Ahead of the Westminster Kennel Club Dog Show, New York City’s Hotel Pennsylvania transforms into a menagerie of canine species. Toy, hound, and working dogs parade down the halls, preparing to compete for the title of best in show.
About 600 dogs are currently checked into the hotel for the competition, directly across the street at Madison Square Garden.
The Hotel Pennsylvania has been hosting Westminster competitors since the 1990s and, in that time, they have perfected the art of canine hospitality: In addition to a convenient location, canine guests can expect a stay with activities and services catered specially for them.
During the course of the competition, the hotel hosts fashion shows, parties, fairs — all for dogs and their owners. Guests also have access to New York City’s largest indoor “doggie spa” inside the hotel.
There’s even a dedicated canine concierge at the hotel, Jerry Grymek. Grymek revealed some of the more unusual and outrageous services he has provided for competitors. He told the New York Times that he has booked an opera singer to come to a room and serenade an Italian Spinone to calm him before the show. He has hired acupuncturists and psychics. He makes food runs for pizza, chicken sandwiches, “six McDonald’s cheeseburgers; hold the onions,” he told the NYT.
Rooms at the hotel for the dog show start at $179 per night.