Many hotel chains are not just pet friendly nowadays — many of them are virtually rolling out the red carpet for our furry companions. About 75 percent of luxury, mid-scale, and economy hotels now allow pets, according to a survey by the American Hotel & Lodging Association. Below are some tips to ensure that your pet will be welcomed wherever you travel.
Before you leave home, check that your dog’s identification tags are securely fastened to his collar and that the information on them is correct, just in case you and your pet get separated. Consider microchipping your dog as an additional precaution.
Don’t wait until check-in to let the hotel know that you have a pet — confirm the hotel’s pet policy before you reserve your room. Pet policies vary greatly from hotel to hotel, and even hotels that allow dogs may have size limits or restrict the number of dogs you can have in your room; they may also have a list of unwelcome breeds. Some hotels include pets in the regular room rate, while others charge separately for them. This could be a daily fee or a flat fee that covers your entire stay.
Choose a ground level hotel room so you don’t have to walk up and down the stairs and so your pet won’t disturb guests below you. A ground level room makes it easier to take pets out for their bathroom breaks. It’s also a good idea to ask for a room away from the elevator, particularly if your dog barks at noises. And if you feed your pet anything that can spoil, request a room with a fridge so you can keep your dog’s food close and fresh.
Use designated bathroom areas and clean up after your dog. Some hotels don’t allow pets to be left alone in a hotel room without human supervision. If your pet has long hair and tends to shed, bring along blankets or sheets from home and cover furniture to reduce a furry mess on furniture. If your dog tends to have accidents while away from home, use doggy bathroom pads in the room. Wipe off wet, dirty fur and paws with a towel so he doesn’t track dirt and mud on the floor. As a courtesy, advise the hotel immediately of any stains or damage caused by pets.