Skip to comments.What Pet Friendly Hotels Donít Want You to Know
Posted on 01/16/2014 10:21:29 AM PST by afraidfortherepublic
Ive traveled the country with dogs for over 20 years, so I can honestly say I have slept in some not so swift rooms and some that have been oh-so-divine.
Pet friendly, however, is not always what its cracked up to be, and if youve had a less-than-stellar experience at a supposed pet friendly establishment, you are nodding in agreement.
How many of you, when calling a hotel or facility to ask if they are pet friendly ask something like this: Hi. Can you tell me if you allow pets?
How many of you ask, Hello, are you pet welcoming?
Whats the difference?
Details, details, details. Here's what pet-friendly hotels aren't saying or keeping under wraps.
Deep Cleaning Deduced
So what is it that really happens when housekeeping deep cleans a room that has been occupied by pets? Apparently, there is a process that takes into consideration the hair, dander, and saliva that dogs leave behind. More advanced methods include carpet shampoo, a more thorough cleaning of the room, and a heavier-than-usual sweep versus traditional housekeeping methods.
How do I know this? I have stayed at dozens upon dozens of hotels, bed and breakfasts, and vacation rentals and I ask the manager/owner of the facility. I often wonder why all hotel rooms are not cleaned as thoroughly and why it takes a dog in a room to merit a deep thorough cleaning.
If the pet fee is reasonable, I generally do not mind shelling over $25 to $50 for my well-behaved dog who is never left alone in the room. Once the $100 and up fee comes into play, I tend to get a bit perturbed. Ive stayed in non-pet friendly rooms where you really do not want to use a black light to show stains. Catch my drift?
Weight limits drive me a bit insane. Ive yet to ask someone to put my Cocker Spaniel on a scale at the front desk, but weve exceeded the 25 pound limit a few times. Policies vary, but as anyone who travels with a dog knows, weight limits are enforced. This excludes a LOT of dogs. If anyone in the hotel industry reads this, try and ask your manager if you can get this rule lifted. Youd see a nice boon in the economy if more bigger dog moms and dads could bring their Greyhounds, Labradors, and over 50-pound dogs on vacation. I know throngs of them and they take their dogs on vacations. Any breed and any size of dog can be destructive; just like kids. Please dont discriminate.
Pet Tolerant or Pet Welcoming
Some hotels masquerade as pet friendly, when in essence, they are far from it.
Pet Tolerant: Allowing a dog the privilege to stay but without many amenities. I checked into a hotel once that said there were pet amenities. The carpet-less room was their featured amenity for pets. I never forgot that and I am still writing about it.
Pet Welcoming: My dog is treated like the family member he or she is. How so? Things like an in-room massage, spa robe, chic designer bowls, toys, towels, natural organic treats, Fido bed fold-down, offer of pet sitting, list of dog-friendly events or activities, access to al fresco restaurant seating and/or doggie menus, provided doggie bowls. I never forget when businesses extend themselves to my dog. I return time and again.
Hotel staff that knows my dogs name, leaves a biscuit on the pillow, and offers clean up bags: These are little but memorable perks. One such inn that ranks high on the knows my dog list is Inn by the Sea in Cape Elizabeth, Maine. I return time and again with my dog because of perks, cleanliness, no size limit, and even an in-room pet massage and pet menu service.
How Pet Parents Can Protect Themselves
Here are 9 questions to ask before booking a room. In addition to saving yourself any unwelcomed disappointment, youll know whether or not the place gets your seal of pet welcoming approval first:
1 No matter what a website states, call ahead and ask if the hotel welcomes guests with dogs. Policies change with lighting speed and websites are not always updated and current.
2 Find out if there is a weight limit in place. Why bother traveling with your Mastiff if anything Beagle sized and under is allowed.
3 Ask about pet fees and be specific: How much, is it per night, is it per pet, and is the fee refundable upon checkout?
4 If the hotel is willing to divulge the information, ask what the pet fee covers. It is your right as a paying guest to know what a deep or thorough cleaning entails.
5 Find out what makes the facility pet friendly and any amenities, perks, and/or additional features included in the price.
