Affinia Manhattan Welcomes Pooches Competing in the 138th Westminster Kennel Club Dog Show

NYC Boutique Hotel Ramps Up VIPaws Pet Program, Plays Host to the Nation's Top Dogs

New York, Ny, New York, UNITED STATES

NEW YORK, Feb. 6, 2014 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- The newly renovated Affinia Manhattan, a pet-friendly hotel in New York City, is once again an official hotel of the annual Westminster Kennel Club Dog Show, the nation's premier canine event. In its 16th year of catering to the nation's top dogs and their trainers, Affinia Manhattan is pulling out all the stops with a variety of canine services and amenities, and welcoming this year's competitors with all the amenities of its recently launched VIPaws pet program.

VIPaws Suite

Each year, the hotel transforms one of its spacious, indoor/outdoor terrace suites into the complimentary VIPaws Suite, where dogs are able to maintain a fitness regimen. The guest-only VIPaws Suite includes an outdoor play area, treadmills provided by DogTread®, a well-known manufacturer of motorized pet treadmills and supplies; upscale pet retailer Jax & Bones chew toys; and an assortment of YaffBars, the world's first energy bar that both dogs and owners can enjoy. The VIPaws Suite will be open Wednesday, February 5 from noon – 12:00a.m.; Thursday, February 6 to Tuesday, February 11 from 5:00a.m. – midnight; and Wednesday, February 12 from 5:00a.m. – noon.

Wags & Wines Reception

On Sunday, February 9, from 5:00p.m. – 6:00p.m., Affinia Manhattan's nightly guest wine hour will accommodate its four-legged guests with a Wags & Wines reception featuring play stations designed by Architecture for Dogs, YaffBars, a fashion display of protective outerwear for dogs courtesy of YaffBars sister company, Spot the Dog, and a selection of wine from for the hotel's two-legged guests. Guests will also be able to donate to Affinia Hotels' charitable partner, the Humane Society of New York, an animal rights organization and no-kill advocate helping animals in need across New York.

This year's show will feature 2,845 dogs, as well as welcome mixed-breed competitors for the first time. The Westminster Kennel Club Dog Show will be held at Madison Square Garden (across from the hotel) and Piers 92/94 on Monday, February 10 and Tuesday, February 11, 2014.

For guests whose canines aren't watching their diets before the show, Affinia Manhattan's VIPaws Pet program offers a delectable Doggie Delights menu created by Executive Chef Chris Scarpaci of the hotel's Niles Restaurant & Bar. Items for our furry friends include flavor-filled Beef Tips ($10), Sliced Steak ($12) and Grilled Steak ($8).

Guests who book the VIPaws Pet program, which is available year-round, will receive the following:

• Use of an oversized pet bed from upscale pet retailer Jax & Bones (upon request)
• Pet food and water bowls
• Jax & Bones rope toys for both dogs and cats
• Convenient waste bag dispensers for leashes
• City Walks maps outlining perfect destinations for owners and pets to stroll

Additionally, when guests reserve Affinia Manhattan's VIPaws Pet program, a $10 donation will be made to the Humane Society of New York.
Rates at Affinia Manhattan start at $199 per night, double occupancy. There is a fee of $75 per pet. For information or to book, visit or call 1-866-246-2203.

About Affinia Manhattan

Conveniently located near Madison Square Garden, Penn Station, Chelsea and Times Square, Affinia Manhattan offers an unpretentious and authentic hospitality experience just steps from New York City's most exciting neighborhoods and attractions. Each of the hotel's guest rooms and suites have been redesigned for maximum comfort by the world-renowned design firms Rockwell Group and add Rottet Studios, and include custom-designed Affinia beds and pillow menu, wireless internet, flat-screen TVs, iPod docking stations, comfortable living spaces and several suites that feature kitchens, outdoor terraces and iconic New York City views. Affinia Manhattan is owned and operated by Denihan Hospitality Group, a nationally-recognized, independent owner and operator of boutique hotels with a portfolio that includes The James and Affinia brands, in addition to a number of luxury and independent properties, including The Surrey and The Benjamin in New York City. For more information, visit

About Affinia

Affinia is a distinctive collection of boutique hotels with locations in New York City and Washington, D.C. targeting the growing base of travelers looking for a uniquely comfortable and customized experience. The brand combines modern business amenities with the comforts of home, including custom-designed Affinia beds, pillow menu and a range of programs and services giving guests the opportunity to customize their stay. Each hotel embraces the local attributes of each city and community, and was awarded the 2013 Certificate of Excellence from TripAdvisor as a result of travelers consistently recommending the hotels with high praise.

All Affinia hotels are owned and operated by Denihan Hospitality Group, a nationally-recognized, 50-year old independent owner of boutique hotels with a portfolio that also includes The James brand, in addition to a number of luxury and independent properties, including The Surrey and The Benjamin in New York City. For more information, visit  

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