From February, Paris-dwellers looking for a safe place to leave their feline companions while on holiday – or simply somewhere where they will be pampered – will be able to book them into a hotel designed exclusively for cats.
The hotel, which is believed to be the first of its kind in France, will be located in Paris’ north-western 9th arrondissement, Le Figaro reported.
Named ‘Aristide’ after the hotel manager's own cat, the hotel is specially designed for the comforts and needs of house cats, boasting “real bright and cozy bedrooms” and “a big games room”.
Each of the hotel’s 20 "bedrooms" will measure around 4 square-metres and all will be “enriched with loft beds and platforms on which they can jump, climb, play and scratch and [they] can take long siestas on soft pillows,” according to the hotel manager Gauthier Berdeaux, a 32-year-old former communications officer.
And the luxury doesn't end there. Cats will even be able to select their favourite meaty treat from a special à la carte menu, not to mention the promise of “unlimited cuddles” from the hotel’s staff.
According to Berdeaux's website, the cats will also have a several hours of supervised playtime each day in small groups of two or three in a room measuring 20 metres-squared.
Explaining his decision to open the hotel, that has been financed through crowd-funding, Gauthier told Le Figaro: “Because I couldn’t find a solution for a perfect place to keep my cat – out of good friends, my parents, the local grandmother, a host family or animal home – I came up with the idea of opening a hotel for the domestic animals.”
Back in September, The Local reported on the opening of France’s first cat café in the trendy Marais district of Paris where customers can stroke a cat while enjoying a coffee.
Prior to opening, the café sparked the wrath of animal rights campaigners who expressed concern that clients would turn the furry felines into no more than “teddy bears”. Whilst one veterinarian praised the stress-relieving benefits of spending quality time with cats, likening them to “medication without side effects”.
For more information (in French) about the planned hotel, watch Gauthier's crowdfunding appeal below: