Pet Friendly Hospitality Companies You Should Know

When people travel with pets, they often rely on a specific hotel brand that has proven to be extremely pet friendly, such as La Quinta Inns and Suites, for example. And that makes perfect sense because they know what to expect and can be confident that their family and pets will be treated well during their stay. However, there are other players in the hotel industry that you should also know about because many of them are pet friendly, though their properties don’t necessarily have a single brand name to identify them. These entities are known as hospitality management companies and are often made up of a mix of different hotel brands as well some properties that they might own directly, and which are unique to their company.

Pet friendly Hotel Los Gatos
Hotel Los Gatos

Hospitality management companies set the tone with regard to the services and amenities each property offers, including pet-friendliness. That’s why it’s good to know who they are. If you like the way you and your pet are treated in one of their hotels, you should know what other properties they manage so you can take advantage of them as well. And, since they are a mix of different brands, it will not be apparent that a TownePlace Suite in one city is managed by the same company that manages a Fairfield Inn & Suites in another city. To solve that problem, Petswelcome will now be adding certain pet friendly hospitality companies to our list of Hotel Chains so that you’ll have the inside scoop on who’s managing what pet-friendly hotel and will have even more options on your next trip.

woman and dog resting at the Bristol Hotel
Getting some rest at the Bristol Hotel.

One of these pet friendly hospitality companies is Greystone Hotels. They are a leading hospitality group on the West Coast, managing properties in California and Oregon. They have 9 independent luxury boutique hotels in California, as well two that are affiliated with the Marriott brand. One of their pet friendly properties is the upscale Bristol Hotel in San Diego, CA. They allow two pets per room with no size restrictions and have a pet free of $25 per day. They also offer a pet friendly package that provides a “welcome pet” amenity on arrival, pet bowls and pet beds for use throughout your stay, as well as a nightly turn down service for you and your pet. Their other pet-friendly properties include the King George Hotel, San Francisco, CA; Hotel Los Gatos, Los Gatos, CA; Empress Hotel, La Jolla, CA; and TownePlace Suites, Bend, OR.

pet friendly Fairbanks Inn
Fairbanks Inn

Another one of these pet friendly hospitality companies is the Linchris Hotel Corporation. With over 100 years of combined experience in the industry, they treat every property as if it were their own. And they manage some very cool and unique properties such as Surfside Hotel & Suites in Provincetown, MA. There’s a $40 pet fee, no size limit, and pets can be left unattended in rooms if needed. There are also dog treats at check-in and pets are allowed on their private beach. Best of all, they have a dog shower available after your best buddy has hit the waves. Other properties include two beautiful hotels in Vermont: Golden Eagle Resort in Stowe and Fairbanks Inn in St. Johnsbury. Some of the other lodgings that round out their pet-friendly offerings are Anchorage at the Lake, Tilton, NH; Hyatt Place Austin Arboretum, Austin, TX; and Hampton Inn Boston/Logan Airport in Revere, MA.

boy and dog at Golden Eagle Resort
Hanging with his buddy at the Golden Eagle Resort.

So, if you’re not sure where to book your next trip with your pet, check out our new pet-friendly Hospitality Management Company listings. They might offer some suggestions you would not have otherwise thought of. They are diverse, reliable, extremely well run and always happy to welcome your whole family with open arms.

Be Sure to Visit Pet friendly My Place Hotels

 

My Place Hotel

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 41 hotels in 20 states with 40 more on the way) attests to the fact that they’re doing something right and are on track to becoming one of the leading pet friendly chains in very short order.

My Place Hotel Interior

Their philosophy is simple: to offer modern amenities at an affordable price. And while that may sound like a standard approach, My Place is actually doing innovative things that live up to that philosophy, and separate their brand from the rest of the pack. They understand that travelers now have different requirements and needs than they did in the past, and they’ve set out to address those needs in unique ways. First, My Place is both a short-term and extended-stay hotel, meaning you can stay just one night or for a month or more, and your needs will be equally met. The standard approach used by other chains was to separate short-term and extended stays into different brands, but My Stay knows that by providing the modern traveler with the right amenities and choices, they can meet all your needs no matter how long you stay.

My Store
My Store is always well stocked to meet your every need.

