Wednesday, January 15, 2014

Traveling With Pets

Looking for pet friendly hotels when you travel? Check out these…

Marriott: Marriott offers a variety of pet-friendly options across the U.S. and the world. Residence Inn and TownePlace Suites are two brands that specifically cater to guests with pets, but many other brands within the Marriott family such as Fairfield Inn and Ritz Carlton also allow pets depending on location. Select luxury hotels such as Ritz Carlton even offer loaner Burberry raincoats and pet massage therapists!

Kimpton Hotels: Kimpton is the gold standard when it comes to treating pets like superstar guests on vacation. Twelve of these boutique hotels even have a Director of Pet Relations on site who can give you tips on pet-friendly locales. These hotels offer fresh water and snacks for your feline in the lobby, comfy pet beds, and food & water bowls. Pets are welcomed at no extra charge and with no deposit required.

Loews:"Loews loves pets" is the motto at these hotels, and you can expect your pet will be treated like a VIP…very important pet in their words. Want gourmet room service for your pet with meals prepared by an award-winning Master Chef? Loews even provides extra touches like catnip and scratching posts on request. The basics are also covered: hotels provide specialized bedding, leashes, collars, litter boxes (and litter), pooper scoopers, and more.

W Hotels: These super-chic luxury hotels greet cats in style. A "pet welcome kit," special treats, and toys are all part of the P.A.W. philosophy: "Pets Are Welcome." However, you will pay a little extra for the star treatment: $25 extra/day plus a non-refundable $100 cleaning fee.

Hotel Indigo:  This is a great option for budget-conscious travelers, as Hotel Indigo welcomes pets with open arms. Some properties charge no additional fee to book a room and a number of locations even offer permanent pet residencies.

Hilton: Many Hilton hotels are pet havens thanks to the company's "Hilton: Pet Friendly" program. Select hotels within the DoubleTree, Homewood Suites and Home2 brands accommodate your pet’s needs with a Creature Comfort welcome kit, grooming services, and special menus. Keep in mind that guests are charged $75 extra per pet. 

As always, check with the individual hotel when you book your room. Ask about services, fees, and extra charges. 

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