Trendy Getaways: Must Love Dogs

A bag of Iams and a chain-link run will no longer do. Welcome to the new world of doggie-and-me boarding — hotels that let you make your pet part of the getaway

As magazines like The Bark and websites like Petswelcome.com and Dogfriendly.com will tell you, Starwood’s W’s are just a few of thousands of hotels that now allow pets. These days, pooches (and select other four-legged creatures) are welcome at lodgings modest — Motel 6’s, Comfort Inns, Holiday Inns — and luxurious. Nearby at the Ritz-Carlton Central Park, frequented by Post columnist Cindy Adams, among other dog-toting celebs, the menu of options for pups includes silver tags, pet spa kits, and Burberry canine trenches. All rooms are dog-friendly at the Ritz-Carlton’s Bachelor Gulch mountain resort, where many guests traveling with dogs arrive by private jet. Atlanta’s historically housed Hotel Indigo offers a weekly "Canine Cocktail Hour" after a day of doggie daycare. Boston’s Nine Zero Hotel provides complimentary turndown treats. (Doggie pedicures, however, cost extra.) In even farther-flung Cabo San Lucas, chichi Las Ventanas Al Paraíso proffers jet-lag-reducing kitty and pup massages, made-to-order pet meals (scrambled eggs and poached salmon for Fluffy; braised beef and steamed rice for Fido), and portable pet cabanas.

Like just about all of the above, the W New York has special rules and rates for furry guests. Dogs weighing more than 40 pounds require preapproval. There’s an additional $25-per-night fee, and that onetime cleaning fee of $100. Dogs must be leashed and well-behaved, and despite a few blatant lap-dwelling insubordinates that Jake and I spy in the lounge on our way back from a midnight stroll, pups are officially prohibited from entering areas where food and drink are served.

This last rule doesn’t bother Jake one bit. As long as New Yorkers keep tossing their half-eaten pizza crusts and used napkins onto the sidewalks, he’s a happy traveler.

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