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Dog-friendly hotels

Dog-friendly luxury: Loews hotels

Loews Hotels & Resorts has fifteen properties sprinkled around the U.S. and two in Canada (Montreal and Quebec City). You’ll spend some money (in the $200-500 range per night), but you’ll be happy — the properties get consistently good ratings on TripAdvisor. And your dog will be happy too, because all of the Loews properties are dog-friendly:

All pets receive their own gifts including a pet tag, bowl and a special treat to start their vacation. Owners receive a  … Read more

Dog-friendly luxury: Grandes Etapes Françaises châteaux and hotels

In an earlier post, I raved about Relais & Châteaux and their glorious hotels and restaurants, some of which welcome dogs as guests. A competitor, Grandes Etapes Françaises, owns ten 4-star châteaux and hotels in Alsace, Anjou, Burgundy, the Ile de France, the French Riviera, the Rhône Alpes, and the Val de Loire. We haven’t stayed in any of them, but they look stunning — and a customer service representative told me that dogs are welcome in all ten properties.  … Read more

Chicago O’Hare dog-friendly hotel: La Quinta

On our recent trip to Chicago, Chloe and I spent a couple of nights at the La Quinta Chicago O’Hare and here’s our report.

Dog’s-eye view: All of La Quinta’s properties are pet-friendly, and the desk clerk very matter-of-factly checked me and Chloe in. There was no extra fee for her, and I did not have to sign any kind of pet policy form. Our room was conveniently located near an outside door, so taking Chloe for walks was easy. Unfortunately,  … Read more

Discounts at Motel 6 and Studio 6 for AKC-registered dogs

Motel 6 has long accepted pets as guests — and thank goodness, because there are lots of Motel 6 properties, they’re generally dependable, and though they’re no-frills they’re priced accordingly. Now the prices are even more reasonable, since the American Kennel Club has struck a deal with Motel 6 and its extended-stay sibling, Studio 6: AKC-registered dog owners can now get a 10% discount on room reservations nationwide.

Here’s how it works, according to the AKC press release: “To reserve a room and  … Read more

San Juan Island (WA) dog-friendly resort: Lakedale Resort

One of our nieces got married this weekend at the Lakedale Resort on San Juan Island, and I hardly had eyes for the bride. What a beautiful place! The 82-acre, 3-lake property includes a variety of lodging options: a 10-room lodge, a 3-bedroom Lake House, six 2-bedroom log cabins, thirteen canvas cabins for lakeside “glamping,” a vintage Airstream trailer, and numerous campsites. Dogs of any size are welcome in the log cabins and in the campsites. The full pet policy  … Read more

Dog-friendly luxury: Relais & Châteaux hotels and restaurants

To be honest, we’re taking a (temporary, I hope) break from visiting and eating at Relais & Châteaux properties. It’s a crying shame, because R&C collects and puts its imprimatur on the finest restaurants and the most gorgeous and charming and luscious hotels around the world — and it’s a French company, so they know what they’re talking about. We’ve stayed and/or eaten in a handful of R&C properties in the U.S. and Europe and each has been divine.

I’m writing  … Read more

Long Beach, CA dog-friendly hotel: Hilton Long Beach

In February 2009, all three of us (me, husband, Chloe) went to Long Beach for the TED conference and stayed at the Hilton Long Beach. The hotel conveys the impression of having recently been down at the heels (and the plaza below is thin on tenants), but it’s now being renovated and was certainly a pleasant enough place to stay.

Dog’s-eye view: No one made a fuss over Chloe, but housekeeping was very understanding when she peed on a towel. The hotel  … Read more

Sarasota, FL dog-friendly hotel: Hibiscus Suites Inn

This March, Chloe and I stayed for several days at the Hibiscus Suites Inn in south Sarasota, right on the brink of Siesta Key. Since we were there with my mother- and sister-in-law, we rented the “townhouse” just behind the front desk. The hotel was very reasonably priced, and included a serviceable breakfast of packaged but tasty foods and the usual hot beverages, plus juices. There is a small pool with limited shade, positioned directly off the very busy Stickney  … Read more