Choosing a hotel suitable for pets can be a complex proposition. Although more and more accommodations allow pets, asking the right questions before booking your room will ensure a great stay!
The level of enthusiasm that you and your cat or dog will experience upon arrival at pet-friendly accommodation extends across the range. Although more and more hotels call themselves “pet-friendly”, their policies and attitudes range from overly obedient to barely tolerant of pets. After years of traveling with our dogs, we have some tips for choosing a hotel suitable for pets.
So how can you be sure that your chosen pet hotel will meet your needs and make you and your pet feel welcome? Ask the following questions and you will have all the information you need to make the best decision!
Questions about a hotel that accepts pets
1. Does the hotel accept pets?
It is always best to start with the obvious and make sure the hotel is still suitable for pets. The hotel’s pet policies are changing rapidly and websites are not always up to date.
Then, if you’re traveling with a cat, know that “pet-friendly” doesn’t necessarily mean “cat-friendly” when it comes to booking hotels. Some hotels even charge extra if you stay with a cat.
Finally, check to see if you will need to show proof of vaccinations to your pets when you register. Knowing this information in advance helps you be prepared.
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2. Is there a weight or breed limit?
It is common for hotels to impose weight restrictions. Some put the limit ridiculously low – like 15 pounds! But if you have found the perfect hotel, except that your puppy is too big, ask if they will make an exception. Remember that the hotel wants your business and they know they are competing with many other hotels for your dollars.
We’ve found that most hotels have little room to move within their size limits and will try to accommodate you when asked. Just be sure to note the person you spoke to in case there are any questions when you register.
Some hotels – though not many – refuse certain dog breeds. We found that instead of banning a breed, hotels are more likely to set a weight limit that eliminates the target breed from consideration.
3. How many pets are allowed per room?
When traveling with multiple pets, it is important to know if you can all stay together in the same room.
Some hotels, such as Red Roof Inns, have a general pet policy that allows only one pet per room. (Although Red Roof properties have the option of welcoming additional pets.)
Other chains, such as Kimpton, never impose a limit on the number of pets that can join you. Every hotel is different.
4. Does the hotel charge extra for pets?
Here you can really see the colors of the hotel, suitable for pets! Additional fees for pets range from free to fees that can double the price per night!
Whether charged per night, per stay or per pet, make sure you have a clear understanding of all fees before making your reservation. Also ask if any part of the fee is refundable if the room is not damaged during your stay.
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5. Are travelers with pets limited to unwanted rooms?
Hotels have identified the least desirable rooms as suitable for pets – they have even used the same rooms for pets and smokers. Although things have improved, some hotels still restrict pets to certain rooms.
If you prefer a specific location of the room, find out in advance if your request can be satisfied.
6. What facilities for pets does the hotel offer?
The most important convenience is always a comfortable, grassy area for the relief of pets. But some hotels also offer treats, bedding and pets in the room, dog service menus, spa treatments and pet services.
There are also hotels that have restaurants with patios suitable for pets. And some even organize a “fun hour” in the lobby every night. Deciding how much to pamper your puppy is entirely up to you!
7. Can you leave pets unattended in the room?
Determining whether the hotel allows pets to be left alone in the room while you go out to eat or place an order helps you plan properly.
Pets themselves cause two main concerns: damage to the room and noise that disturbs other guests. To avoid these situations, hotels often require pets to be placed in a crate when you are away. And you should always leave your mobile phone number with the reception staff while you are out.
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8. Are there any areas in the hotel that are not allowed for pets?
Pets are usually not allowed in the breakfast areas, restaurants, swimming pools and gyms. But we stayed in a hotel that didn’t even allow pets in the lobby! Before you arrive, make sure you know where your pet is welcome and where it is not.
We want you to relax, unwind and enjoy your next vacation! Asking these questions before choosing a pet hotel will ensure that everyone enjoys their stay.
During the conversation, keep notes with the time and date and the name and surname of the hotel employee. Then all you have to do is pack your bags and hit the road!
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