Top 17 Most Adorable Hotel Animals
The <a href="http://www.zoders.com/izoder/default.asp" target="external">Best Western Zoder's Inn</a> in Gatlinburg, Tenn. is home to a 29-year-old double yellow-headed Amazon parrot named Caesar. We can only imagine what he's heard at check-in.
Best Western Zoder's Inn
Top 15 Most Adorable Hotel Animals
<a href="http://www.ritzcarlton.com/en/Properties/BachelorGulch/Default.htm" target="external">The Ritz-Carlton, Bachelor Gulch</a> at Colorado's Beaver Creek mountain is home to Bachelor, a rescued yellow lab who hangs out in the lobby when not escorting guests on year-round hikes or snowshoe excursions. Though a fido-friendly hotel, those not traveling with their four-legged family members can enjoy the company of the dog through the hotel's Loan-A-Labs program.
Ritz-Carlton, Bachelor Gulch
America's 14 Most Adorable Hotel Animals
The <a href="http://www.omnihotels.com/FindAHotel/BrettonWoodsMountWashington.aspx" target="external">Omni Mount Washington Resort</a> in New Hampshire is home to Zeus, a giant Belgian Draft horse. He is a shocking 21.5 hands-- or 7 feet, 2 inches -- tall and weighs 3,100 pounds. Zeus came to the hotel last fall because he was too big for his former owner, a Maine farmer, to harness and now lives at the resort's horseback riding stable.
Omni Mount Washington Resort
For generations, visitors have been coming to the Peabody hotel in Memphis to see the parade of the ducks. That's right, at 11 a.m. every day, the hotel's ducks are led down from their home on the rooftop, to an elevator where they appear for their red carpet march to a fountain in the lobby. Each team of five ducks lives in the hotel for only three months before being retired from their Peabody duties and returned to a farm to live out the remainder of their days as wild ducks.
The Hotel Monaco in Alexandria, Va., is home to Charlie, a bichon frise who is known as the hotel's "Director of Pet Relations." The hotel often hosts a doggie happy hour and has an annual costume contest for dogs.
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The Resort at Paws Up offers guests the chance for a Montana ranch experience with all the trappings of a luxury hotel. A day can be spent on horseback, fly fishing or at the spa. The resort's name was inspired by dogs who greet visitors by putting their paws up in the air while their tails thump the floor a mile a minute. So with a name like that, of course the resort has its own dog, Emma, who hangs out at the general store. Guests will occasionally borrow her for walks or even to try her out to see if a dog is right for their family.
Behind all the glitter and glitz of Las Vegas, The Mirage has a dolphin habitat that it uses for both education and tourists. Kind of strange for the middle of the desert, right? The dolphin habitat is home to a family of Atlantic bottlenose dolphins, the youngest one being Bella, who was born on Sept. 6, 2008. Most visitors are just charmed each day with her playful, adventurous antics, but on some days, up to four people can have a more in-depth experience as a "trainer for a day."
The Mirage is also home to White Lions of Timbavati and Siegfried & Roy's Royal White Tigers of Nevada, one of which is seen here. Hotel and casino guests can see sibling white, golden and white-striped tigers interact. The newest addition to the Secret Garden family is a male leopard, Java, born on Nov. 19, 2008.
One of the most famous hotel animals is Matilda, who lives at New York's Algonquin Hotel. She is a 14-year-old blue mitted ragdoll and is actually the ninth cat to have the honor of being the hotel's cat. The first cat wandered in the lobby back in the 1930s and the Algonquin Cat tradition was born. All the males have been called Hamlet and the females Matilda. And true to today's modern world, Matilda has her own e-mail and even a Facebook page.
Looking for a bigger cat? Then head to Las Vegas where the MGM Grand showcases up to six adult lions daily. Guests can be encircled by lions at any time via a see-through, walkway tunnel that runs through the Habitat, allowing lions to prowl above and below. The lions do not live at the Habitat but on a ranch 12 miles from the hotel
For something a bit more timid, check in to one of Kimpton's Hotel Monacos. All of the hotels around the country, through the Guppy Love program, loan guests a complimentary goldfish to keep you company during your stay. Don't worry about feeding it, either: The staff is trained to feed and care for the fish.
Pets checking into The Muse hotel in New York will be greeted by Ginger, the canine concierge. The 9-pound Pomeranian helps the hotel's human concierge give guests pet advice -- from the best dog parks to explore to popular pet-friendly destinations. The hotel also offers in-room spa treatments for pets, like the "Hers and Furs Pet-icure" -- basically a mani/pedi for you and your pooch. Pets also get a complimentary amenity basket upon request filled with canine treats, food and water bowls.
Guests staying at Disney's Hilton Head Island Resort can play with Shadow, the hotel's golden retriever. Shadow was on the property during the hotel's construction and was adopted by the construction crew (she even has her footprints in the property's cement, as she traipsed out after it was laid to leave her mark). She now has her own custom dog house and a comfy cushion in front of the fireplace all her own.
Disney's Hilton Head Island Resort
The Hyatt Regency Newport Hotel & Spa is home to Darby, a border collie whose job is to chase away the geese who like to hang around the property. Darby served as the inspiration for Darby's Doggies, a new pet program developed by the hotel that includes a special doggie treat at check-in and an occasional Mutt's Mocktail Hour where dogs receive Doggie Brew beer while owners get to enjoy a Salty Dog cocktail.
Hyatt Regency Newport Hotel & Spa
In Boston, guests at the Fairmont Copley Plaza can hang out with Catie Copley, a Black Labrador originally trained as a guide dog for the blind. In her position as canine ambassador, Catie accompanies guests on walks and runs throughout the city, greets guests, visits during meeting breaks upon request and is a community liaison, participating in several neighborhood and charitable events. Catie even has her own business cards, e-mail address and a page on Facebook.
Fairmont Copley Plaza
At Hotel Monaco in Portland, Ore., Art, the "director of pet relations," has been greeting guests since 2006. Amenities and services for pets there include: personal welcome on the Pet Welcome Board, bowl with mat, dog bed, treats, a bottle of spring water, "dispose-a-scoop" and walking services. The hotel's nightly wine hour features the services of a monthly pet psychic and pet masseuse, complimentary for guests. If you want to meet Art, hurry: he will soon retire and be replaced with a new director of pet relations.
Guests at the Hotel Indigo in San Diego are often greeted by Sandie, the hotel's "In.Bassador puppy." The dog was adopted from the San Diego Humane Society and named Sandie (as in San Diego, minus the "-go"). The Labrador-mix pup really took to her name. It turns out Sandie was a rescued dog from the Hurricane Katrina-ravaged part of Mississippi and the former owners had also named her Sandie (albeit with a "y").