GOLD COAST — Winston the Boston Terrier is used to special treatment when he visits the Gold Coast's Talbott Hotel. After all, his owner, Troy Strand, is the boutique hotel's general manager.
But pups without the hookup will be treated like guests now, too, with the launch of Talbott's new, dog-friendly package this week.
For $50, dog-friendly rooms will be outfitted with food and water bowls, plush dog beds and gourmet treats from Tails in the City, in addition to the a 15-percent discount at the high-end pet store. The fee applies to stays of five days or less and covers up to two dogs — as long as their combined weight is under 50 pounds.
The move adds the Talbott, 20 E. Delaware Pl., to a growing list of hotels courting animal lovers with rooms that welcome four-legged guests. The AAA travel organization says there has been a 40-percent increase in pet-friendly hotels and campgrounds since 1999.
"Traveling with your dog is a popular choice for many, and we've noticed an increasing demand for luxury pet-friendly travel options," Talbott general manager Strand said, describing the motivation behind the hotel's new pet-friendly package.
The Burnham Hotel at 1 W. Washington St. has no fee or weight restriction on pets, and offers pet-sitting services internally. They even stock pet travel items like waste bags and food at the front desk, in case Fido forgot to pack his own toiletries.
Hotel Monaco, 225 N. Wasbash Ave., will welcome any animal, including cats, birds and more, and offers a "Pets in the City" package that includes a bed, bowl and goodie bag and donates a portion of the room's cost to a local no-kill shelter.
At 171 W. Randolph St., Hotel Allegro's pet-friendly package has some add-ons your pup will beg for, including one 20-minute walk by a staff member and in-room pet massage services.