Meet the Pet Friendly Hotel of the Future

Dog in hotel bed

With the onset of Covid-19 over the past 3 1/2 months, hotels have suffered huge losses in room bookings and are scrambling for ways to adjust. The ones that survive will have to change their strategies to meet the new reality of a socially-distanced and sanitized world. Many of these changes will be long lasting. […]

How Hotel Chains are Reacting to the Coronavirus

Hotel

Now that the World Health Organization has officially declared the coronavirus (COVID-19) a pandemic and we are seeing a huge spike of cases in the United States and around the world, Petswelcome decided to take a close look at how all the major hotel chains are reacting to the coronavirus and what policies and procedures […]

Top Pet Friendly Travel Trends for 2020

Dog and Cat in suitcase

With the arrival of the new year, it’s time for Petswelcome to report on the top pet friendly travel trends for 2020. Every year in January, we compare notes from the feedback we get from visitors to our site to find out what they’ve been up to. We also check in with other travel professionals […]

Are Hotel Pet Policies Negotiable? You’d Be Surprised!

dog with saved pet fee

A few years ago, I was at a supermarket checkout with my brother when the woman at the cash register told us that the total came to $56.47. My brother looked at her and asked, “Would you take fifty dollars even?” She looked astonished.  He then smiled and said, “Hey, I sell cars for a […]

Petswelcome’s Travelers Wish List (for Pet Policy Information)

Dear Hotel Managers: Summer is the time when Petswelcome gets the most calls from people who want to know about specific information that is not stated in your pet policy. And so we’ve compiled a Travelers Wish List for Pet Policy Information so that you can be ahead of the curve. Needless to say, we […]

Be Sure To Visit Pet Friendly My Place Hotels

My Place Hotel exterior

One of the great things about working at Petswelcome is “discovering” an up-and-coming pet-friendly hotel chain that understands not only the needs of travelers and their pets but, more importantly, delivers on that understanding in spades. Not that pet friendly My Place Hotels needs to be discovered—they opened their first property in 2012—but their phenomenal growth (they now have […]

Travels with Charlie (Part 3): New York City to Florida and Back

Owner and dog on beach

This is the third and final article on a trip taken by Petswelcome founding partner Fred Grayson and his wife, Valerie,  traveling from New York City to Florida with their dog Charlie. After being on a long road trip, heading home always gives rise to mixed feelings. There is some regret that our adventures are […]

Travels with Charlie (Part 2): New York City to Florida and Back

Dog at bakery

This is the second article on a trip taken by Petswelcome founding partner Fred Grayson and his wife, Valerie,  traveling from New York City to Florida with their dog Charlie. The third and final installment will appear next week. When our week at Anna Maria Island, FL, was over, we packed up the car again […]

Travels with Charlie: New York City to Florida and Back

Dog in car

Whenever someone from Petswelcome is heading out on the road with a pet, we always thrust a pencil and notebook in their hands to keep a record of their trip. Not only does it help keep us updated on pet friendly hotels, it also serves as a great template for travelers taking their dogs and/or cats […]

A Hotel Chain Dedicated to Pets (but Allows Humans)

hotel dedicated to pets

We can dream can’t we? Petswelcome has been doing this a long time and we always thought that, one day, some ambitious entrepreneur would come up with the brilliant idea of starting a hotel chain dedicated to pets. Yes, there are some great chains like Kimpton, La Quinta, and others that are wonderfully pet friendly. […]

Pet Friendly Concierges

pet friendly concierge

Knowledge is power. That’s why all of us at Petswelcome agree that pet friendly concierges are one of the most important amenities a hotel can offer. They can make the difference between aimlessly walking around a strange locale with your pet in tow or actually engaging with, and feeling part of, your new surroundings. Pet friendly concierges […]

What the La Quinta Acquisition Means for You and Your Pet

pet friendly La Quinta

  In January of 2018 Wyndham Worldwide Corporation acquired La Quinta Holdings, Inc. for $1.95 billion. This acquisition follows a consolidation trend in the hospitality industry, including Marriott’s purchase of Starwood Hotels and Resorts in 2016, the InterContinental Hotels Group acquisition of Kimpton Hotels, and AccorHotels buying the Swissotel, Raffles, and Fairmont brands. And though […]

Hotel Chains That Accept Cats

Cats Playing

When a hotel says it is “pet friendly” there’s one thing you can be sure of: they accept dogs. Whether they will accept your Great Dane is another question (the old saw “size matters” applies to your pooch, too, if you plan on taking it on a trip). However, what is not such a sure […]

Hotels that Offer More Than Just a Good Night’s Sleep

Dog in blanket.

At Petswelcome, we’ve always felt that being pet friendly conveys an open-mindedness, benevolence, and a progressive way of thinking. While being pet friendly is important (especially to us), there are other ways hotels can embody that same spirit of tolerance and compassion, one that makes you feel glad that you are giving them your business. […]

Hurricane Michael Tips for Pet Owners

Palm trees in a hurricane

With Hurricane Michael bearing down on Florida’s Gulf Coast and due to make landfall on Wednesday, the next few days are a critical time, especially for pet owners. While basic planning and evacuation strategies should already be well in place, we want to reiterate some basic tips for dealing with hurricane emergencies as well as […]

Are Marriott Hotels Pet Friendly?

pet friendly Courtyard

Marriott hotels, which is made up of more than 30 hotel brands, definitely has a lot of pet friendly hotels. Most of their pet policies within each brand vary from property to property. This means that a pet fee and size limit at a Courtyard in Denver, CO, will not necessarily be the same as […]

How I Became a Cat Lover: A Tribute

Accept cats in your pet policy

Hey, I love cats as much as the next guy. But you have to admit that there’s an otherworldly, mysterious, and mischievous vibe about them that, if you were initially a dog person like I was, takes some adjusting to. I never grew up with cats (my parents were not feline enthusiasts) but when I […]

Climate Change and Pets

Dog sitting out storm

Now that we’re in the middle of hurricane season, it got us to thinking about climate change and pets and the reality that our weather patterns are drastically different now than in the past. Yes, we’ve always had hurricane threats toward end of summer and in the fall, but they seem to be getting worse: […]

Five Great Things to do with Your Pet in Santa Fe, New Mexico

Basilica in Santa Fe

Since it’s been a while since Petswelcome last reviewed it, we thought we’d take a fresh look and see if we could come up with five great things to do with your pet in Santa Fe, New Mexico. Known as the “City Different” in the Land of Enchantment, Santa Fe has a unique vibe that […]