Who doesn’t like to travel in style with their best friend in tow? And if your best friend is your pet, we think you’ll be pretty impressed with what perks some hotels offer to make your dog or cat feel right at home.
So grab your best friend (and your credit card!) and check out these luxurious hotel perks:
1. The Algonquin Hotel in New York, New York
Located in midtown Manhattan, this historic hotel has a special permanent resident that sets it apart from the other luxury New York accommodations…her name is Matilda the Cat! Since the 1930’s The Algonquin Hotel has traditionally been home to a single kitty who welcomes guests of all species to the hotel.
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Now 14 years old, Matilda’s birthday is always cause for celebration, and in 2008, the hotel sponsored a cat fashion show that benefited an animal welfare group. The hotel offers a “Friends of Matilda” hotel deal for guests who want their pets to be as pampered as the hotel’s favorite resident.
2. The Little Nell in Aspen, Colorado
Nestled in the mountains of Aspen, Colorado, The Little Nell is the quintessential outdoorsy-chic hotel. Not only can you ski all day and come home to a gourmet meal, but your pet can too!
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The Little Nell pet menu was designed by Paul Wade, a renowned executive chef, and offers items like tenderloin of beef, scrambled eggs, chicken, and a dog biscuit made with a flourish of lamb demi-glaze. And every room service order comes with a complimentary handbook entitled “Petiquette” that outlines high brow etiquette for your pet. BONE appetite!
3. Rome Cavalieri in Rome, Italy
Five Stars doesn’t begin to do this magnificent hotel justice. It was the first in Europe to be part of the ultra-exclusive Waldorf Astoria Collection, it has its own premiere art gallery, offers exclusive tours of the Vatican’s secret gardens and private palaces, and the hotel itself is enclosed in fifteen acres of park lands overlooking Rome’s greatest monuments.
With the “Cavalieri’s VIP” (very important pet) service, a small canine is invited to stay in similar luxury to the human guests. All doggy menu items, including tuna, game and meat, are served on a golden tray in a Gucci dog bowl. In addition, a dog walking service is available to take your dog around the ample grounds of the hotel and personalized cashmere doggy jumpers are available to order with your pet’s name spelled out in rhinestones.
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4. 41 in London, England
Ranked the No. 1 luxury hotel in the UK and one of the top 100 luxury hotels hotels in the world by TripAdvisor, 41’s mix of old world charm and modern design has made it one of the most popular hotels in the UK. With its exceptional pet amenities, we can see how it could be pretty popular with pets too.
41 staffs an employee, Dave Brow, as a dedicated Pet Concierge in charge of fulfilling every whim and demand of its canine visitors. When dogs check in, they get a specially-made 41 tag to be worn during their stay, a custom pet bed, a “Do Not Disturb/Pet Sleeping” card, and in the evening they get a special turn-down treat along with their owner!
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5. Hotel Monaco in Portland, Oregon
The building in which the Hotel Monaco is located was constructed in 1912 and for the first half of the 20th century was used to house a distinguished department store. A true architectural gem, the hotel offers vintage accommodations with a relaxed urban feel, which is why it’s so fitting that Hotel Monaco’s “Pet Director” is none other then Timmy, the hotel’s four-year-old yellow lab.
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It is Timmy’s job to welcome all guests (four-legged or two) to the hotel. Timmy spends his days lounging in a doggy bed in the hotel’s lobby and picking out Portland’s top pet friendly places to recommend to his doggy guests. Hotel Monaco offers pet massages, pet psychics, and in-room amenities for all pets. They also offer a complimentary goldfish for those hotel guests without their furry friend and in need of a little companionship.
6. The Sofia Hotel in San Diego, California
The Sofia Hotel is located in the heart of the trendy Gaslamp Quarter of San Diego. With chic clubs, restaurants and shopping all within walking distance, it’s understandable some guests of the hotel need somewhere for their pooch to play while they explore the city. Luckily, The Sofia Hotel partners with Dogs and the City, a luxury dog daycare and spa. While there, your doggy can be groomed, socialize with other dogs, exercise, and get tons of petting. They even have a web cam so you can check on your dog to make sure he’s playing nice with the other pups!
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7. Le Meurice in Paris, France
Since 1835, Le Meurice has been wowing guests with its incredible Parisian opulence. Located opposite the Tuileries Garden and between the Palace de la Concorde and the Louvre Museum, the Le Meurice has been host to famous writers, artists, painters, and some very spoiled pets…including two stray greyhounds that were rescued during the hotel’s renovation in 1905 and became the emblem of the hotel to this day. When a dog checks into Le Meurice, it’s met with a custom designed bowl engraved with its name, a special name tag, and the option to be walked in Paris’ famed Tuileries Garden.
8. The Ruby of Crested Butte in Crested Butte, Colorado
The Ruby of Crested Butte’s rustic charm is extended to all the pups that come to stay in this small-town bed and breakfast. Dogs can enjoy home-made doggy treats and can book tons of different hikes (like the “Happy Tails Stroll”) or spa treatments (like the “Keeping Me Beautifurrr”). The hotel even offers the option to have a custom dog portrait painted by local artist Sarah Hausdoerffer to further capture your pup during its stay.