Musical Genius Jeremy Davenport, The Mystic Krewe of Barkus, Brad Pitt, “arf”fordable luxury – any of these could be the reason our readers chose The Ritz-Carlton, New Orleans as well as our 2009 recipient of the Cesar® Five Dog Bone Award for Pet-Friendliest Hotel. “We are a wonderfully pet-friendly hotel on the edge of the French Quarter, just one block from world famous Bourbon Street and the grassy knoll that we call Rampart Street,” says Char Thian, Director of Public Relations at the New Orleans Ritz-Carlton.
Packages are available for furry guests under 40lbs. and start at $249. They include designer collars, leashes, delicious doggie bowls, a sumptuous pet bed, and chew toys. But don’t worry two-leggers; you’ll get countless Ritz-Carlton goodies yourself. Prep for a day exploring the incomparable New Orleans by having the concierge set you up with grooming services that your pet will want to get dirty for and a spa date your muscles will never forget. Or, if you have a boring human day planned, they’ll rescue your animal pals with their pet sitting and walking services. Whatever you need, the New Orleans Ritz-Carlton’s attitude is “Laissez les bons temps rouler!” (Let the good times roll!)
There are tons of pet-perfect things to do in New Orleans. The Ritz-Carlton is tucked on the edge of the French Quarter, where The Mystic Krewe of Barkus (New Orleans’ one and only pet parade) spreads their furry, costumed extravagance every February (for more information visit: barkus.org). You and your pooch could take the Historic New Orleans Walking Tour, have a buggy ride to see the sights the old fashioned way, grab a bite (or a bowl) to eat at The Louisiana Pizza Kitchen or Cafй Gumbolaya, or ogle on St. Charles avenue with its celebrity-owned “Cream Cake” houses.
Brad Pitt has said of the city: “For me, first as a tourist, it’s the most unique city that we have in the States.” And, often called Broadway South, New Orleans has been the host of numerous television and movie crews. On your travels you might run into Pitt, his partner Angelina Jolie and their international family, Eli Manning, Louisiana’s very own Ellen DeGeneres, and many other celebrities frequent New Orleans.
With rooms starting at $199, everything that makes New Orleans special under its roof (classic cocktails, live jazz with world-famous Jeremy Davenport, and world-class cuisine), and gorgeous celebrities, you don’t need to look anywhere else for anything else. On behalf of Animal Fair and the New Orleans Ritz-Carlton, “Laissez les bons temps rouler!”
For more information visit: www.ritzcarlton.com/neworleans.