Dog Trends: Swifto partners with Hotel 48Lex to offer dog walking to guests

Dog friendly hotels have become more and more common, as exemplified by the large list of dog friendly hotels in New York City among other places. However, even when you travel with your dog to a hotel, there are still a few logistical issues in a city like New York. Just because a hotel is dog friendly, does not mean the rest of your trip will be. Restaurants for the most part do not allow dogs inside, and things like tourist attractions or for example, Broadway shows, restrict pets as well. But your dog needs to get out at the least to pee/poop/exercise while you are enjoying the city. So dog walking service Swifto has partnered with a midtown hotel (Hotel 48Lex) to let guests seamlessly hire a dog walker during their stay.

Dog walkers are vetted by Swifto and allowed to pick up the dog at the hotel room, then dog walks are tracked by GPS and include a photo and a poop report.

From a press release: “This partnership is the first among many” says Penina First, CEO and Founder of Swifto. “We believe in first focusing on the quality of the dog walkers, and only then adding a layer of technology enabling the best dog walkers to do an even better job. Solving this problem hotels have been facing is crucial, and will allow even more hotels to offer true accommodation to our furry friends.”

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Manhattan NYC – An Affinia Hotel

  • Address: 371 Seventh Avenue New York NY 10001
  • Website: http://www.affinia.com/bells-and-whistles.aspx?page=jet-set-pets/
  • Phone: 212-563-1800
  • Pet Deposit or Fee? There is a $25 surcharge per stay
  • Cleaning Fee? Should your pet inadvertently cause any damage, you will be charged a minimum of $250 for cleaning or repairs
  • Can I leave dog unattended? Try not to leave your pet unattended in your room for long periods, and never overnight
  • Pet Amenities? They provide: “Good KarmaTM rope toys by Jax & Bones for your pup to chew, play, tug, or fetch”, “Plush, eco-friendly dog beds by Jax & Bones”, “Delish dog treats by Dylan’s Candy Bar”, “Food and water bowls (offered in deep and shallow depths)”, “Delish dog treats by Dylan’s Candy Bar”
  • Pet Services? Services they provide: Local dog walking/pet-sitting services, Grooming, Daycare and boarding, Training, Boutique products, Gourmet cakes and cookies for special occasions, Pet taxi, Pet psychic
  • Tripadvisor Review: tripadvisor review

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Soho Grand Hotel adds an outdoor dog park

The Soho Grand Hotel (310 West Broadway) has upped the amenities bar for dog friendly hotels in New York City with the new addition of a dog park at the hotel. The gated run has water for the dogs, a planted garden designed by Rebecca Cole, and benches for the vacationing owners. No need to hit the streets with your dog for a little outdoor break. Just go the small but private dog park on the premises.

The Soho Grand was always pet-friendly (they don’t even charge extra to have a dog in the room), but this is an added-bonus when considering a hotel in NYC.

Here is a photo we took of the fancy space for dogs visiting the city.

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Affordable Dog-friendly hotels in New York City are hard to find, but here are 6

When we put together our list of dog-friendly hotels in Manhattan we were shocked, but not surprised, to find only 6 that could be had for under $260/night.
This would not be considered a budget rate in 99% of other cities, but it’s the Big Apple, and these are the only ones we could identify that would accept a dog, and come in under $260. Why $260? Well if we drop the threshold to under $250, there were only 5 dog-friendly hotels in the city. And if we looked for dog-friendly rooms under $150 night? Nothing.

Here are the 6:

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  • Pod 39:
    • Address: 145 East 39th Street New York NY 10016
    • Website: http://www.thepodhotel.com/
    • Phone: 212-865-5700
    • Pet Deposit or Fee? $10 per night fee
    • Weight Restrictions? Up to 15 pounds
    • Approximate advance purchase room cost? $169
    • Tripadvisor Review: tripadvisor review
  • The MAve:
    • Address: 62 Madison Avenue New York NY 10016
    • Website: http://www.themavehotel.com/amenities.php/
    • Phone: 212-532-7373
    • Pet Deposit or Fee? $150 deposit required upon arrival. Deposit refunded at departure following satisfactory inspection of guest room
    • Approximate advance purchase room cost? $219
    • Tripadvisor Review: tripadvisor review

Conrad New York

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The Marmara Manhattan

  • Address: 301 E 94th Street New York NY 10128
  • Website: http://www.marmara-manhattan.com/faq.html/
  • Phone: 212-427-3100
  • Pet Deposit or Fee? one-time fee of $75 for the daily stays and $150 for the monthly stays
  • Pet Services? pet care
  • Approximate advance purchase room cost? $355
  • Tripadvisor Review: tripadvisor review

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The Franklin

  • Address: 164 East 87th Street New York NY 10128
  • Website: http://www.affinia.com/bells-and-whistles.aspx?page=jet-set-pets/
  • Phone: 800-607-4009
  • Pet Deposit or Fee? There is a $25 surcharge per stay
  • Cleaning Fee? Should your pet inadvertently cause any damage, you will be charged a minimum of $250 for cleaning or repairs
  • Can I leave dog unattended? In public areas, pets must be kept on a leash or in a carrier. Try not to leave your pet unattended in your room for long periods, and never overnight
  • Pet Amenities? Good Karma rope toys by Jax & Bones for your pup to chew, play, tug, or fetch. Plush, eco-friendly dog beds by Jax & Bones. Delish dog treats by Dylan’s Candy Bar. Food and water bowls (offered in deep and shallow depths). Delish dog treats by Dylan’s Candy Bar
  • Pet Services? Local dog walking/pet-sitting services. Grooming. Daycare and boarding. Training. Boutique products. Gourmet cakes and cookies for special occasions. Pet taxi. Pet psychic. The hotel staff can also assist in arranging extra services for four legged friends from pet-sitting to gourmet cakes for special occasions
  • Approximate advance purchase room cost? $329
  • Tripadvisor Review: tripadvisor review

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Hotel Wales

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The Pierre

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Lowell Hotel

  • Address: 28 East Sixty Third Street New York NY 10065
  • Website: http://www.lowellhotel.com/
  • Phone: 212-838-1400
  • Cleaning Fee?$200 cleaning fee non-refundable
  • Weight Restrictions? 55 pound weight limit
  • Approximate advance purchase room cost? $810
  • Tripadvisor Review: tripadvisor review

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