During the five years I’ve traveled with Louis, I’ve noticed a significant increase in hotels that claim to be suitable for dogs. Unfortunately, there is no clear definition of what makes a property suitable for dogs, I have stayed in hotels suitable for dogs, where pets are treated as VIPs and others where they are barely tolerated. This great variety makes choosing hotels suitable for dogs very difficult. Here are some tips and tricks for finding a hotel that meets your definition of suitable for dogs:
Things to keep in mind when choosing hotels suitable for dogs:
TAXI – Does the hotel charge a pet fee? If yes, whether in the evening, during a stay or per animal (if multiple pets are allowed)? I have seen pet fees that range from $ 0 per stay to $ 300 per night per pet! RESTRICTED SIZES – Hotels often set a limit on the weight or pet measurements they allow. I’m not sure why my dog’s size is more important than mine, but there are rules for that. DEPOSITS – Some hotels take a deposit, which is refundable if there is no damage to the room. Others charge what they call a “non-refundable deposit”, which is actually just an additional cleaning fee. BELTS NOT PROVIDED – Many hotels prohibit guests from leaving pets unattended in their rooms. If you need to go somewhere without your dog, ask the hotel if they offer pet services. PUBLIC AREAS – I love hotels that have a living room where you can sit and drink or eat with your dog. Hotels that forbid dogs to even pass through the lobby, not so much. CONDITIONS – The increase in the choice of hotels suitable for dogs has led some properties to offer special amenities for pets. Very often there is a hotel to provide you with dog beds, bowls, even treats. This can save a lot of space in your luggage.
POTTY TIME – Another convenience that some hotels offer now is a fenced area where dogs can go for a potty. Otherwise, look at Goggle maps (using satellite backgrounds) to see how far it is to an area with proper landscaping. This is especially important if you are staying in a city. FURNITURE – To avoid unexpected cleaning fees, I try to choose hotel rooms without carpets. I also want to know in advance if there are any bans on dogs in bed. THE URGENT FACTOR – I know this may sound silly, but I love hotel rooms with private entrances. Wandering around the chic hotel lobby to get your dog out first thing in the morning is the worst!
Sources of information for hotels suitable for dogs:
You can usually find information on pet fees and policies listed directly on the hotel’s website. Otherwise, it is important to call or send an email before making a non-refundable reservation! Websites like BringFido.com or Hotels.com are great resources, but please don’t rely solely on them for current policies and pet fees.
Lastly, when choosing a hotel suitable for dogs, I always look for the property on Tripadvisor.com. I recommend looking for hotel reviews using keywords like “dog” or “pet.” Reading about other guests’ experiences while staying with a pet can tell you a lot about how much a dog-friendly hotel actually is.
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