11 May Steak and spa among the amenities at new hotel for pets
WEST PALM BEACH —The new 130-room hotel and spa in West Palm Beach’s south end offers filet mignon dinners, blueberry facials, and a car service that sends out a Lamborghini, Ferrari or Cadillac Escalade to pick up clients.
The five-star amenities would be a hit with most tourists, but this luxury getaway isn’t for humans. It’s for pets.
The Posh Pet Hotel opened last month in a 12,000 square-foot building just north of Forest Hill Boulevard on Dixie Highway.
Lincoln Baker, who owns the hotel with his wife, Stacey, designed the facility to look like a Four Seasons resort for pets. There is an indoor playground for dogs and a zen room for massage treatments. Presidential suites, which run $120 a night, feature 42-inch flat screen TVs, queen-size beds, nightly belly rubs and story book readings.
PHOTOS: A look inside the Posh Pet Hotel
All of the rooms feature embroidered sheets that are changed daily. Flat screen TVs have been installed in most of the rooms, showing dog-themed movies throughout the day.
When dogs aren’t in their rooms, they are playing in one of the hotel’s three indoor play grounds. Dogs are separated based on their size. There is a “time-out” area for pups that get too excited.
Spa services include “pawdicures,” eye whitening treatments and Brazilian cuts — a “sanitary” trim that focuses on the dog’s rear end. The hotel, which is staffed around the clock, also offers Chinese herbal medicine treatments, acupuncture therapy, massages, and obedience training.
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Border Collie Maisie Lou gets a kiss from Liana Ali (left) at Posh Pet Hotel in West Palm Beach Saturday, May … read more
For felines, the facility boasts 20 “cat condos.” The condos are kept in a special area of the hotel called “Catlantis” that overlooks a 6-foot-long saltwater fish tank. There is also an indoor play area for felines.
There is also an app that allows owners to check on their pets during their stay.
“You could be on a cruise or in the Bahamas and check on your pet and make sure they are having fun,” Baker said.
Despite all the high-end offerings, Lincoln Baker said the facility isn’t out of reach for pet owners. The hotel features five types of rooms, starting at $49 a night for dogs and $36 a night for cats.
“You don’t have to buy a filet mignon if you don’t want to, we have hamburger,” Baker said.
Across the country, a growing number of pet owners are willing to splurge for their four-legged companions.
Spending on pet products and services was at an all-time high last year, according to the American Pet Products Association, a non-profit trade group.
In 2014, Americans spent $58 billion on their pets – up from $55.7 billion in 2013.
Pet services, including spa treatments and daycare stays, is the fasted growing segment of the pet industry, according to the association.
The Bakers moved to Palm Beach County from southern California for the sole purpose of opening the hotel here. After surveying other areas, Lincoln Baker said the couple saw the most potential in Palm Beach County.
“We saw a need,” Lincoln Baker said. “We are different from anybody else here in the county.”