These hotels know all too well that a proper welcome sets the table for a happy stay, and they’ve recruited highly skilled four-legged ambassadors to ensure their customers are delighted beginning at check-in. Meet the hotel mascots who take pet-friendly accommodations to a whole new level.
Posted by Zain Deane
Scout at the Ritz-Carlton, Bachelor Gulch
Tucked into the sloping hillside of Beaver Creek Mountain in Avon, CO, the stunning Ritz-Carlton, Bachelor Gulch offers its guests a truly luxurious retreat. That includes furry customers, who get to hang with the resort’s Canine Ambassadors, Scout a Bernese Mountain Dog, and Bachelor a St. Bernard. This place is serious about its pet-friendliness. Its VIP pack comes with an overstuffed dog bed, branded dog bowl, gourmet treats and a "Pet in Room" sign. You can also request a Pampered Pup spa treatment that includes an in-room dog massage followed by a light bath spritz. And don’t forget about the puppy room service, which delivers gourmet mascot-approved meals. Pets are also allowed on the outdoor patios at WYLD and Buffalos restaurants, and on all guided hikes and snowshoe tours led by the resident naturalists. The Canine Ambassadors might even join you on the adventure.
The Ritz-Carlton Bachelor Gulch welcomes two dogs of any size for an additional fee of $150 for the first three nights, and $30 for each additional night.
Winston and Churchill at the London West Hollywood
The London West Hollywood is where cosmopolitan British elegance meets laid-back California cool. You could say the same about Winston and Churchill, the English Bulldogs who call these swank digs home. The two “rascals” can be found lounging, playing and meeting guests all over the hotel, from the rooftop pool to the English-style rose garden. Guests can even invite the hotel mascots to their private event for a $250 donation to a local animal shelter. The London West Hollywood's pet-friendly package includes an all-natural dog bed, organic treats, food and water bowls, and a doggie clean-up kit with waste bags. Fido’s human companions can also get a taste of Winston and Churchill’s high life at this luxury all-suite hotel.
The London West Hollywood allows one dog up to 30 lbs. per suite for an additional fee $20 per night, plus $100 per stay.
Kitty at the St. Regis Aspen
Kitty’s Instagram shows just how ruff the life of a hotel mascot can be. Surrounded by the luxurious ambiance of the St. Regis Aspen, Kitty gets to endure such hardships as daily champagne saberings, a monthly Bark ‘n Brews Pawty on the Patio (with proceeds going to Lucky Day Animal Rescue), and the signature butler service that every guest receives at this exclusive resort. Your dog will be equally pampered during his stay. Fido gets his own dog bed, copper bowl (as well as a travel bowl), hiking vest or puffy jacket, jogger, booties and doggles. You’ll also have a dog carrier, car seat, leather dog leash and waste bag holder, and can request a bath for your pooch through nearby Rocky Mountain Pet Shop. Finally, the resort offers a Puppy Menu with dining options including a “Sushi’s Favorite” roll (Sushi is executive chef Laurent Pillard’s dog), beef tenderloin, and a protein bowl.
The St. Regis Aspen Resort welcomes two pets of any size for an additional fee of $100 for the first night and $25 per night after that.
Bella Bellwether at Hotel Bellwether
Bella, the Chief Canine Officer at the prestigious Hotel Bellwether, knows a thing or two about living in the lap of luxury. Located on Washington’s Bellingham Bay, the Bellwether is one of the Pacific Northwest’s premier hotels. The pet-friendly rooms are richly appointed, some with a natural gas fireplace and Jacuzzi bath. Enjoy the spectacular waterfront views (sunsets are not to be missed here), charter a sailboat or yacht from the marina, or take Fido hiking or skiing in nearby Mount Baker. The marina is also your access point to the San Juan Islands and the Old English city of Victoria on Vancouver Island. If you prefer to stay at the hotel, enjoy a choice of fine restaurants, two spas, and of course, access to Bella, who is happy to show you around the waterfront park.
Hotel Bellwether allows dogs up to 50 lbs for an additional fee of $50 per pet, per night, and dogs over 50 lbs for $100 per pet, per night
Millie at the Hilton Milwaukee City Center
How popular is canine concierge Millie? When you leave, you can take a plush version of her home with you! Millie and her little sister Sadie can usually be found in the lobby of Hilton Milwaukee City Center on Friday afternoons. She even has her own special offer: the “Friends of Millie” Puppy Package. Starting at $145 per night, the package includes the Millie plush toy, dog bowl and dog bed, complimentary treats from local vendors, and the cleaning fee included. The hotel also has a dog-friendly green space called 6th & Green. While Fido and Millie bond, human guests can enjoy the staff’s warm hospitality and the blend of 1920’s elegance with modern sophistication. It’s the largest hotel in the city and is close to many of Milwaukee’s dog-friendly attractions.
The Hilton Milwaukee City Center welcomes two pets up to 75 lbs for an additional fee of $50 per stay.
