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By Neharika Padala | January 13 2015
The UK is well known as a nation of dog lovers, and as a traditional British institution with an impressive pedigree of its own, St Pancras Renaissance Hotel is delighted to welcome 4 legged friends into the building. Whilst visitors have always been encouraged to bring their pup with them for drinks, afternoon tea or a light snack in Hansom Lounge, a dog’s time at the hotel can now extend to a luxurious overnight experience.
Guests checking in for a ‘St Pancras Pooch City Break’ will enjoy an overnight stay that offers dogs a luxurious hotel experience to rival that of their owners as well as a master-class with City Dog training school, that teaches pooches how to handle the various situations city life may present. During a consultation with an expert trainer, owners will discuss the skills they are keen for their dog to develop. Under professional guidance, they will then learn how to teach them in a real life urban environment. Skills include fundamental obedience commands, getting around on public transport as well as talents to show off back home such as skateboarding and taking a ‘pelfie’ (pet selfie) on an iPad!
On checking into their Chambers Grand Junior Suite, dogs will be greeted by a ‘Woof Box’ containing a range of gifts and treats. From gourmet snacks and grooming products to eco-friendly chew toys and hygiene products, all tastes are catered for. A VIP membership card to StyleTails, the luxury online shop for modern pet lovers, will also be waiting alongside a copy of ‘Peggy Lee Loves London’. The book, which follows a dog around London as she and her celebrity owner highlight dog friendly places to visit, will inspire guests and their pups to explore the city together.
In the afternoon, the guest and their dog will be visited in their suite by one of the professional trainers from Shoreditch based, City Dog, and take part in a masterclass. During the 2 hour session, held in both the suite and the local area, dogs will learn a range of skills to help them navigate city life. City Dog was founded by Nicole Scott, an ex-NASA physicist turned dog trainer. She believes pets who are engaged with their owners through structured play are likely to be better behaved in other areas – they’re happier, more obedient, and easier to handle on a day-to-day basis.
On returning to the hotel, guests can relax in Hansom Lounge. Owners can enjoy a cup of tea, catch up on emails or read a book, and dogs will be presented with a refreshing bowl of water to enjoy while taking in the stunning surroundings. In the run-up to bedtime, dogs can dine from a stylish MiaCara food and drink bowl before luxuriating in a Charley Chau dog-bed and blanket (all available from StyleTails).
In the lead up to the launch, the hotel held a Facebook campaign to find the ‘face’ of the package. Over 150 dogs entered the #StPancrasPooch competition and over 10,000 people visited the gallery page. A Dalmatian puppy named Panda won the competition. She was chosen by the General Manager due to the hotel’s connection with Disney’s ‘102 Dalmatians’ film, which had several key scenes shot in the hotel building and St Pancras Station.
Prices for the St Pancras Pooch City Break start from £740 per night. Alternatively, guests can pay a £30 supplement to have their dog stay in their room (with use of a dog basket and dinner bowl). Visitors to the hotel can bring their dog to Hansom Lounge when meeting friends, colleagues or business associates and dogs will be provided with a bowl of water.
(Source: St. Pancras Renaissance Hotel)