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What You Need to Ask Pet Friendly Hotels

A hotel being pet friendly doesn’t tell you much about their policies other than that they may or may not allow your dog or cat. Often, pet friendly hotels may not be cat friendly. Before you book a pet friendly hotel, you’ll need to find out the answers to these questions:

Are you cat friendly?

If you are traveling with a cat, this is your most important question. Because cat allergies can be stronger than dog allergies, hotels that offer cats the ability to stay there are more likely to limit the number of pet friendly rooms. Especially with a cat, call first to make sure they’ll accommodate you.

What is your size limit for pets?

Weight limits can be as low as 25 pounds to as high as limitless. If you have a large dog, you will want to call first. The good news is some hotels will happily accept your Great Dane and even walk him for you. When you get on the phone, you never know what doggie perks you’ll find out about.

How much is the pet fee?

Fees may start at $0 and range up to $100 per night. Generally, fees are non refundable. Occassionally, fees are refundable as long as your pet doesn’t damage the room.

Can my pet stay in my hotel room alone? 

This is one of the most important questions you can ask, yet it has the widest range of answers. Some hotels may expect your pet to be crated when you’re not there. Some may not want your pet alone in the room at all. Others, will let you leave your pet in the room as much as you’d like, as long as he or she doesn’t bark or meow nonstop.

No matter what the hotel policy is, you’ll want to leave your cellphone number at the front desk. This way you’ll know if your pet is announcing they want you to come home to neighboring rooms. On top of making your pet happy by coming back when they are nervous, you’re  also avoiding the charges a hotel may charge you for having to rebook other guests who are disturbed by noise from hours of barking or meowing.

Can I verify your pet friendly policy online?

While I never recommend only looking online for a pet friendly hotel’s policy, I do recommend double checking hotel policies online. The reason is one hotel representative can tell you about a pet policy they don’t fully understand. If the pet policy isn’t posted online, ask the hotel representative how long they’ve been working for that particular location. As long as they’ve been there at least 6 months, you should be fine with bringing your canine or feline companion.

What do you need to bring with you?

Some hotels will provide pet beds, water bowls, and treats. Call ahead to find out what you should bring. If you are traveling outside of the country, bring a small bag of pet food with you that isn’t beef based. If you’re staying in a country for more than a few days, consider ordering pet food online and having it delivered to your hotel before you arrive. Wellness pet food is deliverable in the US, Canada, and across Europe via Amazon.