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What's Up With All This Dog Sh*t?

October 17, 2012 at 3:34 PM | by | Comments (8)

Seriously - what's up with this new "bring your dog every-freakin-where" hotel trend?

We scratched our heads a bit when we saw hotels were hosting full-on dog-party weekends, but now our scalp is starting to bleed. Hotels are consistently involving pets in their promotions these days, and it's as if no one has ever heard of a dog sitter.

For example: The Surrey Hotel in New York City has partnered with a biscuit company to provide their canine guests with an in-room biscuit menu, where dogs also get a welcome note and their choice of Beef Bourguignon, Chicken Cordon Bleu, Truffle Mac & Cheese or Lobster Roll flavored treats. These pooches are grubbing better than we are! It goes on.

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At Giraffe Manor In Nairobi, Breakfast Is A Truly Communal Experience

Where: Nairobi, Kenya
August 16, 2012 at 9:04 AM | by | Comments (2)

It sounds like breakfast at Giraffe Manor is well worth getting up for—and not just for the coffee. Located in Nairobi, the 140-acre estate is home to eight endangered Rothschild giraffes, which are apparently some of the rarest on earth. And in the mornings, they like to put on a little show.

Guests are discouraged from approaching the animals as they roam the land, but it's a whole different story at 9am when the giraffes show up outside the hotel, poke their heads in through the windows and eat directly off the table like humans. Apparently, the protein pellets the kitchen serves up are some of the best in the area.

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Why Dogs, Not Just Pretty Women, Love the Four Seasons Beverly Wilshire

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  Site Where: 9500 Wilshire Boulevard [map], Beverly Hills, CA, United States, 90212
August 1, 2012 at 4:44 PM | by | Comments (0)

Our resident celebrity hotel hopper, Josh Flagg is back on TV now with the fifth season of Million Dollar Listing on Bravo. Yet even though he's a jetsetter, Josh is not above staycationing in his hometown of Beverly Hills. And his dog Godzilla always goes along for the fun. After checking out the doggie offerings at the Four Seasons Los Angeles and the Montage Beverly Hills, Josh went to see how the The Beverly Wilshire stacked up.

Scenes for an upcoming movie were filming at my house recently so I had to move out for a while and I decided to take my partner Colton and Godzilla to the The Beverly Wilshire, a Four Seasons Hotel.

We all had a wonderful stay in the hotel which was made infamous in the movie "Pretty Woman." Not only did Colton and I watch the movie on loop but we also reenacted the love-making scene on the piano between Richard Gere and Julia Roberts (joke).

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Josh Flagg Discovers The Montage Beverly Hills Will Even Monogram a Pillow for Your Dog

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  Site Where: 225 N. Canon Dr [map], Beverly Hills, CA, United States, 90210
June 7, 2012 at 4:18 PM | by | Comments (0)

Our resident celebrity hotel hopper, Josh Flagg is back on TV now that the fifth season of Million Dollar Listing on Bravo premiered last night. But life isn't all "house" work for Josh. As soon as filming finished, he packed up and resumed his whirlwind travels. Today he returns to his old stomping grounds--Beverly Hills--by staycationing at the Montage.

Colton and I have Godzilla registered as a service dog so we don't even call ahead of time anymore when we bring her on planes or to hotels. When I checked into the Montage Beverly Hills on Friday night, I was delightfully pleased to find in my room a dog bed (which was equally as comfortable as the bed... I actually tried it out... I know most mentally stable people usually do things like that) and they brought her a dog bowl and a bottle of water.

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Doggie Yoga is For Real at the W Scottsdale

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  Site Where: 7277 East Camelback Road [map], Scottsdale , AZ, United States, 85251
February 16, 2012 at 9:05 AM | by | Comment (1)

We've heard of htoels hosting a doggie "yappy hour" before but when we were checking out the W Scottsdale on Friday, we did a double take when our host told us the hotel's courtyard space was open for doggie yoga every first Tuesday of the month.

Yes, doggie yoga.

The event starts off at 7pm and owners and their dogs get to socialize for the first half-hour or so (There's an open bar available for humans too) Then it's time to get stretching. The yoga poses aren't that difficult (indeed downward-facing dog is one of the "doga" poses), although they are modified so that your pup can do them too.

The event is free but if you want to spend the night, the W Scottsdale, of course, takes pets thanks to their P.A.W.S. program.

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Not Even Your Cats Are Safe From Bed Bugs

August 11, 2011 at 5:16 PM | by | Comments (0)

We've all had that moment of fear when we've checked out of a hotel and felt a little itchy. Uhoh, did we just spend the night with bed bugs? Now imagine if not only you were itching and scratching but your cat was too!

That's what a woman is claiming happened to her and her pet after they both spent a few nights at a Holiday Inn in Glendale, Ariz. The woman, who is only going by the name Elena, says she developed red itchy bumps on her neck after checking out the hotel. A doctor determined she had bed bug bites but her cat ended up in worse condition. ABC15 local news reports:

"I noticed she was starting to pull her hair and itching," Elena said. "I said let's see in a couple of weeks if it gets any better. Within that time, it had gotten much worse. There were bald spots throughout the cat's body and (pus)."

