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6 Over-the-Top Hotel Perks for Pets

Everyone feels pampered at these properties that offer luxe amenities for furry travelers

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Pet-friendly properties like The Mark in New York City offer luxury amenities for furry family members.
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Pet travel is booming in the U.S. About 70 percent of Americans now own a pet, and 38 percent of 59-to 77-year-old pet owners have stayed at a pet-friendly hotel with their dog, according to the American Pet Products Association (APPA). 

It’s not surprising that the hotel industry is embracing pet-friendly travel with tail-wagging enthusiasm. About 75 percent of hotels in the U.S. now welcome these four-legged companions, up from 50 percent in 2006, according to the American Hotel & Lodging Association. And they are pushing the envelope with over-the-top perks, such as welcome baskets, room service, “yappy” hours and dedicated play areas. 

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But only a rare breed stands out from the crowd. We sniffed out some of the most luxurious woof-worthy amenities and services offered by hotels that take poochie pampering to a new level. 

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The Lab of Luxury package at the Conrad Washington includes an Hermès collar, Tiffany & Co. water bowl and more over-the-top options.
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Conrad Washington, D.C.

Leading the pack for extravagance is the Lab of Luxury package at the Conrad Washington, D.C., a 360-room modern property in the heart of downtown. For a cool $5,999 for a two-night stay ($500 goes to the Humane Society), Fido gets an Hermès pet collar and leash, a Tiffany & Co. water bowl, house-made gourmet treats, a pet photo session and an afternoon picnic with car service on a tour of three dog-friendly wineries in Northern Virginia. 

What’s nearby: Walk your dog in leafy bench-dotted Franklin Park, downtown’s largest green space.

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Cats enjoy in-room climbing trees and other perks at the Best Friends Roadhouse in Kanab, Utah.
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Best Friends Roadhouse and Mercantile, Kanab, Utah

There’s pet friendly, and then there’s pet-centric. This rustic rural hotel welcomes up to four — count ’em — pets per room for free with no weight or breed restrictions. The 40-room property, festooned with animal artwork, is top dog for creature comforts: two plush doggie beds, a built-in cubby and a pull-out trundle. Pups can romp in two fenced-in pet parks, one with a splash zone, and clean up in washing stations with free grooming products. A clever two-door entry system ensures door dashers don’t dart out of the rooms. Felines feel welcome too thanks to the in-room cat trees. Not traveling with a pet? You can arrange animal sleepovers with a dog, cat or rabbit from the nearby Best Friends Animal Sanctuary (snuggle bunny, anyone?). 

What’s nearby: Pets are welcome in the public areas and walking trails of the Best Friends Animal Sanctuary, the largest of its kind in the country, 6 miles from the hotel.

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Anxious pup? Energy therapists will help soothe your dog at the Hilton Sedona Resort in Arizona.
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Hilton Sedona Resort at Bell Rock, Arizona

Is your furry BFF stressed from traveling? This being Sedona, the hotel can send its in-house energy therapist to calm your pooch with a 15-20-minute pet treatment that uses tuning forks ($95 per session). In addition, the hotel’s Pet Pals Package includes a two-night stay, $75 resort pet fee, $50 dining credit per night, two complimentary pet meals per day, and a signature deluxe BarkBox amenity with treats and toys (rates start at $350). Set in Arizona’s dramatic Red Rock country, this desert sanctuary boasts private fireplaces and balconies or patios in all 221 rooms and suites.

What’s nearby: Enjoy the pet-friendly, 0.8-mile Bell Rock trail among several other trails around this iconic butte and vortex site. The hotel also provides a list of outdoor pet-friendly restaurants in the area.

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Dogs get the ultimate treatment — including gourmet meals from Michelin-starred chef Jean-Georges Vongerichten — at The Mark in New York City.
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The Mark, New York

Michelin-starred chef Jean-Georges Vongerichten’s delectable cuisine at his restaurant at The Mark hotel isn’t just for humans. Pups can savor gourmet meals from his “Spoiled Dog’s Menu” served in the room: hound-pleasing ground beef with peas and string beans ($32) and dessert of cottage cheese with pineapple, banana and organic honey ($15). Every furry guest also receives a signature water bowl and a dog bed. This Upper East Side Art Deco-inspired landmark hotel, with 153 rooms and suites, charges a one-time pet-cleaning fee of $250 per stay for any size pooch.

What’s nearby: Central Park is mostly pet-friendly and located just steps from the hotel.

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Fido stays for free at the Surfjack Hotel & Swim Club in Honolulu.
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Surfjack Hotel & Swim Club, Honolulu 

Calling all water-loving fur babies! They can take surfing and stand-up paddleboard lessons at the Surfjack Hotel, a vintage-inspired 112-room property in Waikiki, via its exclusive partner, SUPDog Hawaii (guests get 10 percent off). Want to memorialize the experience? Book a bow-wow-worthy photoshoot with Oahu dog photographer Keri Nakahashi. Any size dog stays free at the hotel, which offers complimentary dog walking. Plus, the resident canine concierge, Jack, is available for play dates.

What’s nearby: Enjoy the water at two dog-friendly beaches — Gray’s Beach and Royal-Moana Beach — within walking distance of the hotel.

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Designer dog beds are one of the first-class amenities at the Brazilian Court Hotel in Palm Beach.
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Brazilian Court Hotel, Palm Beach, Florida

Pampered pooches can add a four-hour yacht cruise on a 50-footer to their bragging rights ($5,800) after checking in to this Spanish Colonial hotel in Palm Beach. The spoiling continues with spa services at a local pet salon arranged by the hotel concierge. At day’s end, your pup can dine from a branded bowl before falling asleep in a designer dog bed. The hotel charges $100 per pet up to 20 pounds.

What’s nearby: Walk your dog along stylish Worth Avenue or on the beach two blocks from the hotel.

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