Vacation beckons, but you can’t stand the thought of leaving your best friend behind. Good thing hotels have gone to the dogs.
At San Antonio’s swank Emily Morgan, the chef prepares Barking Beef Tenderloin, served with eggs and brown rice, just for pups. The Woof for Wellness package at San Francisco’s hip Hotel Palomar includes a deluxe room, a bucket of Spa Dog botanicals, a leopard-print doggie bed, and a donation to the SPCA.
The Madison Hotel, in Washington, D.C., stocks the minibar with gourmet dog treats. Sofitel Chicago Water Tower makes arrangements for a day at the doggie spa and an in-room fashion show of the latest canine couture. The Ritz-Carlton really puts on the dog: Burberry raincoats, glittery carriers, and house-made biscuits shaped like pretzels or pizza.
Starwood Hotels (which includes W, Sheraton, Le Meridien, and Westin) love pets so much their dog beds mirror the hotels’ designs. Our favorite touches: Room service at the Westin features German Shepherd Pie, Shih-Tzu Sushi, and Scooby Stew; a licensed pet massage therapist does in-room rubdowns at the five W hotels in NYC.
But no one spoils dogs like Loews. Coronado Bay Resort offers dog-centric surfing lessons followed by a surf ’n’ turf dinner. Outward Hound at Loews Denver Hotel includes a two-hour guided hike with a personal trainer, fresh-baked treats, limo service, and digital pix. (Doggie daycare, group playtime, supervised swims, and Reiki also available.) And Loews Vanderbilt Hotel Nashville has a package for hounds to hit the studio for a professional recording session. Accompanied by a voice coach, they’ll howl along with a musician or bark to a karaoke beat. The price of fame: $1,599 a night.
Quarantine laws make overseas travel with pets tricky, so it’s best to stick close to home. But if you get lonely for Rover just north of the border, The Fairmont Vancouver and The Fairmont Waterfront have Labs for loan. Hey, if you can’t be with the one you love, love the one you’re with.