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Top tips for choosing the best pet-friendly hotel while travelling with your dog

Pets are a big part of the family, and more and more pet families are factoring in their pets while making vacation and travel plans. Pet parents worldwide bring their dogs on holidays as pet travel has become more accessible.

Choosing the right pet-friendly hotel is extremely important if you are travelling with your dog. A hotel that welcomes your pet and has great pet-friendly amenities translates to a fantastic holiday experience for you and your pet. Before you embark on your next vacation with your dog, these tips will ensure you and your pet have a stress-free and relaxing outing.

Is the hotel truly pet-friendly? 

Many hotels that claim to be pet-friendly are really just pet-tolerant. Call ahead before booking to check if the hotel is genuinely pet-friendly and check for pet-friendly amenities the hotel has on offer. Some hotels are known to have dog runs, doggie food on request, dog grooming, doggie treats at check-in, and some even have dog-sitting services for when you want to leave your dog behind to go out for a meal.

It is a good idea to call ahead and check the hotel’s pet policy before booking. Rules change often, and sometimes the hotel’s website might not reflect these changes. Some points to check are:

  • Is the entire hotel pet-friendly, or do pets have to stay in designated areas?
  • Can your pet be left alone in the room?
  • Must the pets be crated when they are in the room?
  • Does the hotel have dog-sitters for hire?

Check for hidden pet fees

Most hotels charge a pet fee to accommodate your pet. However, some hotels have hidden costs that are not very clear while booking. Some hotels are known to charge pet parents a substantial non-refundable deposit as well as cleaning fees. Call the hotel before booking to check whether the pet fees are all-inclusive or are per night, per pet or for the whole duration of your stay.

Breed and weight restrictions

Many hotels have breed restrictions and allow accommodation for certain dog breeds only. Other hotels have weight restrictions that effectively prohibit you from bringing your big dog to the hotel. Similarly, many hotels allow pet parents to check in with their dogs but not their cats. It is recommended to always confirm with the hotel before you check-in.

Some hotels also have pet-friendly and pet-free areas; it is good to know what your pet is entitled to before making a reservation. A few pet-friendly hotels have a cap on the number of pets each guest is allowed in the room. So, if you are travelling with multiple pets, it is best to check the hotel’s pet policy before making your reservation.

Pet-friendly activities

If you are vacationing with your pet dog, look for pet-friendly restaurants and activities around the hotel. Look for public gardens or parks to walk your dog, dog-friendly beaches, pet-friendly trails and hikes to explore with your pet pal and other activities that you can enjoy together.

Even big, bustling cities have dog-friendly parks and gardens. A hotel away from busy streets is more suited to pet travellers. Pet-friendly restaurants near the hotel give you more eating out options with your pet instead of being confined to your hotel room.

Be a responsible pet parent

Lately, travelling with pets has become popular as pet transport is more accessible to pet parents. However, travelling with your pet comes with its own challenges. Make your vacation with your memorable by following these simple guidelines:

  • Vaccinate your pet– It is important to vaccinate before travelling. Vaccinations protect your pet and other animals from dangerous and life-threatening diseases. Carry your pet’s vaccination records with you when your travel; many hotels require vaccination details during check-in.
  • Do not disturb– Make sure your pet is quiet and does not disturb the other guests at the hotel. Request a room on the ground floor, so it is easier to bring your dog in and out of the room. However, if your dog reacts to the noise of the ground floor, a quieter room on a higher floor may be more suitable. Always keep your dog on a lead, and remember to pick up after your dog at all times.  
  • Try to keep their routines– Some dogs do not take kindly to new environments and experiences. If your dog finds it hard to adjust to new situations, stick to comfortable routines. Bring your pet’s favourite food, bowls, toys and bedding with you so they are not overwhelmed with the change. If you have to leave your pet alone in the room while you run an errand, leave an old t-shirt behind to comfort your dog.

International pet transport

Vacationing with a pet is a fantastic experience; you can share happy moments with your pet without worrying about leaving your pet behind while you are away. However, staying at a hotel with limited pet-friendly amenities can mar a beautiful vacation experience. Choose a hotel that welcomes your pet and makes sure they are comfortable.

If you plan to travel with your pet to an international destination, contact Petraveller for more information on zero-harm pet travel and a free pet travel quote.