5 Pet-Friendly Hotels That, Oh, Sure, You'll Enjoy, Too
As any pet owner knows, there’s no greater guilt than leaving your four-legged friend behind when taking a trip. Sure, you could shell out hundreds of hard-earned bucks for doggie day care, or beg a friend or family member to pet-sit. But why not bring Fido along for the ride? Though there are plenty of pet-friendly hotel options across the country, these are the ones that seriously know how to pamper your pet.
Enjoy a West Coast escape with your furry friend at the Portola Hotel & Spa, a coastal-themed property overlooking magnificent Monterey Bay. Pets are welcomed with open arms and get access to exclusive VIP pet amenities like house-made dog treats and specialized spa services. The brand-new Pawtee Menu offered at on-site Peter B’s Brewpub also features Yappy Hour every day, when dogs can indulge in gourmet bones, like ground beef meat loaf, turkey K-9 casserole and chicken bone with quinoa.
The Kinzie Hotel in the heart of Chicago’s trendy River North neighborhood is known for being one of the most pet-friendly hotels in the Windy City. Book its signature Pamper Your Pooch package, which comes with a plush pillow-top doggie bed, souvenir bandana and the hotel’s “Pet Lover’s Guide to the City.” The In-Room Doggie Delights Dining menu features artisanal dishes like Lou’s Brews (nonalcoholic dog beer), wild Alaskan salmon, truffle dessert and more. The package also includes a complimentary photo shoot at iconic landmarks like the Wrigley Building and Chicago Theatre. Perfect for your pup’s viral Instagram account.
Ever wonder what’s going through your fur baby’s mind? Find out with a psychic reading at one of Provenance Hotels’ multiple locations in Portland. Their brand-new pet program caters to cats and dogs, and offers other unique activities like in-room pet massage therapy treatments, acupuncture and Reiki sessions with your four-legged friend. Owners can also look forward to luxurious perks like customized dog tags, plush toys from West Paw Design and a VIP (Very Important Pet) door hanger.
Downtown Boston’s XV Beacon is known for its stellar service, and its exemplary hospitality caters to canines as well. Pet owners checking in receive a Paws on Arrival list of nearby pet-friendly establishments, including off-leash destinations where your pooch can run free. Welcome amenities consist of a personalized note and plate of peanut butter treats, as well as a nightly turndown service with bottled water. You can also sleep soundly knowing that 100 percent of the suggested $25 pet fee goes directly to various animal charities throughout the city.
Aloft Hotels knows it can be hard to hit the road and leave your pet at home, which is exactly why the brand developed its Animals R Fun (ARF) program. Dogs up to 40 pounds are welcome at the 140 locations across the globe to make traveling with your pup hassle free. Upon arrival, your pet will receive a complimentary ARF kit, complete with everything needed to ensure a comfortable stay, including your pup's own signature bed, an assortment of tasty treats, a water bowl, picker-upper baggies, a dog tag and various chew toys.
Ian Centrone is a native New Yorker and freelance writer always on the hunt for his next adventure. Follow his travels at @iancentrone.
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