Four-poster dog beds, tail-lored tasting menus, puppacinos for breakfast – hotels are pandering to the paw patrol more than ever. But while Britain has long been a nation of dog lovers, aren’t we going a little too far?
After all, not everyone is a fan of the four-legged hotel guest. Telegraph reader Penny Entecott from Middleton-on-Sea in West Sussex had her mini-break with her husband ruined by damp dogs, pampered pooches and marauding mutts.
‘SIR – My husband and I recently checked into a hotel for a three-night break. Sitting in the bar waiting for our room to be ready, we gasped in amazement when a couple walked into the foyer with two wet dogs (Letters, January 10) and went straight to their room. We counted another 12 dogs arriving with owners. Dogs were not allowed in the main restaurant but could be in the bar area, where food was served all day. At one point a pampered pooch was in a chair opposite its owner eating off a plate.
‘The best part was when one dog in the restaurant took umbrage against another, and a snarling fight took place, with both owners cooing at their dogs to settle down. Apart from the hygiene issue, the noise and smell spoilt the atmosphere for us. Checking the dog policy is now high on our list when booking hotels.’
However, Penny and her husband might be in the minority. With almost a third of UK households owning a dog (there are more than 12 million mutts) and 56 per cent of dog owners choosing to travel with their pets, more and more hotels are jumping on the dog-friendly bandwagon. According to Euromonitor International’s World Travel Market global trends report, hotels becoming pet-friendly could increase revenues by 30 per cent a year, a figure not to be sniffed at. The ‘hound pound’ is estimated to be worth nearly £10 billion a year.