As you may know, we attended BlogPaws in Denver last week. What you may not know is that the event was held in a hotel that is not pet friendly. Yep, that’s right. They held a conference for pet bloggers in a hotel that – under normal circumstances – won’t allow pets through the front door.
Of course, exceptions were made for BlogPaws attendees. My understanding is that the hotel opened one floor of guest rooms, the lobby and the meeting rooms to pets, and their accommodations were quite comfortable.
As you might expect, however, the GoPetFriendly team did not stay at the conference hotel. We encourage you to support pet friendly business, and we do the same, so we chose one of the many pet friendly hotels in Denver – the fantastic Hotel Monaco – Denver.
The Hotel Monaco belongs to the Kimpton chain, whose “hosPetality” program goes far beyond simply allowing your pet to stay. They welcome dogs, cats and various other pets with no fees or deposits, no restrictions on weight or size, and no limit on the number of pets allowed per room. They provide beds, bowls and treats and offer fun amenities like pet food, dog walking / sitting services, and chew toys. If your pet can’t join you, they’ll even provide you with a goldfish companion. And some of the hotels in the chain have canines on staff as Directors of Pet Relations!
Our room was charming and spacious – though any hotel room may have felt large after six months in the Winnebago. The dogs loved stretching out, and I especially enjoyed the shower. They have fantastic water pressure, and standing in the spray of a full-size shower was a real treat. Buster and Ty were so excited by the large, comfy bed the hotel provided for them that they actually shared it.
There were several convenient places to walk the dogs near the hotel, but we were continually drawn to the 16th Street Mall, just one block away. There is something about strolling this street, now closed to traffic, that warms the cockles of our hearts. Perhaps it’s the many pet friendly restaurants and eateries, perhaps it’s the shaded seating areas, or perhaps it’s that it ends at Centennial Park – an urban retreat for dog lovers.
Unfortunately, we were not able to make the Hotel Monaco’s complimentary evening wine reception – to which pets are invited. Nor were we able to squeeze in dinner at the acclaimed Panzano, though it offered outdoor seating options. These are things we’ll look forward to on our next trip to Denver. We hope we don’t have to wait too long!
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