Flying Private Jet Charter & Hotel Lodging with Pets
Stratos Jet Charters is extremely well-versed serving clients flying private jet charter with pets, and we know the rules, regulations and tips for a smooth flight and stay, and other advice to ensure the best travel experience with your four-legged friends. This expertise ranges from the very specific and consequential pet immigration rules of each country worldwide – even places like Hawaii, which unexpectedly for some travelers has their own quarantine rules – down to what you should bring along and plan for during your trip when looking for luxury hotel lodging for pets. Planning in advance of when traveling with pets with your Stratos Jet Charters agent is vital to avoiding problems when entering a country with your animals. This includes the creation of a “pet passport”, or collection of all identifying and required documents for entering a given country or locale, or to simplify the process when traveling domestically, before your trip begins. When it comes to luxury hotel accommodations, long gone are the days of sneaking your pet in under the cover of darkness. Half of U.S. households now claim a furry family member, so the hospitality industry is rolling out the red carpet for dogs, offering a wide variety of amenities from plush beds to canine room service – even spa treatments! Here are five upscale brands who are “leading the pack” so to speak with the most pet-friendly accommodations. Pet fees and weight limits vary, so be sure to work with your jet charter agent to confirm them before you leave, and at a minimum be sure to always bring current vaccination records with you.
The Kimpton Group was the first to offer “HosPETality,” and many of their locations even have a Director of Pet Relations, a canine ambassador who gives you a wagging welcome. With no fees and no weight limits, each of these elegant hotels offers welcome amenities that include beds, bowls and treats, in addition to special options like gourmet room service or a human and dog yoga session, which they call doga. 52 properties, no restrictions on number of pets or weight limit Dog Fee: None
With a slogan of “Loews Loves Pets”, it’s no surprise that pet owners love Loews Hotels too. The hotel provides a full welcome package that includes a dog tag and treats, a pet bowl, and many properties also offer special services like dog walking, pet sitting, and doggie spa treatments, as well as detailed information on local pet services and loaner beds, leashes, and pet videos. Loews also has a partnership with Banfield Pet Hospital, offering your furry guests a complimentary examination and a 15% discount on services during your stay. 17 total properties, no weight limit Dog Fee: $25
Mandarin Oriental Hotels
The exclusive Mandarin Oriental group, known for the ultimate in Asian-inspired luxury and stellar service, extends their welcome to your whole furry family, although fees and weight limits vary a bit at each hotel. Your pet will be welcomed with a gilded, fan-shaped tag, gourmet treats and toys, and a plush loaner bed and bowls in your room, as well as a welcome letter from the manager and room service menus for both you and your pooch. Also don’t be surprised when every hotel staffer greets both you – and your pet – by name when you walk by. 6 total properties, weight limit at each hotel’s discretion Dog Fee: Specific to each hotel, call for details
Every W Hotel in North America welcomes four-legged guests with custom food bowls and pet bed, with a doggie mat in their guestroom, as well as a welcome amenity package that includes a W pet tag, treats, and waste disposal bags. Furry visitors get a treat at turndown as well, and a welcome letter with information about local pet services. 29 total properties, 40 pound weight limit, one pet per room Dog Fee: $25 per day, plus cleaning fee
Ritz-Carlton pampers pets with services ranging from a loaner Burberry raincoat to certified canine massage therapists. Though not every Ritz-Carlton Hotel nationwide is pet-friendly (call ahead to be sure), those who accept pets offer welcome amenities including treats and toys, loaner beds and bowls, and special services ranging from canine room service to spa treatments for pooches between 10 and 30 pounds. Note that pets are often restricted to certain areas of the hotel, though many locations offer special pet packages including hikes, comfy beds, special treats and toys. Weight limits vary by each hotel Dog Fee: Specific to each hotel, plus cleaning fee, call for details For a bit more modest accommodations, both the Hilton Hotel and Hotel Indigo chains are also quite pet friendly, with extras they provide to your four-legged friend similar to some of the other hotels showcased here. As for individual luxury hotels that provide an excellent pet centric experience, here are some great options:
The Fairmont, San Francisco
The Fairmont has two different mini-bars, one for you and one for your furry companions. While you enjoy gourmet Ghirardelli chocolate and Anchor Steam Beer, Fido can snack on cookies and organic peanut-brittle treats. The dog-friendly mini-bar also includes a ceramic bowl, plush blanket, a rope toy an aromatic candle that eliminates pet odors, and a spritzer infused with lemongrass, peppermint, and cloves to help dogs sleep in their own beds. Dog Fee: Included in room cost
Ten Thousand Waves, Santa Fe
This inn offers eight traditional Japanese-style houses with the ultimate dog-friendly bonusâ€”a nice outdoor space of their own, with a plush rest bed for afterwards. Each house regardless of size includes a dog-proof fenced area for your pet, an amenity found in very few other spots throughout North America. Although as you would imagine dogs are not allowed in the hot tubs themselves, when you rent a private tub you are encouraged to bring your dog(s) to hang out with you on the enclosed decks surrounded by beautiful pinon pine trees. Dog Fee: $20 per night
Trump International Hotel & Tower, Chicago
The Trump Hotel knows how to treat dogs right, offering pooches their own bed, gourmet treats, and a water bowl – with bottled water to fill it – while they take in the city views from the floor-to-ceiling windows. The hotel provides owners with a list of dog-friendly places to visit in Chicago, including easy access to an dog park in the Trump Riverwalk. Come back to an in-room dining menu with special dog fare like a $32 meal of filet nips with steamed vegetables. One of the top experiences for your four legged friend found anywhere! Dog Fee: None
Topnotch Resort, Stowe, VT
If your doggie is a bit sore after hiking the Green Mountains, sign them up for a “Rover Reiki” massage treatment at the Topnotch Spa, followed by a nap in his or her own fleece-wrapped AeroBed. Turndown service isn’t just for humans too, as dogs get an organic Mini-Bone treat in flavors like bacon & cheddar, carob-chip oatmeal, and liver & bacon. Take home a keepsake water bowl to remember the experience. Dog Fee: None
XV Beacon, Boston
Homemade biscuits are a great way to greet any guest canine visitor, and that’s just what the XV offers. The hotel also offers dogs a set of plush and rubber toys and a bed with turndown service that includes water and snack. Although the hotel does not have a room service menu for furry companions, it does have certain prepared foods for dogs, such as the ever-popular hamburger. Dog Fee: $25 (optional fee, 100% donated to the ASPCA) Next Up: More tips on making travel with your pet the most enjoyable, hassle free experience possible.
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