Pet owners represent a growing market, and hoteliers are finally catching on. Options range from the serviceable (ground-floor rooms and a treat or two) to the ridiculous (canine cocktail receptions). Below is a small sampling of the best places to hang your leash.
Several luxury chains pull out all the stops for pets. The best overall is Kimpton Hotels, which has properties in 16 U.S. cities. Doggie day care, gourmet turndown treats, pet massage services, and employees that are excited to welcome four-legged guests are standard. Some Kimpton properties, like the Monaco hotels (in Seattle, Portland, San Francisco, and Denver), have special pet events like costume parties and meet-and-greet cocktail hours.
If you stay at any Starwood Group property (Westin, W Hotels, Le Meridien, and Sheraton), you’ll get designer dog beds so comfortable you won’t have to shoo Spot from your own bed. Westin doggies may get their own plush robes; W dogs will be welcomed with a toy and treats. Le Meridien properties have a cute if pricey “Feed the Party Animal” pet room-service menu.
As part of their “Loews Loves Pets” program, Loews Hotels provide pet owners with local information on pet-friendly places, parks, and veterinary and grooming services; if you leave any accoutrements at home, beds, litter boxes, scratching posts, pooper scoopers, and so on can be procured. There are even room-service selections for your pet. Loews also keeps one-time pet fees low—the same can’t be said for many luxury hotels.
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