Benji takes Hol­ly­wood

Bou­tique dog­gie ho­tel high­light of pet-friendly ad­ven­ture

Winnipeg Free Press - Section G - - FRONT PAGE - By Steve MacNaull

BENJI loves his cushy new dog bed. The bone-shaped squeaky stuffed toy is a thought­ful gift. The sunny af­ter­noons spent at the rooftop pool and bar are per­fect for re­lax­ing and peo­ple watch­ing. And the morsels of seared ahi tuna se­creted to him from his dad’s salad on the res­tau­rant pa­tio are del­ish. It’s def­i­nitely a dog’s life at the bou­tique Ho­tel Cham­ber­lain West Hol­ly­wood. While my lit­tle Bi­chon Frise-cross has a fa­mous name, he is not a star. He’s sim­ply ac­com­pa­ny­ing me on a va­ca­tion to Los An­ge­les that’s be­come very ca­nine-cen­tric. “We know peo­ple love to travel with their dogs,” said Book­ing.com Canada re­gional man­ager Sher­lee Tay­lor. “That’s why we in­cluded pet-friendly as one of the 200 pas­sions on Book­ing.com’s new Pas­sion Search en­gine. It’s be­come one of the top pas­sion searches, along with Hol­ly­wood, beaches, mu­se­ums and shop­ping. It’s a great way to find amaz­ing des­ti­na­tions and places to stay based on your pas­sions.” That’s how Benji and I dis­cov­ered the Ho­tel Cham­ber­lain. I punched in pet-friendly and Hol­ly­wood to Pas­sion Search and up popped the 114-room prop­erty, well-lo­cated on a quiet street just a block from buzzy Santa Mon­ica Boule­vard and three blocks from the fa­mous Sun­set Strip.

PHO­TOS BY STEVE MACNAULL

Not know­ing why it’s so im­por­tant, re­porter Steve MacNaull’s dog Benji, top, poses with the Hol­ly­wood sign in the back­ground dur­ing a Bikes and Hikes L.A. trek. The star of ca­nine movie and TV ac­tress Lassie, above, on the Hol­ly­wood Walk of Fame.

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