What to Expect in a Pet Friendly Hotel

It is estimated that over 25% of the world’s population travels with pets and according to the Airline Transportation Association, more than 500,000 animals fly each year. In fact, travelling with pets is becoming more and more popular. Consider these statistics.

Fun Facts about People Traveling with their Pets:
- 19% of dog owners take their pet with them when traveling (American Pet Products Manufacturers Association, National Pet Owners Survey)
- 67% of pet owners travel with their pet (American Animal Hospital Association)
- 42% of pet owners have traveled out of state with their pet (American Animal Hospital Association)
- Dogs are the most common pet to take on trips (80%), followed by cats, birds, rabbits or fish (USA Today, May 9, 2006)

While approximately 1/3 of pet owners leave their pet with a friend or relative when travelling, many take their pet with them.

Thus, it makes sense for hotels to have a pet friendly policy.

Finding a Pet Friendly Hotel:
To locate a pet-friendly hotel, you can easily consult an internet-based pet travel agency online. Many websites offer a free search by city and list hotels, bread and breakfasts, ski resorts, campgrounds and beaches that are pet friendly.

Fortunately for pet owners, there are many pet friendly hotels to choose from when travelling.

Finding Boutique Hotels that Welcome Pets:
If you are traveling to New York this summer and looking for a dog friendly New York City hotel, you are in luck. There are many boutique hotels in New York that welcome pets. A few hotels surpass expectations and openly welcome pets by offering services for your pet.

Hotel Services for your pet may include:
- Local dog walking services
- Grooming
- Cookies for special occasions
- Pet taxi
- Training
- Doggie treat

Other amenities may include food and water bowls, doggie sidewalk bags and kitty litter pans and easy access to a local dog park.

When booking your hotel, ask what services the hotel offers to accommodate you and your pet. Many boutique Manhattan hotels will go the extra mile to ensure that you and your pet have a pleasant stay.

Travelling with your Pet:
While most pet owners travel with their pet on the road, many pet owners take their pet with them on the plane. If you are flying with your pet, call the airline to check any regulations and requirements for pet travel.

If you are renting a car, it is suggested that you put together a driving map with a list of pet-friendly rest-stops and restaurants. Also make sure that the rental car agency is friendly.

Once you arrive at your hotel, the hotel should be able to provide you with a list of pet-friendly restaurants, as well as a list of local parks.

Summary:
Finding a pet friendly hotel is easier than you may think. The number of Americans traveling with their pets has increased over the years and more hotels are becoming pet-friendly in response to the growing “pets-as-family” trend.

To find a pet friendly hotel near your travel destination, ask your local travel agency for recommendations or search online. There are many online websites dedicated to traveling with pets and many offer hints and tips on where to stay and places to check out.

So next time you think about leaving your pet home, reconsider. There are many options for travelers with pets, and pet owners are no longer limited to campgrounds. Boutique pet-friendly hotels welcome pets and offer services to pamper and take care of your pet.

Pet Friendly Travel and Vacation Rental Homes

For many people, pets are an integral part of the family, and it’s difficult to decide who will care for them when planning a vacation. Many pet owners decide to bring their pets along, and the tourism industry is starting to open their doors to accommodate them. As a result, it’s become much easier to find a wide variety of vacation rentals that are pet friendly, both domestically and internationally.

Before you get your heart set on taking your pet, however, thoroughly think this decision through. If your pet gets anxious or carsick when going to the vet, as much as you will miss him, he is probably not a good candidate to take on vacation. If your pet is not well-behaved in public, be sure to do some obedience training before you leave. The last thing you want is for your companion to become startled and run away in an unfamiliar city — you might wind up spending your entire vacation looking for him! Make sure he understands basic commands and will stay with you on a leash. You’ll also need to make sure your pet is up-to-date on all vaccinations, and that his microchip and/or ID tag has your current contact information.

Now, to find some pet-friendly accommodations! You might be surprised to learn that many of the major hotel chains accept pets. Select locations of LaQuinta Inns & Suites, Red Roof Inn, Quality Inn, Best Western, and Motel 6 all welcome four-legged guests, but you’ll need to confirm that the one closest to your destination is a participating location. Since each hotel is different, talk to a representative about your particular pet, and understand all the hotel’s policies before booking a room. Some hotels will only accept pets up to a certain weight, or allow only one pet per room, no matter how tiny they are. Some may charge a refundable room deposit, while others will charge a room cleaning surcharge even if the room is left spotless. Other hotels charge an additional fee each night that you stay — either per pet or per room. You should also find out if your pet will be able to accompany you to the hotel’s restaurant, pool, and beach areas.

If hotels at your destination are not pet friendly, or if you prefer more freedom for yourself and your pet while on vacation, consider renting a pet-friendly condominium, townhouse, or private home. Many are available for short-term and long-term rental, and the owners will have individual policies about pets. You may be more likely to find an owner sympathetic to the needs of your pet than to find a hotel chain that meets all of your pet’s needs. And renting a condo or house for longer than 3 days is likely to be more economical than staying in a hotel for the same amount of time.

Pet friendly vacation rentals also make excellent resources for finding out where to take your pet in town. Ask for a list of local pet-friendly restaurants and find out if there’s a dog park or nature preserve nearby for them to romp around in. Be sure to research plenty of pet-inclusive activities in advance, or you could all end up sitting in the hotel room together! With a little advance planning, a vacation can be an extra-special experience for both you and your pet.