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.
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 Boston’s Kimpton Onyx Hotel, Rocco, a loveable Australian Labradoodle, is always there to lend a paw to furry guests and humans alike — whether by suggesting the best places to go for a walk in the city, or by taste-testing the hotel’s Pampered Pooches in-room dining menu. (It’s a tough job, but someone’s gotta do it.)
San Diego’s Kimpton Solamar Hotel recently welcomed a Labrador pup named Molly to the Kimpton family. Already a lovable staple in the hotel’s lobby and living room, the four-legged pet ambassador is responsible for greeting guests, ensuring the hotel’s pet amenities are up to par and representing the hotel at a nightly social hour and ‘Brews on the Roof’ craft beer series.
Addison, or Addie for short, is a young Goldendoodle that oversees Hotel Monaco Portland check-ins by her favorite spot by the fireplace. She loves working alongside her front desk family and, being born and raised in Portland, can recommend her favorite parks and walks to fellow four-legged guests. Like her suggestions? She’ll gladly accept all-natural treats and ice cubes for a job well done!
The name says it all with Posh Parker. When this lovely Jack Russell Terrier isn’t working at Kimpton Hotel Palomar San Diego, she’s living the good life at the dog spa or lounging by the pool.
At the Kimpton Hotel Palomar Philadelphia, Tank, a Bouvier Des Flandres-Pug mix, is always happy to lend a paw greeting guests. A rescue himself, Tank makes it his mission to bring animal rescue awareness to the property, including the Palomar’s unique partnership with Saved Me, a no-kill shelter located in the city.
Kimpton Canary Santa Barbara’s Director of Pet Relations, Wiley, can often be spotted at nightly wine hours, testing out the soft rugs and couches around the lobby and ensuring that all of the elements inside Canary’s evergreen ‘Dog Days of Winter/Summer’ package are Wiley-approved for Canary’s canine guests.
— Kristin Slye
Updated August 2017