According to the American Pet Products Association, the annual pet-industry report during their mid-March Global Pet Expo event projects spending on animals will top $60 billion this year in the U.S alone.
That’s quite a few chew bones, cat scratch trees and bird cages…
More and more luxury hotels and the travel industry are hopping on the band wagon and courting this lucrative market.
Continuing with our coverage of pet-friendly hotels in NYC, here is our latest discovery.
With spectacular views of the New York Harbor, Ellis Island, One World Trade, Battery Park, and of course The Statue of Liberty, The Ritz-Carlton New York, Battery Park is a wonderful choice for your city visit, weekend escape, events, meetings and a popular location for elaborate or intimate wedding receptions.
While the accommodations are lush and the service is superior, the other thing you need to know is that this property is pet-friendly so you can bring your furry friend along for your entire stay. Traveling with your family and “best friend” is a burgeoning trend with luxury hotels and resorts.
Upon arrival you will be greeted by some of the most polished and polite doormen as well as an attentive, friendly staff. The lobby is regal, comfortable and beautifully decorated with blonde wood veneered walls, fresh flowers and artisan glass objets d’art.
The guest rooms have either downtown cityscape or harbor views. They are appointed with rich, dark wood dresser drawers, desk and armoire, charcoal gray colored carpeting, white linens and gold accent pillows and curtains. I recommend the Ritz-Carlton Suite, Premiere Liberty View Suite or the One Bedroom Statue of Liberty View Suite. I stayed in the latter and this room was perfect for me to work while my dog lounged and played about.
There are two spacious closets, two flat-screen TVs, full marble bath with tub and separate shower. These rooms are also equipped with a telescope to view Lady Liberty, Ellis Island and the boats sailing in the harbor.
The Ritz-Carlton New York, Battery Park pet program includes a few very nice touches. Once settled in my room, a knock came at the door. A member of the hotel staff graciously presented me with a bed for my dog along with a gift bag. Inside was a personalized greeting card for the dog, a plush toy, pet waste bags, dog tag and a box of Pure Breed Treats — wheat and gluten free peanut butter and apple. When booking a room with your pet, the receptionist will inquire about any dietary restrictions.
“All of our visiting pets get the same VIP treatment like our valued guests,” said the hotel’s representative Deena Lyman. “We are receiving more and more furry guests from all over the world and locals alike who need to travel or just want a weekend escape without leaving their pooch at home.”
There are a few restrictions, the dog must be 20 lbs. or less and there is a $125 non-refundable cleaning fee. “We welcome service or working animals free of charge,” added Ms. Lyman. “It’s also wise to contact housekeeping to service your room when you and your dog are out and about.”
There are two parks directly across the street from the hotel, Wagner Park and Battery Park. A dog park is two blocks north of the hotel.
The Ritz-Carlton New York, Battery Park is home to 2West Restaurant. While your dog takes a nap or plays with their goodie bag, I recommend you get a bite to eat. This modern American bistro offers a varied menu for every craving and discerning taste. The dining room is elegant and airy with floor to ceiling windows overlooking the park.
For dinner they offer Bacon Wrapped Filet Mignon, Horseradish Crusted Salmon, and classic comfort foods. If you are staying over the weekend I highly recommend the brunch à la carte offerings on Saturdays and Sundays.
Start with the Crabcake Oscar. This tasty appetizer is a colorful work of art. Served on a white oblong plate, the crabcake is golden brown and filled with white, flaky crabmeat and perfectly blended with fresh herbs. This dish is accompanied by a healthy portion of asparagus, topped with a poached egg, diced tomatoes, fresh scallion, alfalfa and a creamy béarnaise sauce — simply delicious.
I also recommend their Grilled Chicken Cobb Salad. This beautifully plated dish is like a fiesta for your taste buds. Succulent grilled chicken rests atop a bed of Bibb lettuce with diced chunks of roasted turkey, bacon slivers, cherry tomatoes, plenty of blue cheese crumbles, sliced avocado, hardboiled egg and a buttermilk Ranch dressing. Fresh and flavorful, this salad was sating, in fact, the portion was so large that I ate what I could for lunch and the gracious wait staff wrapped up the rest for me to take back to my room.
Tip: The culinary team can prepare meals for your pet upon request.
After my meal, I decided to take my dog out to explore the neighborhood. There are plenty of places to get some exercise and fresh air. Directly in front of the hotel is a beautiful tree-lined walkway. This area is also for runners, bikers and joggers but you can take your dog and just stay in the right lane. The road stretches from Battery Park up to One World Trade, it’s a sight to behold.
I also enjoyed a quick tour of Battery Park on the promenade. We did encounter a few other dog owners and their pets who said the park rangers were giving them trouble about where you can and cannot walk your dog. Make sure to pay attention to the signs because there are several pet-free zones.
Once your pet is tuckered out, secure him/her in your room and head out to explore the following attractions within walking distance to the hotel: Wall Street, New York Stock Exchange, Stone Street for shopping, 9/11 Memorial, New York City Fire Museum and New York’s oldest building and tavern, The Fraunces Tavern Museum. I also recommend The Museum of Jewish Heritage — A Living Memorial to the Holocaust. It’s directly across the street from the hotel.
Tip: The hotel concierge can arrange for dog sitters and walkers.
I discovered the pet-friendly program at The Ritz-Carlton New York, Battery Park through a company called Furlocity. This business is made by pet parents for pet parents and their furry companions. In three simple steps, Furlocity will find you the best pet-friendly hotels and/or certified veterinarians in your area of choice.
They helped coordinate my stay and made the entire process very easy.
Check them out here: https://furlocity.com.
THE RITZ-CARLTON NEW YORK, BATTERY PARK
2 West Street
New York, New York
Phone: (212) 344-0800
Pros: Great service. Pet-friendly (including felines). Ritz Kids Program. Inspired Cuisine.
Cons: Be prepared to dig deep into your purse or wallet. The neighborhood primarily caters to tourists on weekends and Wall Street types during the week.
Tip: Aside from your dog, a concierge is your next best friend.
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Happy trails and tails.
Photos: Ritz-Carlton and PK Greenfield