Walk on the weekend in Mexico City’s Condesa neighborhood and you will swear that the dogs outnumber the people. If you want your Fido to meet little Pepe, bring him along! You will find plenty of Dog-Friendly Hotels and Motels in the capital.
Leading the pack, so to speak, is the W Hotel, located next to Chapultepec Park, where canines of all breeds run and play in 1,695 acres of lawns and paths. The W must be owned by animal lovers (or just savvy marketers): the hotel’s “P.A.W. – PETS ARE WELCOME™” believes that, “…the furry friend you love should travel in luxury with you.” Visiting dogs receive a “Welcome to Mexico City” gift at check-in containing a toy, treat, W Hotels pet tag, and clean-up bags.
Once in their guest rooms, visiting Bowsers will find a Custom W pet bed, food and water bowl with floor mat, a “pet-in-room” door sign, and a special treat when the maid arrives for nightly turndown service. The hotel also offers dog walking and feeding, outside bathing and grooming service, and connections to local veterinarians. W Hotel charges an additional $25 plus a non-refundable $100 cleaning fee and allows only one pet (less than 40 lbs).
Overpopulation is not just a human problem in Mexico and the sight of the many stray dogs that roam unattended and unloved often saddens animal lovers. If you want to help, contact Compassion Without Borders, which offers rescue efforts and spay and neuter campaigns.