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The Ritz Paris

The Ritz Paris

If you’re going to visit the luscious city of Paris and you have the means, why not do it in true style at a Parisian luxury hotel? Paris has some of the world’s finest, most luxurious hotels. This is a city that is well-suited to upscale services.

Four Season George V Luxury Hotel
A stay at the George V (pronounced George Sank) is the ultimate Parisian experience. This luxurious hotel near the Champs Elysees has long been famous for catering to its guests. With private terraces that command all Paris; 17th-century tapestries, lovingly restored; and a spirit that lives on in thoroughly reborn, highly advanced spaces, Four Seasons George V Paris redefines luxury service in the City of Light.

There is something about the Jess Leathan flower arrangements and the world renowned Sodashi Spa that resonate luxury and opulence across the globe. You may also recognize its delicately appointed lobby, which was the setting for a scene in the film, “French Kiss.”

Paris Le-Grand
The Inter-Continental is another of Paris’ best addresses. The hotel, already upper crust, recently underwent a multi-million-dollar renovation that kept it closed for a year and a half. The best part is, with the newly-unveiled hotel, there are some deals that make this upscale hotel within the price range of some commoners, at least for a night. Inside the lavish hotel you will find the legendary Café de la Paix, which is renowned for classic French cuisine and since the hotel is a historic monument in France the whole building is brimming with timeless beauty.

Victoria Palace Hotel
The Victoria Palace in Paris is a delicately-appointed oasis in the city’s hip Montparnasse neighborhood. While it isn’t in the center of Paris, it is close to Luxembourg Gardens and St. Germain de Pres. The hotel has been a landmark on the Left Bank since 1913 and served as Parisian home to such major figures as the Irish writer James Joyce and the Italian painter Giorgio De Chirico. The rooms are rather large, especially for Paris.

The four-star hotel has several nice touches such as the weather report delivered nightly to your room and the welcome package given to all children staying for at least two nights ages 4-12. It’s the little things and the outstanding services that make visitors feel like royalty.

Ritz Paris
Feel like royalty, if for a brief time, with a stay at the infinitely regal Ritz Paris. The rooms and the hotel itself are like a mini visit to Versailles and the food has been legendary in France for decades. The first head chef of the Ritz, Auguste Escoffier, was the creator of Peach Melba and many other dishes that became the epitome of fine French cuisine. The Ritz continues that tradition with the Auguste Escoffier School by creating future generation of five star chefs.

If you truly have the means, splurge for one of the prestige suites like the Ernest Hemingway, Coco Chanel or Elton John. This is also the ultimate place for families. Children are indulged, with a welcome gift, pint-sized robes and a cuddly toy. Little ones can also take swimming or cooking lessons.

Park Hyatt Paris Vendome
The Park Hyatt Paris Vendome is not just any hotel. It’s a fantastic, artfully decorated, courteously staffed hotel, with a newly renovated, gorgeous site that has been brilliantly constructed out of five different buildings. The Park Hyatt Paris Vendome offers guests every amenity possible. From cocktail courses for the budding hostess to the Universe of Senses stay for any luxury traveler. The neighborhood is first-class, a brisk walk from some of the most chi-chi shops in all of Paris, and so is the staff.

Chateau d’Esclimont
There are few things more indulgent than staying in an actual castle. Live like royalty at magnificent Renaissance château and former home of the La Rochefoucauld family, Château d’Esclimont, just an hour from Paris. The rooms are beautifully decorated, and the 150-acre grounds are ideal for walking. The restaurant has fine, memorable cuisine. It is, however, in an ideal for location for exploring Versailles, Chartres and the lovely, chateau-filled Loire Valley possibly with a hot-air balloon ride or helicopter flight and see the château and surrounding area, in all its magnificence, from the air.

From the towers, belfries and delightful grounds to the pretty bedrooms with fresh flowers, balconies with filigree railings and the calming moat below – everything here has a sense of true romance, and all with typical French flourish.

Have a luxurious travel experience!!


“If you are lucky enough to have lived in Paris as a young man, then wherever you go for the rest of your life, it stays with you, for Paris is a movable feast.”

