For $100 a night, more pricey than some Sydney hotels, felines can enjoy accommodation in the “penthouse suite” – complete with floor-to-ceiling windows, toys, plants and even a TV.
The luxury condominium is just one of a range of rooms on offer at boutique “hotel for cats”, Divine Creatures.
Established less than three years ago by former veterinary nurses Jules Dos Santos and Jo Barden, Divine Creatures has already branched out into two catteries at 52 Frenchs Road, Willoughby Sydney.
“I wanted a ‘cat hotel’ to put my cat while I was on holiday and there was nowhere,” Ms Dos Santos said. And so the idea for a cat hotel – with a difference – was born.
With room themes ranging from Fijian to Oriental to Parisian, even the most finicky of felines will likely find an ambience they adore.
“We have found a lot of owners reporting the cats are a lot happier and social when they get back home, this relaxes them,” Ms Dos Santos said. “Especially The Ritz room, that seems to be the most popular and soothing.” The Ritz – available for $75 a night – is described on the hotel’s website as having: “Beautiful, tranquil and relaxing decor with window views.”
They advertise “spacious deluxe condos built over three levels, include a separate main bedroom and separate en suite” which are described as having “plenty of room to move – your feline companion will enjoy relaxing days and peaceful nights”.
Then there are the “New York City Apartments”, “twice the size of the already huge deluxe condos”. These have “window views and opportunities to bask in the sunshine all day long” and offer “plenty of room for a multi-cat household”. But the luxury doesn’t just stop at accommodation.
Divine Creatures offers day spa packages, including flea baths, nail clippings and aromatherapy.
“People no longer see pets as just animals,” Ms Dos Santos said.
Many of Sydney’s “wealthy and famous” cat lovers are on the books at Divine Creatures. But Ms Dos Santos won’t name names – after all, curiosity killed the cat.