And provide the right amenities, they do. First, their pet policy is awesome. You can have two pets (dogs or cats) per room up to 80 lbs. each with a pet fee of just $10 per night, not to exceed $50 per week or $100 monthly. We like that. They also have a My Store at each property, which provides plenty of food, beverages and snacks, as well as dinnerware, pots and pans to use in the kitchens that are in every room, including a refrigerator/freezer, microwave, 2-burner cooktop and sink. How convenient is that? Whether it’s delicious leftovers, take out, or ingredients for your favorite homecooked meal, My Place can help you make it happen. There is also a 37-inch flat screen TV with premium cable in each room, as well as free WiFi and wired internet. And, if that’s not enough, check out My Lounge, a great place to relax, hang with other guests if you’d like, have a cup of coffee and/or use their 24-hour business center. We really love the way My Place mixes public and private spaces to meet all your travel needs.

My Lounge
My Lounge is a great place to relax and mix with other guests.

Further amenities include guest laundry, options for daily housekeeping  and—in select locations—grill pavilions for cookouts and a Breakfast In Bed plan that allows you to select a custom pre-packaged breakfast at check-in that will be delivered to your refrigerator each day at a minimal cost.

From pet-friendliness to myriad services, conveniences and facilities that allow you to live like a local while exploring a brand new destination, My Place is definitely The Place to visit on your next trip with your pet.

 

 

 

Upcoming Cat Events and Festivals for Summer 2018

picture of cat

Summer is the time to get out and explore and experience new and different happenings. If you are a cat lover, then there’s plenty to do and see this summer, with events and festivals that highlight and revel in that most magnificent of animals, the felis catis. These events are as different and varied as the animals they celebrate. We recommend you try to catch one (or check local listings to see if there is one in your area). We’re sure you’ll have a grand time, meeting like-minded cat-loving humans and maybe even learning a thing or two about your favorite feline. Here are some upcoming cat events and festivals for the summer of 2018 that caught our eye.

New York Cat Film Festival

Cat Film Festival, Arlington, MA – June 29, July 1

Founded by Tracie Hotchner, this festival, billed as the New York Cat Film Festival, has numerous destinations, including Morristown, NJ (July 22), Bloomington, IN (August 4), Cary, NC (September 12), and Berkeley, CA (September 14). The two films being shown are “Nobody Owns a Cat” and “Little Works of Art.” Proceeds benefit The Cat Connection and WINN Feline Foundation.

Meow Meetup, Chicago, IL – July 21, 22

The largest cat convention in the Midwest, the Meow Meetup features a Cat Café where you can enjoy a cappuccino and hang out with adoptable cats from the Almost Home Foundation. You can visit the Kitty Yoga Studio and do a 45-minute session, also with adoptable cats. Other events include a Meow Mixer After Party where you can meet and have a cocktail with other cat people, Breakfast & Kitty Bingo, and a Feline Film Festival.

Garden State Cat Club Show & Expo, Edison, NJ – July 21, 22

New Jersey’s largest cat show and held at the New Jersey Convention & Exposition Center, this is the Cat Fancier’s Association’s primary fund raiser, supporting cats through local feline shelters. Goings-on include Meet the Breeds, a Family Cat Beauty Contest,  a Feline Agility Competition, Ask the Vet, and much more.

CatCon

CatCon, Pasadena, CA – August 4, 5

CatCon bills itself as “the biggest cat-centric pop culture experience in the world” with nearly 45,000 attendees showing up at past events. Held at the Pasadena Convention Center,  this “all immersive” extravaganza showcases the latest and greatest human and feline talent, including New York Times-bestselling author Gwen Cooper, Moshow the Cat Rapper, Pudge the Cat and Two Crazy Cat Ladies, among many others. Adoptions are front and center, with the Pasadena Humane Society & SPCA offering adoptions at the CatCon Adoption Village. Be it seminars or meet-and-greets with cat-loving celebrities, education and entertainment are the hallmarks of this fun and informative happening.

Cat Video Festival, St. Paul, MN – August 8

The motto of this festival is, “Everything is Better with Cats.” We agree! A nighttime outdoor event hosted at CHS Field, home field for the St. Paul Saints, its offerings include a hilarious collection of videos showing “cats being…well, cats.” Fireworks, music, food and beer round out the evening, making it one affair we surely don’t want to miss.

