A dog may be the best hotel amenity of all time.
Plenty of hotels have adorable pet mascots: There’s Monti the beagle, CEO (that's Canine Executive Officer) at The Jefferson in Washington, D.C., and chic Burmese kitties Fa-Raon and Kléopatre at Paris’ Le Bristol.
But at one hotel in Rancho Mirage, California, you don’t have to say farewell to the resident pup when you check out. You can take him or her home to be your forever pet.
A partnership between Westin Mission Hills Golf Resort & Spa and Animal Samaritans, a no-kill shelter in the Palm Springs Valley, has led to the Dog Samaritans Adoption Project. The resort has made the hotel lobby a temporary home for a dog in need of a family.
While the hotel waits for the perfect applicant to come along, a dedicated team of caregivers takes them for walks, introduces them to guests, and sees to their general wellbeing. Like any pampered Westin guest, the dogs bed down in a Heavenly Bed. Dog bed, that is.
“People come to visit our beautiful desert and resort,” said General Manager Randy Zupanski, “and [they] go home with a new family member.”
Westin and Dog Samaritans have been working together for more than a year, but they’re preparing to celebrate their success of almost 50 adoptions on Aug. 26, National Dog Day.
Families who have adopted through the program are invited to return for a “Yappy Hour” celebration, which is also open to the public. Canines and travelers alike will mingle over cocktails and appetizers, and there will be a portrait booth for a memorable keepsake.
Melanie Lieberman is the Assistant Digital Editor at Travel + Leisure. Follow her on Twitter and Instagram at @melanietaryn.