The 12 Stays of Christmas
Lords-a-leaping, golden rings and ladies dancing are fine to sing about, but Fido would prefer his geese-a-laying on a platter. Start talking about canine room service, a relaxing doggy massage and a sleigh ride with Santa, and tails will be wagging! The holidays are all about indulgence, and in that spirit, we couldn’t help ourselves. So instead of 12 fabulous and festive Fido-friendly hotels and resorts where you and your pal can celebrate the season, we’ve given you a baker’s dozen.
Elegant East Coast Escapes
Experience your own Miracle on 34th Street in the Big Apple, browsing the animated windows at Herald Square, ice skating at Rockefeller Center and shopping at some of the worlds’ most exclusive stores. Someone forgot to tell The Benjamin Hotel that New York is “the city that never sleeps.” With custom-designed beds for both humans and pups of all sizes, The Benjamin features a pillow menu for people, as well as a dog bed menu with three designs: a sofa bed with a removable cushion that can be used separately, an orthopedic bed and a round, rhino suede luxe version, all guaranteed to bring sweet canine dreams. In fact, the hotel’s pet program is called “Dream Dog” and includes complimentary treats and toys, loaner beds, bowls and a lush doggy bathrobe, a Doggy DVD and room service that features homemade canine cuisine. The concierge can even arrange a consultation with a pet psychic or deliver a special Christmas surprise for Fido: a gift basket from nearby Cane & Able Dog Spa ($40). Another FF favorite in New York is Kimpton’s Eventi Hotel in lively Chelsea. Cosmopolitan, but with a warm, club-like feel, the Eventi is one of the few luxury hotels in the city that welcome large dogs and never charges a pet fee (a Kimpton chain policy). Located close to the theater district and Midtown shopping hotspots, the hotel welcomes four-legged guests with an in-room amenity, a loaner bed and bowls, and even provides a leash and clean-up bags for strolls around the city. While the humans are relaxing at the daily evening wine hour, Fido may want to call the concierge and arrange for a therapeutic pet acupuncture treatment. Head south to Northern Virginia for a stress-free holiday…