Not so long ago dogs couldn’t set a paw inside a luxury hotel, leaving holidaymakers with little choice but to leave the family pooch behind at home or in a kennel.
Some upscale hotels offer the full red carpet treatment from ‘pawdicures’ to turn-down services
But hotels have become much more pet-friendly in recent years – especially Stateside, where exclusive hotels for dogs and cats are catering for pet owners looking to leave their companions in the lap of luxury.
Some pets-only hotels offer the full red carpet treatment from ‘pawdicures’ and organic meals to night-time treats and turn-down services. While many hotels allow canine guests to join their owners for an extra charge.
It begs the question: where should your pet check-in for the ultimate lazy weekend?
TERMINAL U handpicks 5 pet-friendly hotels around the world that would set any dog’s tail wagging.
Chateau Poochie, Florida
If money is no object, this five star pet resort & spa appears to tick all the boxes for any high maintenance pet.
Treatments are designed to pamper cats and dogs from snout to tail – from spa treatments (the blueberry facials and ‘pawdicures’ are said to be popular) to massage therapy and workouts with a personal trainer.
Five different rooms and suites feature custom bedding and flat screen TVs.
The ‘palace cat boudoir’ keeps felines occupied with a virtual coral reef and ‘powder room’.
Overnight stays include five walks a day, up to three daily meals, a nightly turn-down service and daily housekeeping.
A concierge service can arrange a pet’s journey to and from the resort in style, from a limo to a private jet.
Royvon Country Retreat & Dog Hotel, South Wales
Specialising in dog boarding and training, Royvon has also opened ‘luxury hotel-style’ accommodation for dogs, complete with spa, 6 acres of grounds, fenced play paddocks and ‘indoor activity halls’.
At this countryside retreat owners can choose to put up their pooch in one of four individually designed suites – with a large bed and mattress, plasma TV and 24-hour webcam access offered as standard.
Little extras in some rooms include toy boxes, scatter rugs and bedside tables.
Day care packages are also available and dog owners in the pre-holiday rush can arrange for their pooch to be collected at home via Royvon’s dedicated ‘pet taxi service’.
The Barkley Pet Hotel & Day Spa, Westlake Village, California
Opening in 2010, this luxury resort for dogs, cats, birds and exotic pets offers a retreat for pets to play and be pampered while their owners are busy at work, or enjoying a holiday.
It hosts a ‘day camp’ full of outdoor activities, including swimming for dogs and has an on-site salon and spa services.
Pets can bed down in the Hollywoof Boulevard, Barkley Park or Rodeo Drive Storefront Suite – themed ‘Sniffany & Company’, ‘Pawda’ and ‘Yves Saint Bernard’.
Room service includes breakfast in bed, a night-time tuck-in tummy rub, bedtime story and bottled water and owners can check up on their pets via in-room ‘Snoutcams’.
If an owner’s pet pooch happens to stub a claw or slip on the floor, an on-site animal hospital is on hand.
This five-star boutique hotel opposite Buckingham Palace invites pets and their owners to experience some royal pampering in majestic surroundings.
The hotel has its own pet concierge, for an additional fee and dog guests receive a welcome hamper of treats and toys, plus a custom made pet bed and a ‘do not disturb sleeping card’.
Staff also offer dog sitting and walking, grooming services and pet bathrobes.
And at the end of every stay, owners also receive a framed photo of their pet and certificate.
Mandarin Oriental, Miami
This luxury hotel’s ‘pet program’ has developed something of a name for itself.
‘Doggie guests’ can dine on a selection of dog-friendly dinners recommended by chefs – from grilled beef tenderloin or organic chicken breast to ‘gourmet desserts’.
The hotel also offers pets a customised turn-down service, a workout with a certified trainer at its ‘doggie boot camp’ and pet grooming services.
Pets also receive a bathrobe bearing the Mandarin Oriental logo in blue or pink Swarovski crystals and can settle down in for the night with a bowl of treats and mineral water.
Will your pet be checking-in to a hotel soon?
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