Affinia Fifty Rating: 3.5 Pearls
Affinia hotels charges a one-time $25 fee for keeping a pet in the room -- but there's no weight limit and pets of all kinds are welcome. Food, water bowls, doggie sidewalk bags or cat litter pans, and a list of pet-friendly restaurants and resources are all part of the "Jet-Set Pets" program. The "Happytails Travel Dog Spa Amenity," available for an extra $15.50, includes skin moisturizer, odor remover, mosquito repellent, and a bad-breath zapper. The concierge can arrange everything from grooming and dog-walking services to gourmet birthday cakes and a pet taxi -- and even a pet psychic for your troubled parakeet. Rooms are spacious and the Peter Detmold Dog Run is just three blocks east at Beekman Place.
W New York Rating: 4.0 Pearls
The W hotels have steep fees compared to other pet-friendly chains -- $25 per day plus a non-refundable $100 cleaning fee -- and have a 40-pound weight limit. The W's P.A.W. (Pets Are Welcome) program, however, does offers some great perks, including a pet tag, toy, and special pet snacks. There's even a pets' room service menu. The hotel's Whatever/Whenever requests can apply to pets as well as humans, and wee wee pads, litter boxes, leashes, Bow Ow first-aid boxes and more can be requested day or night. But there's nary a park or patch of green space within five avenue blocks of the hotel; it's about a 15- to 20-minute walk to Central Park.