Monday, January 02, 2006

Travel: Travel + Leisure, Hot Dogs

T+L Reports
Julie Earle-Levine

Now pooches can travel in the lap of luxury—doggie-style, of course—at fine hotels around the world.

Hôtel de Crillon, Paris 33-1/44-71-15-00; Perks: A personal welcome from the concierge; a dog tag with the hotel's logo and address to show off during walks with a private escort.Treats: Different menus each day (poultry with French beans, beef over rice) to meet each pup's tastes and dietary needs. Doggie bed: Brushed-cotton cushion in a wicker basket.

Ritz-Carlton New York, Central Park 800/241-3333; Perks: Use of a Burberry raincoat and PuchiBags (as seen in Legally Blonde); 22-karat-gold-plated bone-shaped ID to wear; an aromatherapy coat spritzer (with Pooch d'Été Eau de Parfum). Treats: At an additional cost, chefs can prepare snacks made to resemble a pretzel, a slice of pizza, or a black-and-white cookie. Doggie bed: Quilted- velvet travel mat.

Starwood Hotels 800/325-3535; Perks: City-specificchew-toy souvenirs; miniature cotton bathrobes at Westin properties; private sitters; in-room massages.Treats: Twelve-ounce sirloin, cooked rare and served on fine bone china, by request; nightly turndown snacks. Doggie bed: Soft velvet oversized pet pillows (Westins feature a tiny Heavenly Bed duvet).

Peninsula Hotels 800/223-6800; Perks: Dog-themed movies; private walking services. Treats: Schnauzer salad (apples, grapes, and carrots); Tail-chasing truffles; Pekingese peanut butter cups. Doggie bed: Green cotton canvas puff with a soft filling of scented cedar chips.