Pet-Friendly Hotels

Dogs love chillin' during vacay as much as humans do!

The dog days of summer are here, and you know what that means — pictures of adorable dogs on vacation, of course! (What did you think we meant?) Even a man’s best friend has got to chill out during the hottest part of the summer. So if you’ve been working like a dog, follow the lead of these cute pups and indulge in some much-needed R&R. Just don’t forget to bring Fido on your getaway.







Pups deserve a little pampering too.

The Westminster Dog Show kicks off on Monday and even though our pooch may not be in the show, it’s a good enough excuse to pamper our ‘lil pup! Anyone who’s seen the Christopher Guest classic Best in Show knows that some people really love their pets, and will go to any lengths to keep them happy. And the current pet-friendly hotel trend means that it’s never been easier to spoil your dog rotten on the road.


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Dogs love chillin' during vacay as much as humans do!

Dogs are man’s best friend, so it can be hard to part with our pooches when it’s time to go on vacation. But some find it literally impossible, so instead choose to bring Fido along — and we fully support this. After all, you may have been working like a dog but so have they! So it’s time to let them enjoy some fun in the sun, too. Here are some of our favorite pics of dogs enjoying a little getaway.

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Pet psychic Catherine Ferguson at home with one of her cats.

Pet psychic Catherine Ferguson at home with one of her cats.

Hotels are offering some pretty creative services these days to attract guests’ attention, from surf butlers to in-house tattoo artists to pet psychics. Many of these offerings may be gimmicks, but we couldn’t help but wonder — what do these specialty jobs actually involve? We wanted to hear from the tanning butlers and soap concierges of the world in their own words, so we decided to launch a Q&A series to get the inside scoop.

To kick off the series, we interviewed Catherine Ferguson Ph.D., the pet psychic patronized by the New York City Affinia hotels. For Affinia, a pet psychic service may be a shtick to prove its pet-friendliness (though its Jet Set Pets program should be lauded for its many amenities geared toward four-legged friends). But our interview showed us that those who believe in Dr. Ferguson’s abilities seem to get real insight and comfort from her pet communications. Below, find out what a pet psychic really does — from talking to pets in spirit form to chatting with kimono dragons (who, by the by, don’t have a whole lot to say.) Read More »


Foto Friday: Caption This Photo!

by Devon on October 19, 2012

Just paw "47" to talk to our concierge!

It’s just not a “home away from home” unless we have our four-legged friends by our side. But luckily for us, the staff at the Tradewinds Carmel in Monterey County is about as pet-friendly as they come. In fact, Furball and Foofers consider the boutique more of a human-friendly spot where they can bring their owners along if they so choose. At check-in, you’ll have to make sure the front-desk puts room keys into the right paws!

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We love when hotels feature one-of-kind amenities — many of which tread the line between amazing and ridiculous (not that they can’t be both). While W hotels are known for  their Whatever/Whenever service – which promises to accommodate any (legal) guest requests at any time, and the Sound Your Stay rock star treatment at Hard Rock Hotels — complete with free Fender guitars rentals — is pretty awesome, it’s the wildly decadent, completely over-the-top amenities we love best when visiting our favorite hotels. Here’s just a taste of some of the creative ways hotels are keeping guests happy with some unnecessary [Ed. note: Or are they?] but incredible hotel indulgences.

What: Surf Butler

Why carry your surf board when the St. Regis surf butler can?


Where: The St. Regis Monarch Beach Resort, Orange County

St. Regis hotels are known for their top-notch butler service, which even uses eButlers to receive requests via e-mail. With such attentive service throughout the luxury chain, it’s no wonder that oceanfront St. Regis hotels, like the Monarch Beach Resort in Orange County, offer surf butlers. Before your lesson in hanging ten, the surf butler will take your measurements for your wetsuit and bring all necessary equipment right down to the sand so you won’t have to lift a finger — your focus should be on catching some gnarly waves anyways, dude! Read More »


Admit it: You love your dog or cat as much as your partner/mother/brother. [Ed. note: Y'all have no idea how much we talk about ours.] And sometimes you may wanna just get away from home, but can’t bear to leave your little bear at home? No worries — our animal-obsessed editors curated a list of amazing hotels that offer up massages, custom-cooked goodies and more for the furry creature in your life. Watch our very own Robin dish on her fave spots now, and then tell us in the comments section below: Where would you want to stay with your pet?


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Life's a beach.


When we leave home, we always have a hard time parting with our pup (or cat, or bird, whatever). A week can feel like a really long time without with man’s best friend — which is precisely why hotels around the country are bolstering their pet-friendly programs to make furry family feel special during vacation, too. Check out five prime vacation spots for you and Fido to bark about after the jump!

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Pooch lovers, rejoice: The 136th annual Westminster Kennel Club Dog Show is around the corner, airing on February 13 and 14. (Check your local listings for exact times and stations.) And since the many participants need to set up shop in New York for the big show, we figured we’d share our hotel expertise, but this time, we’re matching the dog — not (really) the owner — to the best spots for, well, Spot, to call home. Check out more of our hotel picks for different kind of pups, then vote: Which hotel would you stay with your dog at?

THE DOG: Labrador Retriever
THE HOTEL: Affinia Dumont; New York City, NY

Credit: Courtesy of (dog); the lobby at the Affinia Dumont; New York, NY

WHY IT WORKS: Like its sister properties, the Affinia Dumont offers food and water bowls, doggie sidewalk bags, and even the services of a pet psychic through its Jet Sets program. But the Dumont is also known for its fitness focus, and an athletic dog like a lab needs to get its exercise. You can easily set up some extra walks (at an additional fee), or just head over to the East River path nearby for your own free stroll — or run.

THE COST: $25 surcharge; $250 and up for any pet-related damage after check-out.

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Traveling during the holiday season is as old as the holidays themselves – literally, if you ask anyone who owns a manger in Bethlehem. But just because people hit the road doesn’t mean they shouldn’t be able to feel the spirit of the season wherever they go. To help get you feeling festive, here are some killer seasonal perks that hotels have provided to their guests.

Santa Paws at the Eventi

Santa and his helper meet with the Eventi's four-legged guests

The holidays are for everyone: not just adults and children, but for pets as well. This past weekend, the second annual Santa Paws event at the Eventi Hotel in Manhattan treated four-legged guests to a visit from St. Nick. There was no shortage of festive dog biscuits or fresh water bowls as pets took their turns explaining to Santa why they can’t seem to stop digging up the front yard.

Ripken meets Santa at the Eventi

Kimpton properties such as the Eventi are already well-known for being super pet-friendly, so arranging a pet photo opp with Santa and his helper is simply par for the course. Of course, everyone was on their best behavior – including owners, who were treated to candy canes and delicious hot chocolate. If this was any indication of who made the “nice” list, Santa is going to be delivering a ton of bones this year. Read More »