As many of us who travel with our pets know, there are more options these days in pet friendly establishments. From cafes and restaurants, to museums and amusement parks, our four-legged family members are often welcome. If you are considering booking a hotel for you and your pet companion, you may just assume a hotel that is pet friendly actually is. But there is more than meets the eye to what is truly a pet friendly hotel.

Your team at Blue Valley Animal Hospital have some suggestions for finding the right lodging that will make you and your furry one happy.

Oh-No, the Fees!

You’ve booked your pet friendly hotel only to find out at the desk that there are numerous hidden fees. Many pet friendly hotels will charge higher rates for rooms that allow pets. Not only that, but there is also a hefty deposit along with cleaning fees that you may not have been prepared to pay for. Many of these fees are nonrefundable, making it more of a cash grab than a place that you and your pet can call home away from home.

The bottom line is to look for any hidden fees in the fine print and ask plenty of questions before you book your stay.

The Location

Location is another aspect of whether the place is friendly to pawed ones. If it is along a busy highway or the location is mostly concrete and asphalt, with no place to walk your pet safely, it isn’t amiable to pets. 

A pet friendly hotel will have some areas which are safe and suitable to walk your dog and go potty. A concrete pad is not sufficient. Look for a hotel that isn’t on busy streets and has plenty of greenery and places to walk and relax with your pet.

The Rules

Some pet rules can be so restrictive, there is very little benefit to staying there. Instead, look for places that:

  • Allow your pet to be alone in the room, so long as they are well behaved and/or crated. 
  • Encourage pet owners to bring their pets by providing small parks and walking paths where pets are allowed.
  • If it is a beach resort, make sure that your pet has access to the beachfront.
  • Your pet is permitted to be in the lobby, on the patio, and other public places.
  • Offer restaurants and shops on site that are pet friendly. 

The problem with many pet friendly hotels is that they are so rule-oriented when it comes to keeping your pet away from the public, it isn’t encouraging of pet families to enjoy themselves while on vacation or traveling.

Read up about the loding’s pet policy and avoid those with heavy restrictions on your pet’s whereabouts.

The Added Perks

Now that you have a basic assessment of a great pet friendly hotel versus those “in theory” pet friendly hotels, the good news is that some businesses go out of their way to be welcoming. Some of the added perks of a quality hotel that accommodates your furry loved one are:

  1. No added fees per stay.
  2. Spacious lawn or green area for your pet to exercise.
  3. Plenty of pet welcome patios and other outdoor areas.
  4. Pets are allowed in the lobby. 
  5. Pets can be left alone in the room for short periods of time.
  6. Give your pet treats as well as have backup supplies on hand, if you forget something.
  7. Provides information on pet friendly things to do in the area.

Looking for a Pet Friendly Hotel?

Like with most things, doing your homework before you decide to stay somewhere will pay off in finding the perfect place to stay. One of the first things you should do before traveling with your pet is to ensure their travel readiness. Make sure they are in good health and have their vaccines and parasite prevention current before embarking on any trip.

Would you like more information on finding a pet friendly hotel, just give us a call!