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Top 5 Pet-friendly global hotel chains

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World travel with your pets

More luxury hotels than ever are giving the royal treatment to their guests and pets. But which lines are the four-legged-friendliest? Read on to find out about the top pet-friendly hotel chains in the world.

Dog on vacation at hotel.

1W HotelWestin Hotels

Plush robes, massages, luxurious beds, customized meals: It all sounds like the pampering a human would receive at a Westin hotel. While that may be the case, these also are some of the luxuries your pet can expect on a stay at one of the chain's international luxury hotels. The concierge will even help you find the best pet-friendly activities in the area.

For more information, visit: www.westin.com

Photo credit: The Westin Kierland Resort & Spa, Scottsdale, AZ

2Four Seasons Hotels and Resorts

All of the hotels in this spectacular chain (from India to Australia) accept pets under 15 pounds, while some provide everything from special beds to supervised walks in nearby parks. Most even have on-call veterinarian services, healthy biscuits and dog bowls. But the pièce de résistance? Some of the chains have pet-specific in-room spa services.

For more information, visit: www.fourseasons.com

3Loews Hotels and Resorts

This stunning chain of hotels loves animals so much, they've created a "Loews Loves Pets" program in which your VIP (Very Important Pet) will be waited on "hand and paw." From gourmet room service to special bedding and pet activities, they have everything on hand to make you and your pet feel at home. What's more: Your manager or concierge can give you a list of pet-friendly restaurants and attractions near your hotel.

For more information, visit: www.loewshotels.com

4W HotelStarwood Hotels

With a specialty loyalty program for pets (Love That Dog), you can be sure your pet will receive top-paw treatment at Starwood Hotels. The chain has thought of everything, from designer toys and collars to special food and water bowls, so you won't have to lift a finger for your furry friend. There are even customized 10-layer duvet beds for your dog to sleep on.

For more information, visit: www.starwoodhotels.com

5W Hotels

Whether you're staying for work or for play, you won't have to lift a finger to pamper your pooch if you stay in this chain. From check-in (where your pet will receive a treat, toy and pet bag), to your room (where you'll find a pet bed with a special treat), to specialized concierge services (an on-call veterinarian, a groomer and pet birthday cakes), W Hotels will have your pooch pampered in no time.

For more information, visit: www.whotels.com

Photo credit: W Scottsdale Hotel & Residence, Scottsdale, AZ, showcasing Buster Bentley, a wire-hair fox terrier, photographed by Meghan Bowman.

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