The TLC Experience

Pet Boarding in DavieIt was time to plan my annual family vacation. The problem, this time, was that I was not at all interested in going. I had adopted a small bundle of joy a few months back. I had named him Mr. Cuddles. When I got Mr. Cuddles, he was a wreck of a dog. His fur was matted and dirty, his eyes were filthy and yet underneath all that mess, was a dog who tried to lick my hand and be my friend.

Bringing Mr. Cuddles home was the best decision I had ever made. A little grooming and a lot of love brought out a vibrant personality. He molded himself to fit my routine and even slept next to me at night. Unfortunately, I had not given much thought to the future.

My current dilemma was, where would I keep Mr. Cuddles while I was out of town? I had initially thought that I would ask a friend to drop in and feed him. The thought of Mr. Cuddles being alone for over a week made me shudder. My next option was to ask if any of my friends would be so kind as to keep him in their house. Again, I drew a blank. Almost everyone was going out for a holiday and those who weren’t, were scared of dogs. Just my luck!

It took a while, but my luck changed as it is so often known to do. I bumped into my friend John when I was buying my Sunday newspaper. I landed up telling him my grievances. John just laughed and patted me on the back. He said that the answer was obviously to put Mr. Cuddles in a boarding facility. I cringed as I imagined cages and bars. I shrank away from the idea immediately.

Mr Cuddles at TLC Pet BoardingJohn, however, went on to tell me about TLC Pet Boarding. It was a place that boards dogs and offers them the same comforts that we provide them at home. I was intrigued. Needless to say, my next stop was my computer. The website seemed welcoming enough. In fact, TLC Pet Boarding it promised a safe and secure boarding facility without cages. I made a quick stop to check and see how the place looked for myself. I have to say that I was impressed. They even offered climate controlled facilities for the dogs to sleep and eat. I checked the feeding area for myself and was satisfied to see that it was clean and spotless. Satisfied, I returned home.

A few weeks later, I dropped off Mr. Cuddles at TLC Pet Boarding. The experience that both Mr. Cuddles and I had was fabulous. TLC Pet Boarding kept me updated on Mr. Cuddles’ progress and even sent me complimentary texts, pictures and videos. It helped me relax and know that he was in safe hands.

I had initially been worried about Mr. Cuddles’ food. He has a very sensitive stomach, and I regulate his diet so that he doesn’t have any tummy upset. TLC Pet Boarding, however, assured me that they would ensure that they provided him the same food. I packed small packets of food according to his daily requirements, and they took it from there. They even provided him with bottled water. When I saw that, I knew that Mr. Cuddles was going to have the time of his life.

When I returned, I could see that Mr. Cuddles had had a good time too. He had made some new friends. The exercise that he got had done him good. The best part about TLC Pet boarding was that they followed my routine. That meant that it was easier for Mr. Cuddles to adjust.

I had wanted to get him groomed before I collected him. Luckily for me, I had made an appointment in advance. Their grooming facilities are very popular, and the wait can be quite a while. The grooming session definitely surpassed expectations. At the end of it, Mr. Cuddles had a bounce in his step and a gorgeous new look.

Would I suggest that others try TLC Pet boarding? Of course, I would! I would, in fact, say that it is the best boarding facility in town. Not only do they provide a safe and secure home for your pet while you are away, but they also treat your pet like he/she is on a luxury vacation. A part of me feels a little jealous of Mr. Cuddles. I sometimes think that he had a better vacation than I did!

My Experience at Hotel Boutique 18

I recently visited South Beach in Miami for a vacation and stayed at the Hotel Boutique 18. For starters, Miami Beach is a host of a lot of adventurous and fun-filled activity – from surfing, sunbathing, to enjoying warm Florida weather – and after a tiring exploration, you will certainly be looking for a peaceful place to rest at night.

I did find the hotel quite accessible. For international travelers, there is a nearby airport – the Miami International Airport – located only 14.5km away from the hotel. Lincoln Road is also only 0.6 km away. There was no problem booking a room at the facility for the adventurous three days I was to spend in Miami. You can easily do that on the hotels website.

Hotel Boutique 18 is only 300 m from the Jackie Gleason Theater of the Performing Arts. Therefore, you can choose to watch thrilling performances, just before going to bed. This makes the place a lovely location for those visiting Miami for vocational or holiday adventures, the night fun as well as relaxation. In addition to that, it is a perfect place for business travelers too: for your information, the Miami Beach Convention Center is about 500 meters away from this hotel. It is also a great place to enjoy your honeymoon for couples who recently tied the knot.

Although I did not bring my car, I did notice there is a private parking nearby the facility. Therefore, if you are from around the country and willing to avoid the hustle of using public transport, you can always consider bringing in your car. You do not even need to make a reservation – just pay $35 per day.

The rooms at Hotel Boutique 18 are extremely comfortable. I chose to stay in a King Studio. The room is basically air conditioned and smart in addition to having a private bathroom, free toiletries, and a hairdryer. Although the bulky furniture makes the rooms appear a bit smaller, there is plenty of shelves where visitors can put their belongings. You can also take advantage of the room heating facility during cold nights.

In regards to entertainment, there is a flat-screen TV in each room. My room had a sitting area, and so I spent a few hours relaxing before retiring to bed. There is even a coffee machine inside the room for making some coffee. I brought my laptop, so I enjoyed the free WiFi internet service.

Although I went there alone, the King Studio can accommodate two people. There are other options such as a one-bed room apartment that can accommodate a family since it has a standard occupancy of up to 4 people. The rooms are family friendly, and there is also a consideration for guests with special needs.

Being quite the shopper, the nearby Lincoln Road Mall did provide me with a clue of what Florida has to offer at best, from good souvenirs to great dishes in the restaurants. If you are a business guy, it is a place to take a client for lunch. The Art Deco district itself offers museums, architecture, and art galleries you can sample from. If you are a lover of western nightlife, then this is a great hotspot, and you can choose to dance the night off. I did notice that this hotel is a place at which you can run away from crowded hotel lobbies and a lack of privacy. You also avoid expensive fares since affordable cab services are available.

Before I made the booking, I was sure to understand their cancelation and prepayment policies and expect these to vary with the type of room. You check the specific conditions applying to a given room after entering the dates of stay at Hotel Boutique 18.

However, you need to check for the extra charges that apply for children depending on their age. For a child of under two years of age, you pay $25 per night in a crib while those aged below 12 years will be charged $25 per night for extra beds. If you are bringing in additional children older than 12 years or adults, you pay $25 per night for extra beds. Only one extra bed is allowed per room. Although you can bring a pet, you might be charged for it.