 11 stories, 2300 sq. ft. of meeting space and over 150 rooms, this vibrant upscale boutique hotel is as artful as it is intelligent. The Draftsman is pet-friendly and resides in the heart of downtown Charlottesville next to the UVA Medical Center. The evocative spirit of Virginia’s original voices and visions of 3 Presidents—Madison, Monroe and most notably, the profound ingenuity of Thomas Jefferson—are presented in engaging ways with references to the past, present and future of this storied, historic region.

About Autograph Collection Hotels

With more than 150 independent, one-of-a-kind hotels in the world’s most desirable destinations, Autograph Collection Hotels is a diverse and dynamic portfolio that champion values of vision, design and craft. Exactly like nothing else, Autograph Collection Hotels are hand selected for their rich character and uncommon details each celebrating the founder’s passion, thoughtfulness of design, inherent craft and connection with the locale. For more information, please visit, and explore our social media channels on Instagram, Twitter, and Facebook to learn more about championing the independent spirit that is #ExactlyLikeNothingElse.

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