Big hotels are throwing a bone to furry guests around the country

By Linda Marx
Updated January 07, 2010 01:00 PM

When Pink stayed with her dog Bubba at Keswick Hall, nestled in the Blue Ridge Mountains of Virginia, the pampered pooch feasted on special china.

During a trip to New York City’s Hotel Gansevoort, Jennifer Love Hewitt’s dog got locked out of her room, so hotel staffers “puppy sat” till the actress returned that night.

And when Rihanna checked into Kimpton’s Alexis Hotel in Seattle with pup Oliver and asked the concierge to have him groomed, by the end of the day, the well-behaved pooch had an adorable “Teddy Bear” cut.

Now, before you say, “Yeah, yeah, they’re getting the star treatment,” take note, travelers: Savvy hotel executives around the country have stretched their imaginations and their amenities to entice pet owners like you. Think Italian linen dog beds, doggie boot camps and fancy menus with filet mignon. The Gansevoort Hotel in Manhattan even offers a collar tag for your pet that reads “I am staying at Hotel Gansevoort” – perfect for VIP pooches visiting the big city!