Returning to our theme of increased doggy travel, let’s discuss hotels. Some US hotels have always been nice about pets… Marriott Residence Inns are a case in point. And La Quintas, and some fancy Lowes Hotels, and more, of course. Some fancy hotels offer dog beds and biscuits and meals and enormous in room water bowls and massages and customized walking services. The meals are OK, but the rest of it is basically a way to manage guests’ dogs while they are on the premises, and charge big time for it too. Which might work for some people. And some dogs.
I personally prefer to be left alone. Just let my doggy in and be nice about it and let me plan the activities. My dog would hate to have a stranger give him a body rub (creepy) and he would hate to be dragged outside by somebody he doesn’t know. He’d full out panic.
One of the most hospitable hotels for pets is the Lalla Hasna in Marrakech. (You may find it at 247 Bd. Mohammed V, tel. (04) 44 99 72/73/74.) What the Hasna does right is allow your pet in and then benevolently let you and your pet alone. If you need help, oh yes, the Hasna staff is right there. Like the time we were leaving for the south and Raja lost his toy somewhere and all the Berber maids snapped to and ran about looking for “le petit tigre.” (Le tigre was wedged between an ottoman and a tea table in the lounge. Raja is often irresponsible about his things.) The only “hassle” we got from the Hasna was from one of the waiters who really wanted to take Raja to the kitchen and cook for him. “He will love today’s kebab.” Not so shabby.