Most Overhyped Hotel Trends

Soap butlers, underwater sound systems, and pet spas are just a few of today’s over-the-top hotel enticements.

Pet Pampering

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Years ago, only the cheapest chains and finest hotels would let you bring Bowser along. Now “pet-friendly” seems to have been replaced by “pet-centric” in hotels all over the world. These properties go beyond the standard water bowls and walking services; they offer special check-in staff, plush pet bedding, toys, treats, room-service menus (which include pasta and meat, not just kibble), and doggie spa treatments including pet pedicures and a choice of in-room canine rubdowns. Whether Fido prefers Swedish or deep-tissue massage is, of course, up to him.

David A. Keeps

Most Overhyped Hotel Trends

Pet Pampering

Years ago, only the cheapest chains and finest hotels would let you bring Bowser along. Now “pet-friendly” seems to have been replaced by “pet-centric” in hotels all over the world. These properties go beyond the standard water bowls and walking services; they offer special check-in staff, plush pet bedding, toys, treats, room-service menus (which include pasta and meat, not just kibble), and doggie spa treatments including pet pedicures and a choice of in-room canine rubdowns. Whether Fido prefers Swedish or deep-tissue massage is, of course, up to him.

David A. Keeps

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