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Pet-Friendly Policies: Will Hotels Welcome Your Pets?

Hotel pet policies The term "pet-friendly" can mean a lot of things to different people. When a hotel or other accommodation advertises themselves as pet-friendly, it means that they will allow pets - although restrictions may apply.

Travelers with pets should always remember to confirm pet policies before booking. An accommodation's "pet-friendly" policy can change for several reasons, including new management.

Generally, an accommodation with a pet-friendly policy will allow small dogs. If you're traveling with anything other than a dog; traveling with large dogs (or in some cases, even medium-sized dogs); or traveling with more than two dogs... you're going to find it more of a challenge to find properties that will accommodate your entire family. Be flexible and consider alternate lodging options - look for pet-friendly cottages, cabins, and B&B;s in addition to pet-friendly hotels and resorts.

All pet-friendly accommodations will have restrictions, some more than others. Some of the more common pet restrictions include:

  • Dogs only.
  • Maximum number of pets per room (usually 1 or 2).
  • Size restrictions, eg. "dogs under 50 lbs".
  • Pets cannot be left unattended in guest rooms.
  • Pets are allowed only in specific pet-friendly rooms.
  • Pets are not permitted in common areas such as restaurants, pools, etc.
  • Pets must be leashed while on hotel property.
  • And - this should go without saying! - guests are responsible for cleaning up after their pets.

Travelers should be aware that most pet-friendly lodgings will charge an additional pet fee. This could be a per day charge or a per stay charge; and it might be flat-rate per room fee for all the pets you bring, or it might be per pet. Be sure you ask for details on pet-friendly policies so that you aren't surprised when you're presented with the bill.

Consider the pet amenities each property offers as well, before making your choice.

Finally, you and your pets are ambassadors for all the pets that travel in the future! Travel courteously and responsibly, and pet-friendly accommodations will continue to welcome our pets.

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