With spring finally here and summer around the corner, the annual travel rush will soon be on. You certainly don't need to leave your dog or cat--or even your ferret--at home when you come to Boston.
Boston hotels have become some of the most pet-friendly in the nation. No matter where you stay in the city, there is a hotel to accommodate the needs of your four-legged friend.
Pets are part of the family. Modern travelers have evolved far beyond simply finding hotels that allow pets. They now wish to ensure that their best friends receive an experience as pampered as their own. There is even a list of ideal locations to vacation with your pet.
We spoke to Matthew Bellico, Boston Globe Travel Correspondent, to get his top five Hub hotels for pet lovers. Here are his recommendations:
Revere Hotel, 200 Stuart St., Boston
The Revere Hotel has quickly become best in breed. Located near Boston Common, the Revere welcomes pets regardless of size or weight--without any additional fees. "The hotel really tries to anticipate your pet's every need and succeeds," says Bellico. "Comfy bedding and doggy bowls will be ready for your Westie or Goldendoodle, as will treats from the South End's Polka Dog Bakery. Also available is Skoah Boston shampoo and conditioner for dogs, just in case your pooch needs a bath after playing in the city." Dog walking maps are on hand and pet-sitting and onsite vet visits can be arranged. What's not to love?
The Liberty Hotel, 215 Charles St., Boston
The Liberty Hotel is also one of Boston's top dogs. The hotel's Paw Prints package pairs accommodations with amenities sure to please the most discriminating canines--and their owners. Rooms come stocked with pet beds and bowls, and each dog receives a welcome gift on arrival. But what sets the Liberty apart? "There is a complementary pet portrait photo shoot, created in partnership with Muddy Paw Studio, which offers 30- or 60-minute sittings. The results are a great keepsake," says Bellico. Plus, the hotel has perfect placement near Charles Street and the Esplanade, offering great walking routes for the most energetic of dogs.
Colonnade Hotel, 120 Huntington Avenue, Boston
Pet-lovers should also seek the Colonnade Hotel, which is sure to please both owners and their companions. "While the hotel's exceptional restaurant, Brasserie JO, doesn't serve a doggy-size version of its famed Parisian steak, it does offer a dog-friendly patio," jokes Bellico. "Through the Colonnade's V.I.Pets program, your pet will have all the necessities: three types of dog or cat food, deep bowls and fluffy beds, and walking services. There is also access to grooming and spa treatments to keep your pet looking smart."
Nine Zero, 90 Tremont St., Boston
Boutique hotel Nine Zero makes the grade for what it doesn't have. "There are no extra charges and no restrictions regarding the number or size of pets," says Bellico. "So, if you have both a dog and a cat (and they're on speaking terms) you can definitely bring them to this stylish option, tucked nicely between Boston Common and Faneuil Hall." The hotel offers regular pet packages as well as daily walking and sitting services. You can even help your pets announce themselves with Nine Zero's pet registration form.
Fairmont Copley Plaza, 138 St. James Avenue, Boston
The iconic Fairmont Copley Plaza welcomes pets of all sizes, but you don't have to bring your own to receive some cold nose therapy. Bellico shares his favorite part. "The hotel has a resident 'canine ambassador' in Catie Copley, a gorgeous (and incredibly gentle) black Labrador retriever," he says. "Originally trained as a guide dog, Catie occupies a dog house at the hotel's main entrance and can be reserved for walks or runs throughout the city. Catie has become something of a celebrity, with a pair of charming children's books written in her honor." But don't worry, sweet Catie hasn't let it go to her head. She still greets guests with the enthusiasm of a puppy!
All these hotels separate themselves from a pack of pet-friendly options. Readers - what are your picks? Any memorable pet travel stories to share?