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The New Breed of Pet-Friendly Hotels

Traveling with pets used to be something only eccentric French aristocrats could get away with. These days, it’s gone entirely mainstream, and is one of the ways the best hotels set themselves apart from the rest — witness the fine spread of well-traveled Instagram pups above. Offering everything from special meals to canine concierges, these fine Tablet hotels go out of their way to welcome your four-legged friends. (And since they’re all Tablet Plus hotels as well, you know you’re getting a red-carpet reception too.)

Special thanks to the #tabletpup community for highlighting their fur babies. Got one of your own? Hashtag it!

XV Beacon - boutique hotel in Boston
Boston, Massachusetts
XV Beacon

Just northeast of Boston Common, XV Beacon is positioned excellently with regard to neighborhood walkability. They sweeten the deal on arrival, too, furnishing a dog bed, bowls, and homemade biscuits, and be sure to explore their sitting and grooming recommendations for that little something extra. There’s even a “Dawgone” room service menu.

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Chicago, IL
Park Hyatt Chicago

As befits the upscale brand, dogs here get Evian, house treats, and a posh bed, not to mention a chance to join concierge mastermind Parker the Pug on Instagram at #barkhyattchicago. Can’t beat the lakeside views on a brisk walk, either. The pet fee starts at $100, donated to a local no-kill shelter.

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c/o The Maidstone - boutique hotel in Hamptons
Hamptons, New York
c/o The Maidstone

The puns just keep coming: there’s a Woof Menu, of course, and every day from 4 to 6 pm it’s half off for “Yappy Hour.” There’s a beach nearby for sandy paws and surf-loving Shar-Peis. And there isn’t a dog on the planet that wouldn’t love the lush stretch of lawn on which this Scandinavian-Hamptonian concern luxuriates. (Pet fee $25/night.)

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Palihouse Santa Monica - boutique hotel in Los Angeles
Los Angeles, CA
Palihouse Santa Monica

L.A. pups live life a little differently. We’re talking PLATO organic snacks, luxe Max-Bone beds, ceramic bowls, and courtesy bags for when nature calls. The staff absolutely adores dogs of every shape and size, taking pains to foster a dog-friendly lobby lounge environment. That attitude extends outward, too: they’re more than happy to set up you up with a local guide to canine activities and establishments. All for the price of a $125 one-time registration.

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Rosewood Beijing - boutique hotel in Shanghai
Rosewood Beijing

Grand studio guests shouldn’t hesitate to spring for the Pamper Your Pet package, which entails full professional grooming, thrice daily walks, canine fine dining (we love this phrase), and a food and beverage credit for the owner. Chances are your dog will enjoy a scenic ramble through nearby Sun Park just as much as you.

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Kimpton Epic Hotel - boutique hotel in Miami
Kimpton Epic Hotel

One benefit of a chain as well-established as Kimpton is the robust pet program: not just beds, food, bowls, and mats, but an in-the-know concierge for all your boutique pet needs and a by-name invite to the nightly wine reception. Another benefit? The Miami Riverwalk Trail, which passes right by the hotel.

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The Peninsula Beijing - boutique hotel in New York
New York
The Mark Hotel

How does a Jean-Georges dog menu sound? Great? Thought so. As if that weren’t enough, there’s also a Woof Woof Kit — practice requesting it in a dignified tone — for $75, which entitles pup to a custom collar, leash, portable water bowl, and courtesy bags. The Upper East Side won’t know what hit it.

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Kristiania Lech - boutique hotel in Lech am Arlberg
Lech am Arlberg, Austria
Kristiania Lech

Meet Willi, the Golden Retriever VP of Pet Relations, a duty taken quite seriously around these parts. Your dog will enjoy a luxe bed, blanket, towel, designer bowls, and a toy to top it all off; Very Important Pets can also splurge on gourmet in-room dining, aromatherapy, walking and sitting services, comprehensive guides to the area’s pet-friendly sights (and smells), and spa sessions with an in-house Animal Communicator. (Pet fee: €35/pet/night.)

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Paséa Hotel & Spa - boutique hotel in Huntington Beach
Huntington Beach, California
Paséa Hotel & Spa

The illustrious list of pet concierges goes on: Paséa plays host to Lago the French Bulldog, naturally. The neighborhood is just as welcoming, with Pacific City and Top Dog Bakery offering a full suite of grooming and sitting services as well as a cornucopia of treats and wearables between them. That’s if you can get your dog to leave the beach behind. (Pet fee: $150)

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Portland, Oregon
RiverPlace Hotel

Clearly these are dog people, completely smitten with any furry friends who darken their doorstep. Being situated right on the Willamette riverfront helps immensely in terms of doggy appeal, we must say. And if it happens to rain, as we’re told it occasionally does, we’re positive the snuggle factor is taken care of.

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Eden Roc at Cap Cana - boutique hotel in Dominican Republic
Punta Cana, Dominican Republic
Eden Roc at Cap Cana

Again with the VIP (Very Important Paws) treatment, and we couldn’t agree more: a treat menu, welcome amenity, Royal Dog bedding, bowls, and plush towels all combine to elevate your pup’s experience. They’ll walk and pet-sit, too, though when it comes to beaches like this, you’ll want the VIP to take it all in right beside you. Ruffing it, indeed, for the paltry sum of $50/night.

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Hôtel de Nell - boutique hotel in Paris
Paris, France
Hôtel de Nell

Let these fine Parisians know ahead of time and they’ll treat your dog well, pun very much intended: beds, bowls, and bones should keep the barks to a minimum. In keeping with the neighborhood’s stylish, easygoing nature, strike up a conversation with reception to arrange for just the right combination of snacks, toiletries, or activity itineraries to exceed Fido’s expectations. (Pet fee: €20)

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  • You missed a few in Chicago.

    Peninsula ChicagoMay 20th, 2017
  • There is no reason for a non-refundable deposit. Paying it is a rip-off if you have a well- behaved pet.

    Susan RosenJune 18th, 2017

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