It’s PAW-fect, Darling
By Jessie States
Beau is exhausted on this final leg of his U.S. blitz-tour, but he greets guests in the posh Hotel Palomar Dallas lobby with surprising energy and congeniality. His tail wags. He sits dainty in front of a sign for sponsor Dee’s Doggie Den & Kitty City, which offers a car service from the hotel for four-legged guests. Luxury suites at Dee’s include the Pawlomar (cymbal crash!) with toddler-size beds, flat screen TVs and private Web cams.
The Irish setter and human companion Janine Franceschi have spent the last several months promoting their newest venture, Pet-friendly Accommodations Worldwide (PAW), the only online hotel booking Web site that specializes exclusively in luxury, pet-friendly hotel accommodations. At the Palomar, the US$299 Bone Appetite pet package includes a luxurious pet bed, treats, bottled water, designer pet bowls, a personalized tag and a take-home toy. Franceschi is using her CockTAILS and PAWd’oeuvres circuit to promote Luxurypaw.com and her member hotels.
Many low-end hotels offer pet-friendly options, she explains, but finding luxury accommodations for the discerning dog is more difficult. She gazes down at Beau, who enjoys a Cock-a-Doodle Brew (now with chicken flavor!) doggie beer from 3BusyDogs.
“So many hotels that are pet-accepting are not pet-friendly,” Franceschi said. “Beau and I have made it our mission to search out and identify luxury hotels with the highest level of pet-comfort and amenities, to bring the pet-centered lifestyle to the forefront.”
Luxurypaw.com is unique among its competitive set. The site sources, gathers, researches and reviews hundreds of luxury, pet-friendly hotels and private villa properties around the world. Users can search by location, pet size or amenities. The Best in Show page features hotels that received “four paws up” ratings. For example, the Calistoga (Calif.) Ranch offers pet beds, stainless steel bowls for food and water, treats and clean up bags. A room service menu features organic kibble. (Sometimes a steady diet of pet room service can be too rich, Franceschi explains.)
She sums up the experience nicely: “Being in the doghouse never felt this good.”
JESSIE STATES is the assistant editor of One+.