For dog owners that can’t bear to leave their pets behind, easyHotel has come up with the perfect solution – a new deluxe “pupgrade” service.
For an additional £10 charge, guests at easyHotel’s Shoreditch Hotel in Old Street, London, can request an orange “pet yurt”, an orange “chewvet”, a bone on arrival and a small “Minibark” fridge stocked with gourmet pet snacks and drinks.
The move is in response to the capital’s latest obsession, “Social Petworking”, which is leading to a rising number of small dogs accompanying their owners on business trips.
Snack options on the menu include treats developed by Michel Roux and a bottle of “Pawsecco”, a non-alcoholic dog food jus that can be poured over a dish.
The new “pupgrade service” costs £10
Small dogs are becoming a fixture in offices and coffee shops throughout the capital, with particularly high concentrations in the tech and marketing communities of Shoreditch. Names of furry regulars near to easyHotel’s Old Street location include Thor, Nigel, Stanley, Basil, Bentley, Oscar, Geoffrey, Bruno, Kara, Beebee, Zac, Watson, Sherlock, Zippy, Hamish and Howie.
Muhammad Manan, operations director at easyHotel, said: “In the past, I’ve had requests for pets of all shapes and sizes, including on one occasion a horse. Unfortunately, due to headroom considerations, a small lift and limited availability of straw we had to turn that request down, but we’ll always do our best to make a pet feel welcome.”
Jorge Rodriguez, Barketing Manager at easyHotel, said: “We’re very pleased to be offering pet accommodation for our customers in all of our hotels. At £10 a night, it is arf the price of our lowest guest room rate. With an offer like that, we doubt that dog owners will paws. We wish all of our guests bone voyage.”
Studies indicate that dogs can have a positive effect on productivity and lower the stress levels of employees. A 2010 study by Central Michigan University found that having a dog in the office improved collaboration. Another study from the Virginia Commonwealth University School of Business, found that animals in the workplace make work feel more satisfying.