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Pet-Friendly Hotels

Hotel Trends

From oversized pet beds to dog-walking services, these pet-friendly hotels make sure your pet feels welcome
Dogs need pampering, too!

Pet travel is on the rise in the United States, according to experts in the field. "More and more people want to bring their dogs on vacation with them," says Susan Hartzler, President of Alpha Dog PR, "instead of missing their beloved four-legged family member."

"Pet-friendly" is the latest amenity at hotels across the country, but the term can mean different things in different places. It usually refers to dogs, but Hotel Allegra in Chicago and others do allow cats.

"The important thing," says Hartzler, "is to call the property prior to the trip and find out their parameters, or book through a specialized travel agency which offers customized travel concepts incorporating the family pet."

It's possible to bring pets along pretty much anywhere in the U.S., from boutiques to chains, from high end to low. Whole towns, including Carmel and Ventura on California’s coast, welcome pets in special parks and on designated beaches. But road trips with Fido usually don’t come cheap: expect to pay $25 or more per night per pet, with additional deposits or cleaning fees ranging up to several hundred dollars per animal.

A pet-friendly guest room at the Hotel Solamar
Hotel Solamar

At Hotel Solamar, a Kimpton property in San Diego’s trendy Gaslamp District, you'll find one of the most reasonable policies around: all pets are accepted, and with no fee. The only thing the hotel requires is a cell phone number for the guest in case of a pet emergency while the owners are away from the property. Bay Area-based Personality Hotels accepts one dog per room weighing 75 pounds or two dogs with a combined weight of 75 pounds. Guests pay a $25 cleaning fee and are also on the line for up to $250 in additional cleaning costs.

W Hotels has a Pets Are Welcome (PAW) policy. There's a $25 increase in the room rate for a pet, plus a $100 cleaning fee, but also plenty of pampering, from treats to a special bed. La Quinta Resort & Club in California offers an amenity package, which includes a dog bone, travelling tips for vacationing with pets and a resort map with marked doggie relief stations. Guest room pet perks include an oversized pet bed, pet placemat, stainless steel food and water bowls, biodegradable waste bags, a bottle of disinfectant and deodorizer and pet grooming (upon request). There are no nightly fees, just a flat fee of $100 per pet, regardless of the length of the stay.

A Relaxed Canine at The Peninsula Beverly Hills
A Relaxed Canine at The Peninsula Beverly Hills

The three Peninsula properties in the US all welcome furry friends. At The Peninsula Beverly Hills, canine guests receive monogrammed paw print towels, pet beds, dog menus and dog-walking services. And all Peninsula hotels have ready access to emergency vet care 24 hours a day, which may be the most important pet amenity of all.


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