8 Over-the-Top Hotel Amenities for Traveling Dogs

8 Over-the-Top Hotel Amenities for Traveling Dogs

Four-legged jet-setters need indulgences too.

By Charyn Pfeuffer
For many people, Fido —or Giggy, if you will — is a part of the family and trusted travel companion. Indeed for many celebs and common folk alike, no vacation would be complete without wags and woofs.

And they're in luck: According to a 2012 survey by the American Hotel & Lodging Association, 61 percent of properties permit pets — up from 52 percent in 2010. Yes, many hotels are now happier than ever to accommodate four-legged guests, offering pet-friendly amenities and elaborate experiences. From surf lessons to spa treatments, dogs live large at these eight hotels that take the pet guest experience over-the-top.

1. In-Room Doggie Tapas Menu at Rancho Valencia Resort & Spa, San Diego, California

Rancho Valencia Resort & Spa serves up a special in-room Doggie Tapas menu featuring Shepherd’s Pie, Rin Tin Tin Tartare, and Barnyard Chase (grilled chicken, steamed rice, and veggies). There are also nearby places to play, pet-friendly shopping, grooming, and pet-sitting services. Upon check-in, pet guests receive a sampling of tasty doggie treats, doggie bags, and a plush doggie bed, too.

2. Dog Surf Lessons at Loews Coronado Bay Resort, San Diego, California

Loews Coronado Bay Resort takes its Loews Loves Pets program seriously — it was even featured in National Geographic's “The Dog Lover's Guide to Travel.” At the San Diego property, dogs can take surf lessons in conjunction with Coronado Surf Academy. “The idea to offer dog surfing lessons began with Loews – I just happened to have a surfing school and a dog who surfed with me,” says Teevan McManus, owner Coronado Surf Academy. As long as a dog enjoys water, it can learn to surf, and McManus invites owners to participate in the water during the lesson. He says dogs respond much better to their owner’s commands. 

3. Bark Butler at The Brazilian Court Hotel, Palm Beach, Florida

If cost is no object for your trusty canine, book a “Bark Butler” at The Brazilian Court Hotel. At check-in, dogs are welcomed with a BarkBox (full of toys, treats, and goodies), monogrammed food and water bowls, and a designer doggie bed. Luxury doesn’t stop there — pups receive spa treatments, like a milk thistle paw soak, a $500 shopping spree, and a photo shoot. Once your dog is blissed out and beatified, hop aboard “The Casablanca” for a five-hour private cruise. The Bark Butler package starts at $9,300 and is available now through the end of 2016. Five percent of each package sold to the Humane Society of Broward County. 

4. Pines Pup Bucket List at The Pines Lodge, A RockResort, Beaver Creek, Colorado

The Pines Lodge, A RockResort pulls out all the stops for outdoors-loving dogs with its Pines Pup Bucket List package. Hit the trails together and capture every mountain moment with a GoPro strapped to a dog-friendly harness. Less adventurous pups can indulge in doggie massages or a bath and blowout. After an active day, dogs can tag along at a number of nearby pet-friendly restaurants or leave their paw print in the guest book. Sweet dreams are certain (chasing squirrels, perhaps?) with a nightly rawhide bone turndown amenity. 

5. Massage for You and Your Pet at Hotel Monaco Chicago, Chicago, Illinois

All Kimpton hotels are pet-friendly, and each property puts its own touch on how it caters to its hip four-legged clientele. At Hotel Monaco Chicago, in addition to the standard pet amenities (i.e. dog bed, treats, dog bowl), if you book the Serenity in the City Package and bring your pet — it includes a massage for both you and your pet. The AV Serenity Suite was recently redesigned by DIY Network’s Kitchen Crasher star Alison Victoria with pets in mind. Think hardwood flooring and rugs that can be easily replaced in case of accidents. Ten percent of the room rate is donated to PAWS Chicago, a local anti-kill shelter. Rates start at $639 per night.

6. “Doga” Classes at Las Ventanas al Paraiso, A Rosewood Resort, Los Cabos, Mexico

Four-legged guests at Las Ventanas al Paraiso, A Rosewood Resort get the royal treatment from a team of dedicated “Dog Butlers.” Pet parents never have to wake up early or cut dinner short to let their dog out; the dog butlers handle that detail. Dogs are also treated to daily beach walks, custom menus, and dog massages and “doga” classes. Yes, that's yoga for pups, and it incorporate poses like Chaturanga, where the dog lies on his or her stomach as its back is stroked. The Dog Butler amenity is complimentary.

7. Yappy Hour at The Ritz-Carlton New York, Battery Park

Jet setting pets are welcomed at Manhattan’s only luxury waterfront hotel, The Ritz-Carlton New York, Battery Park. Pooches get a special pet-themed turndown amenity and a bottle of Barkundy wine for dogs. The hotel occasionally also hosts “yappy hour” events on its outside patio, with a DJ, outdoor bar, small plates for people and pups, as well as balls and chicken-flavored water. 

8. Pampered Pooch Package at OPUS Hotel, Vancouver, BC

Upon check-in, urban pups are outfitted with a designer bandana from Dog & Crow. After a busy day hitting Vancouver streets and dog-friendly beaches, canine guests can relax with an in-room massage or reiki session. Once relaxed and pawsitivelyhappy, your dog can sit for an in-room photo shoot with pet photographer Tanya King.

For even more adorable animals, be sure to check out The Secret Life of Pets in theaters July 8.

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