They do things big in Dallas and that is certainly true at the Hotel Palomar Dallas, A Kimpton Hotel. Lucy and I had the pleasure of staying at the stylish and sophisticated Park Cities property recently and were delighted with the amenities for dogs. From the dual water bowls at the entrance (although too high for short pups like Lucy) to the pet concierge button on the guest rooms telephones, the Hotel Palomar Dallas pleases pups and the people who travel with them.
What might you use the pet concierge button for? I pushed it when I didn’t feel like going out in the freezing rain to walk Lucy. She was smart enough to pack her parka. I wasn’t. In typical Dallas fashion, the winter weather was all over the place from the 70s to below freezing during our four-day stay. Within minutes of requesting the dog walker, a staffer was at my door with a smile. I felt for him as Lucy doesn’t like walking in the rain. But she was happy when she returned. I tipped him $20 and said thanks. The pet concierge can also arrange for pet sitting, grooming and veterinary services.
Hotel Palomar Dallas also provides stainless steel food and water bowls, a placemat and comfy bed that Lucy loved. She doesn’t always like hotel beds. An added touch is the companion goldfish, which the staff tends to so you don’t have to and common at Kimpton hotels. There were a few dogs staying at the hotel, which, like all Kimpton Hotels, does not charge an extra pet fee and has no restrictions on the number or size of pets. When I was checking out, a couple with two black Labs were checking in.
I’ve stayed at a several Kimpton hotels and I must say that Hotel Palomar Dallas is the prettiest yet. The lobby, with its soaring ceiling, is gorgeous and a fireplace is a nice addition, especially during the evening wine hours, where pets are welcome. The wine hours are standard at Kimptons and a terrific way to meet interesting guests. I met a couple from Seattle that told me about a great community-based literacy program called Reading with Rover where children with reading difficulties read stories to a dog. What a terrific concept!
At the Hotel Palomar Dallas, rooms range from a King Deluxe with Frette linens and Etro bath amenities to the 1,500 square foot Presidential Suite with two bedrooms, a living room and dining room.
I didn’t have a chance to visit Exhale Spa or Central 214, the hotel’s lively restaurant. But I did order room service and was very pleased with my the speed of which my meal was delivered and the dish itself. I was glad to see that the kitchen rebounded from the night before when I was told that my room service would take over an hour to arrive. Apparently the hotel was understaffed on a busy Saturday night. I decided to go out and find something but was given poor directions by the guy working the front desk. My GPS was useless too. Just as well. I didn’t need to be eating that late anyway. Outside of those two hiccups, service was fantastic.
The Hotel Palomar Dallas was just one of the highlights of our trip. We had a fun time at Mutts Canine Cantina, a combo restaurant and dog park where we met a fun flock of females who gather at Mutts a few times after a week after work to enjoy cocktails while their furry friends socialize. In the group was Paige Love, whose dogs Oliver, Tess and Tate were outfitted in eye-catching collars and harnesses. As it turns out, Love created the dazzling designs through her company Pet Bling, which makes custom-made collars, harnesses and leashes.
Unfortunately, because it was winter (albeit a warm winter evening), the food menu was practically non-existent. I’m told that the burgers are delicious and I look forward to trying one when we visit Mutts during warmer months. We went back late one morning to see it during the day but the temperature was so frigid that, although it was sunny, there weren’t many pooches out playing.
We also stopped by The Pooch Patio, where Yappy Hour takes place daily and all day Sunday, and the darling Lucca Bella Doggie Spa & Boutique on Oak Lawn Avenue. For a look inside these two businesses and more on our trip, check out this video starring our mascot Lucy. You can also read more about Dallas’ dog-friendly offerings in my new National Geographic book, The Dog Lover’s Guide to Travel, available for pre-order now at amazon.com.