When you first think of luxury hotels, you probably don’t also think of dogs at the same time. But some of the best dog-friendly hotels that offer the most perks for dogs are also some of the most luxurious hotels around the globe. After all, if you expect luxury for your stay, you wouldn’t settle for leaving your dog behind at a kennel, right? Here are four top luxury hotels from around the world that would be delighted to welcome your dog, too.
Hotel Sacher, Vienna
When you stay at Hotel Sacher in the centre of grand Vienna, you’ll be joining the ranks of JFK and Queen Elizabeth, who have also stayed here. And in the ultimate touch of prestige, the hotel even has a chocolate cake named after it. (Just try to resist a slice of the Sacher Torte in the on-site café!)
For guests with dogs, there’s nothing less than a complete pet guidebook, which covers tips for doggie guests, and even recommended walking routes and dog-friendly restaurants near the hotel. Dog beds, towels and bowls are included, as well as a special “I’m in the room sign”. While dogs are naturally not allowed in the top-notch spa, the hotel does recommend a local groomer and can organise a dog sitter. A dog fee is charged.
The Langham, Sydney
The recently opened Langham in Sydney is located in the historical Rocks precinct, not far from key attractions such as the Sydney Opera House, Bridge Climb and many fine dining restaurants. The hotel is also the only luxury hotel in Sydney that is pet-friendly, welcoming both dogs and cats under 20kg.
Your dog will be offered 5-star service, just like yourself, as part of the Pampered Pets Program. They’ll have their own pink and gold bed in your room, and, best of all, their own room service menu, perfect for a night in. Options range from slow cooked beef ragout to ocean trout sashimi. Note that there is an additional charge for pets and they shouldn’t be left alone in rooms, although pet sitting and dog walking services are available.
Not far from Convent Garden in the heart of London, the Rosewood is an island of luxurious calm. Located in a Belle Epoque building, the luxury finishes include a solid marble staircase soaring to a 166-foot high cupola. And in a finishing touch, it also has its own resident dog, a Golden Retriever named Pearl, who welcomes all doggie guests.
Small dogs are welcome to stay in all rooms and accompany guests to all restaurants, free of charge. They’ll receive perks ranging from a luxury bed to a copy of Pearl’s Guide to London. But for the ultimate dog-friendly luxury stay, enquire about the Canine Package, in conjunction with Barbour and Lily’s Kitchen, that even comes with a dog pampering experience.
Loews Regency Hotel, New York
Loews Regency Hotel on posh Park Avenue may be best known as a luxe business destination, including its renown Power Breakfast frequented by both Wall Street professionals and other movers and shakers. But with it’s location close to Central Park and its Loews Loves Pets program it’s also a luxury stay for dogs.
The amenities on offer for pets are endless. Ranging from specialized bedding to leashes to special treats to dog-walking route maps, whatever you dog needs, they’ve got it. Don’t have time for a walk around the park with your dog? They can organise a dog-walker. Plus, come dinnertime, your dog can feast on special gourmet room service menus. Up to 2 dogs are allowed, for an additional charge.
Shandos Cleaver is a travel writer and full-time traveller. Currently she is travelling around Europe with her Miniature Dachshund, Schnitzel. She writes about dog-friendly travel around the world at Travelnuity.