Plush new hotel opens in Philly today. Guests need to show they've had vaccines, cannot bring their own linens, but are allowed one personal toy.
Mazzu's Hotel - accent on the ZOO - is a place for dogs and cats. It calls itself Philadelphia's first luxury hotel for the discriminating pet owner.
A doggie mini suite is $80 per night, and a regular runs $100. A double, for a plus-sized dog or two family pooches, costs $125 per night. The biggest room is about seven feet wide, seven feet deep, and seven feet high. The rates include a platform bed, linens, toys, three walks, 1 to 2 feedings, unlimited spring water, climate control, daily maid service, 24-hour on-site care, unlimited affection, and TV - presumably Animal Planet.
The cat suites are three level affairs, running from $60 to $ 90. The Web site lists the same amenities as the dogs get, although I didn't see any TV time.
For both canines and felines, the spa treatment doesn't stop there. There are add-ons, such as extra walks, doggie field trips (local park) filet and salmon dinners, outings to Le Bec Fin (made that one up.)
Mazzu's is at 334 N. Water Street in Center City. For Info: 215-546-PETS.
KYW has a story about the hotel. By phone owner Jenee Mazzu, 23, talked about the former artist's studio in Old City that now can accommodate eight dogs and six cats at a time.
"I was the kind of kid who was always bringing home strays," says the Ridley Park-reared Mazzu. "Animals were my best friends." When she was younger, she worked in shelters and grooming shops. In 2004, while working as an assistant in a financial services business, she started a dog walking service in the city, building it up to 50 regular clients.
"During this time I thought the conditions of the pet industry were gross," she said. "It's not beautiful, there's nothing luxurious about it. I just wanted to bring luxury to this under-developed industry."
She describes her hotel as a service for people too. "I know how stressful a kennel can be on an animal. Dogs come out of kennels with diarrhea, viruses. There is more to an animal, than 'It is just a dog.' It can feel scared, feel happy, also feel relaxed and that is what we want to do - provide a facility where people can have peace of mind."