For dog lovers, taking a vacation can be bittersweet. No matter how exciting your holiday itinerary is, leaving your loving dog behind can be stressful and sad. For those of us who prefer to take our dogs along, finding a hotel that accepts dogs can be more work than planning the vacation itself. Here are some helpful tips on how to find dog-friendly hotels, and some suggestions for hotels that not only accept dogs, but cater to them as well.
How to Find Dog-Friendly Hotels
Finding a dog-friendly hotel at your destination or along your travel route doesn't have to be a chore. The Petcentric app provides pet-friendly travel resources and events, which makes traveling with your pet a breeze. From the app, choose your search item from the "Travel & Events" menu on the left. Then simply fill in the city and state of your destination. The search will return the options within the area you have designated. This is a great tool that takes the stress out of traveling with your dog.
Tips for Traveling with Your Dog
Examples of Hotels that Cater to Dogs
- Bring along one or two familiar items like a blanket or a toy to comfort your dog in his unfamiliar surroundings.
- Play white noise or leave a radio on at night to help cover sounds of other hotel guests that might prompt your dog to bark.
- Carry plenty of water with you at all times, and don't forget to bring a dish to pour it into for Fido.
- If traveling by car, be sure to bring along a crate, even if your dog normally does not use one. It may come in very handy if you have car trouble en route.
W Seattle; 1112 4th Ave.; Seattle, WA 98101; 206.264.6000
The W's P.A.W. (Pets Are Welcome) program offers many luxury pet services, including dog walking, grooming, pet sitting, and even a pet turndown treat.
Palomar Phoenix Cityscape; 2 East Jefferson St.; Phoenix, AZ 85004; 602.253.6633
The KimptonPets program includes several amenities to make your pet feel at home, including gourmet treats, dog-walking services and even pet massage.
Loews Denver Hotel; 4150 East Mississippi Ave.; Glendale, CO 80246; 303.782.9300
According to their website, "Loews loves pets." Their amenities include a special room service menu for dogs, dog-walking routes and pet-sitting services.
Trump Hotel Chicago; 401 N. Wabash Ave.; Chicago, IL 60611; 312.588.8000
The Trump Pets program offers a pet room service menu, dog-walking services, pet toys and a special map of the city highlighting pet-friendly parks.
Mandarin Oriental Miami; 500 Brickell Key Dr.; Miami, FL 33131; 305.913.8288
This luxury hotel treats their four-legged guests as well as their two-legged ones. They offer dog walking services, a room service menu that includes pet-safe desserts, and even a doggie boot camp.
"Pet-friendly Places and Events," Petcentric.com
Mandi Titus, "Hotels that Pamper Your Pets," USA Today Travel
Nicole Campoy-Leffler, "11 Dog-Friendly Hotels that Pamper Your Pet," The Daily Meal