The swanky pet hotel market is booming. People can’t seem to get enough extras when it comes to their dogs. Nothing is too good for your beloved furry friend, obviously, but some of the amenities at these expensive pooch palaces might be pushing it a bit.
Here are six of the world’s most extravagant canine establishments:
A stone’s throw from the L.A. Four Seasons hotel, the Barkley offers all the amenities of its renowned neighbor — and more. Can the Four Seasons offer individual fur-dying, stenciling, or a bejeweled “pawdicure”?
The luxury suites at the Barkley feature individual climate control, flat-screen televisions, webcam access, custom furniture, and piped music. There are swimming lessons for residents with personal swim instructors, and fully trained animal masseurs. You can even order a steak from the Four Seasons menu.
With dog lodges designed by noted architects and a main building created in the Bauhaus style, the Canis places the emphasis on ambience, wanting to create a unique, restful, organic stay for your pooch.
Expertly trained dog-sitters are on hand to see to your hound’s every whim. They not only provide the usual grooming and exercise regimes, but also offer physiotherapy and wellness treatments, which involve an initial 90-minute therapy session followed by orthopedic and neurological analysis.
If you’re a little jittery about leaving your beloved canine pal in the care of strangers, the Pet’s Dream Park might be perfect for you. They have an extensive series of webcams set up so you can track your hound’s progress no matter where they are or what they are up to. You can even get the feed on your cell phone.
Each furry little guest gets her own room with AC, plus there’s an indoor sports field and a swimming pool.
Your mutt will have to be dragged kicking and howling from Chateau Poochie after experiencing its suites with designer king-size sleigh beds, flat-screen televisions, a personal overnight attendant, and an on-site gourmet chef. On-site gourmet chef? I once had a motel room with a hot plate in it, but that’s about as close as I got.
Your mutt can take it easy with a trip to the Zen Wellness Centre, enjoy movie nights, and take advantage of a spa featuring blueberry facials.
This swanky logement du chien is on the outskirts of Paris, so you could expect the emphasis to be on food. At the Actuel, dogs are treated to fine cuisine, and then they can work it all off with a series of bespoke exercise activities including hiking, biking, and jogging.
The Parisian owners also want to make sure there’s a pragmatic French side to their endeavor; they have steered clear of the more extreme fur dyeing and nail-jeweling elements of some of the more notable pet hotels.
If you have a doggie diva who needs to be appeased, then the old Hollywood style and luxurious surroundings of the iconic Beverly Hills Hotel might be ideal for you and your pup to enjoy the Canine Connoisseur Program.
In one of the famed bungalows that have housed stars such as Elizabeth Taylor, Marilyn Monroe and Marlene Dietrich, your own personal four-legged starlet will be treated to a freshly-baked doggie bone, with his name iced onto it, plus Beverly Hills Hotel-branded bed, bowl, and even a pink tennis ball.
And of course, while you’re there, it would be rude of you not to sample the spa, the famous Polo Lounge bar, and one of the many pools.
Your mutt will have to be dragged kicking and howling from this swanky New York City oasis of luxury after experiencing the suites with designer Kuranda dog beds, flatscreen TVs, three private 6,000-square-feet dog parks, a luxury boutique, and chauffeur service that will collect your pooch in a Ferrari, Bentley, or Rolls-Royce.
As well as a spa featuring massage, aromatherapy, detoxifying thermal wraps and calming music, you can also use the custom doggie treadmills and even a personal trainer.
Have you stayed in a super-classy dog-friendly hotel? Recommend it to us in the comments!