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You no longer have to worry about leaving your four-legged furry friends at home or at a kennel when you go on vacation. Four- and five-star hotels are accommodating the more than 16 million Americans traveling with their pets.
Nilou Motamed, features editor for Travel + Leisure magazine, spoke with TODAY about some of the top pet-friendly hotels throughout the United States, sharing the amenities that each offers.
“The main thing we were looking at is that both owners and dogs would be welcomed with service, attention to detail and a sense of humor,” Motamed told TODAY.
Loews Coronado Bay Resort, San Diego
This Southern California hotel offers the ultimate water sport for dogs — a surfing competition. Get your pup ready to go by purchasing a “Su’ruff Camp” package. This includes doggie board shorts or a surfer bandanna, surfing lessons for your dog, a deluxe room and a “Surf ’n’ Turf” meal for your pooch.Hotel starting rate: $289 per night
All W Hotels have a special PAW program that offers luxury for pets. Pups get a custom W pet bed and a special treat at turndown. This hotel also offers dog-sitting, dog walking and grooming services. If your dog gets hurt while on vacation, the W offers first-aid kits called Bow-Ow Box and Meow-Ow Box. W Seattle’s chef Adam Stevenson even cooks up a special treat —the “Gourmutt” — a biscuit made with almond and peanut butter.Hotel starting rate: $259 per night
Hotel Allegro, Chicago
The “Pets in the City” package includes a pet bowl and bed, snacks, a leash and a 20-minute pet walk. If you want to spoil yourself, the hotel will arrange a limo for you and your pet to spend a day at a local spa or an in-room pet massage. Hotel starting rate: $149 per night
Mandarin Oriental, Miami
What better way to whip your dog into shape than by treating him to one of the hotel’s doggie boot camps? The hotel offers two boot camps — one for dogs who need training and another to help your dog look good. After boot camp, order your pet “Lucky Dog Cuisine” off the hotel menu. Also, your dog can look stylish wearing a doggie bathrobe and T-shirt. Hotel starting rate: $219 per night
Liaison Capitol Hill, Washington, D.C.
Treat your pets to amenities included in the “Jet Set Pets” program, which includes a dog bed, food and water bowl, chew toys and organic treats. At the nearby Art and Soul restaurant, your dog can enjoy dinner from the “Pooch Patio” menu. The “Happy Puppy” dish includes a grilled steak, doggie drinks and dessert.Hotel starting rate: $149 per night