The Luxury Hotel...For Dogs
Solihull, just outside Birmingham is not normally at the top of a luxury traveller’s list of must go places, but at Solihull's newest luxury hotel, guests can unwind to classical music, enjoy a complimentary massage and stay in any of its elegantly themed rooms.
But don’t book up your weekend getaway just yet- this hotel is strictly for guests of the four-legged variety.
In The Dog House is Solihull’s first dog hotel, featuring ten extravagantly themed rooms for the most pampered of pooches.
From the French Fancy and Boat House, to the Beach Hut and Glamping Pad, there is a theme to suit even the most pampered pet. And for the very poshest pup, there is even a grand Regal Suite.
There is no scrimping on the details either.
In the French Boudoir, a bottle of Coco Chanel perfume sits atop an antique dresser across from the bed in the sumptuous purple room while the Moroccan Room boasts colourful silks, decorative lanterns and even a tagine.
Guests can also relax on their own bed with a DVD or, or catch up on their favourite show on a special ‘doggy TV channel’.
The hotel also includes a sensory socialisation room, and bath and brush service.
The idea is the brainchild of dog walker Nikki Scarlett, founder of Walkies Pet Services in Hampton-in-Arden. Together with her sister Cyndy, she has invested her savings into taking dog care to the next level with The Dog House, Meriden.
And since opening its doors last month, owners have been begging to get their pets into the regular ‘Paw Seasons’.
While some may think it’s barking, Nikki, aged 38, said the dogs loved the extra fuss, attention and plenty of exercise, while the owners knew they were leaving their loved ones in a “home from home.”
“We’ve got nothing against kennels,” she added. “They definitely have an important place. But some owners like to know their dogs have all the same creature comforts as home. People don’t always see it as luxury; they see it as a necessity.”
Source: Birmingham Mail, August 2014
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