Last week we were hosts for ghosts, this week we cater for some hairy VIPs.
In a time of tough competition, marketing departments are working overtime to fill our beds. They have lured families with kids to our hotels, business people, single women, rainbow travellers, culinary discoverers and group and adventure tourists. Have they now run out of ideas? No, the latest trend is guests with pets!
A man wrote an email to a hotel in a Midwest town he planned to visit on his vacation. He wrote, "I would very much like to bring my dog with me. He is well groomed and very well behaved. Would you be willing to permit me to keep him in my room with me at night?"
An immediate reply came from the hotel owner, who said, "I've been operating this hotel for many years. In all that time, I've never had a dog steal towels, bedclothes, silverware or pictures off the walls. I've never had to evict a dog in the middle of the night for being drunk and disorderly, and I've never had a dog run out on a hotel bill.
Yes, indeed, your dog is welcome at my hotel. And, if your dog will vouch for you, you're welcome to stay here, too."
The Little Nell in Aspen offers in their room service menu "Canine Delights" which includes: tenderloin of beef and brown rice; grilled chicken breast with carrots, grilled salmon with scrambled eggs and brown rice.
At The Rubens Hotel in London your pet will receive a welcome hamper, which includes a toy, a treat, a Rubens tag and clean-up bags. In the room waits a custom made hotel pet bed a water bowl with fresh mineral water and a floor mat.
Le Meurice in Paris takes their pet guests seriously too and offer many facilities including a pet walker; Fido can choose a walk in the Tuileries Gardens or a stroll along the river Seine.
What's next I wonder; serving puppyccino for the coffee loving puppies?