Never leave home without your best friend. Business trip, honeymoon, girls’ weekend, a romantic getaway – leave the kids, fine. But to leave the pooch all by its lonesome at home with some pet-sitter or the neighbor who’s going to drop in every morning to refill the bowl is a faux pas. Dogs just don’t live long enough to be able to say no to a luxury weekend strolling around the Boston Commons. Luckily for the devoted pet owner, tons of hotels across the country are changing up their pet policies to accommodate Kitty, or Tootsie, or Spanky or any other fine furried companions. Some even offer pet massages, special Dogs-Only mini bars filled with spritzers and sweet gourmet treats to chow down on. They’ve got dog sitters for that night you want to take their one-and-only human friend out on the town, dog walkers for mornings you don’t want to get out of bed and even more. So for a fee, and even sometimes not, you don’t have to leave Fluffy out of your vacation. Check out America’s best pet-friendly hotels.
Any hotel can be "Pet Friendly" for a fee – at the Fairmont San Francisco, it’s a $75 surcharge for cleaning, so owners can head off to explore the surrounding neighborhoods of Chinatown and Nob Hill with their favorite furried friends. But for guests who are really looking for that extra hit of luxurious je ne sais quoi treatment for Sparky, the Fairmont San Fran can also deliver through their Pampered Pooch Package. Owners can waive that fee and for not a whole lot more receive a get a Fairmont dog bed for the stay, a complimentary silver dog tag, happy doggie biscuits and bottled water in the Fairmont doggie bowls, and access to an in-room dogs only mini bar complete with a ceramic bowl, blanket, rope toy, a candle that helps rid the room of nasty pet odors, and a designer spritzer infused with lemongrass, peppermint and cloves for the bed. Now that’s ruffin’ amazing!
When a family is traveling with one extra life form, even a cat or a small dog, it’s natural that they would opt for a larger hotel room to scamper about in. Affinia, an ultra-sleek hotel line with five hotels in New York alone, has oversized suites with fully appointed kitchens that are not only family friendly but also highly amenable to our pawed pals. In fact, it’s their VIPaws program that has kept Affinia around the top for Pet-Friendly Hotels on Tripadvisor. For a fee of $50, their prized guests receive food and water bowls, a pet bed from the upscale pet shop Jax and Bones for the duration of the stay, a complimentary take-home rope toy and dog stairs upon request. The program also makes walking dogs convenient with waste bag dispensers, treats, and walking maps tailored to prime dog-walking destinations. For an additional fee, the hotel also offers local dog walking and pet sitting services, grooming, daycare, training and a pet taxi. Not too shabby.
The Southern hospitality shown at the ornate Hermitage Hotel extends to critters, too. Opened in 1910, this dark wood and leather hotel with ornate molded ceilings in downtown Nashville caters to a classic, traditional set and their fine furry friends. For $50, the Hermitage offers a pet pampering program that includes a custom in-room bed, treats and nightly turn-down. Massage, dog sitting and walking services are available extras, as is an in-room dining menus for pets. Humans staying in the guest rooms will love lapping up the 500 to 650 square feet of space, which houses spacious marble bathrooms with double vanities, soaking tubs, and flat panel television; complimentary newspapers and a view over the historic State Capitol Building.
Loews Coronado Bay certainly knows how to animate an animal. While some hotels charge $50 for a few treats and a dog bed, Loews only charges $25 extra per night and throws in creature comforts like bedding, leashes, collars, litter boxes, poop bags, pet placemats, water bowls, treats and more. After all, a luxury vacation should extend to the pets, no? For an extra treat, this San Diego escape pad offers a specially-tailored room service menu for the discerning dog and cat, and pet walking and pet sitting services. Anything else? Well, seeing as how humans get to go out onto the brilliant shores of Coronado Bay and surf their Californian dreams away, it seems unfair that their furry pals are just confined to a dog paddle here and there. Oh wait, they’re not? Dogs from every walk of life are invited, once a year, to participate in the annual Loews Surf Dog Competition. Watch your hounds hang 20 at Loews – the winning dog surfer earns their owners another stay at Loews and title of Champion Surf Dog.
