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Let Your Luxury Vacation Go to the Dogs? Yes!

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October 16, 2015

It’s easier than ever to take Fido and Fluffy along on vacation as many hotels and resorts not only are increasingly letting furry friends stay in the room with you, they have “pet packages” that include treats and bedding.

And it’s easier to find pet-friendly accommodations when using travel search engines. For instance, Booking.com includes a “pets allowed” option when searching for rooms. The trend also marks a hospitality industry shift as boutiques and chains look for differentiation in a competitive market.

Below are a few places that make pets feel like welcomed guests.  

East Coast

The Harborview Nantucket, a collection of 11 restored cottages framing expansive lawns and the beach, has the ACK Dog Package. Dogs receive a nautical-themed chew toy, Nantucket-made treats, fetch ball, a “My Dog Digs Nantucket” sticker, biodegradable waste bags, and a 10% discount at a Nantucket pet boutique. Peak summer rates range from $725 to $2,595 per night, with lower rates in fall and spring. The pet fee is included in the rate.

Midwest

Travelers to Kansas City can book the “Phido Package” at Hotel Phillips, recently voted “Best Boutique Hotel” by KC Magazine. Dogs receive a custom-made pet bed, special food and water bowls made by locals, treats from a dog bakery, a canine aromatherapy gift, and concierge service that will assist with dog walking, pet grooming, or veterinarian services. Room rates are around $179 per night and the doggie deposit is $50, non-refundable. 

South

The 245-room Gates Hotel Key West, which opened in April 2015, is a Prohibition era-inspired hotel. They partnered with Barkbox to provide a welcome gift to pups, while pet beds and other pet-specific accommodations are available. The Gates also supplies guests with a pet map identifying pet-friendly locations throughout the island. Rates start at $249 nightly, and the pet fee is $25 per day.

West

Just across the Golden Gate Bridge in the Marin headlands, the environmentally sustainable Cavallo Point Lodge offers furry guests its Eco Luxe Pups Program. The package includes a bag of treats, locally made products such as bedding, custom food and water bowls, and a pet towel. Dogs are welcome over almost all of Cavallo’s grounds. The resort ranked as a Top Five Resort in the U.S. by Travel + Leisure. Historic guest room rates range from $349 to $799 per night, plus fees, depending on room type, availability, and time of year. Contemporary guest rooms range from $419 to $859 plus fees, depending on room type, availability and time of year. A maximum of two friendly dogs per room are allowed and a one-time fee of $100 applies.

National

Kimpton Hotels is a pet-friendly chain with properties in 30 cities. Some include a “director of pet relations” to greet your fur baby in person. In addition to amenities including loaner pet beds, food, water bowls, and mats, guests can bring their pets to the complimentary wine reception. Don’t have a pet, but would like company? Complimentary gold fish are available upon request. Rates vary; pets stay free.

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