Scarborough’s Bike & Boot was designed from the get-go as a dog-friendly hotel. (It’s also surfer friendly, and as you can tell from the name, it was intended to be cyclist and hiker-friendly, too.) Tell reservations you’ll be bringing a hound and the room will be equipped with a vetbed topped with dog treats as well as a chew-toy to take home.
Such doggy extras are now standard fare in any establishment aspiring to attract a canine clientele but, perhaps uniquely, this new hotel on the North Yorkshire coast also has a self-service grooming parlour in the basement. Your mutt’s mucky paws can be cleansed before they get anywhere near the boutique-style rooms and suites on the upper floors.
‘We’ve had more [room] damage from children than we have had from dogs,’ revealed hotel co-owner Simon Kershaw when I recently spent a dirty weekend at the Bike & Boot with my wife and our trainee guide dog puppy, Berry.