Sandy beaches, classic architecture, sprawling parks, an incredible skyline at almost every angle, downtown Chicago opens up to become a pedestrian’s dreamscape. And as fulfilling the scene is to the typical human walker, it becomes surreal and fantastic through the eyes of a housebound dog. Trump Hotel offers a pet-friendly program to help pups get outdoors – their amenities and services include an in-room dining menu of gourmet treats, a water bowl and bottled water, toys and a map of the city that highlights dog-friendly parks. All of this is available for dogs and other pets weighing 25 lbs or less.
Who roams the world? Dogs! At least the world of the Mandarin Oriental Miami, where pets get more-than-friendly treatment that begins when that Terrier Theresa gets a keepsake golden Mandarin Oriental collar tag to prove she’s part of the club, and goes on for the rest of the stay. The furry guests get an option of being sent away to Doggie Boot Camp for the day or a spa session with a local exclusive pet groomer in South Beach. At the hotel, pets stay in first-class luxury with a plush pet bed, a bone-shaped placemat with food and water bowls, edible treats and bottled water. The $100 pet fee includes complimentary daily walks, but the complex is surrounded by a 1.3 km trail that’s perfect for toting Theresa.
Rated one of the "5 Best Pet Friendly Hotels in America," the W Seattle features a special Pets Are Welcome program for jet-setting furry companions. Located downtown, this hip and trendy luxury hotel extends a paw to even the most discerning quadrupeds – their $25 pet fee plus $100 cleaning service includes daily complimentary dog walking, grooming services, pet-sitting, pet toys, turndown treats and a signature W Pet Bed. After a luxurious rest, pets will feel beyond ecstatic to walk around Seattle’s many gorgeous parks.
Nobody treats pet-owners and their furry best friends better than other pet-owners. That’s why the economical and most pet-friendly choice for accommodations in the vibrant animal-loving city of Portland is the Monaco-Portland – the basic pet-package includes a meet and greet with their Director of Pet Relations, a serviceable Yellow Lab named Timmy, complimentary food and water bowls and dog bed in the rooms, a bottle of spring water and treats, and eco-friendly Dispoz-A-Scoop clean-up bags. Other services include pet-sitting and grooming, walking services, and a session with their resident pet Psychic. For an extra treat, their Portland Unleashed Pet Package includes a $20 gift certificate for a local pet boutique, trail mix for both owners and pets, an Oregon micro-brew and doggie beer at a local pet-friendly brewery, as well as a map of breweries and restaurants where pets are not only allowed but welcomed.
Make your pup feel at home with the Pitty Patty Club at the Broadmoor in beautiful Colorado Springs. A $50 fee ensures deep and thorough cleaning of the room, special Broadmoor pet bedding and food and dog bowls, as well as a complementary pet treat. Around the large grounds of the Broadmoor are designated areas for ideal pet walking, and the 24 hour Pitty Pat Pet Menu offers gourmet special Blue Buffalo dog and cat food, as well as health bars and cat treats in different flavors. Concierge help is available at all times should guests require information about pet sitting and walking services, and a map is available on their website that details all of the ideal pet walking sites, like the scenic and secluded North Cheyenne Canyon, and the Garden of the Gods.
For no added cost, pets are treated as well as the humans in this Boston luxury hotel. It’s a good thing, too, because some of the best dog walking parks and the famous pet-friendly Boston Common are just a quick stroll from the Nine Zero. Their pet package, Tail in One City includes a pet bed and bowls in one of the deluxe guestrooms, far from the allergen-free rooms to as to not discomfort the other guests. Each pet is treated with a happy designer pet welcome, and services for pet sitting, walking and pet massage are optional for a fee. To make the fur-trimmed guests feel even more welcome, their staff greets each animal by their real name – because pets are as valuable as their owners here.