PopCats

Pop Cats 2018, Austin, TX – August 25, 26

Held at the Palmer Events Center, this two-day convention revels in all things feline. Cat-centric speakers as well as experts, artists and vendors from all around the world will be coming together to celebrate, praise and extol cats and the people who love them.  Guests and presenters include Iammoshow the Cat Rapper (there’s more than one cat rapper??), Becky McFly (founder of Pussweek Magazine), and Dr. Katrina Breitreiter. The Austin Humane Society will also be on hand with adorable adoptable kittens.

Do to the nature of some of these events, your cat might not be permitted to attend. If you’re thinking of heading out to any of them with your cat, be sure to check their websites to see if your cat is allowed.  And, of course, if you need a place to stay, you can always find cat-friendly hotels on Petswelcome.com.

Visit Pet Friendly Ames, Iowa

Why Iowa? you might ask. Here at Petswelcome, we think the most fun destinations are those you might not know much about. And when we’re looking for pet-friendly places to take our pets, we like to head to destinations that might not be on everyone’s shortlist. But here are a few things you might not have known about Iowa. The National Hobo Convention takes place in Iowa. And if anyone knows great destinations, my guess it would be hobos. Also, hogs outnumber people four to one. To my mind, that means they love animals, which is always a good thing. Ames also has the highest literacy rate in the country (awesome!). And the Eskimo Pie was invented there. What’s not to like? Ames, in particular, has some great things going for it, namely Iowa State University, which is home to the College of Veterinary Medicine, one of the premier vet schools in the country. A college town with a mission to keep animals healthy? It’s time to head to pet-friendly Ames, Iowa!

High Trestle Bridge
High Trestle Bridge

Whenever we arrive in a town, we look for some pet-friendly bars and restaurants to chill out with our pooches. Ames doesn’t disappoint. Check out the Mucky Duck Pub. It’s decorated like an old English pub and has a dog-friendly patio. And we recommend trying their Odd Duck Ale. Very tasty. Also, check out The Café for breakfast, lunch, or dinner. Of course, we’re always looking for food trucks because they often serve up fantastic specialty or ethnic foods and pets are usually welcome at the nearby tables. If you’re into Mexican food, Tacos La Michoacana  should be on your list of trucks to track down.

Iowa Arboretum
Iowa Arboretum

As far as activities with your favorite animal, head over to the Ames Dog Park. It’s a 10-acre park divided into two sections—a fenced-in area for small dogs and an 8-acre section for larger dogs (you will need a rabies vaccination certificate to use the park). Also stop by pet-friendly Iowa Arboretum, located on 415 acres in nearby Madrid (28 miles away). It contains hundreds of species of trees, plants and shrubs in a lovely setting and has plenty of trails for you and your dog to enjoy.

We love rail trails—they’re a great way to get some exercise with your best buddy and they usually run through beautiful natural areas as well as historic towns. To that end you might want to take a half hour drive from Ames to Ankeny, IA, to visit the High Trestle Trail. It’s worth the drive. The trail is 25 miles long and runs through five towns and four counties. Part of the trail includes a 13-story high bridge that crosses the Des Moines River Valley. It is one of the longest trestle bridges in the world.

Finally, you’re going to need a pet friendly hotel. Ames has plenty. There is Radisson Hotel Ames Conference Center, Quality Inn & Suites Starlite Village Conference Center, Econo Lodge, and Microtel In & Suites, as well as many others.

So pack your bags, book your room, grab your pooch and head to pet-friendly Ames, Iowa. We think you’ll be surprised, pleased and very glad you took a road less traveled to discover a wonderful city.

How to Walk Through a Hotel Lobby with Your Dog

I don’t know about you but whenever I enter the doors to walk through a hotel lobby with my dog, my heart starts pounding, my hands get sweaty and I hear the theme song from Jaws coursing through my ears. That’s because one of the big challenges when traveling with a dog, at least for me, is getting through the public areas of hotels to my room with as few “incidents” as possible. Having many times walked through the “minefield,” as we affectionately call the lobby stroll, a few of us at Petswelcome got together to come up with some commonsense advice on how to reduce the chance of anything going wrong.

1. If your dog is not used to being around crowds or even a few strangers, make sure you take him out to socialize before you leave on your trip. Bring him over to a willing neighbor’s house or to a local pet store so he can adjust and get comfortable with the idea of being indoors among people and dogs and pets he isn’t familiar with.

2. Even though it might be tempting, if there’s just one person traveling, never leave your dog in the car while you check in. There are too many things that can go wrong. You might think you’ll be back out in a few minutes but you can’t be sure and it’s not worth something happening to your dog while you’re gone.

