Q I have friends visiting the city who would like to bring Lucy, their adorable King Charles spaniel. Can you recommend a conveniently-located Boston hotel that is exceptionally pet-friendly?
Kelly Glass, Dorchester
A There are a slew of Boston hotels that allow furry four-legged friends, but many charge additional fees and may impose size limits. Not so at Boston’s Kimpton brand hotels, the Nine Zero (90 Tremont, 866-906-9090, www.ninezero.com) and Onyx Hotel (155 Portland, 866-660-6699, www.onyxhotel.com). When Lucy arrives, she’ll be greeted with treats at the door, and her name will be written on a chalkboard at the front entrance. A pet bowl and comfy dog bed will already be in the room. Information on pet-friendly areas in the city and pet services is available at the front desk. Both boutique hotels are highly rated and centrally located.
Lucy will also get a warm welcome at Fifteen Beacon (15 Beacon, 617-670-1500, www.xvbeacon.com, pictured below), a luxury boutique hotel near Beacon Hill, where she’ll be greeted by canine concierge Heidi, the general manager Amy Finsilver’s Bernese mountain dog. She’ll get a personalized plate of peanut butter doggie biscuits, a bed, bowl, and fresh water at turn-down service. Dog-sitting and walking can be arranged, and 100 percent of an optional $25 pet donation goes to Angell Animal Medical Center.
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