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Let sleeping dogs luxuriate

September 10, 2006|Robin Rauzi

Man's best friend can put a crimp in man's leisure time. recently surveyed registered users and found that 38% shorten vacations, 29% take fewer trips and 13% have chosen to forgo a journey because of pets. Dog lovers, the hotel industry feels your pain. So to the kennel-or-sitter quandary, it offers this solution: doggie bed?

-- Robin Rauzi

Willows Lodge

W.V.I.P. (Willows Very Important Pet)

Woodinville, Wash.

In the hotel: Turndown service for your doggie bed, a copy of CityDog Magazine, plus a room-service menu that includes turkey burgers and treats.

On your walk: The resort's five acres along the Sammamish River, northwest of Seattle, are braided with trails.

Details: 80 rooms, six suites, $285-$365 a night. No fee for dog, except in case of damage. (425) 424-3900,


J.W. Marriott Denver at Cherry Creek

J.W. Pet Perks


In the hotel: Sheepskin beds and stainless steel bowls, plus the doorman has dog treats and the concierge has maps for walks or hikes.

On your walk: The neighborhood's upscale shops often have water bowls out. Four parks nearby, and the bike trail in Cherry Creek State Park is a great route along the stream.

Details: 196 rooms, $189-$269 a night. No fee or deposit for dog.

(800) 372-0064,


Hyatt Regency Century Plaza

Gold Pawsport

Century City

In the hotel: Made-to-order room service entrees ($5 each). Frequent-stay program earns Gold Hyatt Passport points for owners and LA Dogworks treatment for Fido.

On your walk: It's about half a mile to Cheviot Hills Park, but the hotel's yard is big enough for a game of fetch.

Details: : 726 rooms and suites, $209-$409 a night. $35 per stay fee for dogs.

(310) 228-1234,

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