3. If you’re about to check in and there is another person traveling with you, have that person stay in the car with the dog or walk them around the parking lot while you get the room. That will allow you to scope out the situation and ask the front desk if there is another, less public, entry for your pet to use during your stay.

right way and wrong way to enter a hotel lobby with a dog

 

4. If you have a small dog, it’s best to carry it in a crate when you initially enter the hotel, rather than using a leash. When your dog is in a crate, it is totally safe and protected. And you are in full control. This will allow you to keep your mind on whatever you need to be doing without having to worry, whether it be checking in or asking the concierge or front desk attendant relevant questions about your stay.

5. If you have a large dog, we recommend using a dog harness, which will give you more control than a leash connected to a collar. We have seen uncooperative dogs slip out of their collars many times to run free in places they shouldn’t be running free. Dogs in harnesses respond well to the gentle pressure that you can apply, allowing for much easier handling, even in crowded conditions. Remember, a straight line is the shortest distance to your intended goal. A harness will help you achieve that straight line.

6. Always have treats and toys on hand. There’s nothing that keeps a dog’s attention more focused than a beef treat or favorite chew toy. When I’m walking through a lobby with my dog, I let him know I have a treat in my hand, which keeps him concentrated on me and not on the other guests around us. The chew toy comes in handy during check-in while I’m exchanging information and getting my room card. He’s so busy at my feet with the toy that the attendant sometimes doesn’t even seem to notice that I have a dog with me.

The bottom line is you know your dog best. Whatever comforts and occupies his or her attention should be part of the arsenal you use when passing through the hotel lobby and/or ensuring a quick and successful check-in.

Hotel Discounts for Military Travelers with Pets

dog and soldier

Over the years, Petswelcome has received a lot of calls and emails from members of the military who travel with pets. That’s because our service men and women are often on the go. Whether it’s a PCS (Permanent Change of Station) or a visit to relatives, or simply a family vacation, they put in a lot more time on the road than the average civilian. And because our appreciation of their service to our country cannot be overstated, we enjoy finding hotel discounts for military travelers with pets and making their trips as enjoyable and hassle-free as possible.  

People in the military have a lot of options when it comes to places stay. Some of these are for military/government personnel only, like Armed Forces Recreation Centers, a chain of affordable resort hotels around the world owned by the U.S. Department of Defense that provides much needed R&R for military personnel and their families. There are also military campgrounds and RV Parks for service men and women who enjoy the outdoors. These are more affordable than traditional camping facilities but still offer the same amenities.

However, when military travelers come to us, they are usually looking for more civilian-based pet-friendly lodgings, national hotel chains such as La Quinta that accept pets and offer discounts to the military. This doesn’t mean that inns and B&Bs do not offer military discounts—many do—but we try to cover the widest swath possible, one that offers our service men and women the best opportunity of finding a discounted pet-friendly hotel near their destination. To that end, here are some of our favorite military-friendly hotel chains:

Best Western

Best Western offers a discount of 10% or more to members of the military, including veterans and American Legion members. All you have to do is present an official ID card or work orders when you check in. If you don’t have an official ID card, contact Best Western’s Government Representative and apply for a Best Western issued government traveler card. 

Choice Hotels

With more than 2,700 participating properties, Choice offers guaranteed discounts for one and two person rates. Active duty and retired military personnel and their dependents, as well as federal employees and government reimbursement contractors, are all eligible for the discount. Choice also offers a new Choice Privileges Armed Services program that allows military members (active and retired), National Guard and U.S. Coast Guard to join the Choice Privileges rewards program at the Elite Gold level. Members receive 10% point bonuses on all stays as well as exclusive customer service and reservation phone numbers and other in-hotel benefits.

InterContinental Hotels Group

IHG, whose brands include Staybridge Suites, Holiday Inn, Holiday Inn Express and many more, offers government per diem rates to military travelers. Each of the more than 3,000 participating hotels also also might offer other specials for service men and women, including free continental or full breakfasts. Intercontinental also includes IHG Army Hotels which are located on Army bases and installations throughout the United States. 

