Upscale Pet Friendly Hotels in New York and Miami August 28 2008
First Class, Pet-Friendly Hotels in New York and Miami
Oyster Hotel Review has compiled a list of the best pet friendly resorts that go above and beyond!
“While many hotels allow pets, our reporters found the hotels really go out of their way -- offering everything from gourmet food to pedicures,” said Elie Seidman, CEO of Oyster.com. “not all pets are created equal and most hotels allow only small dogs that gear their amenities specifically toward them. 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.”
Oyster.com deployed its team of award-winning journalists to determine which hotels offered the best amenities for pets such as pampering services, pet beds, off-limit hotel areas, and additional fees.
Best Pet-Friendly Hotels in New York
The Muse - Kimpton (Times Square and Midtown West)
The Muse is an impressively pet-friendly hotel, having hosted everything from snakes (!) to penguins (!) to a pig (!) (many of them in town to appear on television shows that tape nearby). Ginger, a teacup Pomeranian, serves as the “Director of Pet Relations,” a companion to one of the hotel staff members. The hotel has a Pampered Pooch and a Hers and Furs package, which provides in-room pedicures for a guest and her dog. Pets also receive a special welcome package upon arrival, with food and treats for both the dogs and their human companions.
Affinia Fifty - Affinia Fifty (Midtown East)
Affinia hotels charges a one-time 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," includes skin moisturizer, odor remover, mosquito repellent, and a bad-breath zapper.
70 Park Avenue Hotel - 70 Park Avenue Hotel (Gramercy and Murray Hill)
70 Park Avenue is part of the pet-friendly Kimpton hotel chain, and like at the Epic in Miami, pets get the royal treatment -- doggie manicures and pedicures, squeaky toys, robes, and a bed are all available. There are no extra fees for bringing a pet -- unlike at many hotels in New York -- but owners are responsible for any damage caused by their animal. 70 Park Avenue is a great choice for pet owners with special needs, as it is willing to accommodate pets of any weight or type.
Tribeca Grand Hotel - Tribeca Grand Hotel (SoHo and TriBeCa)
It's free to bring a pet, and four-legged friends of any size are welcome. Just notify the hotel ahead of time to get placed on a pet-friendly floor, where food, bowls, and a crate will be waiting in the room -- all at no extra charge. Dog walking, a more extensive pet-food menu, and grooming can all be arranged through the concierge for an extra fee.
Loews Regency - Loews Regency (Midtown East)
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. Pets are limited to two per room, but there's no weight limit and only a one-time $25 cleaning fee.
Top 5 Pet Friendly Hotels in Miami:
Epic Hotel (Downtown) - The Epic is a pro at pampering -- doggie mats, bowls, placemats, and Yip-Yap breath-mints come standard in the rooms for guests traveling with dogs. Pets can also get pedicures, a shampoo, toys, and one-hour daily walks through the Epic Pet Getaway package.
Loews Miami Beach Hotel - (South Beach)
Standard amenities include a pet tag, bowl, and treats. In case you forget anything, leashes, collars, beds, scratching posts, pooper scoopers, litter boxes, catnip, and raw hide bones can be requested. There's even a pet room service menu with gourmet treats--and generously, no pet weight limit.
Mandarin Oriental Hotel - (Downtown)
The Mandarin makes the list because of its over-the-top Marley & Me Miami Dog Days package, created in honor in The Mandarin's involvement in the filming of the movie. It costs a pretty penny, but includes a training date with a certified dog trainer, a play date with a pet butler, and a copy of the book Marley & Me by Josh Grogan.
Mayfair Hotel & Spa - (Coral Gables and Coconut Grove)
A pet-friendly hotel that caters to couples! If you want a romantic getaway, but still can't imagine leaving your pets behind, the Mayfair's Very Important Pets program will provide cater to them with pet beds, lounging mats, cookies, and water bowls with bottled water.
The Westin Colonnade, Coral Gables - (Coral Gables and Coconut Grove)
For anyone that's ever experienced a night's sleep in the Westin's coma-inducing Heavenly Beds, they'll understand why we couldn't leave the Westin Colonnade off the list: They make a Heavenly Dog Bed! We're guessing your pooch will never sleep so soundly.