As Peaches the Yorkie reports, dog friendly hotels are throwing pedigreed travelers a bone.
Last month I was politely asked to leave the French Laundry restaurant, in Napa Valley. Apparently I’m a “health hazard.” Me! I’ve seen humans there with more hair than I have, yet we canines get turned away at the door. Thankfully, hotels are rolling out the red carpet—and don’t mind one bit if we chew on it. With my pack at Hollywood’s Sunset Tower Hotel, where this picture was taken, I ordered the sirloin cheeseburger with raw carrot fries from the room service Pet Menu. I have a private, dog-only palapa at Viceroy Riviera Maya; when I check in at the Rome Cavalieri, I’m greeted with a cashmere sweater that has my name in rhinestones on the collar. In New York, a “pawdicure” at the new D Pet Hotels Chelsea is an absolute must. Ali McLennan from Animal Planet TV is the best groomer in the city. If I’m feeling frisky, I may get a few hot-pink highlights in my hair. It’s the color of the season, you know. —As told to Kathryn O’Shea-Evans
Shirts and bolster pillows by Fifi & Romeo.
Video: Behind the Scenes at Sunset Tower Hotel
Sunset Tower Hotel
Gorgeously revived in 2006 by hotelier Jeff Klein, this 1929 Art Deco landmark was once an apartment building to the stars (John Wayne, Marilyn Monroe, and Frank Sinatra all had crash pads here). Though it’s been a hotel since the 1980’s, the building’s glamorous new incarnation finally does justice to its extraordinary “bone structure”—which includes dramatic cast-concrete exterior friezes and curved floor-to-ceiling windows. The décor in the 74 rooms pays tribute to the Deco era, but subtly: dark walnut furnishings are trimmed in glass and polished brass, and the bold-patterned fabrics and wallpaper are softened by deep tones of chocolate, gold, and rust. The iPod docking stations, plasma-screen TV’s, and glass shower stalls stocked with Kiehl’s products don’t seem out of place—but somehow the rooms, as well as the common areas, hark back to a distinctly more elegant time.
Viceroy Riviera Maya
Formerly the Tides Riviera Maya
Set between the beach and a lush, tropical forest in Mexico’s booming resort region on the Yucatán Peninsula, the Tides still retains a sense of exclusivity and seclusion. Flip-flop-wearing travelers unpack in one of 30 stand-alone villas (all of which are more than 1,000 square feet with marble bathrooms and outdoor terraces). But change is underfoot at this Yucatán standout, where an additional 11 oceanfront villas are under construction, as is a state-of-the-art indoor gym, boutique, and seaside restaurant and bar. The property’s location in the village of Playa Xcalacoco near Playa del Carmen means that the Caribbean Sea is a draw; when visitors tire of snorkeling, boating, or scuba diving, yoga classes are available alongside the crashing surf and the property’s palapa-roofed cabanas. For a different kind of relaxation, the resort’s mayordomo can help arrange for a chocolate-and-mud massage, followed by grouper served with a crab-bisque sauce at the romantic seaside La Marea restaurant.