Luxury Hotels

POOCH PERIGRINATIONS

Kimptons evoke immediate memories.  At KIMPTON FITZROVIA in London it’s Lucky George, the bronze dragon sculpture on the 1900-vintage staircase’s second floor newel post, so-called because the other sculpture in the limited edition of two was on the Titanic. At KIMPTON DE WITT HOTEL, AMSTERDAM, it’s the hanging chair, presumably 2017, like the hotel – see above. And, you know what, Girlahead would like to suggest that having hanging chairs should be a brand standard, as are complimentary networking cocktails.

Another Kimpton special, at least in its 65 hotels in the USA, is its new partnership with Wag! This offers  dog-sitting and other canine care. Planning to stay in a Kimpton? Get one of the 1,000 KimptonxWag! vouchers, 20-minutes’ free dog care – and for every stay you then receive an additional month of Wag! Premium (which gives 10% off every pet service booked, waived booking fees and 24/7 access to vet chat). What is more, all Kimpton employees will be provided a Wag! Premium subscription and access to redeem one of the 1,000 free walks, as long as supplies last.  (This sounds to be a partnership particularly appropriate for the Kimpton friend: a dear friend of Girlahead, in Thailand last week, was amused to see, in KIMPTON MAA LAI BANGKOK, a Millennial local, female, she dressed top to toe in Dior and Louis Vuitton while her two corgis switched from Arnault to Pinault – they sported Gucci collars.)

Everyone’s getting in on the animal act. Eurostar polled those booked to cross from UK to Europe in the next few months. Perhaps only dog-lovers could be bothered to reply but of those who did a staggering 92% intend to travel to Europe with their pet – many said  they choose Eurotunnel over ferry travel for the ability to stay with their pet throughout the journey, making it less stressful. Pet receptions are available in both Folkestone and Calais and 24-hour pet check-in service and facilities include exercise areas with artificial grass and complimentary poop bags.

For those thinking of taking a dog to Scotland, frankly a tartan collar would be more appropriate. At TRUMP TURNBERRY, in Ayrshire, the self-catering cottages, apartments, and villas are particularly favoured by dog owners. They come with complimentary use of the spa and leisure facilities – residential rates on the Open Championship golf courses and complimentary use of The Wee Links pitch & putt course. Perhaps you want to dine in 1906, up at the main building, or go off-campus, but if you and Fido, or whomever, decide to stay-home, pick up a Turnberry takeaway, or order delivery-service from Turnberry@Home. (Talk to the order-taker about ideal fresh Fido grub, and particularly if Fido’s an English bulldog or German shepherd, the most allergy-prone, check ingredients.)

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