If you and your family have pets, leaving them at home during the holidays can be difficult. Putting your pets in a kennel can be expensive, but it can be difficult to find someone to pet sit in your home. Fortunately, there is a solution. Pet-friendly hotels are becoming more popular in many cities.
Pet-friendly hotels allow travellers to bring their animal friends with them instead of boarding a kennel or hiring a caretaker to stay with them during the trip. These places are dedicated to putting animals at ease while providing owners with peace of mind knowing that their animals are safe and well-fed.
Some luxury establishments even treat animals like miniature VIPs, responding to all their whims and pampering them. For example, they may have a special room service menu for animals, leave toys in all rooms, and provide special beds for dogs and cats that will give the animals a good night’s sleep. A hotel in Seattle even has animal psychiatrists, acupuncturists and massage therapists on staff to truly pamper the animals that come to stay there.
A facility in California has a “Yappy Hour” where dog owners can bring their dogs to a special area for a play session. These events are a great way for dogs to run and tire while their owners socialize. Some places have even hired “animal relations directors” who organize special events and discover new services and offers that will make animals feel at home.
Some pet-friendly hotels have also started providing replacement pets to travelers who have been forced to leave their four-legged friends at home. For example, the Burnham in Chicago has started supplying goldfish to customers, as has the SoHo Grand in New York. Some establishments have even started to provide cats or dogs to guests who would like an animal during their stay. The goal is to make clients feel more comfortable and to work to alleviate the pain that comes with leaving a beloved pet friend at home.
These pet-friendly hotels are able to accommodate dedicated pet lovers by requesting a non-refundable deposit from all guests who bring pets with them. This allows them to provide additional services and repair any damage that animals may cause, such as chewing on furniture, scratching carpets, or urinating inside the room.