All the Haute Dogs Hit Up One57
By Sisi Penaloza
A Manhattan haven for globetrotting haute pups, the celebrated debut of the Park Hyatt New York sets the bar for the city’s finest pet program. As the brand’s new global flagship, the expectations of this gleaming tower are set astronomically high. To this end, the hotel is collaborating with six partners on exclusive experiences for guests and, in one case, their canine companions.
Naturally, my favorite is their partnership with Friends of Finn, the charity founded by publishing heiress Amanda Hearst to cease inhumane treatment of dogs in puppy mills. The Very Important Pooch package provides with four-legged guests with custom Park Hyatt New York dog collars and one of three especially created outfits. A popular utilitarian perk is the “winter warrior” costume from Barneys department store. I can tell the Maltese dropping in from Miami is loving this seriously paw-saving perk. There are also playtime treats and custom sleeping quarters within their owners’ rooms.
Hearst is the founder of Friends of Finn and special projects editor for Town & Country magazine. A few years ago, Hearst was ecstatic at becoming a first-time pet owner when she purchased her dog Finn from a pet store in Manhattan’s West Village. The chic blonde had grown up with cats, dogs, even goats and a donkey in the Hamptons.
Hearst did her homework before bringing Finn home, double checking his paperwork. But while visiting rescued pups with the Humane Society of the United States, she found the real backstory – Finn did not come from a breeder; he was from a puppy mill. Shocked, dismayed, and moreover moved to take action, Hearst mobilized a cadre of influential dog-loving pals and Friends of Finn was born.
Among the high-profile advocates is competitive show jumper Georgina Bloomberg (daughter of former mayor Michael Bloomberg), Top Chef Sam Talbot, Dylan Lauren (daughter of legendary fashion icon Ralph Lauren) CEO of Dylan’s Candy Bar, Prince Lorenzo Borghese founder of Royal Treatment Italian Pet Spa, Henry Harper of Tata Harper Skincare, a 100% natural luxury beauty company based on the Harpers’ organic farm in Vermont.
Aside from Friends of Finn, the other collaborations aren’t too shabby. Additional partners offering Park Hyatt clients bespoke experiences and after-hours access include MoMA, Sotheby’s, Carnegie Hall, Barneys and Central Park Conservancy.
Helmed by Pritzker Prize winning architect Christian de Portzamparc with Yabu Pushelberg on the interior design front, a coherent, sophisticated aesthetic evokes an serene, residential feel. George Yabu and Glenn Pushelberg are the Clooney and Pitt of celebrity designers: effortlessly cool, collected and always in demand. A tribute to their work, the vaulted spaces hum with efficiency and feng shui feel-good design.
Rising above Central Park, the 210-room hotel occupies 25 floors of the 90-storey One57 skyscraper on West 57 Street and 7th Avenue. This is prime Manhattan real estate featuring condominiums on its higher levels, the building’s penthouse recently sold for $90 million.
The hotel rooms are among the largest in the city, so lots of room – even for a gangly Great Dane. And don’t fret if your British Bulldog has packed on a few pounds; there are no weight max for canine companions. Many hotel policies are clearly working breed-phobic, so this is refreshing. Another evolved and generous gesture? Unless your dog is a destructive whirling devil, the hotel does not charge pet owners service/cleaning fees. The most exclusive options will be two presidential suites, both with butler service. Even starter rooms come with two-sink vanity units, a next-level private bar, heated bathroom floors and Le Labo toiletries as standard.
Get Leashed wishes the Park Hyatt New York and Friends of Finn partnership many happy return guests. It’s a great feeling to travel with a conscience, especial in aid of animal welfare. YouTube is littered with evidence of the inhumane conditions in profit-mongering puppy mills. It’s heartbreaking and demoralizing to see a total disregard for the physical and psychological welfare of our loyal, sensitive companions.
Inspired by her furry friend, Amanda Hearst educates the public and raises awareness on how pet parents can adopt non-puppy mill dogs. As co-chair of To the Rescue!, a splashy event at Cipriani New York, Hearst is a big time supporter of Humane Society of the United States. The gala benefits HSUS’ Animal Rescue Team as they continue to save animals from cruelty, animal fighting and natural disasters. The rescue superheroes pulled out all the stops to assist communities devastated by Hurricane Sandy; they rescued over 250 pets. That’s a lot of loving licks and gratitude drool.
Park Hyatt New York
153 West 57th Street
New York, NY 10019