Instead of searching for a kennel or pet-sitter, why not take your family pet on vacation with you? These hotels and resorts take “pet-friendly” to a whole new level. More than friendly, they understand that it wouldn’t be a vacation without your fur baby and have programs to pamper your pet as well as you.
We’ve been doing pet-friendly travel more than 10 years, and as pet-travel experts we’ve got a lineup of useful pet-friendly travel services and amenities to make your trip a breeze.
Loews welcomes your pet at check-in with a gift, including a name tag, bowl and special treats. They also provide pet beds, litter boxes, scratching posts, toys and other pet-ccessories so you can travel light, and your pet can feel at home.
All Loews hotels have an established pet program, but Loews Coronado gives its location a Southern California twist by offering organized surfing lesson, complete with doggy board shorts or a bandana and a surf ‘n’ turf meal for your four-legged friend. The property is also renowned for waiting on guests “hand and paw.” You’ll be given a list of local dog walking routes and poop scoop bags, and your dog can also play to his heart’s delight leash-free at Coronado Dog Beach. Executive Chefs along with licensed veterinarians have designed its “Loews Loves Pets” in-room dining menu to ensure proper nutrition, aimed to combat jetlag and other travel-related stress.
The Muse is a boutique hotel in New York City just steps away from Times Square and the theater district. It also happens to be the most impressive pet-friendly hotel in New York City. Animal friends are welcome with no extra charge, and the hotel has hosted everything from penguins and snakes to a pig.
Your pet will be greeted by Ginger, the hotel’s official “Director of Pet Relations.” Ginger is usually near the concierge on a leopard-print bed. She is a celebrity of sorts, having done the morning-show circuit, including the “Today” show for a segment about pet-friendly hotels. The Muse has a special Pampered Pooch and a Hers and Furs package which provides in-room pedicures for a guest and her dog. Pets also receive a special welcome package with food and treats for both the dogs and their human companions when checking in. Pets are even welcome to join the nightly wine reception!
This grand resort exudes Rocky Mountain luxury, capturing the essence of the surrounding national forest, situated on Beaver Creek Mountain. Featuring one of the best ski-in, ski-out experiences in the U.S., you will also find a world-class spa and exceptional service at this luxury retreat.
Your pooch isn’t just welcome here, he’s treated as good as his human companions. You will find an elaborate doggy room-service menu tailored to his age, complete with a dessert of liver kisses or peanut butter cookies. Fido can even enjoy an in-room doggy massage finished with a light bath spritz before he crawls into his super comfy, overstuffed dog bed. Greeting you when you arrive you will find the wagging tail of the resident canine ambassador, a St. Bernard named “Bachelor.”
The Salamander Resort & Spa is one of the few dog-friendly hotels in Virginia. Terrace level rooms feature dog amenities including food and water bowls, organic treats, a comfy bed, a special toy, and waste bags. You may also enjoy onsite dog-sitting. During the summer and early fall months, your dog can join you in “Yappy Hour,” complete with drinks, snacks and dog treats. And when you first arrive, don’t forget to take a stroll down the “turf carpet” for Very Important Pooches and stop in front of the step-and-repeat for a fabulous photo opp.
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The Hyatt Regency features its “4paws” program which begins with an introduction to the property by one of their doggy ambassadors. It continues throughout your stay, spoiling four-legged guests with an ultra-comfy custom-made bed and fleece-covered pet pillows. Fido or Fluffy also have a special 4 paws “beastro” menu which contains options like chicken risotto and veggie bruschetta as well as organic dry dog food. And at the end of a fun day, reward your pet with a special “pupcakes” (frosted carrot cupcakes).
Your pet will know that he really is your best friend after one of these pet-welcoming getaways. You can explore all that these resorts have to offer while your pet has the time of their life. Be sure to also check out our other picks for pet friendly luxury hotels here.