America's Cutest Hotel Pets

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Bring your cuddly friend along for the ride at these eight pet–friendly hotels

According to a 2011 Tripadvisor survey, 47% of American pet owners plan to travel with their pets this year, and more and more hotels are devising ways to make those four–legged family members feel welcome—from complimentary pet beds, bowls, and treats to doggie spa services and daily nature hikes. These eight spots go one better—they all have resident pets of their own. Have you ever stayed at a hotel with a particularly charming furball?


1. Nikos at Hotel Palomar Los Angeles

The Hotel Palomar in Los Angeles's Westwood neighborhood rolls out the red carpet for all kinds of canines. There are no size or weight restrictions for dogs, and no deposits or extra cleaning charges, etiher. Guest rooms are equipped with pet beds, food and water bowls, poop bags and walking maps—and you can even arrange dog sitting and walking services through the hotel's concierge.

2. Bachelor and Miner at Ritz-Carlton Bachelor Gulch near Beaver Creek, Colo.

The Ritz–Carlton Bachelor Gulch in Avon, Colorado, provides a host of pet–friendly amenities, including bowls, beds, toys, treats, and all–natural dog food. The hotel also organizes "Doggie Daybreak & Twilight" hikes and offers in–room dog massages for those serious about pampering their pups. A resident Saint Bernard named Bachelor and an English Cream Golden Retriever named Miner act as the resort's canine ambassadors. The hotel charges a $125 cleaning fee for the first three night's of a pet's stay (and $25 per night thereafter), and donates $25 of each pet's fees to the ASPCA.

3. Matilda at the Algonquin in New York City

One of the most famous hotel pets in the U.S. is Matilda, a Ragdoll cat who holds court in New York City's Algonquin Hotel. (There have actually been a series of Matildas over the years—the first one lived here in the 1930s.) The hotel throws her a birthday party each year in August, and as of 2009, when the Algonquin [hearts] Pets program launched, the hotel also welcomes guests' pets (for no additional fees). This May, the historic hotel unveiled the results of its latest project: a multi-million-dollar renovation to its guest rooms and lobby.

4. Rowdy and Stella at the Hyatt Regency Hill Country near San Antonio

The adoption this year of rescued golden/Labrador retriever mixes Rowdy and Stella spurred the creation of the Hyatt Regency Hill Country's new pet program, which includes a Canine Cuisine room–service menu, pet–friendly rooms stocked with treats, bowls and doggie bags, and listings of local pet–supply shops, veterinarians, pet sitters, and area walking trails and dog parks at the concierge desk. (Additional cleaning fees apply.) You can even treat your pet to a shampoo or a pedicure at the resort's spa.

5. Sandie at the Indigo Hotel San Diego

Sandie doesn't always work the front desk at the Hotel Indigo in San Diego's Gaslamp Quarter. But there are plenty of perks for pet owners no matter who checks them in. The hotel supplies guests with bowls, dog beds, and treats, and directs visitors to pet–friendly beaches and restaurants nearby. (There's no there's no extra charge for bringing a pet.)

6. Penny at the Nolitan Hotel, New York City

Penny, a German Shepherd mix, holds the title of Director of Pet Relations at the Nolitan Hotel, a boutique property that opened in New York City in August 2011. There's a $100 fee for putting up pets in the Nolitan, but that covers cleaning charges and a welcome basket of treats on toys upon your arrival. Amenities for human guests include free bike (and skateboard) rentals, old–school board games, free Wi–Fi, and passes to a 24–hour gym nearby.

7. Fred and Ed at High Hampton Inn in Cashiers, NC

How many hotels can claim two miniature donkeys among their attractions? So far we only know of one: The 90–year–old High Hampton Inn in Cashiers, NC. Guests can get some face time with the diminutive donkeys by feeding them snacks of carrots and apples picked up from the inn's kitchen. Don't worry: Fred and Ed pull their own weight at the resort—and your kids' weight, too, when they lead hayrides around the property in the summer. There's also plenty of room on the 1,400–acre grounds for your own pets to roam free.

8. Monty at Montage Deer Valley in Park City, Utah

Dogs up to 45 pounds are welcome to join Monty the Saint Bernard at Montage Deer Valley in Park City, Utah for a $100 fee; limit of two dogs per room. The fee covers a welcome treat, all–natural jerky and organic dog treats; dog beds can be provided on request.


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