Located in Colorado
the Holden House
boasts “the romance
of the past with the
comforts of today.”
One such comfort
is Mingtoy, the inn’s
black domestic shorthair, the fifth
cat to bear the name in 29 years.
“Mingtoy is the sweetest of
Insider tip: If Mingtoy drags her
sweet kittens,” said owner-innkeeper
Sallie Clark. “She is people-oriented
and loves to flop and roll on the
floor for a tummy rub.”
Whether Mingtoy is lounging in
the living room or strolling upstairs to
say “‘good day’ to main houseguests,”
she is a hospitable cat who makes
sure everyone at the Holden House is
well taken care of.
fishing-pole string toy over to you
for some “recreation,” indulge her,
and you’ll have a purring pal.
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The cats are the “real”
owners of the Island City
As the oldest operating
“We are a forever home for these
guesthouse on Key West,
Florida, the hotel is home
to Bert and Blackie, two
members of the hotel’s “cat family.”
According to general manager
Brenda Whitman, Bert, the youngest
cat, is “always front and center on the
lobby bench in the morning, so he can
say goodbye to the guests.”
An older cat, Blackie “is laid-back
and usually found chilling under the
palms or poolside.”
The Island City House Hotel cats
are so popular, many guests bring them
offerings of toys and treats. In fact, you
can often find Bert and Blackie walking
the hotel’s tropical garden paths col-
lecting attention and presents!
special animals,” Brenda explained.
“They speak the same language to our
guests from around the world.”
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“As soon as you open the
door, Oscar will go and
see who is there!”
Marielle Roy, owner
and operator of the
historic Hôtel Maison
du Fort in the heart of
A self-proclaimed “cat crazy” lady,
Marielle adopted Oscar when her
mother had to give him up last year.
And although Oscar is new, he is definitely making an impression.
“Many people now come to the
hotel asking, ‘Where is Oscar? We
heard about Oscar.’” Marielle laughed,
“My big, black, fat cat!”
And don’t fret: If you visit the Hôtel
Maison du Fort and Oscar is in dispose
— either holding court in the common
area or napping in Marielle’s home
(Oscar is not allowed in the guest
rooms) — you can take in some of the
cat-themed decor Marielle has placed
around the hotel.
Hôtel Maison du Fort is undoubtedly
a hotel for cat lovers run by a cat lover.
No list of resident hotel cats is complete without
mentioning Matilda of The Algonquin Hotel in
New York City.
Since the 1930s, the luxurious Algonquin has
had 11 cats — eight gentlemen cats all named Hamlet and three lady cats all named Matilda.
The current Matilda, a purebred Ragdoll adopted from the North Shore Animal League, is truly
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the hotel’s “AlgonQueen.”
As the directFUR of guest relations, “Matilda’s domain is the front of the hotel, where she
can see people coming and going,” said executive assistant Alice de Almeida. “She has her own
custom-made Algonquin tree house from Pet Tree Houses at the front desk, where she can
relax and nap while excited guests can take photos.”
Guests of The Algonquin can even get a Friends of Matilda room package, which includes “a
plush replica and cat beauty book” to round out the cat lover’s experience.
Also, follow Matilda on Twitter @Algonqueen.
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