Over-the-top hotel pet services from doggie spa treatments to pet psychics
Anyone who's seen the Christopher Guest classic Best in Show knows that some pet people really love their pets, and will go to any lengths to keep them happy. And the current pet-friendly hotel trend means that it's never been easier to spoil your dog rotten on the road. Below, we've listed five of the most extravagant pet services we've encountered during our travels.
1. Pet room service menus
Pet room service menus are almost de rigueur at pet-friendly hotels these days, and many of them offer a lot more than your run-of-the-mill dog food. The inventiveness, and prices, of some of these gourmet treats caused us to raise an eyebrow. Spots such as Loews Santa Monica Beach Hotel, Fairmont Miramar Hotel Santa Monica, W New York Union Square, The Onyx, and Raffles L'ermitage Beverly Hills offer dishes such as organic frozen yogurt and pet hamburgers for guests' pooches.
3. Pet psychics
In Best in Show, the traumatized dog of Parker Posey's character, Meg Swan, could have used one of these. As far as we can tell, though, very few (or no) people actually take advantage of this service, offered as part of the Affinia hotels Jet Set Pets Program -- but it's there if you want it. Catherine Ferguson, Ph.D., the "interspecies psychic" patronized by the New York City Affinia properties, can help you deal with misbehaving pets, learn about your pet's past lives, find out what your pet thinks of your relationship, and communicate with your deceased pets. The Benjamin offers pet psychic service as well.
4. Gourmet pet cakes
Whether it's your pet's birthday or you just want to treat her to something special, some pet-friendly hotels can provide pets with a gourmet cake or treat. Hotel Marlowe -- our pick for one of the best pet-friendly hotels in Boston -- can order your pet peanut butter-flavored cakes with cream-cheese frosting from the Polka Dog Bakery (Flavors and shapes are subject to change). A guest requests one about every six weeks, according to the hotel. The nearby Onyx hotel will also deliver treats from Polka Dog Bakery to its furry guests, and the W New York Union Square also celebrates guests' dog's birthdays with pet-friendly cakes.
5. Spa services
We've seen doggie massages, pedicures, and shampoos offered through a number of top pet-friendly hotels. We've seen doggie massages, pedicures, and shampoos offered through a number of top pet-friendly hotels. The Muse provides massage and even acupuncture services for pets, and the Fairmont Miramar Hotel Santa Monica can book spa appointments, such as blueberry facials, for pets at the nearby Healthy Spot.