Pet-friendly hotels gain popularity, offer impressive amenities

Hotels offer a wide variety of services, from the necessary to the upscale and unusual, to make their guests feel at home: pedicures, massages, gift baskets, exercise classes, gourmet room service, luxury bedding, even psychics — no, not for you, for your pet!

A recent New York Times article reports that as pets become family members and more owners want to travel with their animals, 61 percent of U.S. hotel properties permit pets. Each year, Americans spend $5.4 billion on traveling with pets. There are now websites dedicated to pet-friendly hotels and travel options, such as and More than ever, hotels are not just accepting and accommodating dogs, they are encouraging and embracing them. There are even hotels exclusively for dogs and cats – no people allowed!

Some hotels allow pets in all rooms, while some have a limited number of pet rooms. Many hotels charge about $25 a night for pets, and some require a refundable deposit of $100-150 for possible damages. Some even require a nonrefundable cleaning fee, which can also be around $100. In order to be properly prepared, avoid disappointment, and ensure an enjoyable and comfortable stay, ask questions ahead of time.

You’re going to be the one wanting to share their bed! From Sarah Ackerman.

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Keep in mind, you may be able to find a place to stay with no pet fees! There are several pet-friendly hotels and motels that allow pets to stay free of charge, including Red Roof Inn, Best Western, Motel 6, and Candlewood Suites.

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