La Quinta

La Quinta has a Rewards program that offers many benefits to active duty service members, veterans or military spouses. The La Quinta Returns Military Rewards program offers a 12% discount beyond their Best Available Rates price, Instant Gold Status (which gives you 20% more points for every stay), and 2 free room upgrades per year. There is also express check-in and a members only reservation and assistance line. You also will get an additional 2,000 Bonus Points after your first stay. Finally, once you achieve 6,000 points, you can start getting free nights and gift cards.

Motel 6

At Motel 6, all active and retired military personnel, including their families, get a 10% discount. The discounted rate only applies in the country that you are serving or served in. This discount is not not be combined with other special discounts or rates. All 1,300+ locations offer the military rate; however, it may not be available during special events. 

Red Roof Inn

Whether you are on official military travel or on vacation, Red Roof offers military service men and women a 10% discount on room rates. In addition, if you are a friend or family of someone in the military and you are visiting them on base—or if they’ve just returned from overseas or are graduating—you will also get a 10% discount. Veterans who enroll in Veterans Advantage and get a VetRewards card are entitled to a 20% discount. 

If you are in the military, or are retired from service, and would like help finding pet-friendly lodging, feel free to email Cindy Dahlen from Petswelcome at [email protected], or call her at 320-766-9374. 

Great Savings for Pet Friendly Senior Travel

Man and dog on beach

Are you older than 50 and thinking of taking a trip with your pet? If so, it’s a great time for pet friendly senior travel. That’s because many of the large hotel chains are offering savings opportunities that you should take advantage of. And, hey, if you’re in your 50s and early 60s and don’t think of yourself as a senior yet,  just consider it a baby boomer discount.

First, with regard to the numbers, AARP reports that Americans own 305 million cats and dogs, which is an increase of 85 million pets over the past decade. According to AARP, those 50 or older account for sixty percent of that growth. And since older owners are more likely to be divorced, widowed, separated or to live alone, their pets often play a more prominent role in their lives, including when they travel.

Cat in man's lap

Hotel chains understand this and offer many discounts to this demographic. While most of them are geared to people 62 and older, there are some chains that offer discounts to pet owners in their 50s as well. The key to is to be a savvy shopper. You will often get a better discount by just being a member in a rewards program offered by a particular chain so, if you travel regularly, that is an option to consider. Also, you should check whether you can “stack” discounts. For example, if you’re a military veteran and over 62, find out if you get both discounts or are only able to choose the one that offers the largest savings. As with everything, doing your homework will pay off with regard to the money you save.

Here are six popular hotel chains and the discounts they offer:

Best Western

You can save 10% or more on room rates at Best Western if you are 55 or older. The discount is not available at all Best Westerns and is subject to availability, so be sure to enquire before you book your room. Proof of age will be required at check-in.

Choice Hotels

You can save up to 10% with Choice Hotels (which includes Comfort Inns, Quality Inns, Sleep Inns and many others). Choice offers a tiered program depending on your age, from 50 to 55 to 60+. Choice Hotels also offers a Senior Travelers email newsletter that you can subscribe to to find out the latest specials and promotions for that age group.

InterContinental Hotels Group

IHG is made up of many popular brands such as Candlewood Suites, Holiday Inn, Holiday Inn Express, and Crowne Plaza Hotels & Resorts among others. If you are 62 years old or older, you may be entitled to get a discounted room rate at any participating hotel. Check each property for availability.

La Quinta

If you are 65 and older, you can get special savings at La Quinta Inns & Suites. La Quinta stipulates the discount may not be used together with any other offer or discounted rates. Seniors can get discounted rates not only in participating hotels in the U.S. and Canada, but also at LQ Hotel in Mexico, Colombia, and Honduras.

Motel 6

People 60 years or older are entitled to a special 10% Senior Rate discount at each of their 1,300 plus locations. The discount can be applied to a maximum of two rooms for six consecutive nights per stay. Proof of age must presented at check-in.

Red Roof Inns

If you are 59+, you can save 10% year round. Restrictions are based on availability and age status will verified at check-in, so be sure to have your ID.

Stay tuned to the Weekly Bone to find more hotel-related discounts in future articles.

 

 

How to Use Petswelcome’s Pet-Friendly Trip Planner

Beagle on Road Trip

One of Petswelcome’s most popular features is our Pet-friendly Trip Planner, which pet-owners use to plan their road trips with their favorite animal(s). The best feature of the Trip Planner, besides allowing you to find pet-friendly hotels along your route, is that you can save it. Overall, the planner is much more than simply getting directions to your destination while you’re in the car, it’s a complete saved itinerary of your trip–including route, driving directions, stopovers and hotels you’ve picked along the way–one that you can refer to before you leave to make any last-minute changes to your itinerary if need be, while also accessing it on the road to get to all your intended stops.

