In less than 3 weeks I will be starting my vacation which begins in with a flight from Los Angeles to Washington D.C. and ends in Nashville with the 2015 Blogpaws Conference! I’m so looking forward to this trip not only because it is the first cross-country trip with Riley, but we will also be joined by our friend Tracy with Pawesome Cats from Australia! Yup, this is a girls only vacay.
In total I will be on the road with Riley for 15 days. Even though Riley works as my service dog, and technically we can stay anywhere, I choose to stay at pet friendly hotels. These are the reasons why.
Designated Potty Areas
If there is one thing I hate more is having to search for a place to take Riley potty. Especially in the mornings after she has patiently waited for me to get dressed and take her out. A nice green patch of grass, centrally located in the hotel area is better to me than free breakfast, though that can be nice too.
If you check in to a pet friendly hotel, ask what amenities they have for your pet. Many pet friendly hotels offer bowls, beds and even special in-room service menus. So don’t be afraid to ask what they offer!
Pet Friendly Staff
Believe it or not, but the times I have stayed at regular hotels with Riley, I have gotten that look. The look of disgust that they have to let us stay there, but made it perfectly clear with their body language that we were not fully welcome.
Favorite Pet Friendly Hotels
These are just a few of my favorite hotels, in no particular order:
- Kimpton Hotels – Pet Friendly Kimpton Hotels
- Starwood Hotels – in 2003 they announced the Love That Dog Program in which Sheraton, Westin and W hotels will welcome dogs in the U.S. and Canada. As part of the Starwood LTD (Love That Dog) program, four-legged guests receive luxurious dog beds and amenities like plush robes, doggie toys and canine massages.
- Intercontinental Hotel Group (IHG) – various hotels including Intercontinental, Crown Plaza, Staybridge Suites & Candlewood Suites are pet friendly, though individual hotels may vary, you can usually find a pet friendly hotel within the area you are staying. I am a fan of Staybridge & Candlewood Suites when I have to stay somewhere 3 days or more.
- LaQuinta Hotels – Always pet friendly. I find LaQuinta a great budget choice when traveling and I just need a quick overnight stay.
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