Benji takes Hollywood
Boutique doggie hotel highlight of pet-friendly adventure
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.
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.