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The Complete Guide to a Pet-Friendly Summer Trip: Lodging Guide

By Erin Froehlich More Blogs by This Author

Of course, when choosing a hotel you'll want to find a pet-friendly accommodation. Many people assume when they book a pet-friendly room, they must accept a room that is less than ideal, but this is truly not the case. These days, more people are traveling with pets than ever before, and hotels are eager to secure their reservations. However, throughout the many hotel chains now accommodating pets, a pet room can imply a variety of factors. It may mean it has a private entrance, is located on the first floor, or is separate from other rooms. Or it may mean placement in their least desirable rooms smoking rooms or rooms that are most worn. As a paying guest, and most likely paying extra fees for your pet, you are entitled to the same level of quality and cleanliness as every other guest in the hotel. By contacting the hotel, you can be clear about exactly what sort of pet room you will be getting, along with specific information on the hotel's own pet policies, rules and fees.

1. Pick the Perfect Place

When looking for the perfect place, there are a couple of questions you may want to ask:

  • What is the difference between a standard room and a pet room?
  • How recently has the room been updated with new decor and furniture?
  • It's nice to have easy access to the outdoors when you need to take Spot for a walk. Does the room have outdoor access?
  • Is the room large enough for you and your pet?
  • What is the area around the hotel like? Quiet country or busy highway? Are there green spaces available for walking nearby?

2. Know the Costs

In most cases, hotels will have some sort of charge associated not only with the room, but for your pet as well. These can range from $2 to $500. The fee may be refundable so long as no damage has been done - or it may not be. Some hotels may charge a pet fee with check-in and an additional daily pet fee as well. You'll want to consider these costs in your planning.

3. Pet Etiquette

You and your pet will make a good impression when you follow these simple rules:

  • Most hotels will not allow pets to remain unattended in a room; however, if yours is an exception, providing toys and turning on the television or radio will help keep your furry friend occupied and give them with a sense of companionship.
  • Do not allow pets on the bed or furniture. Bring comfortable bedding or a carrier instead.
  • Feed pets on tile or hardwood floors to avoid soiling the carpet.A bathroom works well for this.
  • Outside of your room, your pet should always be leashed. While your pet may be well-behaved and trustworthy off their leash, a dog without a leash may make other guests nervous and in a strange setting your dog may be startled and run off.
  • Consider hygiene. Clean up after your dog on walks and don't expect them to be allowed in public spaces where food is served.


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