Finding Pet-Friendly Vacation Accommodations

These days it’s easy to travel with pets, due in no small part to the growing number of suitable accommodations. In fact, the leisure industry is going out of its way to put out the welcome mat for pets.

Whether you are staying at a hotel chain or a boutique hotel, the establishments concerned usually set aside a certain number of rooms for pets – very often on the ground floor with easy access to outside areas.

Most usually state on their websites what they make available and also what they provide in terms of a pet bed, bowls and sometimes even a pet menu!

It’s important to check to ensure you have everything you need. Even if they do provide a bed, your pet is more than likely going to want something familiar to sleep on, like his special blankie.

So when you getting ready for your vacation, do a pet checklist at the same time – and don’t forget health certificates and any medications.

The AAA brings out an annual directory of pet friendly establishments and this is a really good place to start your accommodation search because they cater for all tastes – from five-star establishments to camping sites and RV parks. The current issue lists more than 14,000 places. So there’s definitely no shortage!

Most of the leading hotel groups today are pet-friendly, too. However, you still have to check because often a name is franchised out and some may not observe the group’s pet policies.

Below is a list of a few hotels and their pet policies: 

Kimpton Hotels – This chain of trendy boutique-styled hotels doesn’t differentiate between people and pets — they are all considered VIP guests and treated on an equal footing.

Loews Hotels – This chain charges an additional fee each day for pets in the room. There are no weight restrictions and two pets are allowed per room.

Hilton Hotels – The ‘pets welcome’ policy allows one pet weighing less than 75 pounds to stay in specially designated pet-friendly rooms. There are no additional charges or fees required. This company also owns, manages or franchises hotel brands including: Conrad Hotels & Resorts, Doubletree, Embassy Suites Hotels, Hampton Inn, Hampton Inn & Suites, Hilton Garden Inn, Hilton Grand Vacations, Homewood Suites by Hilton and The Waldorf Astoria Collection. However, pet policies vary, especially in a franchised property where owners are allowed to determine their own requirements. Most are pet-friendly, but be sure to check.

Westin Hotels – Pets get the people welcome here, too. There are no additional charges, or deposits required.

Intercontinental Hotels Group – This is the umbrella name for well-known chains such as Hotel Indigo, Crowne Plaza, Holiday Inn, Holiday Inn Express and Candlewood Suites and Staybridge Suites. Again, there is no standard policy, so it’s important to check.

Staybridge Suites and Candlewood Suites – These brands offer apartment-styled accommodations with kitchens and are a good choice for extended stays. Pet policies vary and you may have to show proof of up-to-date vaccinations.

Red Roof Inns – This chain permits one well-mannered family pet at no extra cost.

Motel 6 – This is reputed to be the first pet-friendly chain in America and has been welcoming furry friends since the ’60s.

La Quinta Inns – This chain is very pet friendly. There are no deposits required, fees for pets or additional charges. There is no weight limit or restriction on number of pets, either.

Four Seasons Hotels – Pets under 25 pounds only are welcome. However, there are no pet charges or deposits required and no limit to the number of pets per room.

So, where are you headed? Tell us about your upcoming pet-friendly vacation in the comments below! Bon voyage!

Editor’s Note: It’s always a good idea to bring along Sergeant’s Yippee Skippy pads. If your dog has an accident in the hotel room there could be a fee. They are great for traveling and extended stay indoors. You can also place them in a kennel.

-Photo Credit: Inset photo from flickr by Sarah Ackerman. Feature image from flickr by gjacobs228.

Tags: , , , , , , ,

  • Print
  • email