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Frankfurt Airport Opens Dog Hotel... Will This Concept Catch On?

September 23, 2013 at 10:36 AM | by | ()

The Frankfurt Airport debuted a new hotel called the Hundepension last week, but unfortunately none of us will ever get to stay there. Why? Because it’s for dogs.

The airport appears to be vying for a piece of the dog-boarding pie and providing travelers with a convenient place to stash their pets before leaving. Given the fact that it's a small operation -- there are only 25 "rooms" -- we assume this to be a trial run of sorts for the concept. Airport operator, Fraport AG, said:

"When dog owners go on holidays or business trips, they often have difficulties finding someone to take care of their loyal companion. So, don’t bark up the wrong tree trying to find a solution as Frankfurt Airport is dedicated to the canine comforts of your four-legged family members."

Oh, geez.

Tacky PR lingo aside, the dog hotel concept seems like it could be a hit with frequent travelers who have used up their “phone a friend” lifeline and have resorted to boarding the dog at local kennels. We've seen all kinds of wacky promotional dog sh*t from hotels in the past, but the Hundepension seems to be looking at things in the practical sense. All things being equal, it would seem advantageous for travelers to be able to drop off and pick up their dogs at the airport.

Right? Would you utilize a similar facility? Depending on the reception of this venue, we could see more of these “hotels” begin to pop up across the globe. We're guessing the fact that there are only 25 "rooms" will make it pretty easy to maintain a high occupancy -- and thus a successful venture.

Rates start at $24/night with a $21 cage-cleaning fee. Apparently even dog hotels have resort fees now.

[Photos: Frankfurt-airport.com]

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