Parisian luxury hotel for dogs gets tails wagging

VINCENNES, France Thu Feb 24, 2011 1:37pm EST

1 of 5. Dogs guests Cleo (L) and Belle are seen in a room in the Actuel Dogs Hotel in Vincennes near Paris February 24, 2011.

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VINCENNES, France (Reuters Life!) - Heated pools, massage salons and a-la-carte menus are de rigueur at luxury hotels across the world but in one exclusive Paris establishment the difference is the guests: they have four legs, and enthusiastically wagging tails.

Actuel Dogs bills itself as France's first luxury hotel for dogs, and founders Devi and Stan Burun, a dog behavior specialist and lifelong dog-lover, also offer training programs unruly hounds and dog walks in the woods.

As well as a dip in the pool, or a massage, guests including Ulysse, a bumptious yellow Labrador sporting a smart red collar, enjoy "doggy jogging," or simply relax on cushioned couches in their luxury suites.

Their tiled-floor rooms smell fresh and clean and are adorned with framed prints of dogs and equipped with televisions so dogs can watch their choice of DVDs.

Owners pay between 26 euros and 35 euros ($36-$48) to leave their lucky hounds for a full day and while the luxury touches appeal to owners, the key difference with traditional kennels is that dogs are not locked up in cages.

"People think we serve the dogs' food from silver platters but this is not pointless, extravagant luxury," Devi said, as Clifford, an English bulldog, Cocker Spaniel puppy Floyd, Golden Retriever Cleo and miniature Schnauzer Belle bounded around the hotel's games room, equipped with a treadmill for training.

"It's not like in the United States or Japan -- giving the dogs manicures, dying their fur pink -- that's human madness. Our priority is to meet the dogs' needs," she added.

The concept works partly because of its location, in the chic suburb of Vincennes, on the outskirts of Paris, and close to the woods.

"People live in small apartments in Paris, they work, they don't have time to walk their dogs. We respond to those needs," Devi said.

Devi and Stan also have an advantage over hoteliers who have to worry about human guests trashing rooms and stealing bathrobes -- they evaluate their canine clients before their first stay, to weed out aggressive behavior.

"The concept is human, but it's completely adapted to a dog's needs," said Devi. Clifford, Floyd and their friends declined to comment directly to Reuters, but their wagging tails indicated their agreement.

(Reporting by Helen Massy-Beresford, editing by Paul Casciato)

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Comments (5)
bobw111 wrote:
“Oui mesieur. For an additional 10 Euros I am sure we can find a “dinner companion” for Hans. Why I personally know of a cute little French Poodle that provides such services…”

Sorry, but if you going to waste money a dog hotel, might as well drop the extra tenner and get him a “Friend” for the evening…

Feb 24, 2011 10:06pm EST  --  Report as abuse
KikiHamann wrote:
With this kind of prejudice comment:

(”It’s not like in the United States or Japan — giving the dogs manicures, dying their fur pink — that’s human madness. Our priority is to meet the dogs’ needs,”)

I guess you, among stating that your Customer dogs are still treated like “dogs” also take any reason from us to wile visiting your country consider leaving some of those green bills behind your register!
Very insulting Statement made about us Americans and the Japanese, but I guess it is`part of being “French”! LOL Somethings will never change!!!

Go ahead, and tell us how we should love and care for our dogs!!!!

Feb 24, 2011 11:50pm EST  --  Report as abuse
Bazzy wrote:
I thought the price was going to be outrageous, but that’s how much a night in a regular kennel costs around where I live.

Feb 25, 2011 11:37am EST  --  Report as abuse
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