If your vacation simply isn’t the same without your pet at your side, we understand. It can be hard to leave your pets at a boarding facility or in the hands of someone else, especially if your furry friend suffers from separation anxiety.
A vacation should be stress-free on everyone – so, you’ll be happy to know that more hotel chains are making it easier and less expensive to bring your pets along. The pet-friendliest even extend the offer to other animals aside from dogs and cats to birds and reptiles. So cancel the pet sitter, pack the treats, and bon voyage!
Here is a list of the top pet-friendly hotel chains.
In regards to the pet-friendly scene, La Quinta is one of the big dogs. With more than 830 U.S. locations, only four don’t allow pets. Those locations are: San Antonio Conference/Medical Center, Manhattan and Queens, New York, and Monterey, California. La Quinta also allows up to two dogs or cats per room at no extra charge, which is uncommon, compared to some of the other pet-friendly hotel chains. Their pet policy nationwide is simple:
• Cats and dogs are accepted in all guest rooms (unless prohibited by law).
• Up to two domestic pets allowed per room.
• Housekeeping services for rooms with pets require pet owner be present or pet must be crated.
• No fees or deposits are required
There's pet friendly, and then there's Kimpton – and they make that very clear on their website. Welcoming not just dogs but any pet that can fit through the door, the boutique hotel chain with 59 properties in the U.S. shows its dedication to furry (and feathery, and scaly) friends by not charging guests extra to bring an animal.
Amenities such as pet beds, concierge lists of nearby pet-friendly restaurants and parks, and a complimentary nightly wine reception where pets are welcome make Kimpton the friendliest of the pet-friendly hotels chains. Not traveling with a pet but need some company? Kimpton will outfit your room with a friendly pet fish for your stay. If that’s not enough, here are some other ways that Kimpton honors your furry pals:
• Your pet is welcomed by name. Sometimes, our Directors of Pet Relations might be there to greet you with a tail wag.
• A selection of hotel amenities and extras including plush pet-bed loaners in your guest room, food, water bowls and mats.
• A concierge list of nearby pet-friendly restaurants, parks, groomers and pet boutiques.
• Door hangers alert other hotel guests and staff that your cat, dog, or other beloved pet is in the room.
• Courtesy bags for walking your dog.
• Nightly complimentary wine reception — pets are welcome to join the party!
With more than 1,600 hotels that accommodate pets, Best Western aims to keep costs low and options open. Pet-friendly properties allow two dogs (up to 80 pounds each) in each room. Some hotels also allow other pets, including cats, birds, monkeys, and snakes. Best Western hotels charge a maximum of $20 per day, with a maximum per-week charge of $100. Some properties also charge a refundable damage deposit.
Fairmont Hotels & Resorts
For the up-scale pet traveler, owners must check out Fairmont Hotels & Resorts. Fairmont has a specific love for dogs. So much that they have their own Canine Ambassador program that brings a little puppy love to lobbies including the Fairmont Copley Plaza in Boston and the Fairmont Hotel Vancouver. But pet owners can bring their own four-legged best friends too. Policies vary by property but are clearly outlined online. For instance, at the Fairmont Washington, D.C., Georgetown, dogs stay free and are lavished with treats handmade by the hotel's Executive Pastry Chef, while at the Battery Wharf in Boston, pets under 25 pounds cost $25 and receive a pet bed and food and water bowls.
Four Seasons Hotels & Resorts
Not all Four Seasons hotels and resorts accept pets, but those that do offer an experience yours won't ever forget. The luxury brand offers small dogs and cats (usually no more than 15 to 25 pounds) in-room amenities like beds, water bowls, and piddle pads, and concierges at pet-friendly locations have plenty of helpful tips about local dog parks and more. Properties that accept animals tend not to charge for the option.
Some other great hotels that truly cater to pets include:
Lastly, if you’re looking to browse pet friendly destinations worldwide, bringfido.com is a fantastic site to check out. You can search top destinations, dog air travel, pet services, attractions, restaurants, events, apartment rentals, and so much more. This site truly brings together everything pet related.