Top 5 Pet Friendly Hotels
Veterinarian Reviewed on July 7, 2009 by Dr. Janice Huntingford
Summer is here and that means it is vacation time! Though owning a pet can sometimes put a limit on your vacation destination, here is a list of the top 5 pet friendly hotel chains across North America that together can provide you with endless vacation opportunities.
AmeriSuites Pet Policy
Since AmeriSuites understands that pets are part of the family, they allow small pets and dogs to stay in the same hotel room as their family.
Service Animals that accompany any person with disabilities are always accepted at every hotel.
Pets must weigh less than 30 pounds.
Pets should never be left unattended in their hotel room or suite
A $10.00 pet fee is required for each pet
Quality Inns Pet Policy
Quality Inns welcomes any well behaved pet with a maximum of 3 pets per room.
Dogs must not weigh more than 50 pounds.
No pet is allowed to be left alone in their hotel room unless they are in a crate, carrier or cage. If this is not possible, most hotel properties can provide a list of local pet sitters.
There is a charge of $10.00 per night per pet.
A $50.00 damage deposit may be required, but this is refunded if the room is in order at check out.
Sheraton Hotels Pet Policy
All North American Sheraton hotels will allow doggie guests at their hotels. The boutique style, W Hotels, also welcomes cats. Sheraton Hotels love to pamper their pet guests by providing them with luxurious custom pet beds and amenities like floor mats, food bowls, and ID tags. Every dog receives a ‘Welcome Kit’ which includes handy information on nearby areas for walks as well as other goodies to help make their travel more comfortable.
Some properties do require an extra per night charge and/or a deposit.
Although there is a weight limit of 80 pounds or 40 pounds at Westin Hotels, dogs that weigh more than that, as well as other pets may be accepted at the General Manager’s discretion.
A Pet waiver form is required to be signed upon check in.
Four Seasons Hotels Pet Policy
This hotel chain only allows small pets that weigh less than 25 pounds and are well behaved. Pets must be appropriately restrained by their owners at all times and be kept on a leash whenever they are outside of their hotel room.
Pets should never be left unattended in their hotel room. Guests can contact the concierge to obtain information about pet sitters or pet supplies.
No pet is allowed inside any of the food and beverage outlets, health club or pool areas of the hotel, unless they are a guide dog.
Guests are responsible for immediately cleaning up after their pet on hotel property.
No disturbances, such as excessive barking, will be tolerated. This is to ensure that other hotel guests can also have an enjoyable hotel experience.
If you would like your room serviced during your stay, you are asked to contact the housekeeping department to arrange for a time when your pet will be out of the room.
Pet owners are responsible for any property damage and/or personal injuries resulting from their pet. They also agree to indemnify and hold harmless the hotel, its owners and its operator from all liability and damage suffered as a result of their pet. As such, the hotel has the right to charge a guest’s account commensurate to the cost of such damages.
La Quinta Pet Policy
With over 350 pet-friendly locations from coast to coast, La Quinta is one of the best places to stay with your pet!
As long as they do not weigh more than 50 pounds each, both cats and dogs are welcome in all guest rooms.
Housekeeping services will only be performed if the pet is out of the room, crated, or if the pet’s owner is present.
There are no pet fees or deposits required.
Loews Hotels Pet Policy
The “Loews Loves Pets” program is in effect at all 16 hotels, which offers specialized services and first-class amenities to pets and their owners. All well behaved pets of any type, except aggressive dog breeds, are welcome.
A few of the amenities include:
A welcome note from the hotel manager
List of the hotel’s pet related services
Local pet related resources
Special pet beds
Complimentary bag of treats and a pet toy
Food and water bowls with a place mat
A special ‘Do Not Disturb’ sign
“Did You Forget Closet” – Here guests can purchase items such as litter boxes, pooper-scoopers, pet toys, leashes, and even rent a pet video.
The Pet Room Service Menu includes dishes such as grilled lamb or chicken with rice for dogs, grilled liver or salmon with rice for cats, and a vegetarian entree too.
Photo Credit: jrubinic
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Janice Huntingford, DVM, has been in veterinary practice for 28 years and has founded two veterinary clinics since receiving her Doctor of Veterinary Medicine at the Ontario Veterinary College, University of Guelph. She has studied extensively in both conventional and holistic modalities. Ask Dr. Jan