Over the past few years, luxury hotel chains have become increasingly friendly towards four-legged guests. The W Hotel, for instance, now pampers pets with a W Hotels pet tag, clean-up bags and a custom W pet bed (to name just a few of the amenities).
Why the sudden hospitality? For one, a growing majority of U.S. households have pets, 65% according to an American Pet Products Association (APPA) estimate. What is more, most households view their pets as members of the family and are therefore hesitant to leave their pet behind on family vacations.
And let’s not forget that hotels have something to gain from a pet-friendly stance: fees. While many discount hotel chains accommodate pets for no extra charge, several luxury chains charge over $100 per pet stay.
Here are the top 8 luxury hotel chains for pet owners.
The Mandarin Oriental accommodates pets up to 30 lbs and includes luxury amenities such as a keepsake golden collar tag, special treats, food and water bowls, pet beds and even all-natural pet food. These luxuries come at a cost, however. The hotel requires a pet deposit of USD 250, 100 of which is refundable upon check out.
The W Hotel’s Pets Are Welcome (P.A.W.) program allows pets up to 40 lbs and offers a custom W pet toy, pet bed and other services including pet sitting and dog walking. One pet is allowed per room, and a pet waiver must be signed at check in.
Special Tip: To avoid the pet fee, consider other Starwood Hotels. In certain cities, Starwood properties including Sheratons and Westins allow pets for no extra charge.
All of Loews hotels are pet friendly. The hotel chain’s Loews Loves Pets program allows two pets per room and offers pets a name tag, bowl and special treats. Loews hotels also loan pet beds, litter boxes, scratching posts and other essentials. Special services include pet sitting and pet walking. Pet owners must show up-to-date vaccinations upon check in. Unlike some of its luxury hotel counterparts, Loews charges a modest pet fee of $25 per stay and doesn’t enforce a weight limit.
Hilton welcomes pets and includes dog bowls and a placemat upon check-in. Your pet will also get “his or her own travel tote with organic treats, bio-degradable waste bags, and a travel-sized bottle of deodorizing disinfectant.” Hilton charges a $75 per stay pet fee, limits pets to 75 lbs, and requires a pet reservation in advance. Two pets are allowed per room.
Kimpton Hotels were one of the first higher end chains to welcome pets. The hotel offers amenties such as pet-bed loaners, food and water bowls, waste bags and mats. There is no weight limit and no limit on number of pets allowed. Kimpton Hotels even have nightly wine receptions where pets are welcome! Unlike most other luxury chain, Kimpton Hotels do not charge additionally for pets and no deposit is required.
Not all Four Seasons hotels allow pets, but the ones that do offer amenities like pet beds and food and water bowls. In general, the Four Seasons properties that allow pets do not charge for their stay.
We were hesitant to put Aloft on this list given it has less 'luxury' status than the 7 hotel brands listed above. Although the hotel boasts modern, updated rooms and high quality conditions, it is no Ritz Carlton or W Hotel. That said, Team Django loves Aloft and here's why:
Aloft does not charge a pet fee, and all Aloft chains welcome dogs. Dogs up to 40 pounds are welcome, but larger dogs can sometimes stay with a special waiver (call your Aloft location to discuss). Most Aloft hotels also have a pet-friendly program - this pet initiative provides visiting pets with a special bed, bowl, and doggie bag full of treats, toys, and waste bags (all complimentary).
In June 2016, Mike and I (Steph) packed up our tiny New York City apartment and put almost everything we owned into storage. We flew to the Pacific Northwest with two suitcases and our long-haired dachshund, Django. Over the next 10 months, Mike and I worked remotely, lived in both Oregon and Southern California, and spent almost all of our free time adventuring, hiking, and camping with Django. One of our all-time favorite dog-friendly adventures was a road trip down California's Pacific Coast Highway.
In this DJANGO Dog Blog article, we highlight the best dog-friendly places to visit along the Pacific Coast Highway. Although the PCH technically ends just north of San Diego, we include our favorite pet-friendly beaches, parks, camping grounds, and vineyards to visit on your next road trip from San Francisco to San Diego. We also include an interactive Google Map highlighting each dog-friendly attraction along the route.
Heartworm disease is one of the most serious and potentially lethal canine diseases. It is prevalent throughout the United States and found all over the world. Heartworms are silent killers that can damage your dog’s heart, lungs, liver, and kidneys if left untreated.
If you are a dog owner, you are likely well aware that it is important to protect your dog against heartworm disease. You probably give your dog regular heartworm prevention medicine to ensure your four-legged friend's health and wellbeing. But have you ever stopped to wonder what exactly heartworm disease in dogs is? What causes heartworm disease, and how do dogs contract heartworms? What are the symptoms of canine heartworm disease? Can the disease be successfully treated?
Here is everything you need to know about the causes, symptoms, treatment, and prevention of heartworm disease in dogs.
When we brought Django home in 2015, he had 28 razor sharp puppy teeth. Like a human baby, Django explored the world by putting objects into his mouth. Although we (Mike and Steph) always tried to direct Django's chewing energy towards puppy-safe chew toys, Django would put things in his mouth and chew on items he wasn't supposed to. Since Mike and I were a part of his world, he inevitably started nipping and biting our fingers, hands, and toes.
While mouthing is completely normal during puppyhood, it is important to let your puppy know what is and what is NOT allowed to be chewed on. Why do puppies gnaw on everything? How do you keep your dog from biting you? Are there outdated training techniques you should avoid? When should you seek professional help for your four-legged friend?
We spoke to Denise Harmon, the founder of Brooklyn-based dog training and consultant company Empire of the Dog, for tips on preventing puppy nipping and biting. Here is everything you need to know.