Bailey at the Cottages at Nantucket Boat Basin
There once was a dog from Nantucket … and he became the Pet Concierge at the Cottages at Nantucket Boat Basin. Bailey knows his way around the island as well as the charming pet-friendly “Woof Cottages” at Boat Basin. These one- or two-bedroom accommodations come with doggie beds and bowls, personalized pet tags, a welcome bag of nautical chew toys and doggie treats, and an endless supply of tennis balls. Dog-walking and pet turndown services are also available.
The Cottages and Lofts at Boat Basin allows two pets of any size for an additional $59 per night. Additional pets may be permitted with prior hotel management approval.
Parker the Pug at the Park Hyatt Chicago
Helping to turn the Park Hyatt Chicago into the Bark Hyatt, Parker is part hotel employee, part resident celebrity. Adopted by the general manager, who felt that a one-eyed Pug might have trouble finding a permanent home, Parker soon became a fixture at his new digs. Often seen wearing a Burberry bandana and greeting guests in the lobby, Parker embodies the hotel’s pet-loving philosophy. Upon request, the staff will deliver a dog bed, dog bowl and treats to your room. And the hotel donates 100% of the pet fee to PAWS Chicago, a local no-kill animal shelter.
Park Hyatt Chicago welcomes two dogs up to 50 lbs for an additional fee of $100 for 1 to 6 nights, and an additional $100 for 7 nights or more.
Bubba Jr. at the Marines’ Memorial Club & Hotel
Through the years, the Marines’ Memorial Club & Hotel has been the proud home to multiple beloved Bulldog mascots. While Beau and Beulah and Bubba Jr have sadly passed on, Betty and Brutus continue their work as canine ambassadors. The hotel’s Very Important Pet package includes a dog bed upon request and a door hanger to let other guests know that Fido is staying with you. You and your pooch will also appreciate the hotel’s enviable location near historic Union Square.
Pets of any size are welcome at the Marines’ Memorial Club & Hotel for an additional fee of $30 per pet, per night.
Aero at the Best Western Plus Chocolate Lake Hotel
Aero, the Best Western Plus Chocolate Lake Hotel's Welcome Ambassador, is a fan favorite with staff and guests alike. Under his supervision, visiting pups receive welcome gifts which include a treat and a roll of doggie bags. He lives at the hotel full-time, and his feeding schedule is posted so that he doesn’t miss any meals. When the Conference Services Manager leaves for the day, Aero takes over her office as his own personal den. His bed is in there, and he can get a good night’s sleep away from the hustle and bustle of the typical busy hotel night. He is introduced to every four-legged guest that checks in, and takes his job so seriously that he even took a Puppy Socialization class!
The Best Western Plus Chocolate Lake Hotel welcomes two pets up to 160 lbs for no additional fee.
Buster & Beau at Hotel Nikko
Spend a weekend in San Francisco at Hotel Nikko and you’re sure to run into mascots Buster & Beau and maybe even their little sister Lily. These furry faces reside at the hotel and are happy to greet two- and four-legged guests upon arrival. You might also spot them on the rooftop pet terrace hanging out in the cable car dog house or running on the Astroturf. Buster and Beau know all the dog-friendly hotspots nearby and enjoy exploring the city. They’re happy to share tips, and provide Fido with beds, bowls and treats at check-in. If you can’t get enough of these cuddly canines, you can purchase your own Buster swag, including a plush replica to take home.
Hotel Nikko welcomes dogs up to 50 lbs for an additional fee of $50 per pet, per night.
Hairy, the Dog-in-Residence at Bobby Hotel in Music City is a rescue from the Nashville Humane Association. In partnership with the NHA, Bobby Hotel hosts a live-in furry greeter and provides the pup with a full year of emotional support animal training from a local expert. Once Hairy’s training is complete, he’ll go home with a U.S. veteran in need and a new pooch will move in. The previous hotel pup, Sasha has retired to her forever home, but still makes appearances at Bobby events. When you stay at Bobby with Fido, he’ll be greeted by Hairy and eceive treats at check-in. You might even run into Hairy at the dog-friendly hotel [cafe].
Bobby Hotel welcomes pets of any size for an additional fee of $50 per pet, per stay.
Penny at Craddock Terry Hotel & Event Center
When you arrive at Craddock Terry Hotel & Event Center in Lynchburg, VA, look for the sign to see if Penny Loafer, a Wire Hair Fox Terrier and the Official Greeter, is on duty, resting or out on a walk. When Penny began her position in March of 2019 she learned from the best, previous greeter and fellow Wire Hair Fox Terrier, Buster Brown. Penny takes her role seriously, though you might occasionally find her lying down on the job. But, give her a couple of treats and she’ll be hard at work offering Fido a bag of treats and goodies at check-in. She’ll be happy to let you know your pooch is welcome to join you on the patio of the hotel restaurant, Waterstone’s, and the continental breakfast is delivered right to your room so you won’t have to leave your pup behind.
Two pets of any size are permitted at Craddock Terry Hotel & Event Center for an additional fee of $50 per stay.