Planning a vacation with both your two and four-legged children? According to TODAY Travel on msnbc.com, these five hotel chains, listed in alphabetical order, love to roll out their welcome mats for kids and canines alike.
1. Affinia Hotels
Your kids won’t be bored with all the fun goodies these boutique hotels in New York City, Chicago and Washington, D.C., provide in their Jet Set Kids package, including Nintendo Wii, board games and extra sheets for making tents. Its hotels in the Big Apple and on Capitol Hill also make your pooch feel at home with their Jet Set Pets package, which offers amenities and services like a signature travel water bowl, organic treats, plush beds, dog walkers and special pet spa treatments.
2. Best Western
If your two-legged kids are 12 or under, they stay for free at each and every Best Western property in the world. Your pets are welcomed at 1,900 of the chain’s 4,000 hotels. The amenities and fees vary by location. For example, the Best Western Wytheville Inn offers a “Virginia Pet-Friendly Package” that includes a welcome basket for your dog, and a pet park is currently under construction.
3. Fairmont Hotels
This luxury chain offers family-oriented events such as “Marshmallows and a Movie” at The Fairmont Algonquin in eastern Canada, where you and your kids can roast marshmallows around fire pits near the beach. Afterward, you can all come inside and watch a movie as you munch popcorn. Along with welcoming pets, some Fairmont properties have canine ambassadors that live at the hotel and are available for guests to walk and cuddle with. If you’re bringing your own pooch, The Fairmont Washington, D.C. offers an It’s a Dog’s World package that includes gourmet treats handmade by the hotel’s chef.
4. Kimpton Hotels
“Kimpton hotels manage to be fun and luxurious at the same time,” Jamie Pearson of Travel Savvy Mom told TODAY Travel. The 57-property chain offers special touches like loaner goldfish, trinket toys along with bedtime milk and cookies for the kiddies, and treats and comfy beds for the canines. Your pooch stays free of charge, and there are no size or breed restrictions.
5. Loews Hotels
This chain has special programs for children and pets. Loews Loves Kids features special camps, tours and programs, along with a special menu of nutritious but tasty meals. For your pooch, Loews Loves Pets offers a pet tag, bowl and gourmet treats upon check-in. Some locations have designated dog-walking areas and even a pet masseuse.