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Here are Some Hotels and Resorts Best Pet Policies



Where o’ where are you going to lodge with your pets? The good news is there are a lot of places you can go. Just phone ahead and have a few choices ready.  They may say pet friendly but with changing owners and policies it’s better to have options. Just a heads up I’m not going to least every hotel in this one post.

The Basic Rules to Keep in Mind

Sometimes you wish every hotel had the exact same policies that never change. Unfortunately the real world doesn’t work that way. Change is inevitable and the best weapon against that is to know the basics and call ahead. So what are the basics you ask?

If you have read my previous post here you will have the first two requirements done already.

  • Up to date vaccinations verified by veterinarian on hand
  • Free from fleas and parasites
  • Nice and clean before entering your room every time
  • People friendly (non aggressive breeds)
  • Healthy weight – under 40lbs.on average don’t push past 50lbs (so small to medium pets)

Be prepared to pay non-refundable fees to cover possible damages. Some places will make you sign an agreement for said damages.  State and local law also determine if your pets are even allowed in the hotel.  I can’t stress this enough call ahead before you book.

Always ask for the hotels pet policies in writing.  This protects you from any changes to the rules you might not know about.  Find the designated areas for pet relief and disposal.  Ask if the hotel requires you little furry babies to be in a kennel or leash at all times.

Finding the Right Hotel for Your Specific Needs

Here’s the skinny of it; I”ll describe some policies I”ve come across ranging from 1 to 3 (3 being the highest) for their treatment of pets.  These are not rating of the hotels themselves in any way. This is just a ranking of the treatment one will expect for their pets.

Please plan accordingly because after all everyone should be comfortable on vacation.

One stars accept pets but they must be in carrier or on a leash when in the room alone or out in public areas. These hotels are not limited to LaQuinta, Red Roof, Rodeway Inn, and Embassy.

Two stars are for costs and availability. The prices are around $10 to $25 a day per stay/per pet.  Let’s not forget about the pet sanitation fee possibly non-refundable $100-$250 depending on the hotel.  To name a few examples super 8, Shilo Inns, St. Regis, The Ritz-Carlton, and Homestead Hotels.

Now a 3 is lets say for those that roll out the red carpet for your precious paw babies. I’m talking more than one pet allowed, different kinds of pets (mostly rabbits and cats) complimentary toys and treats, and that’s just the beginning.  Since I liked to be pampered these are the places I’ll take my pets once I get them. Loews Hotels, Kimpton, W hotels, Sheraton, and Westin Hotels and Resorts to name just a mere few.

Did you pack for everyone?

What if you want to give them something special

You don’t have to worry about that either.  Pet resorts and spas can be found locally and internationally.  Each place offers a unique experience for your pets. Choosing which one might be hard so head over first and give your own stamp of approval.

Just like pet friendly hotels, pet resorts and spas have their own policies. Luckily they’re not so difficult to follow.

Vaccines for dogs

  • Rabies
  • Distemper/ Parvo Virus
  • Bordetella
  • K9 Influenza
  • Kennel Cough
  • A negative fecal test for internal parasites
  • Must be on heart worm and flea preventative treatment

Vaccines for cats

  • Rabies and Distemper
  • Have a negative fecal test for internal parasites
  • Be on flea preventative treatment
  • FeLV and FVRCP

Have a written list of any and all medication they are currently on and any special needs.  It’s in your best interest to have everything above in order to avoid any extra charges and headache.  Make sure your pets insurance is updated in the hopefully unlikely event of an emergency.  You will face all charges related to such an occasion including transportation to the local veterinarian.

Make them feel comfortable

There are a few home items you can bring to make them feel relaxed.  Bring a few toys they like but not their special toys.  They’re behavior changes in new surroundings and you don’t want to lose the toy.  Pack enough food for their stay in separate portion bags.  You don’t want them getting sick from eating different brands.

When dealing with bedding leave it at home.  For pest control and sanitary purposes day cares insist on using the ones they have.  The resorts will also provide food and plenty of toys for them to play with.

Call ahead for any questions.

So many oppositions to choose from

Going abroad with your whole family has never been easier.  Pets are being welcomed in all sorts of places normally denied to them.  Plan ahead and get everything in writing.  You and your pets can have a vacations everyone else can only dream about.

Please leave any questions or comments below.


  1. Hi Alina,

    Very good and interesting information here. Thank you! I am wondering if you have any information about grooming elderly cats? I have heard about gloves that you can brush them with that remove shedding fur but haven’t found one. That would be something that I think we could really use. It seems like a good idea for people to keep their pets well groomed before checking into a hotel as well……as I think you mentioned. Thanks again for the info.

    1. Yes I know the gloves you’re referring too. They are perfect for traveling with your pets because they don’t harm them. Getting rid of pet dander and excess hair helps keep hotel and rental cars nice and clean. It’ll be listed in my personal recommendations on what to bring for your pets.

      Thank you for your comment.

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