Traveling Pets Welcomed Around the Globe

Bring your pets along when traveling to various W Hotels, including the W Fort Lauderdale.
Bring your pets along when traveling to various W Hotels, including the W Fort Lauderdale.

In honor of National Pet Week, hotels and even airlines across the globe are offering specials and packages to accommodate four-legged furry friends traveling with guests.

Dogs and cats stay in luxury and style at any of the four W Hotels in New York with the P.A.W. Weekender package. In collaboration with Fetch Club, the W is offering a 60-minute walk pass for guests and their pet, as well as in-room amenities such as W Hotel pet bed, W Hotels food and water bowl with floor mat, pet-in room door sign, canine cocktails in The Living Room, in-room movie rental, and special turn-down treats. Guests receive a welcome kit consisting of a W Hotel toy, collar, least, pet tag with hotel address, and a cleanup bag. The W’s Whenever/Whatever service will also be available upon request for walking, pet sitting; guests can also receive a guide to grooming and parks in NYC. Room rates with a pet is $25 above the daily room charge, plus a non-refundable $100 cleaning fee. The P.A.W. package starts at $309 per night and is offered at W New York, W New York-Times Square, W New York-Union Square, and W New York-Downtown through Dec. 31. The W Fort Lauderdale in Florida and the W Retreat & Spa-Vieques Island in Puerto Rico also offer  similar packages. Rates at  the W Fort Lauderdale start at $221 per night, plus a $100 fee for pets on the first night and $25 each additional night; at W Retreat & Spa-Vieques Island rates start at $369 per night, pet fees are $25 per pet per day, plus a $100 cleaning fee. For more information, visit wnewyork.comwfortlauderdalehotel.com or wvieques.com

Rome Cavalieri, Waldorf Astoria Hotels & Resorts pampers pets with the VIP service.
Rome Cavalieri, Waldorf Astoria Hotels & Resorts pampers pets with the VIP service.

The Rome Cavalieri, Waldorf Astoria Hotels & Resorts put together the Very Important Pet (VIP) service, providing four-legged guests with special doggy menus offering a variety of options including tuna, rice, meat, and vegetable soup. For the fashionista pet, cashmere dog sweaters personalized with the pet’s name in rhinestones can be ordered. The property, which is set on 15 acres of Mediterranean parkland, features the perfect location for on-site walks. Dog sitting and dog walking services are also available while guests tour the city. The pet staff can also schedule appointments at La Domus Aventina, a nearby doggy spa. Rates start at $534 per night plus $41 for one pet per room. For more information, visit romecavalieri.com.

In New Orleans pets are welcomed in hotels such as the Windsor Court Hotel.
In New Orleans pets are welcomed in hotels such as the Windsor Court Hotel.

In New Orleans, the Windsor Court Hotel personalizes each pet’s visit by offering dog beds, welcome treats, a placemat with food and water bowls, and an area walking map so owners and pets can checkout the city. The concierge can also arrange pet-sitting, walking, or grooming services. When booking guests are asked for the pet’s name and breed to make sure they’re properly accommodated and welcomed. For $150 per stay, guests can have up to two pets per room, weighing up to 40 lbs. each. For more information, visit windsorcourthotel.com. The Sheraton New Orleans also welcomes furry friends up to 40 lbs. with the Pet Welcome Pack, providing 4-legged guests with a Sweet Sleeper dog bed, bowl, mat, treat bag with doggie bones, and waste cleanup bags. The travel kit also offers doggie suggestions such as nearby parks, doggie daycares, groomers, vets and more. Pups are welcomed in guestrooms with no additional fees. Room rates start at $200 per night. For more information, visit sheratonneworleans.com.

Westin Cape Coral Resort at Marina Village gives pups the Heavenly treatment with in-room amenities.
Westin Cape Coral Resort at Marina Village gives pups the Heavenly treatment with in-room amenities.

Westin properties are also pet-friendly, including the Westin Cape Coral Resort at Marina Village in Florida, which welcomes pets up to 45 lbs. at no additional fee—unless pups damage the room. Furry friends receive the Heavenly Pet Treatment including a Heavenly dog bed, floor mat, food and water bowls. The property also offers designated pet areas and welcomes dogs at the resort’s outdoor dining facilities. Rates start at $127 per night. For more information, visit westincapecoral.com. The Westin St. John Resort & Villas’, Fun Team partners with the St. John Animal Care Center for those guests who’d like to return home from their vacation with much more than a souvenier—a new pup. For those interested, the Fun Team coordinates a shelter visit and walks guests through the adoption process. Guests interested in adopting are responsible for an adoption fee, a health certificate, and the cost of the carrier, all of which can be coordinated through the shelter. Before heading home, pups up to 20 lbs. enjoy their stay at the Westin while being treated with a Heavenly Pet bed, dog bowl, treats, and dog toys. For more information, visit westinresortstjohn.com.

The St. Regis Bahia Beach Resort in Puerto Rico welcomes pets up to 40 lbs. while providing pups with a similar culinary fare that their humans enjoy with a pet-friendly menu at the Jean-Georges’ Fern restaurant including choices such as beef au jus mini meatballs, Angus burger, rice, and raw egg, a 4 ox. grilled beef steak, tartar beef fillet and poultry gizzards emulsion, and salmon scrambled eggs. The resort also offers four-legged guests dog bowls, beds, and toys. A fee of $200 is required for guests with pets. For more information, visit stregisbahiabeach.com.

Track pets flier miles with El Al Israel's Pet Passport.
Track pets flier miles with El Al Israel’s Pet Passport.

Hotels aren’t the only ones jumping in on celebrating furry friends, El Al Israel Airlines launched El Al Mile Paw Pet Frequent Flyer Club where furry and feathered passengers can earn free flights by earning Matmid frequent flyer points. The offer, available to Matmid Club members, gives pets flying roundtrip three times within three years a free roundtrip flight. The airline is also offering a pet passport, allowing pet owners to keep track of frequent flier miles earned, maintain updated owner and pet identification information, as well as dietary and grooming guidelines. The passports allow owners to have a personality profile, recent vacinations, and updated medical records on hand. The pet passport is free and can be requested via El Al USA Facebook page or by emailing pet passport@elalusa.com. El Al passengers traveling from the USA to Israel with a pet pay $100 each way for pets weighing up to 18 lbs., and $200 each way for pets up to 110 lbs. For more information visit, elal.co.il/ELAL/English/States/General or facebook.com/ELALIsraelAirlinesUSA.