Posted September 1, 2019

Kimpton Directors of Pet Relations: It’s a Dog’s Life

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OK, we admit it. Here at Kimpton, we love our pets! Can you blame us? And we know that nights away from home are a lot more fun when you have your own furry friend by your side. That’s why at every Kimpton hotel, we invite you to bring your hairy, feathery or scaly family member with you for your stay — no matter their size, weight, or breed, all at no extra charge. If your pet fits through the door, we’ll welcome them in.

Your furry friends are invited to be our guest!

We’ve been pet-friendly since our founding in 1981 — even our founder, Bill Kimpton, would bring his dog, Chianti, to work knowing that dogs have the innate ability to lift spirits! Today, some of Kimpton’s most popular employees have a tendency to drool and lie down on the job. It’s true! Our Directors of Pet Relations are our honorary staff of the canine persuasion. They eagerly greet guests in our lobbies, quality test our pet amenities, and lord over the nightly wine hours.

As with all our employees, we have a pretty intense screening process for our Directors of Pet Relations. Dogs that possess a loving spirit, follow directions well and know when it’s appropriate to engage with a guest and when to give them space are top candidates for the job. A love of the limelight doesn’t hurt either, as many of our directors have been featured in articles, on television and on Instagram.

The most common question about our Director of Pet Relations is, “What do you pay them?” The answer is a generous salary of the most valuable dog currency… Tasty treats and belly rubs, of course!

Meet our current Directors of Pet Relations:

At La Peer Hotel in West Hollywood, Director of Pet Relations Chandler (a rescue pup – his Instagram here) personally greets furry guests in the lobby, tests pet amenities and lords over the nightly wine hours.

Marvin, the Director of Pet Relations at Kimpton Hotel Vintage Seattle, is a lovable pup with a little yin and a little yang. He has a regal pedigree (he’s an Olde English Bulldog), but also a Midwest sensibility, having been born on a farm in Indiana. Marvin weighs in at 60lbs, but still thinks he’s a lapdog – and will never pass up the chance for a snuggle and a hip scratch, his favorite!

Marvin – Kimpton Hotel Vintage Seattle. Photo Credit Adela Lee

Marvin was a paw-in for the job, and has an ideal demeanor for hospitality: he’s a go-getter, when it comes to chasing his bacon-scented ball, and he loves to make people smile. His only vices are French fries and chewing towels, though he never indulges at work (only at home).

Marvin – Kimpton Hotel Vintage Seattle. Photo Credit Adela Lee

At the Kimpton Hotel Palomar Philadelphia, Theodore, a toy Morkie, LOVES hotel guests. He’s always excited to go up and greet everyone in his line of sight. He’s a social butterfly, and even at just 7 lbs, he will say hello to dogs of any size. He has a big personality and is quite the traveler himself! He’s been to 11 states and counting, and one of his favorite hobbies is to gaze out the window and keep an eye on things.

Theodore, Kimpton Hotel Palomar Philadelphia

And last, but certainly not least, you can find Max at the Kimpton De Witt in Amsterdam. We can say with compete confidence that Max’s face alone is worth a visit! He’s two years old and loves human kids and playing with his ball. More than anything, though, he loves naps, which we can get behind. The team at De Witt shares that Max also loves French cheeses. He isn’t really allowed to eat them, but if she get the chance, Epoisse cheeses are his absolute favorite.

 

Max, Kimpton De Witt Amsterdam

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