According to the Travel Industry Association of America, nearly half of U.S. adult leisure travelers consider their pets to be part of the family, and 18 percent tend to take their pets with them when they travel. Many of New York’s best hotels are taking notice, and rolling out the red carpet, organic treats, pet psychics and massages to make your pet feel right at home when visiting. Read on for some great pet-friendly hotel options for your trip to the city.
Visitors to the storied Waldorf-Astoria hotel anticipate full-on luxury. So why would they expect anything less for their four-legged companions? The hotel’s “Fido-Friendly” package ensures that dogs are as pampered as well as their owners, with a luxury pet bed, two silver bowls, and complimentary dog walking during the stay. Also available: Dog concierge services to handle grooming, personal shopping or locating the best dog parks, and a “canine culinary” room-service menu (including such popular dishes as German Shepherd’s Pie and Great Dane’s Danish).
Directly across from Penn Station and just a block from the Empire State Building, the massive, pet-friendly Hotel Pennsylvania has 1,700 well-appointed rooms, and is ideal for visitors looking to stay near the city’s most famous sites without having to leave Rover or Kitty home. The hotel’s “Dogs, Cats & Giraffes Program” welcomes pets with a treat at check-in and ensures their comfort – along with their owners’ – during their stay.
Located between lush Central Park and buzzing Broadway, JW Marriott Essex House has something for everyone, whether you’ve got two feet or four. The hotel recently partnered with Amy Kizer of Wagwear boutique to create five-star canine amenities for guests looking to pamper their pooches, including a Wagwear dog bed or “Tee Pee Hound Lounge” (a pop-up tent with a fleece-lined bed inside), as well as homemade treats made by the hotel’s executive pastry chef. You can also choose from a selection of Wagwear’s stylish nylon collars and leashes for that morning walk in the park.
This upscale Midtown hotel is home to a top-rated restaurant, a dreamy spa and rooms with private terraces. The Benjamin‘s signature “Dream Dog” program offers everything from grooming services to a consultation with a pet psychic. When you sign up, you’ll receive one of three specially designed dog beds, ceramic food and water bowls, a doggy bathrobe, a complimentary treat, extra sheets and sidewalk bags. You can even splurge on a spa gift basket, which includes Every Dog Has His Day Spa shampoo, Between Baths Spritz, and soap-on-a-rope (all lavender scented for his discerning nose – and yours, too).
Located in the low-key Murray Hill neighborhood, Affinia Dumont boasts a family-friendly vibe and 239 spacious guest rooms, and is perpetually a hotel choice of dog owners in town for the Westminster Kennel Club Dog Show. Affinia’s “Jet Set Pets” program will give your dog organic treats, a chew toy, and a canvas travel water bowl – all yours for keeping after your stay. During your time there, your dog gets its own plush bed and has access to a groomer and a pet psychic – each of which may be the difference between Best of Group and Best in Show.