A record 68 percent of American households now own a pet. Most, by far, are dogs and cats, who are traveling more often with their human companions. That's why an increasing number of hotels and resorts don't just accept pets, they downright cater to them — usually for a fee that goes toward deep-cleaning a room. Here are six pet-friendly lodgings around the United States that offer very special experiences.
1. Loews Coronado Bay Resort, Coronado, California
At this historic, 439-room property on a private 15-acre peninsula near San Diego, dogs and cats receive their own tags and bowls upon check-in. The royal treatment continues with specialized bedding, leashes, collars, litter boxes, pooper scoopers, gourmet pet room service, pet place mats, rawhide bones, catnip and scratch poles. Pet-walking and pet-sitting services can be arranged. Want to see Spot surf? Sign up your canine buddy for a surf lesson or for the annual Loews Surf Dog Competition. Pet fee: $25 per day.
2. Ritz Carlton, Bachelor Gulch, Avon, Colorado
Dogs can take twice-daily mountain hikes at this canine-friendly, 180-room property in Vail Valley, or participate in "Furry Paw Fridays" canine activities. And if your pooch is sore after the exercise, there's always a post-workout, in-room doggie massage option. After a room-service dinner of all-natural pet foods that might include a dessert of liver "kisses," Fido will have sweet dreams on an overstuffed bed. Pet fee: $125 for the first three nights, $25 per night after that, with $25 of fees donated to ASPCA.
3. Mandarin Oriental, Miami, Florida
Water and food bowls, a special pet menu, a plush bed and turn-down service with a treat are only part of the canine-focused luxury at this Asian-inspired, 326-room property. Among the other amenities are once-a-day complimentary dog walking and two Doggie Boot Camp options with a certified dog trainer — one a Play Date and the other a Training Date if Fido needs a bit more focus. During down time, dogs can relax in canine-sized bathrobes or, better yet, in shirts studded with Swarovksi crystals for a bit of Miami bling. Pet fee: $200 deposit, with $100 refunded on checkout.
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