As George Orwell wrote in Animal Farm in 1945, “some animals are more equal than others.” Though the book was an attack on Stalinism, one wonders what Orwell would say about capitalism's latest achievement: the luxury hotel package for well-heeled pets. While Fido stays home in a leaky doghouse, Fifi gets a blow-dry.
Several major chains have developed luxury pet packages that go beyond pet-friendly.
Kimpton hotels, www.kimptonhotels.com , offers luxury pet amenities at its properties in 11 North American cities, including everything from a how-to book on pet massage at the Hotel Allegro in Chicago to monogrammed coats for dogs at the Hotel Monaco in Seattle.
Although it does not offer packages, W Hotels, www.starwoodhotels.com /whotels, provide amenities, including psychic readings, and a room-service menu, including doggy birthday cakes, for pets as part of a “Pets Are Welcome(PAW) program.
“We realize many of our guests are attached to their pets and hate to leave them behind.” Ross A. Klein, W's senior vice president and chief marketing officer, wrote in an e-mail message.
The Don CeSar Beach Resort in St. Pete Beach, Florida, www.doncesar.com , provides everything in-house under its “Pampered Pup” packages. In addition to serving gourmet dinners, such as filet mignon stew, the hotel had its team of massage therapists certified in animal massage. Pets at the hotel's spa also can get shampoos and pedicures alongside their owners.
What if you don't have a pet? The Red Lion Inn, www.redlioninn.com . in Stockbridge, Mass. , can provide one to warm those lonely nights. The inn offers guests the company of Wilbur the cat (as available) with a guesthouse suite.