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Pawsome Retreats:  Unleashing Pet Friendly Hotels Across America

By Angela Fairhurst

Pet ownership has increased since the beginning of the pandemic with 44.5% of U.S. households owning dogs and 29% owning cats. With this increase, many hotels, resorts, and private rentals have developed pet-friendly spaces to attract additional visitors and make our furry friends feel at home, too. 

The Charleston Place, Charleston

Located in the heart of downtown Charleston’s historic district is The Charleston Place, an iconic landmark hotel, surrounded by the best independent shops, antique stores, museums, art galleries, dining, and historic sites. With multiple green initiatives in place, The Charleston Place also has a Furry Friend in Residence package with a selection of items to enhance your stay. Use of a dog bed and bowls are available, along with a selection of pet treats, and your furever companion will even return home with a complimentary bandana from the Foggy Dog Collection. For those in need of a break or night out where Fido isn’t welcome, a carefully curated list of Charleston dog walkers and pet sitters is available for reference to care for your pet. The Furry Friend in Residence package is subject to availability, with a 7-day advance notice required, but no notice is required for a pet simply to stay at the hotel.

The Clancy Autograph Collection, San Francisco

Conveniently situated in the SoMa neighborhood (south of Market) is one of San Francisco’s newest hotels, The Clancy Autograph Collection. This 410-room ultra-modern property pays homage to the arts and innovation on display in the surrounding neighborhood, which includes such landmarks as the Chase Center, Oracle Park, San Francisco Museum of Modern Art, Union Square, Yerba Buena Gardens, and the Moscone Center. At this hotel, cats are welcome, and there is no size restriction on dogs. With the “We Love Pets Package,” upon check-in, the property will provide your pet with a comfy pet bed, food/water bowl, waste removal bags, pet treats, and even a doggy robe (although this one is only for the little pups at this time). When you bring your pet to the hotel’s Seven Square Taproom, they’ll indulge in their own Yappy Hour menu, which includes a special dog brew broth, in addition to beef hot dogs, burger, and chicken meals especially prepared for your favorite companion.  

The Bradley Hotel, Fort Wayne, Indiana

In the vibrant urban center of Fort Wayne, Indiana is The Bradley Hotel.  The hotel is a design collaboration between Provenance hotels – known for their award-winning boutique hotels with trendsetting designs and museum-quality art –  and Fort Wayne local Barbara Bradley Baekgaard, co-founder of the iconic lifestyle brand Vera Bradley. Creating a sense of comfort and warmth, The Bradley also welcomes VIPs — Very Important Pets — providing a Midwestern welcome to both cats and dogs for only a $30 once-per-stay pet upgrade fee that comes with a pet bed, food and water bowls, and a welcome kit containing a toy, treats, and a list of pet resources including vets, groomers, and dog walkers.  

Credit: Visit Fort Wayne

The Lowell, NYC

Located in the heart of Manhattan’s prestigious Upper East Side, The Lowell Hotel is renowned for its impeccable service and meticulous attention to detail, ensuring a truly luxurious experience for both guests and their furry companions.  Its 74 rooms and suites offer guests the feeling of a private New York apartment, with many having gourmet kitchens, spectacular views of Manhattan from beautiful terraces, and original, wood-burning fireplaces — a rare find in New York. The Lowell ensures all of its guests are fully spoiled during their hotel stay, whether they be human or otherwise. At The Lowell, dogs are welcomed with luxurious in-room amenities including a sumptuous bed, personalized water bowl, and tailored-to-taste treats. Pet parents can help their dogs indulge in a range of other amenities and services, including gourmet pet menus prepared by talented chefs and personalized pet walking and grooming services.  The hotel’s devoted concierge team is also on hand to offer recommendations for pet-friendly attractions, stores, and activities in the area.  

Dogs enjoy their own menu at The Lowell. Credit: Stacy Kimball

Viceroy Snowmass

The Viceroy Snowmass is not only a pet-friendly luxurious retreat but also a pioneer in eco-friendly practices. Committed to sustainability, the Snowmass Village hotel was named to USA Today’s 10Best Readers’ Choice list for best eco-friendly hotels in 2022 and awarded LEED™ Gold Certification for its sustainable design, construction, and overall environmental stewardship. Compared to similar traditional properties, Viceroy Snowmass is 30% more energy efficient due to improved insulation, high-performance windows, and an energy management system. Upon arrival, your pet will be greeted with a leash, doggie bags, and a house-made organic dog treat as part of the hotel’s VIPets program. In the room is a dog bed along with food and water bowls (upon request and based on availability). Treats are available to order through room service and dog walking can be locally sourced by the concierge. Viceroy Snowmass takes its pet-friendly attitude one step further by having its own house dog, Vi, who can be found on the property welcoming guests and leading hikes. The hotel even hosts a dog-friendly “Yappy Hour.” 

Credit: Viceroy Snowmass

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