What do you get the dog that has everything? That’s the question I was struggling with before the holiday season. I had purchased a few toys, treats and subscription boxes for Bruce Wayne, but I didn’t have a “big” gift for him. To most, this might not be a big deal, but I like to have that “wow factor” gift for Bruce Wayne ….. Because I’m a crazy dog mom.
So with that, I started thinking about what Bruce Wayne truly loves. What makes Bruce Wayne happy? ….. Hotels. Yes, that’s right, hotels. Bruce Wayne has an odd, but funny love and excitement for hotels. Some would say he just likes to travel, but no. It is truly the hotel portion of traveling that he enjoys. I think it is a combination of the new smells, along with the comfy and large hotel bed. Either way, it’s hard to explain, but he gets a little twinkle to his big Chi-Chi eyes and his tail moves faster than a squirrel running from a labrador.
But which hotel? My main concern is that I wanted an over the top dog-friendly hotel for Bruce Wayne. After all, this night’s stay was HIS Christmas present. I narrowed it down to a few dog-friendly chains and ultimately, I decided to stay at a Kimpton hotel. If you are unfamiliar with Kimpton, they are a collection of boutique hotels in major cities that are super dog-friendly. They do not charge any extra fees for bringing your dog(s), as they feel as though dogs are part of the family too! 🙂 Not only do they not charge those ridiculous “cleaning fees”, but they also provide your dog with bowls, a bed and belly rubs during your stay.
With this being said, I have had 50/50 luck with our stay at Kimptons. Our first ever Kimpton stay at Eventi in Chelsea, NYC was amazing! They treated Bruce Wayne like he was a king. I have zero complaints and highly recommend that hotel. However, when we traveled to Manhattan, NY, for BarkFest last year, we stayed at Kimpton’s Ink 48 and had a completely different experience. At Ink 48, Bruce Wayne didn’t get any of the amenities or love that we had experienced at Eventi. I knew that I wanted to give Kimpton another try, but wasn’t sure which Kimpton to try since Washington D.C. hosts 10 different Kimptons to choose from. I reached out to Kimpton directly to inquire about which hotel in Washington, D.C. would give the love to Bruce Wayne that he experienced at Eventi and provide beautiful backdrops for our photos. (Do not be afraid to reach out to hotels directly. If you know what you want, do not hesitate to inquire about what would be best for you. This way, you’re not disappointed and the hotel staff can direct you to which hotel will best suit your needs.)
After a few conversations with Kimpton’s staff, it was decided that Kimpton Topaz would be a great place to take photos and provide a relaxing experience for Bruce Wayne. Upon arrival, we were greeted warmly by the staff. I even won a free bottle of Pinot Grigio 🙂 (Be sure to follow your favorite hotel’s social media accounts, I saw on @kimptonindc’s Instagram account that if you said “feeling toasty” at check-in, you would receive a small gift. I got to pick a prize out of a box and picked a free bottle of wine. Perfect for me.)
When we walked into our room, I was blown away. The Kimpton staff had a cheese and cracker plate spread set out for us along with a bottle of Merlot and handwritten card. On the bed written out in dog treats was “BRUCE WAYNE”! 🙂 That is exactly what I was looking for. Some people like fancy bathtubs and such….. I’m a crazy dog mom that gets excited for things for Bruce Wayne.
Since we were staying in D.C., this gave us the perfect opportunity to use our Kriser’s Natural Pet Store gift card that Bruce Wayne had won in an Instagram contest. (I had learned that Kriser’s recently acquired the Wylie Wagg pet stores, so even though there were no Kriser’s stores around, luckily, there was a Wylie Wagg store near our hotel.)
Upon arriving at Wylie Wagg, Bruce Wayne was greeted by the friendly staff and Pack Leader, Robert. Robert kindly showed us around his store and explained various treats and supplements to us. We were in dog store heaven. There were so many great brands for us to choose from. I picked out treats from Orijen, Vital Essentials and some banana chips for Bruce Wayne to try. We also picked up a Jax and Bones rope toy, which I was super excited to see and an oversized Lambchop (Lambie) that Bruce Wayne seemed very interested in. We had so much fun picking out toys and treats that we wanted to share some goodies with our friends. We picked out a few items that we thought our friends would love just as much as we do. (See the end of this post for details on how to enter our giveaway.)
Overall, I would say this “Christmas present” was a success! The Kimpton Topaz hotel staff was very friendly and treated Bruce Wayne exactly how I was hoping he’d be treated and we had a great time shopping at Wylie Wagg (Kriser’s Natural Pet Store). I hope that this post inspires you to think ‘outside the box’ when it comes to presents for your pup. Do what makes them happiest and when you do travel, don’t be afraid to contact hotels/companies to be sure you get the experience you are truly looking for.
GIVEAWAY TIME: We are giving away two prize packs. Both packs will contain:
- 1 3.25 oz. bag of Stella and Chewy’s Meal Mixer Superblends;
- 1 pack of 3 Kong squeaker balls; and
- 1 1.0 oz. bag of Vital Essentials Minnows treats
- Be following us on Instagram (@ipartywithbrucewayne) and like a few photos.
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This giveaway will run through midnight, January 6, 2017. Two winners will be randomly picked from all qualified entries. (A qualified entry is an entry that follows ALL steps above.) The two winners will be announced on this post on or about Saturday, January 7, 2017. Due to shipping charges, this giveaway is for our U.S. friends only, however, international friends are certainly welcomed to enter and donate their prize to a friend in the U.S.
Thank you and good luck!
Thank you to everyone that entered our giveaway! Our 2 randomly selected winners are @irish516 and @pnwmutts! Don’t worry if you didn’t win, we have another giveaway starting this evening on our giveaway page. It’s another Closet Cleanout with some faboulous prizes.