With the busy holiday travel season fast approaching, we want to share our picks for the top pet-friendly hotels where Fido and Fluffy will be welcomed with open arms. In addition, we want to offer tips for making travel with your furry friend a bit more bearable this time of year.
“Traveling with pets can be as stressful as traveling with kids,” said Dr. Kerri Marshall, Chief Veterinary Officer at Trupanion. “It’s important to do your research before you book and make sure to talk with the hotel ahead of time to understand what ‘Pet Friendly’ means to them. If including pets on your vacation is important to you then find a hotel that caters to your animals, meaning: large grassy areas for dog walks, or extra services like luxurious pet beds, treats or pet sitting services.”
Trupanion’s picks for the top pet friendly hotels include:
The Brice, Savannah, GA – Kimpton’s chain of boutique hotels has it all when it comes to pampering pets, and this recently remodeled Savannah spot is no exception. Not only does The Brice provide beds, bowls and a host of pet services, including grooming, massage and acupuncture, but pets of all sizes and breeds are welcome at Kimpton properties with no additional fees.
W New York, Downtown, New York, NY – Many Starwood hotels are pet friendly and the W brings these perks to travelers headed to the Big Apple. They offer everything from pet welcome kits and litter boxes to grooming services, pet birthday cakes, and more!
Cannery Pier Hotel, Astoria, OR – Located on the Oregon Coast with plenty of opportunities for picturesque walks with four legged friends, this historical hotel provides dog bowls, beds and treats.
Loews, Across the Country – In addition to the amenities offered by many other pet-friendly hotel chains (like beds and treats), Loews provides dog-walking routes, pet-sitting or pet-walking services, as well as a list of local pet-friendly restaurants for a night out on the town.
Four Seasons, St. Louis, MO – Known for being a pet friendly city, this upscale St. Louis hotel provides beds, bowls and treats to make pets feel as pampered as their owners.
The Muse, New, York, NY – With no charge for pets, regardless of size, and sought after green space – the hotel is located near a 15,000 square foot dog park dubbed Canine Court – this hotel makes sightseeing a cinch for you and your furry friend.
Mandarin Oriental, Miami, FL – At this hip Miami hotel, pets receive a special in-room dining menu and pet friendly “MOcktails” at the outdoor seating area, and their owners can get recommendations on grooming, local vets and more.
Best Western, Across the Country – With 1,600 hotels that accommodate pets, Best Western hotels across the country allow up to two dogs in each room (up to 80 pounds each), at a maximum of $20 per day, with a maximum per-week charge of $100.
For those traveling with pets this holiday season, Trupanion offers the following tips:
Do your homework. If a hotel stay is on the agenda, call ahead to verify the hotel’s pet policy. Do not assume that whatever is listed on the hotel’s website is correct. Verify pet fees, the policy on leaving pets alone in the room, and if there are size or breed restrictions. Ask the customer service representative from the hotel to email the information so that it will be in writing.
Request a ground floor room. If you have a newly trained puppy, an older dog or anything in between, you know that late-night potty runs can be difficult if you are stuck going down 18 floors. Request a ground floor or a lower level room if possible.
Use a crate when leaving your pet. Remember rule number one, first double check the policy for leaving pets unattended in the room. If the hotel allows it, crate your pet, as you don’t want to be responsible for any damage if your companion decides to snack on the furniture or use the sofa as a scratching post.
Use a harness for the road trip. If the vacation is a road trip, make sure your pet gets plenty of time in the car and in their carrier or harness during the weeks leading up to the trip. This will help them get used to being on the road. Even if your pet usually loves going for car rides, the extended drive time could cause him to become restless or even get carsick. Taking him on long drives before the trip can help with this. Whenever your pet is in the car, they should be secured by a carrier, barrier, or harness.
Plan ahead of the flight. Not every pet is cut out for a flight, but if you decide to take him on a plane, non-stop is always best. If possible, have your pet ride in the cabin with you. Choose an airplane-approved pet carrier that is also comfortable with proper ventilation. Bring a current photo of your pet and remember food, medicine (if applicable), treats, toys, waste bags, leash, water bowl, pet identification and a bed or blanket. Make sure your pet has its identification tags on their collar when traveling.