Best Pet-Friendly Hotels With Animals In Residence You Need To Meet
Check out these unique hotels where solicitous service may just include a tail wag, a gentle gallop or a welcoming purr. Here are some of the best animal-loving hotels around that world that really take their pet-friendly status seriously.
Fairmont Empress, Victoria, BC
Fairmont Hotels and Resorts have a Fairmont Canine Ambassador Program that sees most of their properties across the country play host to a four-legged welcome committee. Winston, a 3-year old yellow Labrador/golden retriever cross calls Canada’s iconic Empress hotel home. He came to the hotel from the Canadian Guide Dogs program and is a wellness expert, trained to assist humans with sight impairment, stress, emotional distress and travel anxiety.
The Algonquin Hotel, NYC
Since one fateful day in the 1920s, when a stray kitty walked into the hotel and never looked back, The Algonquin (Autograph Collection) has not been without the pitter-patter of feline feet. Boy cats are always named Hamlet—in honor of one-time hotel resident actor John Barrymore’s most famous role—and the girls are named Matilda. A friendly ginger is the latest Hamlet to grace the hotel’s hallways.
The Oyster Box, Durban, South Africa
Skabenga, whose name means hooligan in Zulu, is the resident cat at one of South Africa’s most exclusive hotels, The Oyster Box. The tabby wandered in many years ago and—as cats are known to do—simply refused to leave. He’s a favorite at the concierge desk where he’s more than happy to tell guests which restaurants have the best seafood. The not-to-be-missed event is his yearly birthday celebration.
Gleneagles Hotel, Scotland
This five-star, award-winning property recently welcomed Hettie, an adorable Shetland pony. Described as a “wee princess” by the hotel’s Equestrian team, Hettie’s favorite pastimes are eating and getting her long mane groomed. She participates in the hotel’s complimentary Stable Tours and Meet the Ponies experiences (part of Gleneagles’ family summer program).
The Westin Ottawa, Ontario
The Westin Wags Foster Program provides a temporary home for abandoned, abused or neglected dogs until they find their forever home. Hotel guests can enjoy some quality cuddle time with the foster dogs (who each get their own Westin Heavenly Dog Bed) and even take them for a walk. Since the program started in 2015, the Westin has helped 22 dogs find homes.
Le Bristol Paris, France
Fa-raon, a white Birman with blue eyes that would melt the heart of even the staunchest feline naysayer, looks exquisitely at home in his luxe Parisian surroundings. He even has his own graffiti decorated room designed by contemporary artist RENK and a personalized Goyard dish and collar.
Brenners Park-Hotel & Spa, Baden-Baden, Germany
Kléopatre is well-suited to life at this Grand Dame hotel. Staff report that she adores the historic elegance, the warmth of the fireplace and the soothing sounds of the River Oos, which runs through her very own private courtyard.
Mandarin Oriental, Boston
The Mandarin Oriental in Boston has two “Ambassadors of Pet Relations”. The two pups are actually the General Manager’s golden retrievers, Bonnie and Tara. GM Philipp Knuepfer brings his dogs, whom he rescued when he was living in Singapore and working at the Mandarin Oriental, with him to work every day.
Mission Point, Mackinac Island, Michigan
An essential member of the hotel’s Grounds Team, Nick the border collie, helps keep the lawn free of geese. When he’s not on high alert for pesky birds, he can be found chilling at the concierge desk. His side gig is to make new friends throughout the property and he’s a real hit with the kids.
Kimpton Onyx Hotel, Boston
Kimpton has several hotels across America with pets in residence but two of the newest additions are Bandit and Bowser. The one-and-a-half year-old, long-haired Chihuahuas have proudly taken on the roles of “Director of Make Fetch Happen” and “Director of Paws & Stay” respectively.
Capella Singapore, Singapore
Capella Singapore, a luxurious sanctuary on Singapore’s bucolic Sentosa Island has a pack of resident peacocks who like putting on a show to see if they can outshine the scenic views. The resplendent peafowls enjoy visiting guests at their villas or even during meals at The Knolls, which overlooks the South China Sea.