It is safe to say that you know your pooch better than any other person. When you travel with your dog the BEST hotel for your entire family is the one that meets your family’s needs. Here’s a few things to consider:
When a hotel advertises itself as “Pet Friendly” what does this really mean? Your goal is to make sure you and your dog(s) stay stress-free?
When I travel with my dog I search online for Pet Friendly/Dog Friendly hotels within my target city stay area. Every search offers a list of hotels, pet friendly and not pet friendly. You have to investigate each accommodation listed, one by one.
Addie, my dog, is 135 lbs. A couch potato by her American Bull nature, she would rather lounge than walk. Not a talker (barker), she does require a potty walk every 3 hrs during the day, but she stays put overnight. She loves to be with her family at all times and we take her with us on most of our travel excursions.
My recommended list of questions to the hotel prior to booking a room, are as follows:
- Is the hotel pet friendly?
- Does the hotel pet policy have a weight and/or size limit.
- Will the hotel allow more than one dog?
- What is the pet stay fee?
- Will a pet deposit (in addition to the pet stay fee) be required by the hotel at check in and if so, how and when do you get it back?
- What is the size of the room?
- Will your pet be allowed on the furniture?
- Is there a refrigerator in the room?
- Will the hotel supply feeding bowls?
- Is there air conditioning?
- Is the dog friendly room on the first level?
- What is the hotel’s housekeeping procedure after a dog family checks out? What type of cleaning products and/or sprays does the hotel use?
- Are the rugs washed?
- Will the products they use be harmful to my dog?
- Can you leave your pet in the room unattended? Most times, hotels want a dog to be crated if left in the room unattended.
- Is there an area to walk my dog on premises, nearby, and is it a quiet area? We recently stayed at a hotel that was on a major city street. There was no area on premises that was grassy, all concrete, and the street was a hustle and bustle of cars.
- Where is the closest Emergency Vet Clinic?
- Where can you purchase Dog Food and Dog Biscuts?
- Does the hotel have a list of Pet Sitters?
- Is there a doggy day care nearby?
Sounds like a lot of questions? Take the time and get your answers because many times a dog owner is paying between $20 – $200 pet fee to stay.