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Hotel Affinia Manhattan Has a Paw-fect Spring Fling Package

Sunday, May 26th, 2013

Affinia Manhattan is pampering its four-legged guests with a special Paw-Fect Spring Fling package in honor of National Pet Month. Travelers with pups, who book by May 30, 2013, will receive loads of treats to make their best friend feel extra special during their stay. Affinia Manhattan will also donate proceeds to the Humane Society of New York.

Affinia Manhattan’s Paw-Fect Spring Fling package includes:

· Doggie Welcome Basket amenity, including treats and a chew toy

· Pet’s choice of entrée from Doggie Delights Menu at Niles New York City

· Dog bed, dog bowl and puppy stairs to climb into bed, all available for use on request

· $10 Donation to the Humane Society of New York

Rates start at $346 per night, based on double occupancy.

About Affinia Manhattan

Conveniently near Madison Square Garden, Penn Station, and Times Square, Affinia Manhattan offers an unpretentious and authentic hospitality experience just steps from New York City’s most exciting neighborhoods and attractions. Each of the hotel’s guest rooms and suites have been redesigned for maximum comfort by the world-renowned design firm, Rockwell Group, and include custom-designed Affinia beds and pillow menu, wireless internet, flat-screen TVs, iPod docking stations, comfortable living spaces and several suites that feature kitchens, outdoor terraces and iconic New York City views. Affinia Manhattan is owned and operated by Denihan Hospitality Group, a nationally-recognized, independent owner and operator of boutique hotels with a portfolio that includes The James and Affinia brands, in addition to a number of luxury and independent properties, including The Surrey and The Benjamin in New York City.’s New York City Guide Releases Its 2013 Report Card for The Pet Travel Industry – Progress Was Made But There Is Still Work To Do

Monday, April 22nd, 2013

Pet-friendly Hotels, Dining and Air Travel make big strides while Intercity Trains and Buses continue to fail the pet traveling public. (, a publisher of dog travel guides, announced that it has graded the United States pet travel industry. And how did they do? That depends. Improving were hotels, restaurants, air travel, camping and shopping. Continuing to miserably fail are intercity trains and buses, which don’t allow pets at all. “The overall conclusion is that the United States has a ways to go to be as pet-friendly as Europe for traveling dogs and their human companions” said Len Kain, Editor of

Lodging: A – Pet-friendly hotels available almost everywhere. B&Bs and Vacation Rentals are also available. Some hotels have special pet programs.

Campgrounds: B+ – Most campgrounds allow dogs, but there are restrictions. There have been improvements in pet access to state parks.

Airlines: B- The big problem remains – most dogs must fly in cargo. For smaller dogs, airports have pet relief areas and overall easier travel.

Nationwide Trains/Buses: F – What can we say? No dogs are allowed on Amtrak or Greyhound. Not even small dogs in carriers. In Europe, leashed dogs of all sizes are allowed on trains. This must change.

Local Transit: C+ – Small dogs allowed on many city public transit systems; Large dogs allowed on a few. In most cities it is possible but sometimes tricky to get cab service with a larger dog.

Parks: B+ – Many parks have eased restrictions on dogs. The exception is the National Parks. State parks are much better. Some city parks remain too restrictive.

Off-Leash Parks: B+ – There are over a thousand off-leash parks and most are open to visiting dogs; some require local permits and fees which makes it difficult for travelers.

Beaches: C+ – Most beaches don’t allow dogs. You can find a dog-friendly beach in most areas, but you have to look.

Restaurants: B – For the most part, the debate about dogs at outdoor patios is over and dogs are allowed. Many states and cities have clarified this recently. In Europe, a restaurant can allow dogs inside. Why not here?

Shopping: B- – Most open-air shopping centers allow dogs as do many stores. Indoor malls usually don’t. Can this change?

Attractions: B- – Some outdoor attractions allow dogs; most indoor ones do not. There are many things to do with a dog if you look carefully.

Pet Sitters: B – High end hotels often offer pet sitting. There are also doggy day care and day kennel facilities. Or you can call a pet sitter in the area you’re visiting.

Since 1998, has been providing information for people who travel with dogs world-wide.The company offers complete travel guides for thousands of cities. Find the dog-friendly guides on the web at, as a free iPhone app or Android app, a mobile website at and in ebook and paperbook formats.

Here Comes Santa Paws! With Kimpton Hotels

Monday, December 3rd, 2012

Back by popular demand, the pitter patter of little paws will be heard from coast-to-coast as pets both big and small make their way to Kimpton hotels nationwide to celebrate the return of Santa Paws.

On Dec. 8 and 9, participating hotels will transform their living room lobbies into an animal’s winter paradise with Santa Paws, offering pet holiday treats (human treats too!) and photo opportunities with Santa. Kimpton encourages its furry, four-legged guests and their human companions to bring their own cameras and smart phones to snap posed pictures to their heart’s content.

While dogs seem to delight in Santa Paws the most with wagging tails at the ready, Kimpton’s Santa Paws is an inclusive and diverse event, welcoming all pets as long as they can fit through the front door. In addition, to help animals less fortunate, many of the weekend’s events will benefit non-profit animal shelters and welfare organizations to spread some holiday cheer.

This year, the Santa Paws event will take place at Kimpton hotels in 21 cities from 2pm to 4pm on Saturday, Dec. 8 and Sunday, Dec. 9. In most cases, the event will happen on both days at the same location, however there are some exceptions. A complete list of participating hotels can be found below:
Alexis Hotel – Seattle, WA
Canary Hotel – Santa Barbara, CA
Cypress Hotel – Cupertino, CA
EPIC Hotel – Miami, FL
Ink48 Hotel – New York, NY -Only Saturday, December 8
70 park avenue – New York, NY (Only Sunday, December 9)
Hotel Allegro – Chicago, IL
Hotel La Jolla – La Jolla, CA
Hotel Lumen – Dallas, TX
Hotel Marlowe – Cambridge, MA
Hotel Monaco – Alexandria, VA
Hotel Monaco – Baltimore, MD – Only Saturday, December 8
Hotel Monaco – Denver, CO
Hotel Monaco – Portland, OR
Hotel Monaco – Salt Lake City, UT
Hotel Monaco – Washington, DC
Hotel Palomar – Philadelphia, PA
Hotel Palomar – Phoenix, AZ
Hotel Solamar – San Diego, CA
Prescott Hotel – San Francisco, CA
Surfcomber Hotel – Miami, FL
The Grand Hotel – Minneapolis, MI
Vero Beach Hotel & Spa – Vero Beach, FL
Cuddly best friends shouldn’t have all of the fun! During Santa Paws weekend, as well as throughout the winter season, travelers can book the “Cocktails for a $1 More” promotion to delight in treats of their own. By paying only $1 more above the best available rate, guests enjoy two complimentary cocktails per night while staying at any Kimpton hotels.

To learn more about Kimpton Hotels & Restaurants, visit