Lonely Planet Writer

Pet-friendly hotel in Chicago welcomes a one-eyed pug named Parker to the staff

A hotel in Chicago has a new staff member that has already charmed people from around the world: a one-eyed pug named Parker.

The Park Hyatt Chicago hotel posted a picture of the pup on its Facebook and Instagram pages, noting that they were “thrilled to introduce the newest member of our Park Hyatt family”.

The five-year-old pug was adopted from PAWS Chicago, a no kill animal shelter. Parker is now a permanent resident of the hotel and “enjoys a luxurious life of sleeping behind the front desk, basking in the sun in NoMI Garden and bringing joy to visitors and colleagues alike”.

Since the pup is sure to attract admirers, the hotel is also asking guests to share their pictures of Parker with the hashtag #BarkHyattChicago.

Hello, World. Meet Parker. @parkhyattchicago #barkhyattchicago #PAWS #myluxlist

A photo posted by k e l s e y c a i r o 🌭 (@kelseycairo) on May 12, 2016 at 12:05pm PDT

Parker’s role at the hotel is pretty simple: she hangs out and greets guests, while the staff members take care of her 24-hours a day, taking her on walks, feeding her and giving her medication, reports the Chicago Tribune.

The Park Hyatt Chicago is a pet-friendly hotel that has a partnership with PAWS Chicago. The standard pet fee is $100 per stay for up to six nights, with all of the fees going to the organization. For anyone bringing their four-legged friend, hotel housekeeping will deliver a pet bed, dog bowl and treats for their pup.

More hotels are catering to travellers who just can’t leave their furry friends behind. In New York, Hotel Indigo Lower East Side has a new Tails in the City program that encourages people to bring their pets who will enjoy graffiti-designed toys, individually-wrapped organic treats and more. At the W Retreat and Spa on Vieques Island in the Caribbean, the PAW Program can co-ordinate a variety of pet-friendly services, including securing a pet-friendly birthday cake. At the Aria Hotel in Budapest, the Very Important Pet package offers a welcome treat, an in-room pet menu, and, as the hotel has a musical theme, cats and dogs have a specially curated playlist on the in-room iPads.