9 Posh Hotels for Dogs
From on-site spas to dog water parks, the latest dog boarding facilities are dripping with amenities. What’s driving this trend? According to Shannon Heggem, a boarding kennel consultant who opened one of the first luxury pet hotels in the 1990s and helps facilities add luxury services to their offerings, pet parents of all ages love to spoil their pups when they go away.
“After years of providing luxury pet care, it remains surprising to me to see what a diverse group of people seek out luxury services,” Heggem says. In addition to millennials (who spoil their fur babies in lieu of having human ones), baby boomers are a huge component of the luxury market. As empty-nesters, they want to spoil their fur kids like they do their grandchildren, she says.
“And, surprisingly, many of the luxury-seekers are of the middle-class working demographic. They can assuage their guilt of being away from their pets during the day by treating them to their own vacations when it is necessary to leave town—a win-win,” she adds.
From a cage-free boarding facility in Southern California to a chic Manhattan dog hotel that offers chauffer service, check out these nine posh pooch hotels:
The Barkley Pet Hotel in Orange Village, Ohio
At The Barkley Pet Hotel’s Orange Village, Ohio location, dogs are treated like royalty. Each dog receives three daily outdoor walks, 24-hour care, soothing music in their climate-controlled suite, daily housekeeping and linen service at the 15,000-square-foot facility located 30 minutes from Cleveland.
Dogs staying in the executive poolside suites get views of the pool, an in-suite TV, a belly rub at night and a “snoutcam” where owners can watch their furry loved one. Owners can also order grooming treatments like nail trimming or baths in addition to facials, “paw-dicures,” mud masks, acupuncture and canine massages.
“Unlike typical pet resorts, The Barkley is more like a short-term, assisted living facility for dogs and cats,” says Howard Perlmuter, founder and CEO of The Barkley. “Owners can achieve peace of mind knowing that their best friends are receiving quality care and attention 24 hours per day, and we never leave pets alone or the state-of-the-art facility unattended.”
Prices range from $32 to $65 per night.
Photo courtesy: The Barkley
Paradise Ranch Pet Resort in San Fernando Valley, California
Paradise Ranch Pet Resort’s website reads: “where your dog’s vacation surpasses your own,” and, at this place, it’s not hard to see why. About 30 minutes from Los Angeles, Paradise Ranch is a cage-free dog haven.
Dogs can splash around at the on-site water park, featuring the “Bora Bora Beach” water park, the “Waikiki Beach” wave pool, “The Plunge” dock-diving pool, “The Boat Yard” marina-style yard and the “Palapa Play Yard,” which features thatch-covered ramps and platforms. Pooches also can frolic in other yards scattered throughout the property and a staff of 30 supervises the dogs as they play.
After a day at the parks, dogs rest slumber-party style in air-conditioned homes that they share with other dogs. The resort also offers custom training programs, day camp and grooming. Pet owners can access web cams to see their dogs in action.
“As the originator of the cage-free dog boarding concept, Paradise Ranch sets themselves apart by continuing their tradition of providing a completely cage-free experience 24 hours-a-day,” says owner Brian Kneier.
Prices range from $74 to $89 per night.
Photo courtesy: Paradise Ranch Pet Resort
D Pet Hotels in New York, New York
Smack dab in the middle of Manhattan lies D Pet Hotels in the posh Chelsea neighborhood of the city. D Pet Hotels’ luxurious uber suites feature a full-size bed, a striking art piece on the wall and a flat-screen TV. Boarding includes a full day of dog daycare at three on-site dog parks.
Dogs in need of more exercise can take a spin on a custom dog treadmill and even work with a personal trainer. Soothing music plays throughout the entire hotel to make for a relaxed atmosphere and the hotel’s private chef cooks up all-natural, custom beef, turkey, chicken, lamb or vegetables meals that are delivered morning and night.
The hotel has a fleet of luxury vehicles that can pick up your dog and an on-site spa offers grooming services including certain looks like the “Don Draper” (a tie) or the “Sorority Girl” (bows).
“D Pet Hotels is designed to be a home away from home for dogs. We offer an environment where parents know their pups will be cared for like family,” says Kerry Brown, co-owner and manager of D Pet Hotels Chelsea.
Prices range from $84 to $200 per night.
Photo courtesy: D Pet Hotels
Best Friends Pet Resort at Walt Disney World
The Best Friends Facility at Walt Disney World provides pets with the same type of hospitality that Disney is known for. The facility’s four VIP luxury suites feature a raised platform bed, flat panel television and a private covered patio where dogs can play. Pet parents can hire a personal concierge to provide their dog with two potty walks, two playgroup sessions and a bedtime story each day. They can also purchase playtime with other dogs and human companions, cuddle time, a bedtime story, an ice cream break, a premium bed, and a holiday meal.
“Disney guests can visit with their pets while on vacation, truly making it a vacation for the entire family,” says Jen Kratzer, the resort’s manager. “Starting in the spring of 2017, we will have devices in select suites that allow pet parents to web chat (audio and video) with their pet and dispense treats via a smartphone."
