June 15, 2008 by Tails Magazine in June 2008, Travel with 0 Comments


By Jason A. Heidemann with Renee Krejci

The James
Chicago, IL
55 E. Ontario St.
(800) 745-8883

Why we love it: The James is an urban oasis smack in the middle of one of the world’s dog-friendliest cities.

Pet perks: A pet travel kit featuring the Pooch Spa service menu, David Burke’s Primehouse pet menu, clean-up bags, a special treat, a dog or cat toy, and pet tourist map.

Pet policies: $75 nonrefundable deposit

Check out: Canine Cruises offers afternoon jaunts down the Chicago River (MercurySkylineCruiseline.com).

Average price: $259 (standard guest room)

Inn of the Five Graces
Santa Fe, NM
150 E. DeVargas St.
(505) 992-0957

Why we love it: The colors of the southwest come together in a quintessentially charming adobe-style small inn.

Pet perks: The inn greets each visiting pet with a dog-bone welcome and has a comfy dog bed waiting in the suite, with colorful bowls and a full supply of Iams food.

Pet policies: $50

Check out: The hotel’s general manager leads late-afternoon historic walking tours of the area with his two playful dogs in tow.

Average price: $300–$400 per night (deluxe room)

Hotel Gansevoort
New York, NY
18 9th Ave.
(212) 206-6700

Why we love it: The meat-packing district gets a makeover at this fabulous and Fido-friendly luxury boutique hotel.

Pet perks: Upon arrival, guests find a comfy dog bed covered in an embroidered sheet with their pet’s name and a treat-laden welcome basket in the room.

Pet policies: $100 per room

Check out: People and their posh pets strut the runway at the third annual Pet Fashion Week in August (PetFashionWeek.com).

Average Price: $300–$600 per night (superior room)

Hotel del Coronado
Coronado, CA
1500 Orange Ave.
(800) 468-3533

Why we love it: Hotel del Coronado is an American classic in the heart of America’s favorite beach city.

Pet perks: A gourmet bag of pet treats and a pet toy, special pet place mats with food and water bowls, a special “Do Not Disturb” door hanger sign, and specialized bedding for dogs and cats (upon request).

Pet policies: $25 per stay

Check out: On June 28, the hotel will host the world’s largest surfing competition for canines at nearby Imperial Beach.

Average price: $295 per night (standard king)

Jupiter Hotel
Portland, OR
800 E. Burnside
(877) 800-0004

Why we love it: Like Portland itself, it’s edgy, youthful, and funky.

Pet perks: All dogs get a water bowl, chew toy, and clean-up kit at check-in. Guardians are given a flyer detailing pet-friendly locations, parks, and stores in Portland.

Pet policies: $25 per day ($75 maximum)

Check out: Foster & Dobbs, a local cheese shop catering to man’s best friend with grain-free artisan dog biscuits (FosterAndDobbs.com).

Average price: $124 (queen standard)

21c Museum Hotel
Louisville, KY
700 W. Main St.
(877) 217-6400

Why we love it: Southern hospitality and 21st-century art intersect at this one-of-a-kind museum and hotel.

Pet perks: Welcome packet including toy, treat, pet tags, clean-up bags, pet bed, food and water bowl with floor mat, pet-in-room door sign, and special treat at turndown.

Pet policies: $100 nonrefundable fee and 50-pound weight limit

Check out: Louisville has one of the most comprehensive park systems in the country. Several are off-leash (LouisvilleDogs.NetFirms.com).

Average price: $209/night (luxury double room)

Sky Hotel
Aspen, CO
709 E. Durant Ave.
(800) 882-2582

Why we love it: The perfect après-ski hotel in the perfect ski city happily rolls over for Fido, even in summer.

Pet perks: The Dog Stylin’ Summer Package includes guest-room accommodations for two nights, Doggie Day Camp provided by Pet Pals (includes socialization with other dogs, one walk and one hike, yoga, ball throwing, and relaxation time in a special dog room), dog bed, doggie dishes, dog treats provided by Pink Poodle Gourmet, and one dog toy from Rocky Mountain Pet Shop.

Pet policies: none

Check out: The annual Sun Dog’s K-9 Uphill, a snowshoe event for dogs and their people, and a benefit for the Aspen Animal Shelter and Valley Dog Rescue (SunDogAthletics.com).

Average price: $179–$419 (king premier room depending on season)

Alexis Hotel
Seattle, WA
1007 First Ave.
(866) 356-8894

Why we love it: Alexis Hotel is a newly renovated gem in the center of the Emerald City.

Pet perks: Upon arrival, a designer doggie bed, water bowl with distilled water, and complimentary pet treats await. Doggie in-room dining and private grooming sessions are available for a fee.

Pet policies: none

Check out: Tillicum Village at Blake Island, home of Seattle’s famous salmon and Northwest Coast Indian culture. Dogs are allowed on the ferry to the island and in the village and park (TillicumVillage.com).

Average price: $175–$309 per night (standard queen)


Glenn Country Inn 1286 64th St, Fennville, MI; (269) 227-3045, GlennCountryInn.com;
Pet Fees: none, Average Price: $129-$149 (queen standard)

Hotel Père Marquette 501 Main St, Peoria, IL; (800) 447-1676, HotelPereMarquette.com;
Pet Fees: $100 refundable deposit, Average Price $149 (king standard)

TierraLinda Bed, Breakfast and Beyond 826 South Rocky Hill Rd,Galena, IL; (815) 777-1234, BeautifulEarth.com;
Pet Fees: $20 per dog, per night, Average Price $125 (queen standard)

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