6 Are there specifically designated pet friendly rooms? Can you stay on the first floor or do you have the option of staying on another floor/area of the hotel?
7 Are there specific areas/nearby dog-friendly park(s) for my dog? Ample grounds upon which to walk with Rover is always a bonus, especially at midnight when nature calls and the dog answers.
8 If you are considering a rental property, inquire if it will be checked for fleas and ticks prior to your arrival.
9 Is there any restriction on breed?
Look around on your next trip, then glance down to that loving companion by your side and pat yourself on the back for a job well done. Traveling with Fido takes a little planning, but be the human your pooch thinks you are and travel with these tips in mind.
More and more hotels, bed and breakfasts and businesses are becoming Fido welcoming and rolling out the red carpet to dogs. Even the mats so many of us place in front of our homes beckon Welcome. We want visitors to our home to instantly feel a friendly ambience long before entering. The same goes with the mindset of people spending their hard earned dollars at hotels that welcome dogs. We want to feel welcome.
As I end this article, the words of a hotel in Maine that I stayed at (with my dog) resonate:
Dogs are welcome in this hotel. Weve never had a dog that smoked in bed and set fire to the blankets. Weve never had a dog who stole the towels, played the TV too loud or had a fight with his traveling companion. Weve never had a dog who got drunk and broke up the furniture. So, if your dog can vouch for you, youre welcome, too!
How about asking the motel if they will kick out a ‘guest” that abandons their pet while they take a night out and the lonely pet howls and cries and barks for hours and hours.
I like dogs and cats just fine, but
“Things like an in-room massage, spa robe, chic designer bowls, toys, towels, natural organic treats”
is a bit over the top.
And yes, the main difference in Motel 6 we stayed at was the carpetless floors. But all five of us (and Bella, the dog) stayed for under $50. I wouldn’t dream of paying that just for the dog.
A pet friendly campground is better.
A few years ago when I was staying at Grand Marais Michigan, my camp neighbors had two dalmatians that were trained to hold each others leash. The guy said the rules say they have to be on a leash, it didn’t say I need to hold it.
He walked his dogs all over the campground like that.
Yeah, that was my response too.
Snarky comment: She is writing about pet friendly, but only talking about dogs and not that other very popular American pet who often delight in tormenting dogs.
Good grief what a lunatic.
Dog massage? Biscuits on pillows?
The wife and I RV it with the animals. SO much easier though can’t drive as much as I used to.
Is that service available for pet monkeys, too?"
I was walking to my hotel room the other day when a guest exited into the hallway with 2 little yapping at me mutts. I wanted to kick the little bothersome runts but their owner did apologize for their agression.
Guess they got territorial even for a hotel room.
Hands down the prettiest natural harbor.
This is a joke, right? I figure I'm Santa Claus when I give little Sir Brownie Waggleshank a brand-name hot dog between meals, and it's not even out of a "chic designer bowl".
Inn by the Sea is not for the common folks.
My cat is over the weight limit allowed for dogs at my apartment complex.
Heh. I like that last bit a lot.
(Hope this isn’t against the rules) We always stay at La Quinta because they always take pets. It would be nice if more places on the coast allowed pets, but I can see their side of it, too. Not everyone treats the places they stay the way they treat their homes. (Or maybe they do & they’re pigs)
I was enjoying reading this until I got to this sentence:
Youd see a nice boon in the economy if more bigger dog moms and dads could bring their Greyhounds, Labradors, and over 50-pound dogs on vacation.
Stopped there. I despise this foolishness of referring to a pet owner as the parent of a dog. I am not my dog’s “mom”. I never met her, but I am sure she had 4 legs and a long tail. The leftists are the ones that like to act like humans are of a species that has no superiority to any other species.
It’s very nice, and not really that expensive.
I saw something just recently about a “dog spa”...
including some sort of mud bath or facial or something.
What dog is going to stand for a “facial”?
Each producing after its kind...
And, no, that dog is not an adopted child...
I have a huge dog (Pyranese). She’s really good in the car, but no way would I take her on vacation.
We take our Lab many places. But he is our pet and not our child.
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