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Penguins in Maui? That's Right, Seven of Them at the Hyatt Regency

May 21, 2015 at 4:53 PM | by | Comments (0)

There are some really Happy Feet over at the Hyatt Regency Maui! Who knew penguins liked the beach but this Kaanapali Beach resort has seven warm climate African Black Footed Penguins: Mai, Tai, Oreo, Nahu, Buddah, Zen and Momi.

Guests are invited to witness the morning feedings every day at 9:30 am where the penguins swallow their fish breakfasts head first so they go down smoothly (no gills getting caught that way). On our recent visit it was a blast to start our mornings watching them playfully zoom through the water to get their meal.

Six of the penguins were hatched on property, and range in age from seven to 11 years old. In captivity, they can live between the ages of 15 through 30. The resort’s oldest penguin, Oreo, is 29 years old, but still in tip top shape, able to catch fish in mid air at feeding time.

Following the feedings there’s a free wildlife tour throughout the property starting at 10:00 am on Tuesdays, Thursdays and Saturdays. In addition to the penguins, there are cranes, swans, flamingos and parrots.

Look for Roger, the blue and gold macaw who is actually a female and quite the character. She waves, hangs upside down and appears to dance. Rumor has it she loves women, especially blondes (she seemed smitten with my blond daughter so perhaps it’s true) and can say her name, pretty bird, hello and bye bye. Roger also has some pals -- Luna, R2-D2, Popeye and Shrek.

So if you’re looking for a vacation with the bonus of an onsite zoo, you’ll find it at the Hyatt Regency Maui. It left us with happy feet indeed.

Rooms in June start at about $319.

[Photos: LindaM / Hyatt Regency Maui]

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Jumeirah's Doing Good in Dubai by Helping All These Sea Turtles

March 25, 2015 at 8:54 AM | by | Comments (0)

This turtle stayed at the Burj Al Arab and all he got was this lousy Facebook tracking system...

Normally our hotel pets tend to be dogs. Occasionally cats. Once, in Cambodia, we’ve even seen crocodiles. But turtles? Here’s a new one.

It’s a little known fact (at least to us) that two Jumeirah properties in Dubai – the Burj Al Arab and the Madinat Jumeirah – have a turtle conservation program. The Dubai Turtle Rehabilitation Project is run by the two hotels in conjunction with Dubai’s Wildlife Protection Office. It rescues and rehabilitates poorly turtles, releases them back into the wild, tracks them, and works with both locals and guests to educate them about the plight of sea turtles. Have a look at their Facebook page. They're doing pretty wonderful stuff.

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Can This Really Be London's First Hotel Doggie?

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  Site Where: 100 Vauxhall Walk, London, United Kingdom, SE11 5EL
March 6, 2015 at 9:02 AM | by | Comments (2)

Here’s a fact to blow your mind on a Friday. Until now, apparently, London did not have a “hotel dog”. Can you believe it? We couldn’t, but then we also can’t think of anywhere that has one – so it’s probably true.

Luckily, this terrible situation has now been rectified by the Staybridge Suites Vauxhall, who’ve just hired this good-looking guy. Waggers, a labradoodle, is now part of the “welcome home” reception team. He’s been hired at the tender age of just three months.

The hotel is designed for longer stays rather than short trips, which makes a staff member like Waggers even more valuable to guests. Feeding him is not allowed, but cuddles are totally ok. Waggers is also present at the drinks bashes that the hotel throws three times a week.

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These Are The Must Have Breakfast Accessories at the Bauer Il Palazzo in Venice

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  Site Where: San Marco, 1413/d, Venice, Italy, 30124
March 5, 2015 at 9:45 AM | by | Comments (0)

If you stay at the Bauer Il Palazzo, one of the four Bauer hotels (owned by a local family) in Venice, you’ll have breakfast at Settimo Cielo, a seventh floor rooftop terrace with sweeping, weep-inducing views of La Serenissima taking in everything from St Mark’s Square, the Doge’s Palace and the Riva degli Schiavoni to the Grand Canal, the Santa Maria della Salute church on Dorsoduro, the island of Giudecca, the islands of the forthcoming St Regis and JW Marriott, and the Lido, stretching out in the distance.

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A Dog is for Life, Not for Christmas, at Aloft Downtown Asheville

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  Site Where: 51 Biltmore Ave [map], Asheville, NC, United States, 28801
January 2, 2015 at 9:25 AM | by | Comments (0)

A dog is not just for Christmas – it’s for overnight stays in the New Year, too. Or, rather, it is if you’re staying at Aloft Asheville. Its partnership with a local animal rehoming charity means that you can check in petless, and check out with a new furry best friend.

Aloft is working with Charlie’s Angels Animal Rescue to rehome pets – which means a beauty parade of doggies around the public areas. Or, rather, one doggy at a time – wearing an “adopt me” vest, and giving pleading eyes to guests at check-in.

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France Has A New Royal Couple At Hotel Le Bristol

August 1, 2014 at 9:26 AM | by | Comments (0)

The look of amour

Their eyes met across a crowded hotel lobby. He was caught in a slough of depression. She was the kind of girl who likes to rescue her men. The moment they saw each other, they realized they were meant for each other. They would treasure Le Bristol forever, for bringing them together...

