In-Room Massages Give New Meaning to "Pampered Pup!"

14 April 2008

Doing research for these articles, I see and read a lot of over-the-top options for your precious pup. Now, I will be the first to admit that I treat my dog like family and love her more than some people love their kids (OK, well *I* think that’s true!) but even my dear mom and sissy only get spa treatments for gifts on really special occasions! Spa treatments, you say? That’s right. Oh, I’ve posted about pet spas in the past – chi-chi grooming options, relaxing pet massages, etc. – but I think I’ve found a category that really takes the cake! I couldn’t just lump these pet-friendly hotel options into my previous hotel list. No, no – this family of hotels deserves a post all to itself!

These hotels go above and beyond “pet friendly” – they are pet-indulgent! Here are a few to give you an idea of what your baby is missing out on in her day-to-day life:

As a general rule, all of the Affinia hotels participate in the “Jet Set Pet Program.” This includes a pet spa “kit” – a bone-shaped travel amenity that includes massage cream, lavender spray, and an “instant wipe pet bath.”

And if you’re thinking, “massage cream? Whatever am I to do with that?” Fear not! At New York’s “W” hotels, an in-room doggie massage is only a phone call away. These hotels also offer things like temporary ID tags with hotel contact info, custom designed beds that look like your bed, doggie robes, special collars and even turndown treats.

Le Park Meridian Hotel, pets enjoy mood music, scratch pads, and a special menu featuring foods like steak tartare. And – if you have a pet other than a dog, this may be the place for you. Apparently, they welcome all pets “from aardvarks to zebras.”

Not quite on the level with “in room massage,” but quite an upscale treat for you and your dog is The Loews Regency, which offers pets sleep mats, bowls, a special menu (developed by a vet), dog walkers, and pet videos. (Pet videos? I think they’re designed to keep your pets occupied? How very telly-tubby of them.) They also have a “Did You Forget?” closet that features pet beds, toys and leashes.
Don’t forget to check out the relatively moderately-priced Hotel Pennsylvania. Their doggie amenities might not be on par with in-room massage, but they know a thing or two about dog care away from home; they’re the hotel of the Westminster Dog Show!

These homes away from home for your loved one are really re-defining what it means to be a “pet parent!”


~happy pampering~

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