Once upon a time there were hotels that frowned upon calls from pet-loving travelers who wouldn't dream of leaving their furry one behind. It was a daunting task just to locate a decent quality hotel that wouldn't turn you down - you either stayed at a motel or snuck your pet in through a back door. Those days are long gone as the hospitality industry has increasingly looked for new opportunities and ways to bring guests to their hotels. Not only have they wisened up to tolerate pets, but many hotels all over the world welcome our best friends with luxurious pet programs and lavish pet amenities that will make Luke and all his furry friends feel like stars.
Travelers who appreciate the exceptional service, facilities and appointments that a luxury 5-star hotel provides, no longer have to comprise in standards if they would like to bring along their family pet. A wide range of luxurious, pampering hotel and resort pet-friendly opportunities abound, including at such international top-of-the-line brands as Ritz-Carlton, Fairmont and Lowes. You'll find that some hotels may charge deposits or fees of varying amounts and have certain restrictions and limitations such as size or weight, while others may not. And many properties ask that you don't leave a pet alone in your room. But loving your pet and ensuring his happiness is worth the small inconvenience of a few rules and regulations.
We've asked Luke, our agency travel expert on princely pooch comfort and doggie delicacies, to paw up some insight and suggestions for favorite, fabulous hotels to bring along your pets. From chef's specialties and pet massages to four-poster dog beds and designer collars, these hotels know how to please this most important member of the family!