While many New York hotels allow pets, some hotels really go out of their way -- offering everything from gourmet food to pedicures. But animal lovers take note -- not all pets are created equal. Most hotels allow only small dogs and gear their amenities specifically toward them. If you're staying in Midtown East and your best friend is a cat, an iguana, or a 110-lb. Great Dane, the Affinia Fifty will be the most accommodating. When booking at any hotel, be sure to let them know you're bringing a pet, and confirm their policies haven't changed. You'll want to be wary of steep fees, weight limits, and off-limits areas.
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.
As part of the pet-friendly Loews Loves Pets program, pets are treated to a complimentary welcome basket with a pet bowl and treats, and amenities such as cat or dog beds, scratching poles, litter boxes and food ordered off of gourmet pet room service menus are available for a fee. Unlike most hotels, which arrange dog-walking and pet-sitting through third parties, Loews provides these services in-house; dogs left in the room will be walked for $20, and the front desk will watch your pet for $10 an hour, which gives guests a lot of flexibility if they have to run some errands sans-pet. Pets are limited to two per room, but there's no weight limit and only a one-time $25 cleaning fee.
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.