October 25, 2019
Fairmont Copley Plaza is proud to continue its rich tradition of offering lovable, adorable service to guests with the arrival of Cori Copley, its new Canine Ambassador. Cori is a two-year-old female black Labrador adopted from the Guide Dog Foundation, a Long Island, NY-based nonprofit organization that provides trained guide dogs to those who are blind or visually impaired. During Cori’s guide dog training, her trainer noticed that she was more suited to be a pet rather than a working dog, which resulted in a wonderful career change into hospitality. She follows in the pawsteps of Carly Copley, now retired, and the hotel’s first Canine Ambassador, the famous Catie Copley.
“It’s the happiest of times when a hotel introduces a resident dog, for both visitors and our employee family. Cori’s presence gives the comfort of home to everyone, whether children, adults, conference attendees or neighborhood friends,” said George Terpilowski, General Manager at Fairmont Copley Plaza. “We are excited to watch Cori become part of Fairmont Copley Plaza’s Canine Ambassador legacy of offering best-in-class, lovable service.”
Cori’s caretaker is Fairmont Copley Plaza’s longtime Concierge of 14 years, Joe Fallon. Joe was also the caretaker of Catie Copley, similarly adopted from the Guide Dog Foundation. Visitors can find the hotel’s friendly new canine “working” in the lobby during Joe’s shift at the concierge desk, Sunday to Thursday from 7 a.m. to 3 p.m. Off duty, Cori has already explored several north shore beaches and likes going on Joe’s boat, acting as ‘first mate’—she’ll be a New Englander in no time.
“During the short time Cori has been at our hotel, she has become an essential part of the front office team, and is quickly turning into a Boston celebrity,” said Joe Fallon, Concierge at Fairmont Copley Plaza. “It feels special to have another Canine Ambassador under my care for the second time. I can confidently say that Cori has the best job in the world!”
As the pet-friendly hotel’s Canine Ambassador, Cori joins guests on walks and runs, socializes with visitors, stops by meeting breaks upon request, and will eventually serve as a community liaison by appearing at neighborhood and charitable events. Cori is still acclimating to the hotel environment, but already has a few sweet habits—she loves receiving belly rubs on the lobby carpet, and gives lots of puppy kisses when she meets new friends.
For the first time, Fairmont Copley Plaza’s resident dog will have its own Instagram page. Follow @CoriCopley to keep up with Cori’s adventures “working” at a luxury hotel.
Travelers missing their own pet or looking for a furry companion on the road can reserve the hotel’s Canine Adventure Package, which includes a walk with Cori, a stuffed Cori Copley plush toy, and a pawtographed copy of “Catie Copley’s Great Escape.” Plus, Fairmont Copley Plaza will donate $10 per night to the Guide Dog Foundation.
Cori’s arrival is cause for celebration. The hotel’s restaurant, OAK Long Bar + Kitchen, has a cocktail named “Cori’s Cooler” (crop cucumber vodka, basil, lemon, soda—$15) and $1 will be donated to the Guide Dog Foundation for each Cori’s Cooler sold.
Fairmont Hotels & Resorts currently has 18 Canine Ambassadors at select properties in the U.S. and Canada, as well as Kenya.