May 07, 2009

Now pooches can travel in the lap of luxury—doggie-style, of course—at fine hotels around the world.

Hôtel de Crillon, Paris 33-1/44-71-15-00; www.crillon.com Perks: A personal welcome from the concierge; a dog tag with the hotel's logo and address to show off during walks with a private escort.Treats: Different menus each day (poultry with French beans, beef over rice) to meet each pup's tastes and dietary needs. Doggie bed: Brushed-cotton cushion in a wicker basket.

Ritz-Carlton New York, Central Park 800/241-3333; www.ritzcarlton.com Perks: Use of a Burberry raincoat and PuchiBags (as seen in Legally Blonde); 22-karat-gold-plated bone-shaped ID to wear; an aromatherapy coat spritzer (with Pooch d'Été Eau de Parfum). Treats: At an additional cost, chefs can prepare snacks made to resemble a pretzel, a slice of pizza, or a black-and-white cookie. Doggie bed: Quilted- velvet travel mat.

Starwood Hotels 800/325-3535; www.starwood.com Perks: City-specificchew-toy souvenirs; miniature cotton bathrobes at Westin properties; private sitters; in-room massages.Treats: Twelve-ounce sirloin, cooked rare and served on fine bone china, by request; nightly turndown snacks. Doggie bed: Soft velvet oversized pet pillows (Westins feature a tiny Heavenly Bed duvet).

Peninsula Hotels 800/223-6800; www.peninsula.com Perks: Dog-themed movies; private walking services. Treats: Schnauzer salad (apples, grapes, and carrots); Tail-chasing truffles; Pekingese peanut butter cups. Doggie bed: Green cotton canvas puff with a soft filling of scented cedar chips.
—Julie Earle-Levine

Hôtel de Crillon

This Place de la Concorde landmark, built at the direction of King Louis XV in 1758, hasn’t lost its ornate air. Flat-screen televisions and high-speed Internet access bring modern touches to suites and salons still filled with gilt, mirrors, and Baccarat crystal, in addition to genuine Aubusson carpets and Wedgwood medallions. Even the entry-level rooms, at 115 square feet, are not unusually large, but have sitting areas and dressing rooms. The Bar du Crillon is nothing short of elegant, with its mirrored mosaics, red velvet–covered chairs, and dripping chandeliers. Request a song at the piano, then sit back on a settee and sip a Baccarat cocktail (Grand Marnier, lemon, cranberry, Champagne Rosé).

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