Forget fancy boarding kennels or hiring a pet-sitter: Modern travelers are taking their precious pups with them on vacation. Sixty million U.S. households own a dog, according to a recent survey, and 60 percent of hotels were pet friendly in 2014, up 10 percent from eight years earlier. Now, as Americans spend upwards of $60 billion on their pets, hotels are stepping up the perks.
At many properties, canine guests are greeted with toys and treats upon check-in, and rooms are stocked with plush dog beds, along with food and water bowls. Some hotels are taking it to the next level with pup-specific gourmet room service offerings, curated itineraries, and on-location doggy ambassadors. At these places, pet parents no longer have to stress about their canine companions being allowed but unwelcome: When it comes to traveling with your fur-baby, these perks make it truly feel like it’s (finally) the Year of the Dog.
W South Beach in Miami, Florida
W South Beach recently introduced the Pets Are Welcome (PAW) Program to treat four-legged guests to the same levels of luxurious service from check-in to check-out. Pets are greeted with a new toy, treat, W Hotels pet tag, clean-up bags, pet bed, and a “pet in room” door sign. And they’re not forgotten when it’s time for turndown: A special treat before bedtime will make dogs feel like they’re in ultimate pup heaven. Located right on the dazzling oceanfront and just steps from lively Collins Avenue, W South Beach also offers plenty of variety when it comes to walking routes.
At the W South Beach, the room rate with a pet is $25 above the room charge in addition to a nonrefundable $100 cleaning fee. One pet is allowed per room, with a weight limit of 40 pounds. Rooms at the W South Beach start at $349.
Ojai Valley Inn in Ojai, California
When pet owners escape to this iconic getaway with their pups, they might wonder who’s getting the better vacation. The Ojai Valley Inn greets canine guests with organic homemade dog treats, eco-friendly Harry Barker pet beds, and plenty of sunny pet-friendly areas for walking, exercise, and play. Plus, there’s a welcome letter from Coco, the hotel’s official puppy ambassador. The adorable Cavalier King Charles spaniel can be spotted around the resort welcoming dog friends to the property (and can be followed on Instagram at @theluxuriouslifeofcoco).
At the Ojai Valley Inn, there is a $150 fee for the first dog and $50 fee for the second dog. There are no size or breed restrictions. Rooms start at $379.