As much as they have enjoyed the company of their cats during the two-year coronavirus lockdown, Parisians have enthusiastically resumed travel.
That’s if the reservation register at a Parisian cat hotel is anything to go by.
At Hotel Arbre a Chats (Cat Tree), potential guests need to make reservations ahead of time, as all 24 “modern and comfortable” cabins are booked — though cats who know each other can double up and share a room.
“Unlike last year, this year we were fully booked for August from the end of February,” said hotel owner Veronica Colson.
With cats snoozing on sofas, perched high in the tree-like wooden climbing structure in the center, or observing street life from a window ledge, the hotel is in full swing as cat owners rediscover the pleasures of travel.
“Every feline customer has a comfortable, clumping and odorless litter,” the hotel’s website states.
Prices are for one, three, five, ten, 20 and 30 nights and range from €40/€45 for one night in low/high season to €1,116/€1,120.20 for 30 nights. They are cheaper when cats share a room.
Food, water, care and “petting/cuddling stations” are included in the prices.
“We needed a cat hotel where we could be sure he was getting his medication and treatment. It’s done with no problems here,” Anne-Marie Grataloup said when she dropped off her favorite Monte Cristo before one of her regular trips.
In true Parisian style, the hotel offers “à la carte” services such as massages, brushing and a transport service to pick up guests. Services include a daily flea treatment (€8), a pot of catnip (€5) or a gentle massage/brushing (€10).
As an extra, management sends owners a picture and message twice a week about what their cat is eating and how it gets on with the other guests.
“It’s like your kids are at summer camp — you want to know how they’re doing, right?” Colson said.
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