This Luxury Hotel in India Is For the Dogs — Literally

published Dec 22, 2017
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One pet hotel in India is completely redefining what “pampered pooches” actually means, with amenities for your doggos during boarding or day care that take “lap of luxury” to the next level.

From ayurvedic treatments in the doggie day spa to buddy-friendly beer in the Friends n’ Fur lounge, the list of services at Critterati — a new luxury pet hotel in northern India, just southwest of New Delhi, with the tagline “redefining the pet culture” — reads like an Onion article about one-percenter excess. But also, in the words of Architectural Digest, we kind of want to know:

“Are there human rooms, too?”

The entire building looks like a minimalist modern luxury townhouse one would see in any cosmopolitan major urban metro, with glass-walled balconies (for the dogs’ private rooms) and pops of color. Not only is there a rooftop lap pool exclusively for pups, but there’s also an on-site groomer (with a decidedly Kelly Wearstler vibe), a pet cafe (with tufted deep burgundy leather Chesterfield banquettes and veritable museum of Dogs Who Made History), an on-site pet clinic, and a “Care Castle” where pets can “massage the stress away” with therapeutic spa treatments such as “pawdicures” (nail trims) and baths that include all-natural aromatherapy essential oils, all available a la carte for both overnight boarding and doggie daycare clients — cats, too.

According to the number crunchers and currency converters over at AD, a standard room with air conditioning, a fluffy bed, nutritious meals, and play sessions is 1899 rupees ($30) per night for a medium-size dog, and run up to 3499 rupees ($54) per night for the 120-square-foot Critterati Suite, complete with flat-screen TV, swimming sessions, and a private webcam for remote owner check-ins. Doggie day care costs run approximately 25,969 rupees (just over $400) for 30 days’ worth of eight-hour stays.

Is this fairly ridiculous in a time, and a part of the world, where many people struggle just to put food on their table? Of course. But also, all of that insane spoiling creates an opportunity for Critterati to underwrite matchmaking sessions (plus birthdays and weddings) for local rescue animals in search of their furever families, which is definitely something we can get behind.

Find out more at the Critterati website or Facebook page. If you have pet-loving friends in India, or are looking for an expat career change, Critterati is currently hiring for several positions.