For those who have a furry friend at home, traveling can often be difficult or downright impossible.
That is unless your destination offers high-end lodging made just for them.
Between the massages, world-renowned culinary treats, and chic accommodations, your dog will never want to leave – which may be a good thing if Fluffy can’t stop peeing on the rug.
Catching a famous show at the Lyric or Apollo Theatre in London’s West End may seem like an unattainable dream for those who can’t leave home without their animal companion.
But not anymore!
Urban Mutts – located right in the middle of the hottest attractions of the West End – is London’s first dog club and hotel with around-the-clock luxury care for your travel buddy.
According to Travel and Leisure, the staff at Urban Mutts offer acupuncture, massage, and reiki – for your dog, that is.
If that isn’t enough, their custom dog lodging includes “fully-ventilated, heated indoor sleep huts” and LED mood lighting that’ll have your pup sound asleep long before rollcall for your favorite show.
Just be sure to secure your membership fee at this “soho house,” as Robb Report calls it, before booking your flight to the other side of the pond.
Dog owners must pay an initial £150 (about $207) for access to the immense number of amenities which include fitness classes, boot camps, and spa services!
After paying the initial membership fee, hotel rooms begin at £70 (about $97) per night, but prices go down if you’re staying for a week or more – which is ideal if you want to see all that lies under Big Ben’s watch.
Barry Karacostas, a London native who is well-known for jogging with his Rottweiler, Leo, opened this ritzy dog hotel in the fall and it’s quickly gained the attention of pet owners both locally and abroad.
“Conventional kennels fundamentally misunderstand what elite, urban dogs need as R&R,” Karacostas told Robb Report.
And if you’re concerned about having your dog fly after hearing all the scary stories about pets dying en route, many of which were on United Airlines, rest assured that thousands of travelers have landed in London with their companions healthy and safe, ready to paint the West End red.
The trick is to do your research and see which airlines offer the accommodations you feel will keep your pet safe.
In fact, we’ve already provided a list of airlines known for their pet safety – and some that are known for the opposite.
But you definitely won’t have to worry about whether your bulldog will get in a fight with the miniature pony seated nearby because airlines have drastically cracked down on what kind of pets are allowed to fly – no matter how much that little old lady insists her “pet” peacock reduces her anxiety of flying (and yes, that has happened).