Doctor's Review: Medicine on the Move

January 20, 2022
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Beds for Fido and you

VANCOUVER In business since 1997, the Pacific Spirit is just the guesthouse for Fido, Fluffy and you. In addition to its grassy yard, the guesthouse, near UBC, is a short walk to dog-friendly parks (for a list, go to, including neighbouring Pacific Spirit Park, which boasts over 750 hectares of land and 70 kilometres of mostly off-leash trails. There’s a fireplace in the guesthouse’s living room, and both its cedar and garden rooms include a bar fridge, coffeemaker, telephone, TV with DVD player, robes, heated mattress pads and Wi-Fi. Both also have bathrooms. Cats and dogs are welcome, but only two VIPs (very important pets) are allowed per room. High-season rates between April and October start at $125, including breakfast; $20 extra a night for pets, which covers gourmet treats and the use of bowls, a leash, paw-cleaning cloth, pet bed, blanket and, for cats, a litter box. A two-night minimum is generally required. (866) 768-6837.

MONTREAL Le Square Phillips Hôtel & Suites is a downtown hotel, between Sainte-Catherine Street (which is lined with shops) and René-Lévesque, overlooking Phillips Square. Built in 1919, the building was originally a textile warehouse, and many of its 160 cathedral-like rooms have concrete pillars in them. Converted into a hotel in 2003, all the rooms have bathrooms and everything you need to make lunch or supper — a microwave, refrigerator and stove — as well as everything you need to eat it — cutlery and dishes. There’s an exercise room and heated, indoor pool on the roof. Cats and dogs are welcome, but guests are asked to contact the hotel for more on their pet policy. High-season rates from May 1 through October 31 start at $162, double, including breakfast. There’s no additional charge for pets. (866) 393-1193.

TORONTO The Hôtel Le Germain Toronto is in the Entertainment District — perfect for masters who like to play. The boutique hotel is a mix of ceramic, glass, metal and lots and lots of wood. This makes it hip and homey at same time. There are big, comfy couches and a fireplace in the library/lounge, the perfect place to warm up in winter with a cappuccino, compliments of the hotel. There are 118 beautifully designed rooms each with a bathroom that has a glass wall to encourage a feeling of spaciousness and allow light to stream in. Bashful docs need not worry — there are blinds if you prefer to shower minus the show. Dogs are welcome; bowls and food mats are provided as are beds that are available for purchase if Fido insists that he can’t go home without one. Rates start at $245, single or double, including breakfast; $35 extra a night for pets. Dog are also welcome at Le Germain Montreal where rooms start at $210; $30 extra a night for pets. (416) 345-9500 / (866) 345-9501.

This article was accurate when it was published. Please confirm rates and details directly with the companies in question.


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