Aspen hotels go to the dogs
ASPEN ” How does braised beef stew sound for $10.50 at The Little Nell or a tenderloin of beef for $12 at the St. Regis? If you have four legs, relieve yourself outside and drool often, you’re in luck.
Two of Aspen’s luxury hotels have tapped into the growing trend in the world of pet pampering, offering doggie menus that include such items as beef, salmon and hamburgers.
The canine kibbles have been offered as a room service amenity at The Little Nell for a few years. And now the St. Regis Aspen has entered the fray by creating its own doggie menu that features items like the Hot Diggity Dog ” an all-beef hot dog cut into bite-size pieces and served sans bun, and Roll Over Rover ” grilled salmon with scrambled eggs.
Peder Tillung, food and beverage director at the St. Regis, said management from Starwood Hotels, St. Regis’ parent company, recently paid a visit to Aspen and checked out the competition ” The Little Nell, which offers a three-item pet menu.
“They came back to me and said, ‘Can we top this?'” Tillung said. “I said ‘yes’ and made something more appealing.”
The Little Nell’s pet menu includes tenderloin of beef with eggs and rice ($12); grilled chicken breast with carrots and brown rice ($8); and grilled salmon with scrambled eggs ($10).
St. Regis’ doggie menu features the “Bow Wow Wow,” a boneless chicken breast with root vegetables; “The Barking Dog,” a ground beef pattie and the “Canine Round Up,” which is braised beef stew with white rice. All entrees are $10.50; however, a 21 percent service charge and a $4 delivery charge is added to all orders.
All of Starwood’s hotels allow pets but none of them around the country offers pet menus.
“No other property in the brand is doing this,” Tillung said, adding the St. Regis Aspen started the doggie menu about two weeks ago. “You’ve got to start somewhere.”
John Speers, general manager at The Little Nell, said the five-star hotel has catered to canines for years.
“We’ve always been a pet-friendly hotel,” he said, adding pet amenities are becoming the norm in high-end hotels. “I think it’s become an expectation among luxury travelers and it’s on overdrive here in Aspen.
“These dogs fly on private jets and are part of the family,” he added.
In addition to the decadent chow at the St. Regis, dogs are pampered by five-inch thick dog beds with a royal purple cover and ceramic dog dishes. The resort also works with the locally-run Mountain Dogs to provide full dog services, including walking and pet sitting.
At the St. Regis, there is a $100 flat fee per stay, per dog. The hotel also partners with the Aspen Animal Shelter to offer the Adopt-A-Pet Program for guests who want a canine companion while visiting. The concierge can arrange for guests to “borrow” a dog for the day.
At The Little Nell, pet owners are given a small package upon check-in that includes a brass identification tag, a frosted dog biscuit and a booklet called “Petiquette,” which details all of the offerings and rules the hotel has for pets.
Dog walking, baby-sitting, grooming and other services are available. The Little Nell charges a flat fee of $100 for their pets to stay at the hotel and it offers pet sitting for up two hours for free.
The Hotel Jerome charges $75 per stay and offers dog bowls, beds and bones. At the Sky Hotel, there is no fee and dog beds are offered. The Sky Hotel offers what’s called the “Dog Days of Winter Package,” which includes discounted guest room accommodations for three nights, one dog walk provided by Pet Pals, a dog bed and bowls in the room, one bathing and brushing provided by Dog Laundry Mobile Pet Wash and gourmet dog treats provided on arrival by Pink Poodle. The package starts at $166 a night. The Silvertree Hotel charges $25 per night for pets but offers no amenities.
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