Traveling With Your Pup: Where to Stay

Once you’ve experienced the unmatched, incredible human-pooch bond, it can become hard – both logistically and emotionally to leave your dog at home while the rest of the family goes on vacation. Fortunately, if you’re up for it, there are many pup-friendly vacation options that make bringing Fido along a convenient and fun experience.

Depending on the size of your family and your needs, renting a house that allows dogs through a service like Airbnb or VRBO can be a great option that offers a yard for your dog to play, a full kitchen to store food and treats, and/or ample space for a crate, dog bed, and toys.

traveling-thumbnailAlternatively, if you prefer to lounge in the lap of luxury, many hotels and resorts not only accommodate dogs, but offer services customized for man’s best friend. Any of these major hotel chains are worth looking into – can’t you already imagine your pup enjoying room service and a nice, scenic walk by the beach?

The Fairmont
Depending on the property, Fairmont hotels offer a variety of pet-friendly accoutrements such as a welcome basket filled with dog treats, water bowl and toys, ample grounds for long walks, and pet sitting services. Be sure to call ahead for the specific property’s pet policy, additional room and housekeeping fees, weight limits and restricted areas.

Kimpton Hotels
Kimpton is one of the first hotel chains to offer pet-friendly services and accommodations. In fact, bringing your furry friend to stay at a Kimpton is free and without charge, and the hotel welcomes dogs of all different sizes and breeds. Management provides basic amenities such as beds, treats, mats and bowls as well as a concierge list of nearby pet-friendly restaurants, parks and stores upon arrival.

W Hotels
Most W Hotels have a “P.A.W” policy, meaning Pets Are Welcome, but enforce a one-dog only limit and require that the dog be less than 40 pounds. If your dog meets this criteria, with an additional fee and non-refundable cleaning charge, he will be welcomed with treats and a variety of living amenities for his stay. The concierge will also gladly arrange dog sitting, dog walking, birthday cake or locations of nearest dog parks and dog-friendly places at your request.

Trump Hotel Collection
Check each Trump property for its specific pet policy including fees and restrictions, but all hotels are pet-friendly and welcome your four-legged friend. Amenities in New York, Chicago, Las Vegas, Toronto, Waikiki and Doral, Miami, the Trump Pets program offers gourmet treats, in-room dog-specific dining menu, plush dog beds, dog walking services and more.

Loews Hotels
The Loews Loves Pets program offers services such as welcome gifts with name tag, bowl and special treats as well as a “pet in room” sign that helps you relax and alerts the housekeeping staff there is a furry friend in your room. To lighten your travel load, the hotel offers pet beds and accessories. And for mealtime, your pet can enjoy gourmet room service pet menus developed by in-house chefs in conjunction with a licensed veterinarian. Restrictions include two pets per room.

Now that you have a few suggestions, here is a list of questions you should ask the hotel staff before booking your stay.

• What are the extra fees associated with accommodating a dog? Room fee, service fee, housekeeping fee?
• How large are the hotel grounds? Is there ample enough space to take my dog for a walk?
• What are the sleeping options for dogs? Do you offer in-room pet beds or is there a hotel kennel?
• Are there any restricted areas where my dog cannot go, e.g., the pool, lobby, etc.?
• Do you offer dog-food options?
• Do you offer any bonus amenities such as pet-friendly activities?

Now that you’re fully equipped with information to travel with your pet, get ready to enjoy a relaxing, memorable vacation!