Are you and your pet hitting the road together? Travelling with a pet, whether for vacation or relocation, takes extra planning. But with the right preparation, you’ll have no problem finding pet-friendly destinations and hotels with a doggie door along the way. Here’s how to discover which locations will say “pets welcome!”
What’s a pet friendly hotel and what should I expect?
A pet friendly hotel will allow your pet to stay in your room as long as they’re leashed or carried in common areas, and always supervised. At most basic pet friendly hotels you should still plan to supply everything your pet needs, from treats and food bowls to litter.
However, some hotels offer upscale amenities for pets, including free treats, play areas, pet mats, bowls, and even grooming services. For example, Kimpton Hotels employs Directors of Pet Relations to help plan your pet-friendly vacation, and many of their hotels offer complimentary treats and dog beds as well as pup-friendly happy hours. Certain Loews Hotels offer pet name tags, bowls, and treats on check-in. Pets are also welcome at most W Hotels, where pet amenities include welcome kits, beds, treats, dog-walking, and litter boxes. And for the ultimate in luxury, six hotels in the Mandarin Oriental chain even offer a room service menu for your pet! And before you think dogs have all the fun, the Longcroft Hotels in the UK offer specially designed upscale feline retreats.
Of course, these luxuries often come with a higher room cost and larger pet fees or deposits. Also, you’ll want to reserve rooms ahead of time, especially during peak travel seasons.
How do I locate pet friendly hotels?
There are many online hotel booking services that can help you find pet-friendly hotels on your route, and within your budget. You’ll be able to input your budget to help narrow down options based on nightly rates. Plenty of hotel chains, such as Motel 6 and La Quinta, are known for being pet and budget friendly.
You can also look directly at hotel websites, or call hotels, to inquire about pet policies, amenities, and room availabilities. Make sure to ask up front about any nonrefundable pet deposits or fees so you’re not surprised at check out. Although some hotel chains are universally pet friendly, it’s always best to confirm policies before you travel to avoid misunderstandings.
The exception to this rule is for service animals, which hotels are required by law to accept.
What are some pet friendly destinations?
Many popular travel destinations that are known for being dog-friendly will also have a lot of dog-friendly hotel options nearby. For example, the Grand Canyon is known as one of the most dog-friendly national parks in the United States, allowing leashed dogs on several trails and tours. Other dog-friendly national parks to consider include Acadia National Park and Shenandoah National Park. There are lots of options nowadays for pet-inclusive destinations. If you’re not a hiker, you could even bring your dog to the annual dog beer festival in at the Rogue Ales Brewery in Oregon!
Check out our airplane travel tips and our dog road trip guide for more information on travelling with pets. With some careful planning, you’re sure to have the trip of a lifetime that’ll keep tails wagging with happiness.
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