According to the Travel Industry Association of America, about 30 million people travel with pets each year. That’s an awful lot of fur literally flying (or driving) around the country—and beyond. Pet-friendly hotels in the know cater to owners and their pets in ways that go way beyond the bowl of water in the lobby: luxury hotels charge luxury rates for luxury amenities, and the owners are happily paying to keep their pampered pets happy.
Here’s a list of some of the sweetest accommodations for Fifi here in the United States and abroad. Where have you gone with your pet?
Fairmont Miramar Hotel & Bungalows, Santa Monica, California
Pets stay free at the Fairmont, and their P.A.W. Program (Pets Are Always Welcome) offers a great range of pet services, including a personal bed, bowls and complementary treats. Allergies are taken into consideration, and so is serious pampering: Fairmont has partnered with Healthy Spot to offer Fairmont guests full spa services for your pet while staying in house. (All shots records must be shown upon arrival and all vaccines must be current.) This means luxurious baths with products exclusively by Isle of Dogs, blueberry facials and deluxe nail grinding? Healthy Spot even offers doggy massage treatments! (Fairmont guests receive 10% off all pet spa services.) The hotel can also arrange dog walking services or a day of doggy day care at Healthy Spot (dogs under 30 pounds).
Canyon Suites at The Phoenician, Scottsdale, Arizona
The Forbes Five-Star Canyon Suites at The Phoenician are heading the pack when it comes to luxury amenities for pets. Complementary features include plush dog bedding, signature bowls on bone-shaped mats plus a natural treat and an eco-healthy toy upon check-in. For an additional fee, Oh My Dog! (OMD), a local business, also offers a variety of pet concierge services, including canine massage, a private photo shoot, nighttime tuck-in service and more. But that’s not all: The Phoenician’s award-winning culinary team has created a new room service menu, including Puppy Poppers (grilled chicken bits in natural juices); Slobbering Salmon (from Skuna Bay, served with brown rice); Canine Casserole (turkey, carrots, green beans and brown rice) and for dessert, Pawsickles (Greek yogurt, fruit and carrots). The program also helps local pets: through a special partnership with the Arizona Humane Society, 10 percent of room service sales from the first year will be donated to the organization to aid homeless, ill and injured animals.
Hotel Palomar, Phoenix, Arizona
Kimpton Hotels love—and welcome—any kind of pet, regardless of size, weight, or breed for zero fees or deposits. Indulgence is the name of the game: cozy beds and bowls delivered to your room, a leash for use during your stay, disposable pick-up bags, a map for Phoenix walks, plus all kinds of pet-sitting, grooming and walking services can be arranged through the concierge. One of the newest hotels in downtown Phoenix, the Hotel Palomar even has a Director of Pet Relations, a sweet Cocker Spaniel named Bosco, who, along with his human handler, can recommend top spots for dining, walking and chilling. You can join him every night for a complimentary wine reception; pets welcome, of course! The hotel also hosts a Dirty Dog Wash and a Doggie Happy Hour.
Las Ventanas al Paraíso, Los Cabos, Mexico
Las Ventanas is one of the Baja California’s premier resorts in every sense of the word, and it’s just as five-star for pets as it is for their owners. The Canine Delights includes yummy treats like shredded braised beef and steamed rice, but chef will also prepare made-to-order dishes if the menu quite doesn’t fit the bill. The staff can take care of walking your pampered pooch along the beach, but if you’d rather your pet just hang out pool or beachside with you, be sure and ask for a pet cabana so heat stroke isn’t a problem. Have a traveling kitty? No problem: the Feline Delights menu includes include “The Claw Cleaner” (albacore tuna, chopped egg and sour cream), “Kitty Captain’s Plate” (scrambled eggs and poached salmon), or “Tomcat’s Favorite” (a selection of seafood). Both menus are served in metallic bowls with faux gemstones, with designer place mats. Neck massages are also available to ease feline or canine stress.
Le Meurice, Paris, France
Dogs are at the core of Le Meurice: During the renovations from 1905-1907, the workers took in a stray greyhound that had been living on-site. It soon became the mascot and inspiration for the Meurice’s emblem today – a pair of Greyhounds. Cats, though, are just as welcome (even if they’re ocelots, as in the case of Salvador Dalí!) Specialty menus and food options are available, the grooms will happily walk your pooch through the chi-chi Tuileries Garden, your pet will get a personalized nametag plus a custom-designed bowl with its name can also be arranged with one call. At the end of your day, enjoy a cocktail from one of the 300 on the menu at the cozy but très chic Bar 228, where your dog can join you as well.
San Juan Water Beach Club Hotel, Isla Verde, Puerto Rico
The Water Club is known for its sleek design and excellent service, paired with genuine Puerto Rican hospitality. This extends to your four-legged companion. Check-in means a personalized “doggy bag” with yummy gourmet treats, a keepsake toy and food and water bowls (with distilled water, of course). There’s a whole beach out front perfect for walks, but the Concierge can take care of all that if you need some time for yourself. They also offer pet sitting, grooming services and even massages. While you’re there, be sure to snap a pic or two of your furry friend and share it on their Facebook page.
Did you know SkyMed TAKES YOU HOME offers an option to pay for the return of your pet on a commercial flight if you become critically ill or injured?