Being a Rhode Island dog, you might think I travel to Boston all of the time, but that isn’t necessarily so. This week, my parents are traveling to Boston for work, and it’s my responsibility to find the best hotels that allow dogs so that we can all travel together.
Wondering what my guidelines are when searching for a hotel? Simple. I want comfort, comfort, and even more comfort. Boston is a beautiful and historic city. I know that I’m set for sightseeing and fun activities. In fact, after I give my parents my top five hotels list, I’m planning to convince them to make some time for the Freedom Trail walking tour. Two and a half brick-lined miles of blissful smells for me to sniff. Sign me up!
But I’m going to need a place to come “home” and rest my paws after a day in the big city. I want a bed to collapse into and nap the rest of the day away.
1. Nine Zero Hotel
Yet again, another Kimpton boutique hotel tops the list of pet-friendly hotels. Located across the street from the picturesque Boston Commons, Nine Zero Hotel is a perfect place to stay with your four-legged friend while traveling. Any number of pets are allowed to stay in your room, with no size restrictions or additional costs to board. My favorite part about the pet-friendly Kimpton chain is that all pets are provided a welcome package (presents!), and you can opt in for items like doggy massages. I can feel my muscles relaxing already!
2. XV Beacon Hotel
Healthy dog biscuits, plush sleeping quarters, and a water “turn down” at night are just a few of the amenities I’m drooling over at the XV Beacon Hotel. I imagine myself living the life of luxury here. Of all the hotels that allow dogs in Boston, this hotel offers an optional pet “fee” associated with your pup’s stay. The $25 donation goes straight to the Massachusetts chapter of the SPCA. I’m a caring guy, and helping other pups in need is right up my alley.
3. The Collonade Hotel
Like I said before, my parents are going to Boston for work, so I’m going to need someone to hang out with every once in a while. If we stay at the Collonade Hotel, someone will take me on a walk! Maybe I can convince them to get their steps in on the Freedom Trail with me. If not, maybe they’d consider another Boston walking tour. The Collonade’s concierge can also set up dog grooming appointments or spa services. Since I just got my hair cut recently, I think I’ll opt for a spa treatment.
4. The Eliot Hotel
Wow, talk about fancy! It’s a good thing I’m a classy pup, because the Eliot Hotel caters to the finest. Let’s be honest: Your average office dog doesn’t usually get the chance to travel in style, so while I have the chance, I’m going to sneak this hotel into my list! I can’t wait to meet the friendly doorman who opens all the doors for you and greets you when you come and go. If the hotel had a revolving door, I’d do circles all day just to play with my new pal! Oh, and you know what else? The hotel is dog-friendly only. I don’t want to be considered an elitist or anything, but sometimes a dog just wants be with other dogs – not cats! Oh, well, and humans too. I mean, we need you. You feed us. If we end up at the Eliot, my parents just have to try the restaurants: Both Parisian-style Clio and the Uni sashimi bar make my mouth water and my stomach growl. Can I get a treat please?!
5. The Onyx Hotel
I won’t toy with you (but, man, do I love toys!): Much of the reason I want to go to the Onyx Hotel is because I desperately want to meet Charley, the director of Pet Relations. Charley is a Beagle who – like me – takes his job very seriously! When he’s not hiking or visiting local restaurants with his human friends, Charley can be found cooking treats for hotel dog-guests. So generous! If I stay at the Onyx Hotel, I’m going to bring some of my own homemade treats, maybe even a cake just for Charley.
Oh, and like the other Kimpton boutique hotels that allow dogs, there are no pet restrictions here. In fact, fish are available for temporary adoption while staying at the Onyx Hotel. I might have to ask my parents if I can babysit a fish while they’re off at work. If they let me, I think I’ll name him Howard!
Have you or your human parents stayed at any other Boston hotels that allow dogs? What did you think about them? Be sure to tell me in the comments below!
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