Plenty of us luxury hotel guests require a pet-friendly hotel in order to accommodate a particular, extremely valued family member.
We proceed in the hope that our hotel's pet-friendly policy is honestly friendly and welcoming. A sincerely pet-friendly hotel:
- Does not levy an inflated "one-time housekeeping fee" -- sometimes as high as $250 -- on pet-owning guests
- Does not charge an outlandish daily pet fee, which can $100+ per diem, and sometimes on top of the housekeeping fee
- Does not apply restrictive conditions on your pet or on you. (The usual such stipulation: you cannot leave your pet alone in your room, and must hire and pay for the hotel's pet-sitter)
- Does not segregate you from the non-pet guests, and house you in the hotel's "Siberia." (At one Florida Keys resort, the pet-friendly accommodations are four blocks from the main hotel)
- Does not turn a cold shoulder on cats, and permit only dogs
How to find a truly pet-friendly hotel:
One: Tried-and-true. Go with a hotel brand that has made a strategic commitment to true pet-friendliness. The following hotel brands welcome pets with open paws (no housekeeping charge; negligible restrictions; and a per-diem pet fee not exceeding $25):
- Westin Hotels (expect a critter-sized Westin Heavenly Bed)
- Monaco Hotels (expect a pet concierge offering treats and walker referrals)
- Loews Hotels (expect a doggie, I mean goodie, bag for your pooch)
- Kimpton Hotels and sister brand Palomar Hotels (expect lots of what they call "hosPETality")
Two: Surf. Check out various online directories of pet-friendly hotels. Some are merely bulletin boards for pet ads, but others, such as thejetsetpets.com, deliver real information.
Three: Investigate. No matter what you glean from a hotel's website or an online directory, get the facts about a hotel's pet-friendly policy. All you need to do is call the hotel and ask for details. Inquire about housekeeping and per-diem charges; pet-in-room restrictions; and location of pet rooms.
Read more about pet-friendly hotels and traveling with pets:
- Hotels with Gourmet Pet Menus
- Ten Woof-Worthy Vacations with Your Best Pal
- How to Travel Comfortably with Dogs
- Cars & Cats: Plan a Stressless Road Trip