Dog Friendly, Westin Harbour Castle Hotel, Toronto
Today more than ever, pets are regarded as part of the family. You rarely hear people refer to themselves as a “dog owner”; instead, you hear the term “pet parent”. It’s not uncommon to see people out with their dogs, going on errands, meeting up for coffee, and of course travelling. The pet industry is a billion dollar industry with pet parents who think nothing of opening their wallets to pamper their pets. Businesses, hotels included, can no longer turn a blind eye and must become aware that pets are now considered part of the family.
The Westin Harbour Castle Hotel in Toronto invited me – or should I say they invited Edie, to spend a night to relax, unwind, enjoy the park and the Toronto waterfront surrounding their hotel. Here I share our experience as a pet parent and pet guest.
From the moment we stepped through the doors of the Westin Harbour Castle in Toronto, they opened their arms to welcomed us – well the opened arms were for Edie, but I’m ok with that 😉
I believe just because I am travelling with a dog I should not have to compromise on the quality of my accommodations. We were not disappointed. Our hotel room at the Westin Harbour Castle was just what one should expect, even if sharing it with a dog; the room was inviting, bright, comfortable and clean.
What was Edie’s impression of our hotel room? “When do we move in?”
Waiting for Edie was a comfortable dog bed that she wasted no time putting her paws up on. How or where Edie was going to eat her meals was not an issue — a placemat with dishes were waiting to be filled. Need to have a potty break? No worries, a complimentary container of potty bags were waiting when nature called. My only concern was Edie expecting this kind of posh treatment once we got home!
Soon after we settled in there was a knock on the door — it was for Edie of course 😉 It seems the Westin Harbour Castle chef had been busy baking peanut butter & pumpkin cookies for Edie! I was assured I could eat these cookies if I so desired, but I got a look from Edie that said, “Keep your paws off my cookies!”
What was it like adventuring around the Westin Harbour Castle Hotel with a dog?
Not once did I feel awkward or out of place walking around the Westin Harbour Castle Hotel with Edie. We encountered many other pet parents that were staying with their dogs as well.
What stood out was how guests and hotel staff gravitated towards us. People stopped us to say hi, to tell me stories about their own dogs, stories of dogs they have loved and lost, and of course they couldn’t resist fussing over Edie. I wondered if I hadn’t been walking around with Edie if these people would have approached me and shared their stories?
Did I have any concerns while staying at the Westin Harbour Castle Hotel?
Just one; Edie is used to going outside first thing when waking up. I wondered and worried some if Edie would be able to make it from our hotel room on the 6th floor to access the green space located out the back of the hotel. My worries were unfounded and Edie did not seemed to be bothered walking a few extra steps to make it to her “potty” destination.
In fact, Edie and I had a rather pleasant and quiet walk along the boardwalk overlooking the Toronto harbourfront watching the sun rise and the ducks swimming.
Unlike some hotels that are dog friendly, the Westin Harbour Castle Hotel, Toronto does not charge an additional “pet fee” when your dog stays with you. You can read more about the Pet Policy of the Westin Harbour Castle.
Would I stay at the dog friendly Westin Harbour Castle Hotel in Toronto again? Definitely!
Do I worry that Edie may never want to leave all the comfort and attention she receives while staying at the dog friendly Westin Harbour Castle Hotel in Toronto? You bet 😉
This post was sponsored by the Westin Harbour Castle Hotel, Toronto. I only share products that I would use for myself, my pets and I believe would be of interest to my readers. All opinions and views are my own and do not necessarily reflect those of the Westin Harbour Castle, Toronto.