5 Hotels Where Pets Get Treated Like Royalty

Who says Fido can't get the royal treatment while you're on vacation?

Vacations are often a family affair, but we typically leave our pets at home. While they’re stuck in a kennel or with a sitter at home, we’re off in Tahiti, cocktail in hand, living the good life.

Why not let Fido or Whiskers in on the fun? A number of hotels have warmed up to the idea of hosting pets, and some turn on the charm to make the stay worth your while. Here are five hotels that will treat your pet like royalty.

1. Kimpton Hotel Monaco, Chicago

This boutique hotel, housed in a former hat factory, hosts nightly wine hours and pet-friendly accommodations for which the Kimpton chain is known. There’s no limit to the number of pets you can bring, and no additional charge or deposit. You’ll also receive a sweet selection of plush pet-bed loaners, along with food, water bowls and mats. Ask the concierge for their list of pet-friendly restaurants, groomers and parks.

2. Las Ventanas al Paraíso, San Jose del Cabo, Mexico

What’s better than a portable pet cabana? A “Dog Butler” who takes your four-legged buddy out for daily walks on the beach, gives massages and leads “doga” classes (We won’t make a downward dog joke. We won’t. No, we won’t). With your butler around, you’ll never have to think about waking up early or leaving a meal, and if you want to host a birthday party — for your pet, that is — your butler can arrange that, too. Be sure to set aside $60 per stay (not night) and note the pet weight limit is 40 pounds.

3. Loews Coronado Bay, San Diego 

This dreamy resort gifts your fluff ball with her own pet tag, bowl and a treat. She’ll also receive information on local dog walking routes, area services and a room service menu just for her. While Whiskers gets acquainted with the local Cali catnip, phone down for a litter box (with litter) and a scratch pole. Pet-sitting and walking services are also on offer.

4. The Ritz-Carlton, San Francisco

Starting at $849 per night, you and Fido get a personal welcome by the doorman, followed by a VIP (that’s Very Important Pooch) greeting and registration at the front desk. Along with a Ritz-Carlton, San Francisco pet tag, you’ll receive an in-room dog bowl and dining room menu, pet toy, framed bed and Pooch Pack complete with a list of dog-related activities for fun in the city.

5. W Hotel, Scottsdale, Arizona

As part of the luxe chain’s Paws Are Welcome program, dogs receive their own pet bed and treat. Sign them up for the dog walking service so you’re sure to clock in more pool time. W charges $100 as a one-time fee or $25 per day.

Save on Your Next Vacation 

Ready to hit the cabana with Fido? Make sure you’ve got a plan for your spending. Rewards credit cards are a great way to pay for vacations, just be sure to swipe wisely so you don’t lose your rewards to high interest. You can check out our roundup of the best travel cards here.

Remember, before you apply for any credit card, make sure you’re able to qualify. If you’re not sure where your credit stands, you can view two of your credit scores for free on Credit.com.

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Wait a Minute … Trump Hotels Has a Rewards Program?

Here's what you get when you enroll in the Trump Hotels Privileges Program.

If you didn’t already know, yes, it’s true. Like most major hotel brands, Trump Hotels has a loyalty program that rewards frequent guests. The Trump Privileges Program is a little different, however.

To start with, membership is free and signing up on the Trump Hotels website takes only a moment. Right away, the program offers members the ability to customize their stays beyond just requesting a high floor or a room near the elevator. Preferences such as specific turn-down times, room temperatures, choice of pillow sizes and fillings (there are 11 different options), and even preferred snacks in the mini bar also are available. There are also members-only offers, welcome amenities upon arrival, plus prioritized early check-in and late check out.

“The Trump Card Privileges Program is our way of saying thank you,” the firm says on its website. “Knowing that no stay should feel like the first, we aim to ensure your experience is as personalized as you want it to be.”

Once members reach Exclusive Gold status (earned through 10 stays or 25 nights), they also bump up to guaranteed late checkout at 2 p.m., complimentary category upgrades (based on availability) and a $10 mini-bar credit. Exclusive Platinum members (earned through 25 stays or 50 nights) receive a guaranteed 4 p.m. late check-out, complimentary suite upgrades (based on availability) and a $15 mini-bar credit on top of the standard membership perks.