Elena took her cat to Apollo North Animal Hospital in Glendale. Dr. Patricia Bennett treated the cat. Bennett tells me the cat had "damage due to scratching an itch." Bennett said there were "scabs, bumps, and lesions" from "head to toe."

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What's On The Room Service Menu at the Ritz-Carlton...For Pets

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  Site Where: 900 West Olympic Boulevard [map], Los Angeles, CA, United States, 90015
August 9, 2011 at 5:05 PM | by | Comment (1)

While staycationing at the Ritz-Carlton at LA Live the other month, we were flipping through the in-room compendium looking for some room service grub when we stumbled upon this--a pet room service menu!

We knew that hotels have been rolling out the red carpet for cats and dogs for a long time but we were still taken aback reading items like Spot's Chicken Meal and Lassy's Salmon Meal on the menu. Then we noticed how affordable these "entrees" were. Nine dollars for the chicken and six for dessert? Man, some dogs have all the luck. Now excuse us as we pick at our $15 fruit plate.

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This Dog Is Living Your Hotel Dream

May 25, 2011 at 1:55 PM | by | Comments (0)

Oscar chillin' at Hotel Rouge in D.C.

Meet Oscar. He's a Golden Retriever from Portland, Oregon, and the canine answer to Paul Carr, the man who lived in hotels for three years.

We're not sure if Oscar is also writing a book about his experiences, but his hotel-bed and treat reactions are all documented in his owners' blog, The Great Kimpton Crawl of 2011. Yep, Oscar's a Kimpton man--mostly because they're one of the most famous and accommodating of the country's Pet-Friendly Hotels.

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The New Shore Hotel Will Hit Santa Monica's Shores This Summer

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  Site Where: 1515 Ocean Ave. [map], Santa Monica, CA, United States, 90401
March 21, 2011 at 9:31 AM | by | Comments (0)

If the first sniff of spring already has you planning your big summer vacay, there will be a new Santa Monica hotel vying to be your beachside retreat. The Shore Hotel, on the former site of the Pacific Sands and Travelodge, will open this summer.

The boutique hotel is trying to make itself stand out with its modern design, eco-friendliness and location across the street from the Santa Monica Pier and beach.

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Atlantic City Gets Dog Friendly at the Showboat Casino

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  Site Where: 801 Boardwalk [map], Atlantic City, NJ, United States, 08401
February 25, 2011 at 8:31 AM | by | Comments (0)

The Caesars Entertainment Pet Stay rooms in Vegas

When we think of Atlantic City we think gambling and Jersey Shore in that order. We don’t think dogs (unless we were feeling particularly unkind about Snooki et al). But now we might, because Showboat Atlantic City is striking out and marking its territory as the first dog-friendly casino in town.

The hotel launched its Pet Stay Atlantic City program yesterday. Bring your dog and you’ll be accommodated in its New Orleans Tower with dog treats, mat, food and water bowls, disposable waste bags (ugh) and a duffle bag for you to keep (lest you think it’s all about the dog).

There is also a designated PetStay area in the hotel (as with the fellow pet-friendly Caesars Entertainment properties in Vegas) and guests are provided with walking routes and maps to, uhm, “outdoor relief areas”).

It’s pretty reasonable – two dogs of up to 50 pounds are allowed in your room, at a cost of $40. But - yay for introductory deals - for the first two weeks of the program, it’ll be totally free.

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Valentine's Day May Be Over But Loews Wants You To Spread Some Doggy Love

February 15, 2011 at 9:06 AM | by | Comments (0)

What with yesterday being all about your human lovahs, it’s possible that you may have neglected the other important person in your life. So if you shut the dog away in the garage yesterday, it might be time to redress the balance with Loews hotels’ latest offering from the Loews Loves Pets program.

The Woofie Weekends package gives you an overnight stay, a doggie meal on room service (sadly no human nosh included), the standard Loews Loves Pets amenities of bowl, mat and tags, and a Microdry memory foam mat, which provides “contoured support and retains body warmth for enhanced coziness” – think a Tempur-Pedic for dogs. Even better, you get to take the mat home with you, which is more than you can say for human hotel beds.

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How Does a Menage a Trois in the Hamptons Sound For Valentine's Day?

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  Site Where: 207 Main St. [map], East Hampton, NY, United States, 11937
February 2, 2011 at 9:01 AM | by | Comments (0)

You, your lovah, and your dog. Not like that, mind.

Every Valentine's Day, we're inundated with crazy hotel packages that would require a Real Housewives-sized budget (and aren't all that inventive). So this week, we're taking a look at affordable, but fun deals that us regular folks would book.

Celebs like Jerry Seinfeld, Sarah Jessica Parker, Madonna and the entire Real Housewives of New York City cast would have you believe that the Hamptons is only a summertime destination, but the tony Long Island haunt for the rich and fabulous is a good spot to try all year round. Should you bring your lady love or man meat to East Hampton's c/o The Maidstone for Valentine's Day weekend, you won't have to fight your way through the star-stalking masses. Also, you can add your dog into the mix.

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