Pet business is big business: The ever-growing $70 billion industry includes pet food, toys, e-commerce, subscription boxes – and travel.
“The best hotel for pets is one who welcomes them by name, has a bed, food, and water dishes ready in the room – plus organic treats and souvenir toys with the hotel’s logo,” says Toronto-based advisor Roger Kershaw. And when planning air travel, “the comfort of your pet should be the first priority, which may actually mean leaving the pet at home. The compensation for this is a slobbering welcome when you return!”
The most common and most widely accepted animal travel companion is a dog. Always double-check with your travel advisor on pet policies and fees – and whether your pet piglet is allowed to check in. We rounded up some of our favorite luxury options for canines at Virtuoso hotels around the world.
The Joule Dallas welcomes dogs with a personalized dog tag, bag, and a cup full of housemade treats. A welcome letter details pet-friendly restaurants and parks in the area, and no trip to Texas would be complete without a black or white bandanna– true Texas style gifted to dog guests.
Owner Laurence Tafanel of Hotel Esprit Saint Germain in Paris is a huge dog lover; she rewards Virtuoso “best friends” with a bottle of Evian mineral water and hypoallergenic pet treats. The concierge will detail pet-friendly restaurants and bars nearby, and if you need a dog walker, they’ll book one of the best in Paris.
Find more of Tafanel’s Paris tips here: Paris, In Five Neighborhoods
With its location at the edge of Central Park, owners and dogs staying at The Plaza can enjoy off-leash time across the street before 9 am. The hotel has introduced The Canine Companions Package with a welcome basket including treats, a chew toy, a leash, room spray, doggie bags for walks, and bowls for food and water (they also allow cats) – a portion of all pet stays go to support the American Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals (ASPCA).
Dog guests at Rosewood London enjoy stylish English accommodations thanks to a recently launched a canine package in collaboration with Barbour amenities that include a dog bed, a collar, and a leash for use during the stay. Guests (owner or canine) can meet the hotel’s resident golden retriever, Pearl, who has her own Instagram and “wrote” Pearl’s Guide to London featuring her favorite pet-friendly establishments across the city.
Small dogs at the Rome Cavalieri enjoy VIP service – Very Important Pet service, that is. Owners can easily book dog sitters or walkers, reserve an appointment at the Pet Spa, and shop for pet necessities at the boutique. Special dog menu options on the room service menu include tuna and healthy rice and meat and vegetable soup. Pets are also welcome in the Tiepolo Lounge & Terrace and the Imperial Club bar.
Meet the VP of Pet Relations, Archie, at the Mandarin Oriental Paris. He’s owned by General Manager Philippe Leboeuf (though Archie goes by “Lewoof”). As a puppy, Archie spent time at London’s Claridge’s Hotel, where he grew to love room service and hobnobbed with celebrities. After moving to Paris, Archie helped develop the pet room-service menu and is on duty every Friday greeting guests. He recently started his own Instagram too.
Montage Deer Valley counts two canine ambassadors among its staff, Bernese mountain dogs Monty and Parker, who both welcome guests in the lobby. The hotel offers a Canine Cuisine in-room dining menu – after romping along dog-friendly trails, they’re sure to be hungry! – as well as dog beds and special treats.
All dogs are “Posh Pets” at The Surrey on Manhattan’s Upper East Side, where they sleep on plush dog beds (monogrammed with an “S”) and slurp out of matching food and water bowls. The concierge is well-versed in dog-friendly restaurants and activities in the neighborhood – as well as dog walking services.
Top photo: A stylish dog bed at The Plaza Hotel.