11 Dog-Friendly Hotels that Pamper your Pet Slideshow
August 15, 2011
Four Seasons, Toronto
Book a stay for you and your (under 30 lb.) four-legged love at the Four Seasons Toronto and for no additional fee, your pup will be treated to his or her own food and water bowls (complete with bottled water), a welcome doggy treat, and a toy to gnaw on. The hotel also happens to be particularly child-friendly, with kid menus featuring French Toast Fingers, chicken noodle soup, and grilled cheese sandwiches) if you plan on making this a full family affair.
Peninsula Hotel, Beverly Hills
Finally, a place where your puppy doesn’t get confused about which towel to use when drying off from a splash in the tub — the Peninsula Hotel in Beverly Hills makes sure your pup’s monogrammed, paw-print towels are at the ready. They’ll also present Fido with a special doggy room service menu (and a bottle of Evian, of course), a welcome letter from the manager, and dedicated dog-walking services. The hotel charges a $35 additional fee for pups.
XV Beacon, Boston
One of Boston’s must glamorous boutique hotels, XV Beacon offers your lucky pup healthy dog biscuits, a plush puppy bed, and water just before bed. Dog sitting and walking services can be arranged, too (which made us wonder if the Freedom Trail was originally meant as a dog walking route). The hotel charges a $25 pet fee, which goes entirely to the MSPCA Angell Memorial hospital.
The Fairmont, San Francisco
Weary pet travelers will sigh with relief when they see the Fairmont San Francisco’s puppy mini-bar. With organic dog treats (including cable-car decorated cookies), a fancy Fairmont water bowl, a dog walking map, and a plush dog bed, it’ll be hard to convince Fido to check out on time. Dog sitting and walking over to Huntington Park round out Fido’s San Francisco trip. The Pampered Pooch Package starts at $269, which includes a $25 cleaning fee.
Hotel Splendido, Portofino, Italy
Pups who get to leisurely stroll along the Italian coast of Portofino are used to sitting in the lap of luxury. Which is why they’ll have no trouble getting used to Hotel Splendido’s dedicated dog room service, puppy housekeeping amenities, and dog sitting services. Pups can also make sure to look their best with a stop at the dog beauty parlor and the dog boutique. The hotel will also provide dutiful owners with a dog-friendly map of Portofino.
W Hotels, multiple locations
At W Hotels, P.A.W. stands for Pets Are Welcome and they drive that point home in every last detail. Your furry friend will get a toy, treat, a W Hotel tag, clean-up bags, and a welcome letter (describing the many concierge-offered dog services) just at check-in. But the real pampering comes with special services like a puppy-safe birthday cake to celebrate his or her special day, dog food at the ready, and a Bow-Ow Box (pup first aid). (We hear the W San Francisco will even serve Fido a non-alcoholic Bowser Beer before bed.) The hotel charges $25 on top of your room rate, and a non-refundable $100 cleaning fee.
The Milestone, London
You’ll be able to relax knowing that Fido is well cared for at The Milestone in London. You may be looking forward to the fine dining experience of Cheneston’s or having a nightcap in the sumptuous Stables Bar, but your furry friend gets treated to a pup-centric welcome hamper with his or her own bedding and a turndown snack. The doggy room service menu offers Woof Waffles and steak and sausage options, while dog toys, first aid kits, and walking services are available on request.
Cavalieri Hotel, Rome
With the only three-starred Michelin restaurant in Rome, any dog worth his salt knows that Waldorf’s Rome Cavalieri is the ultimate destination. And their VIP (Very Important Pet) program does not disappoint — think special dog menus like tuna, rice, meats, and even vegetable soup (only for the dog that can sip, not slurp) served in Gucci bowls. What your in-the-know pooch may not be expecting, though, is a personalized cashmere sweater with his or her name spelled out in rhinestones.
Mandarin Oriental, Miami
Miami’s Mandarin Oriental has the art of pampering down — whether it’s of two-legged or four-legged guests. Their “Ready to Fly” meals may impress the humans, but the golden Mandarin Oriental tag, bottled water, bone-shaped placemat, swish doggy bed, special Miami-style treats, and a room service menu that reads like a puppy’s dream are on offer to impress the furrier among us. Let Fido fuel up on steak, organic chicken, and pet-safe desserts before hitting up Doggie Boot Camp.
Las Ventanas al Paraiso, Mexico
Let Fido decide what comes first, a puppy neck massage or a snack from the Canine Delights menu. Your pooch will never look as cute as he does lounging in Las Ventanas al Paraiso’s little puppy cabana by the pool. That is, until his server brings by his order of braised beef and rice in his dedicated bowl. K-9 cookies come for dessert, unless Fido has a special diet, which they’re happy to accommodate, as well.