The Canine Connoisseur Program
The Doggie Spiritual Menu
When it comes to the enlightenment of your house pet, no hotel takes greater pains to expand their horizons than the Hotel Max in Seattle. A spiritual menu awaits you in the form of talks from psychologists, trainers and pet communication experts, who can help evolve your canine's emotions and intellect. (Yes, I wrote that sentence.)
They also have books covering "the do's and don'ts of dog massage" from ears to paws and a guide to the best area hikes for dogs. Just what your pet needs to recharge before returning to the working world. A $45 fee gets applied once per stay when you and your best friend inhabit a pampered pet room.
Doggie Yappy Hour
Rarely does your dog get to work the room and schmooze while you lap up a glass of white wine.
At the Ritz Carlton Laguna Niguel's monthly cocktail party called the Yappy Hour -- the "ulti-mutt dog party" -- pooches, pups, hotel guests and community residents all mingle while snacking on complimentary dog biscuits as well as human food and libations (for a cost). Even better? Proceeds from the 2015 Yappy Hour season go to Wounded Veteran's Initiative of Canine Companions for Independence, a non-profit that "enhances the lives of people with disabilities by providing highly trained assistance dogs and ongoing support to ensure quality partnerships."
The Pet-Room Service Menu
Kibbles 'N Bits get old. You know it. Your dog knows it. That's why Hotel deLuxe treats their VIPs (Very Important Pets) to a doggie room-service menu with the likes of Brauts-n-Tots and Susie's Shepherd's Pie, a home-style blend of venison, buffalo, beef, and fresh red apples. There's even a Love Potion #9 concoction of beef, potatoes, zucchini and tomatoes that's said to be "love at first bite."
Kimpton's HosPETality Program
As perhaps the most pet-friendly hotel group in the U.S., Kimpton goes to great lengths to make sure your pet dog, cat, bird or rascally rabbit never feel left behind. Many of their hotels have even appointed "Directors of Pet Relations," which are really resident house pets who throw guests a bone with their insider knowledge.
Hotel Palomar San Francisco is an extension of this program, supplying Frisco visitors a relatively paw-fect pet-friendly urban retreat. Not only do they accept any number of pets without size limitation (St. Bernards welcome, Cujo maybe not), but they graciously extend keepsake pet toys, a doggie bed, biodegradeable bags, a leash and even a I Heart SF dog tag during your stay. What more could one ask for?
Ace Hotel New York's BarkBox
Ace loves themselves some doggies. Not only have they partnered up with Fetch Eyewear, who support animal rescue with each sale of their fashionable eyewear, but from August 7 through December 31, 2015, travelers who book a room at Ace Hotel New York using the code PUPPYLOVE get the regular pet fee waived. Also a treat from the BarkBox's treasure chests of dog-sized delights and a Fetch-curated map so visitors can navigate the pet-friendly urban sanctuaries, dog parks and grooming shops in NYC.
That's why all Hotel Indigo's offer happy hour settings where "local residents and their dogs can mix and mingle over cocktails." Drinks normally include Salty Dogs, Yellow Labs and Greyhounds to wash down that canine bacon and other yummy treats.
What's that you say? This location has Canine Cocktail Wednesdays (from 5pm-7pm) where the Salty Dogs and Greyhounds are only $3? Lucky dog...