At least, that’s the narrative we’re giving to the happy couple currently installed at the Hotel Le Bristol in Paris. Feline couple, that is. Over the last week or so, according to the hotel’s laying-it-on-with-a-trowel Facebook page, Fa’aron, the Bristol’s resident cat, has been feeling down. They tried to cheer him up at the spa, in the garden, at the bar, in a ****** hotel room. He remained depressed. Qu’est-ce qu’on peut faire?

Ah oui. Cherchez la femme!

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The Pets At The Portofino Hotel In Redondo Beach Are A Little Noisy

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  Site Where: 260 Portofino Way [map], Redondo Beach, CA, United States, 90277
July 25, 2014 at 8:35 AM | by | Comments (0)

No cute hotel doggy to share this week; instead we’ve got cute hotel sealions, the guests of honor at the Portofino Hotel & Marina in Redondo Beach, where we stayed the week before last.

We’d been warned about the sealions before our arrival – apparently, it’s mating season at the moment, and they’re right outside the hotel – and LOUD. In fact, the hotel even provides earplugs to drown out their racket in every room:

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Antlers At Vail's Latest Accessory: A Real Live Moose On The Loose

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  Site Where: 680 Lionshead Place [map], Vail, CO, United States, 81657
June 16, 2014 at 8:27 AM | by | Comments (0)

A moose. On the loose. At a hotel called Antlers. Could this story get any better? Yes, actually, it can. It was a baby moose.

In news that surpasses even Norman the Scooter Dog in cuteness, a baby moose stumbled into the lobby of the Antlers at Vail hotel in, of course, Vail. According to a Colorado Parks & Wildlife spokesman (via CBS Denver), its mother probably abandoned it, then “humans chased it around town and it went into the hotel”. That’s a sad theory though. We prefer to think of it as a prodigiously gifted calf that read the word “antlers” and thought entering the hotel would be some kind of moose rite of passage.

According to the hotel’s Katie Nelson, having escaped from horrible children who were chasing it outside, the baby moose (mooselet?) lay on the lobby floor for 10-20 minutes – so long because the staff initially took it for a dog at this pet-friendly hotel.

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Henry, the Roger Smith Dog, Provides His Own Turndown Service

Where: 501 Lexington Avenue [map], New York, NY, United States, 10017
February 14, 2014 at 9:24 AM | by | Comments (0)

It's often said that one of the best things about staying in a hotel is having someone else make your bed for you, but when the hotel is your home, it seems, you can forget about such perks -- even if you're a dog.

Here's Henry, pup-in-residence at The Roger Smith in Manhattan. The hotel tells us that Henry comes to work every day from Monday through Friday, and that "the guests love him". After a long day spent keeping things running smoothly at the Roger Smith, Henry makes his own bed and settles in for a well-deserved sleep.

He does a pretty good job, we think. His exact duties at the Roger Smith are unknown, but we reckon he's in the running for head of the housekeeping department.

[Video: The Roger Smith Hotel]

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Will The Peabody Hotel Ducks Fly North?

February 10, 2014 at 9:04 AM | by | Comments (0)

Since Hyatt Hotels snapped up The Peabody Orlando last summer (not long after the ducks at the Peabody Little Rock made their final march) we've been worried about what would become of the Peabody ducks that called the hotel home. Now it seems they might be heading north.

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This is One 'Duck Dynasty' That Can't Be Saved

December 26, 2013 at 9:06 AM | by | Comments (0)

December 2013 has not been a good month for ducks. First, Duck Dynasty's patriarch revealed his nasty true colors in a recent GQ article that compared homosexuals to terrorists. Next, we saw chefs blasting ducks with hair dryers before roasting (granted, the ducks were already "prepped" for cooking) and now we've learned that the ducks who used to march around the former Peabody Hotel in Little Rock, Arkansas may end up dead when the area's hunting season concludes next month. We know. Awful. But, how could this have happened?

Well, much like Hyatt Hotels taking over the Peabody Hotel in Orlando, the Peabody in Little Rock was sold off to Marriott Hotels who turned the property into the Little Rock Marriott. According to the New York Times, once the sale was complete, Marriott was forced to remove all signs of the ducks. The man who raised the ducks told the paper he dropped the ducks off at a ranch that does not allow hunting. But….

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Hedonistic Sea Lion Prefers Hotel Pools To Actual Ocean

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  Site Where: 1003 Coast Blvd [map], La Jolla, CA, United States, 92037
March 28, 2013 at 9:16 AM | by | Comments (0)

One of the most frustrating things about being a fin-footed mammal, so we've heard, is being constantly confined to swimming in the ocean or sitting on large rocks. But what happens when you want to treat yourself for the day? Get a mani-pedi at the mall, or hop a plane to Mexico, or lounge for hours by a hotel pool?

ABC reported on an intrepid female sea lion who showed up yesterday at the Pantai Inn, an all-suites hotel on the Pacific Coast that calls itself "Balinese-themed." Well, we don't know much about what goes on at hotels in Bali, but here in the US, sea lions casually draping themselves on deck furniture isn't exactly the norm.

Apparently, an overnight front desk worker spotted the creature by the pool around 6:45am, and subsequently alerted his manager, as well as SeaWorld, which promptly sent officials to retrieve the animal. Though, not before the story spread to local news stations. The night shift worker told ABC:

"The sea lion was sleeping on our chair in the courtyard and looking pretty relaxed."

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