New York’s Hotel Pennsylvania Shines As ‘Five-Paw’ Hotel Host At Westminster Dog Show

As One Of The Biggest Pet-Friendly Hotels in NYC, The Penn Gives Best In Show Treatment

By Si Si Penaloza

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Recognized as the host hotel for the prestigious Westminster Kennel Club Dog Show, New York’s Hotel Pennsylvania hosted all canine competitors in the 142nd Annual Westminster Kennel Club Dog Show on February 12th and 13th, 2018. The hotel offered exclusive services and amenities that continue to make it the ‘Top Dog’ of hotels.

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The Groups, Junior Showmanship Finals and important Best In Show are held at Madison Square Garden, directly across the street from Hotel Pennsylvania. Only the Breed judging and benching took place at Piers 92/94. The Westminster Kennel Club has arranged exclusive shuttle buses to transport exhibitors, guests and spectators directly from Hotel Pennsylvania to Piers 92/94 throughout each day.


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From hosting ‘pup’tual Westminster wedding ceremonies to the annual star-studded Pet Fashion Show, the ‘Five-Paw’ hotel always goes the extra mile. To prepare for this special event, the hotel set up a variety of exclusive onsite events and amenities to coincide with the Show exclusively for guests, including:

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The exclusive Room To Groom S’paw’, the largest in-door doggie spa in all of New York, which offers canines everything they need to get ready for the Show: bathing tubs, dog grooming area, exercise/fitness area, and an in-house relieving area.Direct shuttle bus service exclusively for Dog Show exhibitors and spectators from the Hotel to Piers 92/94 each day (courtesy of Westminster).

A welcome package for Westminster guests.

Exclusive Progressive Dog Club events.


A live three-hour radio broadcast of Talkin’ Pets with Jon Patch.

Exclusive on-site Doggie Concierge will be attending to all canine requirements (such as ‘pup’arazzi interviews and hotel tours).

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Westminster is the oldest, continuous sporting event in America, with the exception of the Kentucky Derby.  The Dog Show is the most prestigious of National Dog Shows and has been held every year despite power shortages, hazardous weather conditions, economic depressions and World Wars.

Get Leashed nabbed an exclusive interview with Jerry Grymek, Doggie Concierge in charge of Pooch Relations about the all delightful drama behind the scenes of the world’s most important dog show.

What are some of the most eccentric requests the hotel has received from competitors or fans over the years in relation to Westminster Kennel Club Dog Show?

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We’ve had some fun requests over the years:

– One owner asked for a red carpet to be rolled out for the Dog as they drove up to the hotel.

– Another owner asked for 7 McDonald’s cheeseburgers (no onions) to be delivered to the room for the dog to eat – and he ate them!

– Another owner asked for an opera singer to serenade her dog, and we set it up in the Lobby. The dog, an Italian Spinone, wore a tuxedo and top hat, and even barked for an encore!

For the two day window that the show is in full swing, the ratio of dogs to humans at the Hotel Pennsylvania must be such fun to witness. Dogs in the lobby, in the elevators, ordering up room service… how does the hotel prepare for all the buzz and activity?

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Having hosted Westminster Kennel Club dogs for so many years, we are ready to cater to our four-legged guests as well as we do our two-legged guests. Our team is ready and we have regular meetings to make sure we have ever aspect covered. As soon as one show ends, we start thinking of the next one!

Tell us more about the spa pop up – Room To Groom S’paw’, the largest in-door doggie spa – what was the inspiration behind it?

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This is probably the largest indoor hotel doggie spa in all of New York. We have everything the owners and handlers need to cater to their VIP’s (Very Important Pooches). We have a canine loo – his and her’s sectioned off so everyone is happy. We have bathtubs and grooming tables. We have Jog-A-Dog treadmills and even vendors such as a photographer. We give out Dog magazines to the owners and Doggie Treats as well! We go all out for the Dogs.

As an official Doggie Concierge, what are your favorite ways to pamper a deserving pup?

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We like to give them custom dog treats when they check in and everyday I like to greet them and wish them luck. And we have the Dog Spa, which I love to see them enjoying. When the owners and handlers tell us how thankful they are for the indoor service, it brings a smile to us. Overall, we really want them to feel comfortable.

Does reservations put sporting dogs on one floor and toy breeds on another to avoid hallway drama?

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No need – these dogs act very proper as show dogs and they may bark a friendly hello to each other but they make it work.

Like a seating chart at a wedding, do handlers and owners often request adjacent and adjoining rooms?

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Yes there are time when they do request this so they can be near each other to assist with any last minute requests. We are happy to accommodate them as long as they book in advance so we can ensure the availability.

Is there a breed that seems to be more “high maintenance”?

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I would say less the breed and more the hairstyle of the dogs. Depending on how stylized their hair is, that tends to take more time. But they look great!

Does the hotel’s electricity bill spike over those two days due to all the blow dryer activity?

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Surprisingly they do not – given that we are New York’s fourth largest and right across from Madison Square Garden and Penn Station, we are use to hosting a great deal of visitors. Whether it’s a sporting event or a concert, we are always on!

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Since 1919, New York’s Hotel Pennsylvania has been host to millions of visitors to Manhattan, more than any other hotel in the world. The hotel is one of only two hotels in Manhattan to earn the prestigious ENERGY STAR award, which exemplifies superior energy performance and efficiency. With 1,700 rooms and over 24,000 square feet of function and adjacent exhibit space, the hotel’s location on 7th Avenue at 33rd Street is conveniently located to the Midtown business district and within walking distance to many of Manhattan’s famed tourist attractions, including Times Square, the Theater District and the Empire State Building. Directly across from Penn Station and with most major subway lines within one block makes getting to and around Manhattan exceptionally easy.

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