Dog Friendly Westin Harbour Castle Hotel, Toronto

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.

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Dog Friendly, Westin Harbour Castle Hotel, Toronto

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 😉

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Checking in at the Westin Harbour Castle, Toronto

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!

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I could get used to this kind of posh treatment!

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!”

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Keep your paws off my cookies!

What was it like adventuring around the Westin Harbour Castle Hotel with a dog?

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Great view of the park!

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.

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Sunrise at the Toronto Harbourfront

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Keeping an eye on those ducks!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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.

 

 

Author: Kelly Harding with Edie The Pug

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  1. What a wonderful vacation you had! I always worry that when you check in with your pet, they give you the “dog” room… so it’s ice to know that this is now the case at a Westin! I love that the dog bed was there and they brought you cookies after checking in? What a nice adventure you had – looked like fun!

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  2. I love it that they provide everything for Edie, wow I don’t think Layla would want to leave either LOL. What a fantastic place and it really does ease our mind when we can take our pets with us.

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    • Being able to take our dogs with us and being allowed to stay at a hotel that is so pet friendly certainly makes travelling much easier and enjoyable.

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  3. I didn’t know Westin hotels were dog friendly. I love that they brought dog cookies to the door! That’s my kind of hotel!

    Edie looks so adorable in that final picture! Love her red jacket.

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    • We were so surprised by the cookies for Edie, and Edie was over the moon!

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  4. That looks like a really wonderful hotel! Do they have any size restrictions or a limit on the number of dogs you can have in a room? I know many limit you to just one pet.

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    • I did attach their full pet policy to view, however, they limit two dogs per room with a weight limit of under 40 pounds.

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  5. What an awesome hotel experience! Can’t say I’ve ever stayed somewhere so pet-friendly before. Love how they pampered Edie. AND that they don’t charge extra pet fees!!!

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    • They treated Edie very well! And I was very impressed that there are no additional “pet fees”.

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  6. What a wonderful hotel! I’ve often heard my parents talk about the terrible accommodations when they’ve taken their dog on a trip.

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    • I believe when travelling with dogs we should experience the same accommodations as if we were travelling without them.

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  7. Nice!! can’t believe you were so close — yet so far! ACK! Nice hotel for sure!

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  8. This is really useful and nice to know that the Westin is such a nice hotel * so good to dogs. A lot of dog friendly hotels are not very nice…

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    • I had a wonderful experience with the Westin Harbour Castle Hotel – as a pet parent and impressed with how they treated Edie. It’s unfortunate that all hotels don’t understand the importance of welcoming dogs to stay with their guests.

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    • Edie knows just the “look” to give to get what she wants 😉 We had a marvellous time at the Westin Harbour Castle in Toronto!

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  9. How fabulous- looks like Edie had a great time. Good to know they are so pet friendly – I’ll definitely share as love their convenient beautiful location by the waterfront downtown. We are lucky to have a few wonderful pet friendly hotels in Toronto and a renovated waterfront area. Now if we could just get a few more cafes and restaurants with dog-friendly licenses.

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    • We were very fortunate that the weather was beautiful the weekend we visited the Westin Habour Castle hotel. It was so nice to enjoy walking along the boardwalk and viewing the waterfront. And I agree, I do wish there were more cafes and restaurants in Toronto that were dog friendly.

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  10. No extra pet fee? How good is that! This is THE most lovely hotel and I think you were DEFINITELY spoiled!!!!!

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    • No extra pet fee! That is great!
      My humom’s not sure if she will be able to keep me in the style I’ve become accustomed too 😉

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  11. Edie, you’re really ranking high up there… being invited by the Westin and all! Wow… pampered and adored! Thanks for telling us all about your fun trip!

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    • I was very honoured to be invited by the Westin Harbour Castle to stay and review their dog friendly hotel!

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  12. Great post & review of this beautiful hotel! We love the Westin hotels, they’re all so nice & I think all or most are dog friendly. I’ve pinned this to my Pet Travel board. Thanks!
    Love & biscuits,
    Dogs Luv Us and We Luv Them

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    • Thanks for pinning to you board! And yes, all the Westin hotels are dog friendly which is something to keep in mind when travelling.

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