Your furry, four-legged friends are a big part of your family, which includes taking them along with you on vacation. With the many convenient accommodations available to owners, booking a pet friendly hotel room is easier than ever. Here are seven tips to make your hotel stay with pets a stress-free and enjoyable experience.
1. Research hotel pet fees and restrictions
Hotels often charge extra fees and deposits, including nonrefundable cleaning fees, for pets. Before booking your room, check the hotel’s fees and requirements, including pet weight and size restrictions.
2. Ask about the hotel property and noise levels
Ask the staff about the hotel grounds and noise level. Some hotels are located near busy, crowded streets and aren’t safe areas for animals. If your pet gets anxious and nervous around loud noises and big crowds, choose a quiet, less crowded hotel so your pet feels safe and comfortable.
3. Book a room on the first floor
Choose a ground level hotel room so you don’t have to walk up and down the stairs and so your pet won’t disturb guests below you. A ground level room makes it easier to take pets out for their bathroom breaks. Consider booking a large suite so your pet has plenty of room to explore his new surroundings.
4. Follow the hotel’s pet rules
Follow the hotel’s rules. Use designated bathroom areas and clean up after your dog. Some hotels don’t allow pets to be left alone in a hotel room without human supervision. If your pet has long hair and tends to shed, bring along blankets or sheets from home and cover furniture to reduce a furry mess on furniture. For your pet’s safety, keep a close eye on him inside the room and always leash your pet when walking outdoors.
5. Bring along cat litter boxes
When traveling with cats, bring along a travel litter box and place in the bathroom. This makes for easier clean up if the cat litter spills. When traveling with cats, make sure that the hotel allows cats to stay in the room.
6. Don’t forget the cleaning supplies
Bring along disinfectant sprays, rug cleaners and rags in case of accidents. If your dog tends to have accidents while away from home, use doggy bathroom pads in the room. Wipe off wet, dirty fur and paws with a towel so he doesn’t track dirt and mud on the floor. As a courtesy, advise the hotel immediately of any stains or damage caused by pets.