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Hotels and Airlines Offering Plush Pet Perks in May for National Pet Month

April 16, 2014 -

Luxury hotels and airlines are encouraging guests to bring pets along on travel by offering special services specifically designed for four-legged friends.

Le Meurice (pictured above) has always been very welcoming to pets. During the renovations from 1905-1907, the workers took in a stray greyhound that had been living on-site. Hotel personnel then adopted the dog, and it soon became the mascot and inspiration for the Meurice's emblem today – a pair of Greyhounds. Also, when Salvador Dali one of the Meurice's regular guests, checked out, the hotel staff had to completely repaint the Suite Royale because his two tame ocelots particularly loved the carpets!

- Complimentary pet basket (for cats and dogs) available,
- Custom-designed bowl with the name of the pet can be easily arranged in advance,
- Name tag with the name of the pet,
- Specific menus and food options available,
- The grooms are pleased to walk dogs in the Tuileries Garden.

Rome Cavalieri pets

The Rome Cavalieri, Waldorf Astoria Resorts & Hotels encourages treating canine companions and taking them along on luxury getaways. The hotel has organized a special program designed to pamper beloved pets. The Very Important Pet (VIP) service provides its furry guests with special doggy menus that offer a variety of options including tuna, game and a healthy rice, meat and vegetable soup. For stylish canines, cashmere doggy sweaters, personalized with a pet's name in rhinestones, can be ordered. The property's fifteen acres of lush, Mediterranean parkland are the perfect on-site location for walks. While owners may be touring the Eternal City or dining at La Pergola, dog walking and dog-sitting services are available. The pet staff can also organize an appointment at La Domus Aventina, a nearby doggy spa, while guests indulge in the Grand Spa. €30 per day, one pet per room

The Windsor Court Hotel warmly welcomes four-legged companions and strives to personalize each pet's visit the same way they personalize two-legged guests' stay at the hotel. The property is happy to extend a plush dog bed, welcome treats, a placemat with food and water bowls and an area walking map for both owner and pet to scope out the city. The concierge is happy to arrange any pet-sitting, walking or grooming services on guests' behalf as well. Upon booking, guests are encouraged to provide the concierge with their pet's name and breed so that they can be appropriately accommodated and welcomed. $150 per stay, up to two pets per room, weighing up to 40 pounds each.

To embrace the growing trend of pets as travel companions, Sheraton New Orleans caters to dogs up to 40 pounds with the Pet Welcome Pack. Not only does the hotel allow dogs to accompany guests in their rooms with no additional fees, but they'll even provide a complimentary Sheraton Sweet Sleeper dog bed, bowl and mat, treat bag with doggie bones and waste cleanup bags. The travel kit for pets also offers doggie suggestions including a list of the nearest parks, doggie daycares, groomers, vets and more. The hotel is also home to a gallery from the late, great George Rodrigue, famous for his Blue Dog series featuring his terrier named Tiffany. Dog lovers will delight at the hotel's newest Blue Dog addition, a 100-year-old Steinway piano covered in the legendary dog's portrait, a truly one-of-a-kind piece.

The W Fort Lauderdale beachfront resort offers the P.A.W.s program (pets are welcome) in which pets checking-in receive a W dog bed, W dog bowls and a house made treat. The resort's in-room dining menu also has a section just for pets with items such as grilled chicken, oats and vegetables that can be delivered right to the room. The property also sells house made dog treats at the W Café so your furry friend can enjoy a treat while you're grabbing coffee in the morning.

Westin Cape Coral Resort dogs

The Westin Cape Coral Resort at Marina Village is the perfect getaway for the entire family, including four-legged family members. The resort's recently renovated spacious guest rooms feel like home with most featuring full kitchens, washer and dryers, screened-in balconies and more. The waterfront resort welcomes pets up to 45 pounds at no additional fee (unless of course there is damage to the room). Furry friends will receive the Heavenly Pet Treatment including a Heavenly Dog Bed, floor mat, food and water bowls. The resort offers designated pet areas and even welcomes dogs at the resort's outdoor dining establishments.

Waldorf Astoria New York dogs

The Towers of the Waldorf Astoria, the richly appointed 181-room hotel occupying the top 14 floors of the Waldorf Astoria New York, rolls out crisp white linens and china service for pups with the Fido-Friendly package. Furry friends are welcome to enjoy their owners Towers room accommodation (hand selected by the new Towers Suite Specialist) along with receiving pet amenities (pet bed, chic bowls, etc.), one complimentary pet walking during the stay and the famed service of the Towers with a Personal Concierge that can assist with pet needs including grooming, pet shopping, pet spa appointments, etc. Fido can order from the Canine Culinary room service menu. Catering to dogs with discerning palates, the menu offers doggie delicacies such as German shepherd's pie (a twist on Grandma's specialty) and Pekingese's duck.

EL AL Israel Airlines, Israel's national airline, caters to four-legged travelers with their Frequent Flyer Pet Program, making them the first airline to ever develop a loyalty program for pets! Available exclusively to members of the Matmid Frequent Flyer program, pets (under 18 pounds) who fly aboard the cabin three times within three years will receive their fourth trip free.

The Westin St. John Resort & Villas' “Fun Team” partners with the St. John Animal Care Center for guests hoping to return to the States with a rescue dog in tow from their trip to the USVI. Guests will simply speak with the property's Fun Team in order to learn more about the adoption process and to visit the shelter. In order to adopt a dog, guests will simply be responsible for an adoption fee, a health certificate and the cost of the carrier, all of which are available directly through the shelter. Before their departure, dogs (up to 20 pounds) enjoy the best service at The Westin St. John Resort & Villas and are treated with a Westin Heavenly Pet Bed, a Westin Heavenly Dog Bowl, Westin Heavenly Treats and Westin Heavenly Dog Toys. Travelers who are unable to adopt a pet but are still hoping to care for the animals can participate in the Fun Team's weekly activity by creating handmade toys that are donated to the pets housed at the shelter. Additionally, guests can also sign up to assist with walking dogs at the shelter that are awaiting their departure.

Located at the foot of the rainforest on a former coconut plantation, The St. Regis Bahia Beach Resort, Puerto Rico welcomes pets up to 40 pounds at the resort. The resort, which hosts culinary delights to the likes of Jean-Georges' Fern restaurant, also provides a pet-friendly menu available from 11:00 a.m. to 11:00 p.m. boasting prime edibles such as the following:

• Beef Au Jus Mini Meatballs
• Angus Burger, White Rice, Raw Egg
• 4 oz. Grilled Beef Steak
• Tartar Beef Filet and Poultry Gizzards Emulsion
• Salmon Scrambled Eggs, White Rice

Additionally, the resort offers an array of amenities such as St. Regis branded doggy bowls, beds and toys. A fee of $200 is charged for guests with pets.

Located just eight miles off the coast of Puerto Rico, The W Retreat & Spa – Vieques Island's PAW Program welcomes dogs with custom experiences arranged through the concierge. Guest can contact the concierge to coordinate a variety of services to the likes of dog-sitting, dog-walking, grooming services, information on local pet stores and even the option of securing a pet-friendly birthday cake. Pets staying at the resort can also receive a W pet bed, food and water bowls and a special treat at turndown.


 

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