Published on August 15th, 2013 | by Charu Suri
1 Hotels with Over the Top Pet Amenities
What recession? Our four-legged friends are reaping the rewards of ultimate pampering, from a luxury pet travel site (JetSetPets.com) that launched in 2012 to private charter jets (BlueStarJets) that let them fly in a leather seat. Now, Fido can have pretty much everything except the bubbly.
Hotels too are giving pets the ultimate treatment as more consumers start to bring their furry friends along with them on trips. Most pet friendly hotels give their furry guests some sort of treat and provide fresh water in dog bowls in the lobby, but these hotels given them the white glove treatment. Cesar Milan would approve.
Easily one of the best resorts in the country, the coastal Inn by the Sea is an eco-friendly delight for both guests and their furry companions. Maine’s only Virtuoso property offers doggie massages, a swimming pool for dogs, and a separate dining area near the Sea Glass restaurant for pets with a menu carefully selected by resident Chef Mitchell Kaldrovich. The INNcredible Pets program gives you a signature Inn by the Sea dog bowl, accommodations for you and your pet for two nights, a personalized L.L. Bean dog bed (this is Maine, after all), a 30 minute in-room doggie massage, a nightly entrée selection from the Inn’s gourmet pet menu, turndown service and a locally-made seasonal dog treat. Rates for the program start from $994.
This is one of the resorts that makes me wish I had whiskers.
The Muse Hotel, a Kimpton property in New York City has no-fee stays for pets, nor does it impose a size or weight limit which is common with many other hotels. There are also no restrictions for the number of pets you can bring, which could make one wonder if this is a Hotel For Dogs situation. The Muse is nearby to Manhattan’s largest doggie playground with a 15,000 square foot, fenced-in Canine Court boasting an obstacle course, an open field and other doggie amenities. Pets are also invited to shop with their owners at the nearby Tiffany’s, Bergdorf Goodman and Saks Fifth Avenue stores. The hotel also offers a VIP (Very Important Pet) amenity delivered to your room upon arrival, pet bowls and a pet bed placed in your room for use during your stay, dog leash and plastic bowls for dog walks. Any other requests like pet sitting, grooming, walking, massage and acupuncture services can be arranged through the concierge.
You may encounter Ginger, the Director of PR (Pet Relations), a frisky six year old Pomeranian, during your stay.
The Benjamin Hotel’s Dream Dog program gives you the option to choose from three sizes of luxury bedding (including an orthopedic version for pets with achey joints) depending on the size of your breed. You’ll get ceramic food and water bowls in a wrought-iron stand with a luxury embroidered place mat, a plush Dream Dog bathrobe for use during your stay, a complimentary treat, extra sheets, sidewalk bags, a welcome note from the General Manager that includes nearby pet resources and pet travel tips.
The Lowes Loves Pets program includes a gourmet room-service menus for cats and dogs prepared by an award-winning Master Chef, creature comforts like specialized bedding, leashes, collars, litter boxes, cat litter, pooper scoopers , dog walking routes, pet place mats, water bowls, treats, poop bags, rawhide bones, catnip, scratch poles, pet walking and pet sitting services.
The San Diego, California location also features a See Spot Surf competition, the first of its kind. These are not for doggy paddlers, they’re for the pro surfing dog!
The Hutton Hotel’s Happy Tails Program offers guests a room service menu of healthy, organic snacks specifically for pets. Needless to say, plush bedding and stylized water bowls are a given. Your pet will get complimentary Hutton treats & Critter Concierge with service recommendations, as well as grooming services for an addition charge. If signature pet spa recommendations are your thing, they’ve got that covered as well. This is Nashville’s premier pet friendly hotel, and a Virtuoso property.
In-room massages for dogs? Not a problem at Bachelor Gulch. Add that to the twice-daily hikes and you’ll want to sign up as a four-legged guest in this luxurious hotel, with its National Park lodge style cabins. Bachelor Gulch is everything that a winter resort lodge could be, with rustic furniture and over 18o rooms each equipped with tubs prepped for a perfect soak (canine optional). Unhurried and very much in the spirit of mountain traditions, Bachelor Gulch offers Adirondack-style chairs near the Fire Pit (perfect for marshmallow roasting), a spacious rustic lobby and places to tee off nearby. Spago, Wolfgang Puck’s only Colorado outpost is at the Vail Valley property.