Pet-friendly takes on a new meaning in these hotels that roll out the red carpet for Fido and his friends.
Who wants to be stuck in a kennel? Forget boarding! It’s no fun traveling without beloved pets, and these five U.S. hotels embrace the idea that a vacation for the owner should be a vacation for the pet. Check out these posh amenities offered to furry friends from coast to coast.
Here, pets are people, too. Each pet receives a pet bed, bowls, a toy, a treat and a list of local pet resources (try the pet psychic or acupuncturist!) upon arrival. Pampering continues after check-in with a designated pet room service menu. The hotel even offers a pet spiritual menu, which features inspirational books on all things pet, from pet massage to psychology to local hikes.
Pet fee: $45
What good is a vacation with the pets if it isn’t documented? The Liberty Hotel offers pet owners a complimentary professional pet portrait sitting with an award-winning local photographer. Guests get a choice of 30 or 60 minutes and a free four-by-six print from an online password-protected photo gallery. After the shoot, pets can cuddle up in a Liberty Hotel plush pet bed next to hotel-provided food bowls.
Pet fee: $100
Santa Monica, Calif.
This hotel is a west-coast dream for pets. The PAW program (Pets are Always Welcome) provides furry friends with a bed, bowls and a treat. Hotel staff will accommodate your pet’s allergies, too. Fairmont has even partnered with Healthy Spot of Santa Monica to pick up the slack if a favorite toy was left at home — hotel guests get 10 percent off all purchases. Healthy Spot also offers hotel guests’ pets a variety of spa treatments at a discount, from doggy massage to blueberry facials and nail grindings. The hotel even works with Santa Monica’s Best Friends Animal Society to showcase adoptable pets.
Pet fee: $0
A brand new pet amenity program here offers star treatment for four-legged friends. At check-in, pets receive an organic cookie made by the pastry staff, a bed, toys, a water bowl and a doggy dental kit. The pet room service menu offers such delicacies as dry-aged beef tenderloin with blue cheese mashed potatoes and peanut butter biscuits. MO’s English Garden has a dedicated pet-friendly area where pets can indulge in a peach “mocktail” or melon “puptail” while owners imbibe in human cocktails. And by request, pets can even enjoy their very own turndown service.
Pet fee: $100
Altitude sickness and jet lag don’t just affect humans — pets feel it too. The Little Nell has taken that to heart and provides every pet guest with a Puppy Jet Lag Kit to help them acclimate. Each pet also receives a brass ID tag, a special treat menu, bowls and a bed.
Pet fee: $125 plus $25 per night
[Photos: iStock; Hotel deLuxe; Liberty Hotel; Fairmont Miramar Hotel & Bungalows; Mandarin Oriental; The Little Nell]