When it comes to earning free stays, the Trump Privileges Program is pretty comparable to other luxury hotels. As is standard, frequent guests pile up points that can used on costlier benefits, such as free rooms. With these, the devil is always in the details, and in the math.

Here’s one example: Standard members get 10 points per stay. (Those who have reached status levels get bonus points.) Free nights cost between 150 to 300 points, based on location (rooms start at around $350 per night in some locations based upon our research). That means you’ll have stay 15 to 30 nights in a Trump hotel before earning a free room.

By comparison, the Starwood Preferred Guest program, while using different numbers, boils down to something similar. There, standard members earn two points for each dollar spent. Free rooms we checked out in New York City cost from 12,000 to 30,000 points. So roughly, 20 stays at $300 a night gets a free Starwood room in Manhattan.

Of course, value hotel loyalty programs are a bit more generous, but the luxurious amenities are nowhere to be found. At La Quinta, for example, guests earn 10 points per dollar spent, so roughly 1,000 points per stay. Free rooms can often be had for 8,000 to 12,000 points, or eight to 12 stays. (Please note: Points program math has many permutations — bonus points! blackout dates! — so these are merely examples.)

Earning points through the Privileges Program is likely to become easier in the near future as the brand expands and opens new properties. Trump Hotels has announced plans to open less-pricey properties under the brand name Scion, which will cost $200 to $300 per night. No word yet on how many points will be earned for stays.

If you’re looking to boost your hotel rewards earning power, you may want to consider a rewards credit card affiliated with your favorite hotel brand. We’ve rounded up a list of some of the best hotel rewards credit cards available today. If you’re loyal to a brand like Trump that doesn’t have an affiliated credit card, you can always look at improving your rewards with a cash back rewards card. You can compare some of the best cash back rewards cards here.

Remember, you’re going to need good credit to qualify for most rewards credit cards. If you don’t know where your credit stands, you can get your two free credit scores right here on Credit.com.

Bob Sullivan contributed to this article.

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Wait a Minute … Trump Hotels Has a Rewards Program?

Here's what you get when you enroll in the Trump Hotels Privileges Program.

If you didn’t already know, yes, it’s true. Like most major hotel brands, Trump Hotels has a loyalty program that rewards frequent guests. The Trump Privileges Program is a little different, however.

To start with, membership is free and signing up on the Trump Hotels website takes only a moment. Right away, the program offers members the ability to customize their stays beyond just requesting a high floor or a room near the elevator. Preferences such as specific turn-down times, room temperatures, choice of pillow sizes and fillings (there are 11 different options), and even preferred snacks in the mini bar also are available. There are also members-only offers, welcome amenities upon arrival, plus prioritized early check-in and late check out.

“The Trump Card Privileges Program is our way of saying thank you,” the firm says on its website. “Knowing that no stay should feel like the first, we aim to ensure your experience is as personalized as you want it to be.”

Once members reach Exclusive Gold status (earned through 10 stays or 25 nights), they also bump up to guaranteed late checkout at 2 p.m., complimentary category upgrades (based on availability) and a $10 mini-bar credit. Exclusive Platinum members (earned through 25 stays or 50 nights) receive a guaranteed 4 p.m. late check-out, complimentary suite upgrades (based on availability) and a $15 mini-bar credit on top of the standard membership perks.

When it comes to earning free stays, the Trump Privileges Program is pretty comparable to other luxury hotels. As is standard, frequent guests pile up points that can used on costlier benefits, such as free rooms. With these, the devil is always in the details, and in the math.

Here’s one example: Standard members get 10 points per stay. (Those who have reached status levels get bonus points.) Free nights cost between 150 to 300 points, based on location (rooms start at around $350 per night in some locations based upon our research). That means you’ll have stay 15 to 30 nights in a Trump hotel before earning a free room.

By comparison, the Starwood Preferred Guest program, while using different numbers, boils down to something similar. There, standard members earn two points for each dollar spent. Free rooms we checked out in New York City cost from 12,000 to 30,000 points. So roughly, 20 stays at $300 a night gets a free Starwood room in Manhattan.

Of course, value hotel loyalty programs are a bit more generous, but the luxurious amenities are nowhere to be found. At La Quinta, for example, guests earn 10 points per dollar spent, so roughly 1,000 points per stay. Free rooms can often be had for 8,000 to 12,000 points, or eight to 12 stays. (Please note: Points program math has many permutations — bonus points! blackout dates! — so these are merely examples.)

