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Dog-Friendly Luxury Hotels for Combining Business and Personal Travel

October 13th, 2016 /

I’m pretty attached to Cooper, our company dog, and like to bring him with me on the occasional business trip. I admit to being a sucker for that heart-wrenching look of betrayal he gives when I walk out the door without him, but beyond that, I enjoy having a low-key travel companion when I’ve got a free day or two to explore. Luckily, a number of hotels understand the impulse.

While there are plenty of pet-friendly locations across the United States, I love these properties in particular for their proximity to popular business hubs, their exclusive perks for dogs, and their amenities for (human) business travelers.

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West Coast Hotels

Fairmont San Francisco, California – Perched atop Nob Hill, Fairmont’s typically top-notch service extends to man’s best friend. The Pampered Pooch package is a little pricey, starting at $299/night, but offers amenities like biscuits and bottled water served in Fairmont doggy bowls, a Fairmont dog bed, complimentary dog tag, and a waived $75 pet cleaning fee. If you do want to bring your dog, note that 72-hour notice is required. Human guests will appreciate that the hotel is also central to the Financial District, Union Square, and Fisherman’s Wharf, and offers free WiFi, a fully-equipped business center, and audio-visual services.

Best for: Business travelers with a free afternoon to explore the city.

El Portal Sedona, Arizona Named the best pet-friendly hotel in 2013, El Portal welcomes dogs of all sizes with zero pet fees. Each receives a goodie basket with toys and treats upon arrival. Select rooms have dog-friendly patios, and the hotel is near a park and walking trail, so your pet can get some fresh air. The hotel website also offers a large directory of pet-friendly amenities and resources in the Sedona area. One caveat is that dogs cannot be left alone in the room, which is tricky when traveling for work. The list of pet resources does include pet-sitting services that might be helpful, but this will require a little extra legwork on your part. It’s worth it if you have a meeting in Sedona on Monday or Friday but can use the weekend to take in the nearby wonders of the Grand Canyon.

Best for: Business travelers with a full weekend free.

Little Nell Aspen, Colorado Located on Aspen Mountain, this option offers 5-star amenities for your pup at a pretty reasonable price: All pets incur an initial $125 cleaning fee, plus an extra $25/night. With sitting and walking services plus gourmet treats (the pet menu includes grilled salmon), your dog will basically be treated like royalty. The hotel also supplies a Puppy Jet Lag Kit in case of trouble adjusting to the altitude. Little Nell is known for providing a complete experience, with ski and snowboard services, art and culture exhibits, and extremely detailed concierge planning services, making it a good option when you also have human guests you need to pamper.

Best for: Hosting a pet-friendly company retreat.

Trump International Hotel & Tower, Chicago, Illinois Regardless of your political leanings, Trump International will ensure a comfortable stay for your pooch. The pet program offers in-room dining, a plush bed, plenty of toys, and a walking service for dogs up to 25 pounds. A map of Chicago also highlights the best parks. The hotel itself offers every human luxury you could ask for: A spacious gym, chef-driven restaurants, an on-call concierge team, and some of the best views you’ll find in the Windy City. Because half of the building is made up of condos, the property functions almost like a miniature city.

Best for: Business travelers who won’t be venturing far from the hotel.

East Coast Hotels

Mandarin Oriental Miami, Florida Pets up to 30 pounds can enjoy sophisticated amenities at Mandarin Oriental for a deposit of $250, with a $100 refund. The hotel offers keepsake golden collar tags and an all-natural pet menu with included room service. Experts can recommend dog parks and walking routes plus pet sitters who can keep your dog entertained while you work. Business travelers will appreciate the complimentary Internet, comfortable in-room desk chairs, fully-equipped business center, and meeting rooms with ocean views. The entire hotel draws on Asian heritage and modern Miami vibes to inform everything from decor to dining options.

Best for: Business travelers looking for a unique experience with their pet.

Park Hyatt Washington, D.C. – Claiming to be the most sophisticated, pet-friendly hotel in the nation’s capital, Park Hyatt Washington’s dog-friendly rooms come with a bed, water bowl, and treats. The pet fee is $150 for your entire stay, which is quite reasonable if you’ll be in town for a while. The hotel also provides a list of nearby grooming services and dog day care facilities, but, like many others, requires your dog not be left alone in the room or common areas. Since it’s close to K Street, Dupont Circle, and Embassy Row, you won’t have to travel far for meetings or dinners. The hotel offers complimentary high-speed Internet and personal amenities on request.

Best for: Business travelers who will be in town for a few days.

XV Beacon, Boston, Massachusetts Notably, this boutique accommodation welcomes dogs of any size (and also offers homemade treats). Just a few steps from Boston Common, it’s in a good location for easy dog-walking and neighborhood-exploring. Pet-sitting services are offered directly through the hotel, making it an especially convenient option if you have a lot of meetings. If you’re feeling benevolent, you can also give a $25 pet donation, 100% of which will go to various reputable pet charities in your dog’s name. Rooms are more luxurious than your traditional hotel, each one featuring unique art and a gas fireplace, making them the perfect place to unwind after a long day. If you’re hosting a meeting, the secluded Parlor Rooms are some of the best meetings spots in all of Boston.

Best for: Business travelers with large dogs and busy schedules.

Ritz-Carlton Central Park, New York This luxury Manhattan hotel boasts stunning views of Central Park, the perfect place to walk your dog, and accepts all furry jet setters weighing less than 60 pounds. With your pet fee, you’ll get a plush bone-shaped pillow, Ritz-Carlton themed bowls, and a personalized gourmet menu for your pet. The hotel even offers a dog-sized Burberry raincoat in case of bad weather. For human travelers, the Ritz-Carlton provides signature luxury service, including concierge service, fine dining, complimentary Internet, and meeting services. Its location in Midtown makes it convenient for meetings around the city, dinners at some of NYC’s hottest restaurants, and morning strolls through Central Park or the MET. You might even be able to catch a show while you’re in town.

Best for: Business travelers who want the full luxury experience for themselves and their dogs.

Chain Hotels with Dog-Friendly Policies

Kimpton Hotels – With 59 properties across the United States, Kimpton takes pet-friendly pretty seriously: They’ve got zero restrictions on size, breed, or number of pets, at no additional charge. After welcoming your dog by name, the hotel offers a selection of extras including beds, water bowls, mats, and courtesy bags. Your pooch is even welcome at the hotel’s nightly wine reception. And for humans, Kimpton Hotels has one of the best hotel reward programs in the country.

Best for: Business travelers looking to earn reward points.

Four Seasons Although not every Four Seasons Hotel location is pet-friendly, those that are offer plenty of complimentary amenities at no additional cost. Restrictions vary by location, but most allow dogs that weigh 15 to 25 pounds. Extras include dog beds, bowls, Milk Bone treats, bottled water, and Purina dog chow.

Best for: Business travelers who don’t need a lot of extra frills for their dogs.

And if you want to save money while still having access to luxury accommodations (with or without your pet)? Consider signing up with JetLux to get corporate rates and exclusive perks at hotels around the country.

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