You don't have to worry about leaving "Fido" behind when going on vacation because these pet-friendly hotels are opening their doors to both humans and your pet.
I know what a hastle it is when you go on vacation to either find a reliable neighbor to take care of your pet, or choosing the right kennel, and of course worrying about whether your dog will enjoy his stay.
And dog kennels are not cheap...or fun for your dog.
In recent years, many pet-friendly hotels, inns, resorts, and even bed and breakfasts have sprung up across the United States and opened their doors to pets...from New York to California and every state inbetween.
But a word of warning, when booking pet-friendly hotels, ask where the room is located.
We went on a long week-end skiing with the kids and stayed at a nearby hotel with an indoor waterpark.
Luckily, I called ahead and asked if pets were allowed...and they were - but in the smoking rooms only.
There was NO way I would stay in a smoking room and smell like an ashtray.
So instead, we hired our dog-loving neighbor to take care of our dog Champ, two horses, and 8 chickens while we were skiing and swimming.
That really depends on the hotel...and the state.
Some states with pet-friendly hotels are more expensive than others.
For example, hotels in Minnesota and Wisconsin don't charge extra for pets - like Econolodge and Holiday Inn.
But other hotels in California, Florida, and New York charge any where from $5 to $10 to $15 dollars extra for pets to stay per night.
Some pet-friendly hotels also charge either non-refundable or refundable deposits for your pets.
For example the Tenaya Lodge at Yosemite National Park in California charges a $75 non-refundable deposit for pets. And only one pet is allowed per room at 55 pounds or less.
So our dog Champ is welcome!
For a vacation home in the Disney area, there is a $300 refundable deposit and a flat rate of $30 per week for pets.
Wisconsin Dells, a 2 hour drive for us, at the Delton Oaks Resort on the lake charges $15 a night. But you have to reserve early because it fills up quickly.
La Quinta Inns/Suites
Red Roof Inn
Marriott Pet Vacation
Holiday Inn- Int'l
Pick up a good guidebook with listings of pet-friendly hotels, resorts, and other accommodations.
You can find these at your local book store, such as Borders or Barnes and Noble.
The online bookstore Dogwise has books including Pets on the Go! which contains listings for over 18,000 hotels, inns, B&B's, and resorts. Here is an updated list of pet-friendly hotels in the United States and Canada Dog Travel Guide You'll find a a wealth of information on pet-friendly hotels, restaurants, and nearby dog parks, all broken down neatly by city and state.
Really helpful. I wouldn't be without it.
If you belong to American Auto Association, be sure to pick up Traveling With Your Pet, 7th Edition.
Otherwise, look for a copy on Amazon.
There are also several sources that have free online listings and guides for pet-friendly accommodations.
But some require a membership fee to access these listings or to book online. Here is one such site... Another great source of information is from your veterinarian or the staff at your locally owned pet store.
And don't forget to ask the dog enthusiasts at the dog park for some advice and recommendations for places they've particularly enjoyed.
Go to the SoHo Grand in New York.
It stands 17 stories high with stunning views in the heart of artistic Soho.
There is in-room dining for pets with a special pet menu, pet sitting, walking, grooming, even their own on call vet!
You can even take a Pet Taxi that will take you and your pet to your New York area destination.
Or head to the Hotel Monaco Chicago...
Where they offer PAWS Chicago Pet Package, including a doggy bed, and a bowl and bone at turndown.
Kitties receive a bowl, a disposable litter box and a special kitty treat at turndown.
Pets can sign the exclusive pet register, which entitles them to special offers and benefits during future visits.
These pampered packages start at $139 per night and include deluxe accommodations.
This has to be the "poshest" place I've come across for pets!
Tired terriers or run-down retrievers are spoiled with eight different spa treatments...
From Swedish massage to accupressure.
And pooped-out pet owners are not left in the doghouse --
The Don Cesar, located on St. Pete Beach in Florida, aims to keep both four-legged guests and their owners pampered with a massage and daily breakfast to relieve tension.
Rates for the “Posh Pets” getaway -- including a two-night stay and a day of dog and master beauty -- start at $768.
“Pampered Pet Massages” begin at $65, with room rates as low as $134.
Now I have to be completely honest here...
I would never in a million years "pamper" my dog Champ with massages or midnight doggie treats...
But we do enjoy bringing Champ along on family vacations when we can...
He is FAMILY!