Hotel Perks for Pets

NEW YORK, NY -- Some of the city's swankiest hotels are making such a fuss over Fido, you'd think he was the one footing the bill.

The Loews Metropolitan Hotel last May began offering a ''Privileged Paws'' frequent-stay program, which promises a free in-room meal and water bowl to any dog or cat after five nights.

After 30 nights, Fido or Felix gets a free one-hour session with pet psychic Alice Woo.

''It isn't everywhere that you can have a psychic communicate with your pet and let you know exactly what they are thinking,'' hotel spokesman Michael Lyman told The Post.

At the New York Regency Hotel, animal owners can order room service from a gourmet pet menu—which features such delicacies as Bow Wow Tenderloin of Beef ($19) and Chow Hound Chicken ($18).

''We consulted with a veterinarian to make sure all the dishes were pet-friendly,'' says Tiffani Cailor, the hotel's public-relations director.

Celebrity guests have included a couple of dogs from ''101 Dalmatians'' and the cow from ''Me, Myself and Irene.''

''It was on a press junket—it just stayed for the day,'' Cailor said of the hotel's moo-vie-star visitor.

Meanwhile, downtown at the chi-chi SoHo Grand, dogs are having a tail-wagging good time.

When they arrive for a stay, they are given a basket brimming with dog treats and treasures—including a rubber ball and chew toys.

There's also a room-service pet menu for those dying for some gourmet dining, and concierges will call a dog taxi service to bring your four-legged friend to swank doggie day-care facilities such as the New York Dog Spa and the Wagging Tail, said April Sack, hotel public-relations director.

Harlan Davidson, 42, has been staying at the SoHo Grand for three weeks with Doc, his beloved 5-year-old Dalmatian.

''Oh, he loves it here, his tail is always wagging,'' said Davidson, who is staying at the hotel until he moves back to Chicago.

''It's such a relief to find a place that will take him. I refuse to go anywhere without him, which can pose a problem. One night we ended up having to stay in a New Jersey hotel that had a heart-shaped water bed. Doc was not happy about that at all. We both spent a sleepless night trying to move as little as possible.''

More and more hotels are becoming pet-friendly because it's good business, hotel managers said.

''Nowadays, people want to travel with their animals,'' said Lyman. ''Besides, other guests love them—the moment they see a dog, they get a huge smile on their face.''