New Yorkers are canine-crazy, and not just during the Westminster Dog Show or the Tompkins Square Park Halloween Dog Parade. If you’re traveling with a four-legged friend, you can take advantage of the many high-end pet boutiques, grooming parlors, and dog parks and dog-friendly bars. Pet-friendly hotels are increasingly common and many accomodations go the extra mile, offering special beds, meals, treats and even robes for visiting pooches and other pets.
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All of the unfussy rooms in this pet-friendly hotel have kitchenettes with microwaves and sinks (some suites have full-size fridges), so it’s a hit with families as well as business travelers. The emphasis is on comfort: Choose from a menu of 10 pillows that includes buckwheat-filled, Swedish memory foam and antisnoring. You can even consult the staff, who will arrange for milk and cookies or a white-noise machine to help you nod off. Four-legged guests get special treatment too: Among the petcentric perks are a choice of three types of bed, doggy dinners delivered to your room and even plush robes.Read more
This modern 23-floor hotel is managed by Kimpton, which is known for its informal, friendly ethos, flamboyant decor and nice perks like free wine gatherings in the evening, and accommodations are surprisingly luxurious. All of the spacious rooms (which feel even more open thanks to floor-to-ceiling outlooks) have king-size beds, outfitted with dapper gray fabric headboards and Frette linens. At this pet-friendly property, dogs can curl up on cute bone-motif beds, and bowls, leashes and toys are provided.Read more
As the official host hotel for the annual Westminster Kennel Club Dog Show (which is held at Madison Square Garden, directly opposite), the Penn won't raise an eyebrow when you check in with your chow chow (or your Siamese, for that matter; it also puts up cats). Ask for the pet-friendly package (starts at $199), which includes a free toy or treat and, for owners, a copy of Fido Friendly magazine. The 1,705-room behemoth, one of the city's largest hotels, is mere blocks from Macy's and the Empire State Building. After a $7 million renovation in 2008, the rooms are still fairly modest, but offer pleasant respite from the hubbub outside.Read more
The New York chapter of luxury chain Loews prides itself on its family-friendly policy and offers special services for kids and pets. Dogs and cats get their own bed, a free bag of treats and a room-service menu of vet-approved meals devised to counteract jet lag. Don't worry if you've left the leash at home—a variety of accoutrements can be bought or borrowed. However, you will have to pay a $25 room-cleaning fee.Read more
A brace of bronze Great Danes guards the lobby of the SoHo Grand, which pioneered the downtown hotel migration in 1996. The hotel's founding family was once in the pet-food business, so it stands to reason that animals are welcome here: Cats and dogs are provided with a size-appropriate bed, free food and treats. If you lack an animal companion, you can request an in-room goldfish. The original designer, Bill Sofield, recently updated all the rooms, introducing new custom pieces, such as travel-trunk-inspired minibars and natty houndstooth tuxedo chairs. Although pooches are barred from the hotel's glamorous lounge, the Club Room, with its fireplace, faded oriental rugs and plush sofas, in summer they can chill with their owners in seasonal outdoor bar/eatery The Yard. The hotel even has its own dog park, compete with custom-made benches and "fire hydrants."Read more