Prices range from $41 to $89 per night.
Photo courtesy: Best Friends Pet Resort
Sniff Dog Hotel in Portland, Oregon
One of the best views of downtown Portland, Oregon? From the top of the Sniff Dog Hotel. Your dog can soak them up at this luxurious spot if you book a rooftop stroll or retreat service. Pet parents looking to splurge can also reserve the 70 square-foot, climate-controlled penthouse featuring natural light with city views, a premium bed, a flatscreen TV, a bubble bath, and potty breaks.
Regular boarding includes daycare at one of the four on-site dog parks. Dogs are split into groups based on size and personality match. Owner of shy or senior dogs can book one-on-one playtime to accommodate their needs.
“Our boutique hotel experience is unique to each pup guest, from the way they play, rest and dine,” says Jamie Mollas, owner of Sniff. “We also have a hotel bar offering happy hour, giving dog lovers a place to meet-up, drink a beer and watch their pups play.”
Prices range from $39 to $80 per night.
Photo courtesy:Sniff Dog Hotel
Posh Pet Hotel inWest Palm Beach, Florida
Located in southwest Florida, Posh Pet Hotel supplies a myriad of services including daycare, spa services, training, and holistic therapy. One highlight? The Zen Wellness experience where on-site holistic veterinarian can provide acupuncture, massage therapy, cold laser therapy, and Chinese therapy for your pet.
All boarded dogs receive daycare, flat screen TVs in their suites and potty breaks. The posh presidential suite includes 24/7 room service, a bath, panoramic views, plush furniture, web cam access and crystal chandeliers.
“We have customers that drive over an hour from Miami to bring their pets to us because they know we offer top notch services,” Stacey and Lincoln Baker, owners of the Posh Pet Hotel. “Some of these services include, sushi, bed time stories, acupuncture, and a pick-up service.”
Prices range from $49 to $120 per night.
Photo courtesy: Posh Pet Hotel
Stay Dog Hotel in Chicago, Illinois
Roughly 30 minutes from downtown Chicago, Stay Dog Hotel is an urban oasis for dogs. The 30,000-square-foot facility features standard and deluxe kennels as well as contemporary suites complete with webcams and furnished with their own line of Henry Dog Design furniture. Watch via webcam as your dog plays with other dogs based on size and temperament in the 12,000-square-foot daycare facility. One-on-one play is also available in addition to nature walks through nearby Horner Park, an aquatic fitness session in an indoor pool, treadmill time, and a one-on-one cuddle time.
“Not only is our staff friendly and attentive but they spend ‘cuddletime’ with your pet and welcome each guest into the hotel as part of the Stay family,” says Edgar Hernandez, general manager of Stay Dog Hotel.
Prices range from $50 to $85 per night.
Photo courtesy: Stay Dog Hotel
Old Towne Pet Resort in Springfield, Virginia
Olde Towne Pet Resort is a chain of boarding facilities in the Washington, D.C. metro area that has offered dogs a long list of amenities since it opened in 2002. Chief among them are a swimming pool and fitness services like jogging, fit camp, training, and massage.
All boarded dogs receive their own private room, three walks and housekeeping per day. Pet parents who book a luxury suite receive four daily walks, two daily play sessions, a TV, and a pet cam so you can view your dog at any time. Olde Towne also offers special services like pick up and drop off in a limo-van, a shopping spree where your dog can pick out his or her own toys, cuddle time, dog birthday parties, and even concierge services.
“We take care of pets’ physical and mental health by offering day camp, swimming, agility courses, fitness boot camp, and ‘pawlates.’ We also make sure to pamper our guests with services that include pawicures, massages, and one-on-one cuddle dates,” says Olde Towne Pet Resort owner and CEO Leah Fried Sedwick.
Prices range from $65 to $120 per night.
Photo courtesy: Olde Towne Pet Resort
Wag Hotels in San Francisco, California
When the owners of Wag Hotels couldn’t find a suitable place to board their dogs when they went away, they created their own. The Sacramento-based chain was officially founded in 2005, and its San Francisco location provides pups with a posh setting to enjoy themselves.
Dogs can spend time on the 9,000-square-foot “wooftop” deck (complete with a bone-shaped pool) or play with other dogs in the 5,000-square-foot indoor play space. Dogs staying in the ultra suites can enjoy a bath, nightly two-way video chat with their owners, play groups, a 42-inch Internet-enabled TV, web cams with 24/7 access, a bedtime belly scratch and bedtime story. Dog owners also can book grooming and training services too.
“We have an amazing array of amenities and services to pamper their four-legged friend, and we always strive to ensure that each guest and client’s unique needs are always taken care of,” says Kemoa Frederickson, director of marketing and brand strategy for Wag Hotels.
Prices range from $54 to $160 per night.
Photo courtesy: Wag Hotels