Pet Friendly – Is America Finally Catching On?
For decades, Europe has been pet friendly. Now the U.S. is finally realizing people here think of their pets as family as well and want to travel with them. Because of this, many of the top brand hotels began opening their doors, starting with high-end five-star hotels that take pets to one-star establishments. As the trend took hold, hotels that take pets began vying for the business that comes from pet owners and started catering to their needs. So what we have now is a range of pet amenities and perks that hotels provide, which is not necessarily dependent upon how high the hotel is rated, but more upon how each property wants to interpret their pet policy. For example, the Hotel Palomar, San Diego is a five-star hotel that goes all out providing dog beds, special biscuits and cookies in cookie jars scatered throughout the premises and its receptionists are known to love it when guest’s pets keep their feet warm during slow season. However, another five-star hotel such as the Montage Laguna Beach, while the staff loves pets, it limits its pet perks to a dog bed, feeding bowls and a treat. This range of what is considered pet friendly runs throughout many of the major and even smaller hotel chains and varies from hotel to hotel within those chains. But we can almost guarantee that no matter what, you will find a hotel or motel that permits pets in every U.S. city. Read this article about things to consider when selecting a hotel that will welcome your pet.