Pet Hotels in Boston

by Pamela Wright
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If you're traveling to Boston with your furry companion, you'll have several options for pet-friendly lodgings in the city. Some offer a variety of special amenities for their four-legged guests, including water and food bowls, pet beds, and special food treats. Boston, dubbed the "Walking City," also has several pet-friendly places to stroll, including the Esplanade along the Charles River, the 50-acre Boston Commons, Boston Fens, with two miles of walking paths, and Christopher Columbus waterfront park.

Fairmont Copley Plaza

You and your guests may be greeted at arrival by Catie, the hotel's mascot. The black Labrador, once trained as a guide dog, serves as the hotel's "canine ambassador." The 383-room, luxury hotel, which has been around since 1912, welcomes pets. There are no size restrictions; a $25 per night surcharge is added. The hotel also offers a special "Canine Adventure Package," including lodging, walks with Catie, and a free stuffed dog that looks like Catie.

Nine Zero

You can bring your whole zoo to this downtown boutique hotel, which welcomes all pets. The hotel puts no limits on the number on the size of pets, and charges no extra fees. Nine Zero offers welcome goodie bags with special treats, and rooms are equipped with water and food bowls and pet beds. If your pet is feeling a little stressed from the travel, ask the concierge to book a spa treatment at a nearby pet salon. The concierge has a list of other local pet services, like grooming and pet-sitting and nearby veterinary clinics. The 190-room, contemporary hotel is steps from the Boston Commons, where you can walk your pets on a leash.

Onyx Hotel

A water bowl for dogs usually sits at the entrance of this boutique hotel, and bellmen and doormen may slip your pet companion a special treat when you enter. The 112-room property is part of the Kimpton brand and welcomes all pets, regardless of number or size. The contemporary hotel, which does not charge extra for pets, also offers pet beds, feline scratching posts, and gourmet treats. Owners can order pet food from the hotel's special "Pampered Pet" menu. The concierge has a list of local dog-walking and dog-sitting services.

Sheraton Boston

The downtown Sheraton Boston puts no limits, no weight restrictions and charges no fees for pets. The hotel is connected with indoor walkways to the Hynes Convention Center, Prudential Center shopping mall and Copley Place Complex. The Sheraton, with a fitness center and large, indoor-outdoor pool, also has special dog beds for its canine guests.

About the Author

Pamela Wright is a freelance writer, author of more than two dozen guidebooks, and hundreds of articles. Her work has appeared in a variety of publications, including "National Geographic Traveler," "Family Circle," "Family Fun," "Backpacker," "Hemispheres," "Cooking Light," "Yankee" and more. An active member of the Society of American Travel Writers, she holds a Bachelor's from Michigan State University

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