-Ernest Hemingway

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As many of you know, I am the eyes for Beatrice; and because of being her eyes, I get a chance to do some super traveling with her!

Because of Beatrice’s vision, she has a screen reader on her computer that assists her in doing different tasks. Well, one day, Beatrice was reading an article on pet friendly hotels and bed and breakfast lodgings.  I found it so exciting that so many places understand that all of us are so important to our families so I thought that I would share this abridged version with you even though I have not yet experienced these places myself as a guest.

So, now look at these bow wowable experiences!

Starwood Hotels
Under the new pet-friendly program, dogs and cats can have their own designer beds in which to luxuriously lounge the day away.  These beds match the decor of each chain specifically and were designed by celebrity pet outfitter, Eloise Pet Accessories.
All of the Starwood Hotels offer food and water dishes and temporary ID tags with the hotel’s contact information.  In addition, each Starwood will offer their own special amenities for visiting pets.

Westin Hotels
Westin Hotels feature beds with miniature “Heavenly Beds” duvets.  Some Westins will also have plush doggie robes, leashes, and collars available for all canine and feline guests.
Dogs that check in at any Westin Hotel will receive a toy, a treat, and a bone.  They will also enjoy a turn down service with a special nighttime treat.  The five Westin Hotels in New York City will even go so far as to offer in-room doggie massages by a licensed dog massage therapist.

Hotel Monaco
This trend-setting establishment started the pet friendly trend and continues to offer exceptional service to both dogs and cats.  Dogs are treated to doggie cookies, temporary ID tags, and a one-hour walking service.  Dog sitters are on hand if you need to leave your dog for awhile and don’t want him or her to get lonely.  Dogs are also provided with food and water bowls and the owners with a dog-walking map.
Individual Monaco Hotels offer special packages for canine guests.
The San Francisco Monaco Hotel location has video tapes of classic animal movies such as: Dr. Dolittle, Babe, and Lassie for your pets’ viewing pleasure.
The Seattle Hotel Monaco Hotel offers monogramed doggie coats for use while in the hotel.

Loews Hotels
The Loews, an upscale chain within sixteen loactaions in cities such as Orlando, New York, New Orleans, and Chicago, have a “Loews Loves Pets” program.  Guests are greeted with a personal note from the manager with important information like local dog walking routes, local veternarians, pet attractions, and nearby pet-friendly restaurants.  Loews also has pet room service, which includes healthy selections for the weight conscious pets, vegetarian selections, and traditional dry and canned pet foods.
Amenities also include food and water bowls, toys, treats, leashes dog beds, videos and litter boxes for cats and pooper scoopers for dogs.  Loews also uses vacuums that filter out pet allergens as a part of their standard cleaning process.

Budget Hotel Chains
Budget hotel chains are also changing their attitudes toward dogs that travel with their owners, making it easy to find a pet-friendly hotel just about anywhere you travel in the U.S. and Canada. Because hotels change their policies frequently, and because many hotel chains their policies frequently, and becuase many hotel chains are individually operated by franchisees, check with the individual hotel you are considering before you book to get the details on your dog’s visit.

It’s not a budget hotel, but all Four Seasons Hotels and Resorts accept pets under 15 pounds.

La Quinta Inns have over 350 hotels that are all pet friendly.  They will accept cats and dogs up to 50 pounds with no extra fees or deposits.

Motel 6 has over 800 locations that accept pets under 25 pounds (ask if you have a larger pet, and nthey may allow it).

Red Roof Inns accept dogs up to 80 pounds, and has over 250 locations.

Travelodge has over 300 dog friendly locations.

Days Inn has over 900 pet friendly locations across the U.S.

Well my friends when I hear of another article that is just for us, I will let you know.
I am putting a couple of links here for you to share with your family.
Pet Friendly Bed & Breakfasts
Pet Friendly Hotels

For those of you whose palates have sampled those delicate and delicious morsels, laid back comforts of your own designer beds, or enjoyed the walking tours of your visited city, please leave a comment here on our blog; sharing your adventure with us.

Until then,
Have a great Bow Wow Wow travel experience!!

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