Dogs are our family members and and our companions, so when it’s time to take a well-deserved vacation, don’t leave home without your favorite pal. If you’re searching for hotels that allow dogs for a tail-wagging vacation in which both you and your pooch will be pampered, look no further! For dogs who enjoy traveling, these five fancy hotels will surely not disappoint.
1. Hotel Monaco, Alexandria, Va.
The Kimpton Boutique hotel chain started the trend of treating visiting pets to the finer things in life. At the Hotel Monaco in Alexandria, they allow any number of pets per room, and don’t discriminate on size or weight. Did I mention that there was no additional charge for furry friends? Dogs are welcome at the nightly complimentary wine reception, and for pooches who prefer to socialize with their own kind, a weekly Doggy Happy Hour is held every Thursday from April to October for visiting puppies to mingle with local dogs (and their owners). Charlie, the Director of Pet Relations at the Hotel Monaco Alexandria, is a Bichon Frise who takes his job very seriously. You know your pet is in good paws with Charlie, and in good hands with the human workers of the Hotel Monaco.
2. Ritz-Carlton, Bachelor Gulch, Avon, Colo.
The Bachelor’s Pack at the Ritz-Carlton Bachelor Gulch resort ensures your pet’s stay will be filled with all of the luxuries humans enjoy. Upon checking in, all pooches receive a VIP gift bag, which includes treats and toys. This package also includes an area handbook for the pet parents highlighting local dog-friendly attractions. The rooms include amenities such as over-stuffed beds and premium drinking bowls. Four-legged friends can opt for an in-room massage or place a room service order for all-natural dog food if they’re feeling hungry. The Ritz-Carlton goes further than spoiling the dogs with reservations – they make sure to donate $25 per pet stay to the American Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals to help less fortunate dogs.
3. Mandarin Oriental, Miami, Fla.
If you’re looking for a luxury hotel that encourages activity in your precious pooch, consider the Mandarin Oriental in Miam. Guests of the hotel can reserve a date with a certified dog trainer by choosing one of two options. The Play Date program was created for active dogs who enjoy a good walk, run, or simply socializing with other playful pups. For dogs who are interested in some one-on-one time, the Training Date is a better option. Pups and their owners are welcome to this program to receive professional help in correcting any behavioral issues or emphasizing positive skills your dog already practices.
4. Affinia 50, New York City
All pets traveling to New York City should consider a stay at the Affinia 50 in Midtown Manhattan. The Happytails Travel Dog Spa Amenity packages includes a skin moisturizer, bad-breath snacks, and also skin-odor neutralizing treatments. If you’re looking for someone to spend time with your pup, talk to the pet-friendly concierge, who can set up services such as personalized drivers, bakers, and walkers for your pet while you explore the city. Your wish is their command, as Affinia has put pups in touch with psychics and birthday cakes in the past.
5. Loews Coronado Bay Hotel, San Diego, Calif.
While most Loews resorts are pet-friendly, the Loews Coronado Bay Hotel in San Diego has a special love for their visiting furry friends. All pets are able to order from specialized gourmet room-service menus or request a personalized walk by hotel staff. Only the best snacks and bones are stocked in each room, and you and your pooch can expect to relax and unwind in your luxurious bedding. If your dog wants to ride the waves, register for their annual Surf Dog Competition, where four-legged friends are welcome to surf their way to a free room if they win. Even if your pooch doesn’t win, you can treat them to a massage for their effort!
Even the pickiest of all dogs can find something to suit them at one of these five fancy hotels that allow dogs. Depending on the type of vacation you’re planning, your dog can experience pampering, relaxation, training, nightlife, and even surfing or other beach activities. Have you stayed anywhere fancy that catered to your pets? Let us know in the comment section!This article originally appeared on Napa’s Daily Growl.