If you are taking a trip away from home, you need someone to take care of Fluffy and Fido. You can always put them in the kennel, but many pet owners don’t like the idea of their beloved pets being locked up in small cages for several days. It’s stressful for Fluffy and Fido. Fortunately, there are alternatives.
Luxury “pet hotels” are becoming more and more common these days. Dogs stay in large “suites” with toddler pets and cable television. Cats stay in “cat condos,” with several levels for comfortable lounging. Gourmet meals are served. On-site spas offer salon baths and massages. Dogs can take a dip in the pool. A staff member will read them a bedtime story at night. Limousine service is available if you don’t want to drive your pouch to the hotel yourself.
The cost for a night’s stay at a luxury pet hotel can vary widely depending on the accommodations and the services offered. Some services, like spa services, may cost extra. Around $30 per night is common for cats. A night’s stay for dogs will cost more.
The Dog MaHall in Orlando, Florida (www.thedogmahall.com), is a fine example of a luxury hotel for pets. Dogs stay in private suites (not cages) with plush beds, a box of toys, and cable television. Dogs enjoy four outdoor walks per day, a “Yappy Hour” social with other canines, and a salon bath. Web cams are available so absentee owners can keep an eye on their pets. Massages are available. A room service menu offers cheeseburgers and ice cream. Boarding is available for cats, as well, in four-level luxury “townhouses.”
D Pet Hotel in Los Angeles, California (www.dpethotels.com) offers suites with either twin beds or queen beds and flat screen TV’s. Spa services are available. So is personal training and doggy treadmills.
At the Fur Seasons Resort in Stuart, Florida (www.thefurseasonsresort.com), dogs enjoy toddler beds and television sets. Two rooms can be connected for multi-dog families. Nighttime is relaxing with soothing music piped in. Special services are available, including aromatherapy and movie time (complete with popcorn and the company of a staff member). Cats stay in four-level condos that feature large windows looking out over fish tanks or birdhouses
At Wagsworth Manor in Malvern, Pennsylvania (www.wagsworthmanor.com), dogs can stay in suites that include private windows and television sets. They enjoy a minimum of five potty outings per day. Dogs can enjoy individual and group play time and can take a dip in the pool. Cats can enjoy play time in a specially designed playroom.
When selecting a luxury hotel for your pet’s stay, ask plenty of questions. Comfy beds and cable television are all well and good, but what are the qualifications of the staff? How many staff people are on duty at any given time, and how many pets are they responsible for at one time? Is there a vet on staff? Can they meet any special needs your pet may have, such as feeding a special diet or administering medications? Drop in to take a tour of the hotel (don’t schedule an appointment first, just drop in). Ask for references.
Dog MaHall, Orlando, Florida. http://www.thedogmahall.com/index.html.
D Pet Hotel, Los Angeles, California. http://www.dpethotels.com/about.htm.
Fur Seasons Resort, Stuart, Florida. http://www.thefurseasonsresort.com/index.html.
Wagsworth Manor in Malvern, Pennsylvania. http://www.wagsworthmanor.com/html/index.htm.