Hotel Pennsylvania, Still Standing, Preps For Doggie Deluge

Endangered Hotel Pennsylvania is rolling out the wood chips once again for its most highly regarded guests — the four-legged stars of the annual Westminster Kennel Club Dog Show, taking place next week.

Competing canines will be treated to “sound healthy” live piano music in the lobby on Saturday afternoon, Feb. 9, and the hotel’s basement conference hall will be converted into “perhaps the largest in-door doggie spa in all of New York” — including a “his/her’s relieving area,” according to a press release.

Last year, at this time, The Observer wondered where the dogs might go once landlord Vornado Realty Trust made good on its threats to tear down the dog-friendly hotel.

Some guests back then were informed that the hotel wasn’t taking reservations for the 2008 show.

For the time being, at least, the pampered pooches appear to have gotten a reprieve.

Here’s the full release:

NEW YORK, Feb 05, 2008 /PRNewswire via COMTEX/ — New York’s Hotel Pennsylvania, The World’s Most Popular Hotel(R), celebrates another year as the Host Hotel for all canine hopefuls participating in the annual Westminster Dog Show. The 132nd Westminster Kennel Club Dog Show takes place on February 11th and 12th 2008 at Madison Square Garden, across from New York’s Hotel Pennsylvania. For interview and photo opportunities, please contact Jerry Grymek at 1-800-387- 1399/416-440-2500, Cell: 416-918-2043, e-mail:

To mark this special annual occasion, the property has established a variety of onsite activities to coincide with the Show, including:

    1) Together with the Westminster Kennel Club, the Hotel will host a pre-
show broadcast satellite feed from the Main Lobby with Westminster Dog
Show participants. The feed will give an opportunity for different
media market outlets to interview participants from their corresponding
market. The feed will take place on Friday, February 8th; Time TBD.

2) The Hotel will greet dogs with live piano music that's "sound healthy"
in the Lobby on Saturday February 9th between 1 and 4 pm EST.

3) As in previous year's, the Hotel will again convert function space into
perhaps the largest in-door doggie spa in all of New York. Located
within the lower level of the Hotel, the 1st In-Line, Inc. Green Room
Salon & S'paw' dog grooming/comfort station offers a variety of
amenities Show participants require: bathing/beauty parlor/salon,
exercise area, walking area, his/her's relieving area, and even a
Dog-tor's Corner, which includes a canine masseuse and animal

4) Also, the Hotel will have its Doggie Concierge on-site working hard to
attend to all canine requirements (i.e. handling 'pup'arazzi
interviews, special doggie food orders), a Paw Mall, and a number of
other festivities 'unleashed' in time for Westminster Dog Show.

Since 1919, New York’s Hotel Pennsylvania has been host to millions of visitors in Manhattan. Extensively renovated, the property has 1,700 rooms and over 90,000 square feet of meeting and adjacent exhibit space. New York’s Hotel Pennsylvania is capable of handling conventions, tours, and individual traveler requirements. Reservations can be made to this number locally 212- 736-5000, toll free 800-223-8585, via PDA at or on-line at The World’s Most Popular Hotel(R) is a registered trademark of New York’s Hotel Pennsylvania.

Hotel Pennsylvania, Still Standing, Preps For Doggie Deluge