Earning points through the Privileges Program is likely to become easier in the near future as the brand expands and opens new properties. Trump Hotels has announced plans to open less-pricey properties under the brand name Scion, which will cost $200 to $300 per night. No word yet on how many points will be earned for stays.

If you’re looking to boost your hotel rewards earning power, you may want to consider a rewards credit card affiliated with your favorite hotel brand. We’ve rounded up a list of some of the best hotel rewards credit cards available today. If you’re loyal to a brand like Trump that doesn’t have an affiliated credit card, you can always look at improving your rewards with a cash back rewards card. You can compare some of the best cash back rewards cards here.

Remember, you’re going to need good credit to qualify for most rewards credit cards. If you don’t know where your credit stands, you can get your two free credit scores right here on Credit.com.

Bob Sullivan contributed to this article.

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Wait a Minute … Trump Hotels Has a Rewards Program?

Here's what you get when you enroll in the Trump Hotels Privileges Program.

If you didn’t already know, yes, it’s true. Like most major hotel brands, Trump Hotels has a loyalty program that rewards frequent guests. The Trump Privileges Program is a little different, however.

To start with, membership is free and signing up on the Trump Hotels website takes only a moment. Right away, the program offers members the ability to customize their stays beyond just requesting a high floor or a room near the elevator. Preferences such as specific turn-down times, room temperatures, choice of pillow sizes and fillings (there are 11 different options), and even preferred snacks in the mini bar also are available. There are also members-only offers, welcome amenities upon arrival, plus prioritized early check-in and late check out.

“The Trump Card Privileges Program is our way of saying thank you,” the firm says on its website. “Knowing that no stay should feel like the first, we aim to ensure your experience is as personalized as you want it to be.”

Once members reach Exclusive Gold status (earned through 10 stays or 25 nights), they also bump up to guaranteed late checkout at 2 p.m., complimentary category upgrades (based on availability) and a $10 mini-bar credit. Exclusive Platinum members (earned through 25 stays or 50 nights) receive a guaranteed 4 p.m. late check-out, complimentary suite upgrades (based on availability) and a $15 mini-bar credit on top of the standard membership perks.

When it comes to earning free stays, the Trump Privileges Program is pretty comparable to other luxury hotels. As is standard, frequent guests pile up points that can used on costlier benefits, such as free rooms. With these, the devil is always in the details, and in the math.

Here’s one example: Standard members get 10 points per stay. (Those who have reached status levels get bonus points.) Free nights cost between 150 to 300 points, based on location (rooms start at around $350 per night in some locations based upon our research). That means you’ll have stay 15 to 30 nights in a Trump hotel before earning a free room.

By comparison, the Starwood Preferred Guest program, while using different numbers, boils down to something similar. There, standard members earn two points for each dollar spent. Free rooms we checked out in New York City cost from 12,000 to 30,000 points. So roughly, 20 stays at $300 a night gets a free Starwood room in Manhattan.

Of course, value hotel loyalty programs are a bit more generous, but the luxurious amenities are nowhere to be found. At La Quinta, for example, guests earn 10 points per dollar spent, so roughly 1,000 points per stay. Free rooms can often be had for 8,000 to 12,000 points, or eight to 12 stays. (Please note: Points program math has many permutations — bonus points! blackout dates! — so these are merely examples.)

Earning points through the Privileges Program is likely to become easier in the near future as the brand expands and opens new properties. Trump Hotels has announced plans to open less-pricey properties under the brand name Scion, which will cost $200 to $300 per night. No word yet on how many points will be earned for stays.

If you’re looking to boost your hotel rewards earning power, you may want to consider a rewards credit card affiliated with your favorite hotel brand. We’ve rounded up a list of some of the best hotel rewards credit cards available today. If you’re loyal to a brand like Trump that doesn’t have an affiliated credit card, you can always look at improving your rewards with a cash back rewards card. You can compare some of the best cash back rewards cards here.

Remember, you’re going to need good credit to qualify for most rewards credit cards. If you don’t know where your credit stands, you can get your two free credit scores right here on Credit.com.

Bob Sullivan contributed to this article.

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14 Things a Hotel Will Give You For Free

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12 Ridiculous Hotel Perks That Will Change the Way You Book a Room

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