See Spot Stay on National Dog Day: Celebrate in a Pet Lover’s Paradise Courtesy of Booking.com
Booking.com, the global leader in connecting travelers with the widest choice of incredible places to stay, knows it can be heart-breaking to leave a beloved pooch behind while embarking on an adventure. Luckily, on the day that’s all about dogs, there are 10 pieces of pet paradise where man’s bestfriend can let loose. National Dog Day is on August 26, and with an increasing number of travelers looking to take their smaller halves with them, as well as more accommodations and airlines catering to canines, there’s no reason why furry adventurers can’t join in on the fun.
In honor of this woof-worthy holiday, Booking.com shares top tips on what to look for in a pet-friendly stay, along with a selection of highly-rated accommodations gems specifically geared towards animal loving jet-setters and their four-legged friends.
5 things to look for in a pet-friendly stay:
- Make sure the staff is known for loving—not just dealing with—pets! National Dog Day is about being proud of our four-legged buddies, not dodging disapproving looks while walking through hotel corridors.
- Check out the scenery or nearby parks to make sure playful pups can run and roam.
- See if spa days are available for owners and pets alike, everyone – even dogs – deserve to be pampered during their stay.
- Remember that food can make or break a trip, and that dogs have taste buds too. Gourmet pet menus are available at a wide array of stays.
- Many accommodations offer puppy packages. From special bowls and name tags to beds and bones, don’t forget to look into the tasty treats that might be available.
From East to West, where to find the best:
1. Play catch in Carmel – Carmel Valley Ranch, Carmel Valley, CA
With gorgeous views and many miles to run free, it’s not hard to imagine why Carmel is Booking.com’s number 1 pet-friendly destination, according to endorsements by Booking.com travelers. Pups pant with joy while sitting on their personal terraces, and cozy up by the fireplaces on specially made doggie beds. This is California dreaming.
2. Welcome to Miami – 1 Hotel South Beach, Miami Beach, FL
Breaking away from boring bowls of kibbles and bits, pups receive five-star treatment at the eco-luxe 1 Hotel & Homes South Beach. When guests dine at Beachcraft, an on-property restaurant by celebrity chef Tom Colicchio, dogs receive delectable treats made of farm-to-table ingredients like chicken liver, raw cuts of beef, carrots, celery and blueberries.
Still drooling over 1 Hotel’s pet obsession? The pet-friendly Concierge team, educated by the folks at BarkBox, offer information about Miami's best dog parks, pet shops, grooming salons and more.
3. The Canine Persuasion – Vintage Portland, A Kimpton Hotel, Portland, OR
The Director of Pet Relations at Vintage Portland will roll over for her guests… since she is a dog. Kimpton hotels are so passionate about pets, they are now on staff. Offering all sorts of goodies and grooming, the policy is ‘if a pet fits through the door, they’ll welcome them in.’ With the utmost respect for puppy protocol, door hangers alert other hotel guests and staff when a pet is in the room.
4. No one loves pets like Loews – Loews Coronado Bay Resort, San Diego, CA
Finally, a weekend away in San Diego to play! Featured in National Geographic’s The Dog Lover’s Guide to Travel, Loew’s is a VERY proud lover of pets. Dogs are offered several ‘creature comforts’ from gourmet meals and specialized bedding to walking services and dog-walking route maps.
5. Size doesn’t matter – The Little Nell, Aspen, CO
Size doesn’t matter at The Little Nell, where all pets are welcome and doggie treats are rolling left and right. Step outside on the (possibly puppy covered) patio and take a look at the dazzling mountains before going hiking or skiing, depending on the season. For long distance travelers, this hotel's ‘Puppy Jet Lag Kit’ will take care of a tired pet’s needs.
6. Grand Harbor for hounds – Grand Harbor Inn, Camden, ME
Get the most out of Maine at the Grand Harbor Inn with stunning views of sailboats in the harbor and staff who are ‘proud of pets and welcome them in with a warm greeting and a rub behind the ears’. Don’t forget to ask about the other ‘Grand amenities’ such as welcome packet full of local pet resources, gourmet biscuits, a plush fleece bed, special food and water bowl.
7. There’s a place for pets in Chicago – The Langham Chicago, Chicago, IL
Want to make a city trip to check out the Navy Pier? The Langham warmly welcomes travelers and their pets to stay in style in the heart of Chicago. Only a short walk from dog friendly parks, there are many chances for unleashed excitement in the big city.
8. ‘Big Dog’ Room Service – The Iron Horse Hotel, Milwaukee, WI
The Iron Horse has adoration for dogs so deep that they have a special room service dedicated to them. Only a couple blocks away from the city center and pet play areas, it’s the perfect location to please pets. For furry friends that are foodies, why not let them try something from the ‘Big Dog’ gourmet menu?
9. The Dog Park – Park Hyatt Washington, Washington, DC
The Park Hyatt may not actually be a dog park, but it will leave four-legged friends salivating with joy! Humans may even have some comfort competition since canines get their own comfortable bed, delicious treats, grooming services and a special water bowl.
10. Strutting down the strip – Delano Las Vegas at Mandalay Bay, Las Vegas, NV
Check out Delano where pet lovers can step outside to strut down Sin City’s strip with their handsome hounds, or enjoy their dog-sitting services while hitting the clubs. Stay in a pet friendly room where ‘all dogs are treated with the same modern conveniences as their human counterparts.’
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