Because of its popularity, we thought we’d write a quick how-to-use piece on it to spread the word so that you can use it for your next trip with no learning curve involved at all. We’re sure you’ll enjoy its ease of use and convenience in organizing your itinerary and allowing you to concentrate on the fun, rather than the hassles, of traveling on the road with a pet (and it is VERY fun….)

The first thing to do is to go to our Trip Planner page and input your departure point, any stop-overs you’re thinking of making, and your destination city. For this example trip, we’re Departing from New York, NY, stopping over in Washington, DC, with a final destination of Savannah, GA. Once you input that information and click on Go!, you get your initial list of hotels along your route, including hotels in your stopover, Washington, DC. If you want to change the route to another road, all you need to do is drag the route on the map and the hotels results will change.

Once you have the desired route, you can focus on the hotels along the way in the left sidebar. You can click on “More Info” for each hotel to get more details about the hotel (which will appear over the map) and/or you can check the “Add to Your Trip” box which will ensure that that hotel will be included in your driving directions.

Add More Hotel Info to Petswelcome Trip planner

If for some reason you decide to change  your destination or stopover,  you can change it in the top bar which shows your previous stopover/destination choices. Once you’ve made your final decisions and have chosen hotels to add to your trip, you can scroll down to the bottom of the hotel results column and you’ll see a button that says, “Get Directions with Selected Hotels.”

Get Directions with Petswelcome Trip Planner

After you click on Get Directions with Selected Hotels, you will then get driving directions with the hotels you have selected included in the directions. At the top of the directions column, you’ll see that you have three choices: Save, Share, or Print. If you save the route, it will be saved in your Petswelcome Passport account. If you don’t have a Passport account, you can choose the option to create one. There is no charge whatsoever and it will give you easy access to your itinerary any time before you leave (in case you want to make changes) and while you’re on the road. You can also share your route by emailing to a friend who or relative who might be going on the same trip but in a separate car, or on a later date. Or you can save it the old-fashioned way by printing.

Save Your Route with Petswelcome Trip Planner

And that, in a nutshell, is how you can use Petswelcome’s Pet-Friendly Trip Planner to give you the ability to plan the perfect road trip with your favorite animals. We say, Yay to that. Please let us know any additional features you would like to see and we’ll get on it asap. In the meantime, Happy Pet Travels!

To read about other considerations when heading out on the road with your pet, see our article Planning a Pet-Friendly Road Trip.

New and Diverse Pet-Friendly Lodging Listings

In the twenty-plus years since we founded petswelcome, we’ve always been amazed at the variety of pet-friendly lodgings that we get to list on the site. If anything, it has gotten more diverse, defined not only by allowing pets but by a wide range of policies, amenities, prices and locales that are as varied as the lodging industry overall. It used to be that pet friendliness was the exclusive realm of B&Bs, private vacation rentals and occasional hotels whose owners/managers were largely pet owners themselves. Eventually, thanks to the internet, where sites like petswelcome sprang up, it became possible to actually research in real time whether a particular place allowed pets. Once that became a reality, a niche market was created, one in which even large hotel chains realized that being pet friendly was not only an common-sense corporate policy, it made good business sense as well.

Every once and a while we like to focus on new sign-ups that highlight this diversity. Each of them appeals to different tastes, pocketbooks and interests and make it clear that you can now take your pet pretty much anywhere. Whether you’re a hardcore pet traveler or are considering it for the first time, we hope that these hotels, motels, cottages and rentals will confirm that you no longer need to make compromises when you take your favorite animal(s) with you. To see other listings that match your specific needs, check out our Advanced Search tool which will guarantee a perfect find for you and your pet.

Loews Vanderbilt Hotel
Loews Vanderbilt Hotel

Loews Vanderbilt Hotel, Nashville, TN

This upscale hotel features 339 guestrooms, including 9 suites and is just minutes away from Nashvilles’s famed Music Row. Great food and drinks can be had at Mason’s, the hotel’s own restaurant and bar and their knowledgeable concierge can help get you tickets to the Ryman Auditorium, transportation to the airport, or wherever you’d like to go. If you’re looking for Southern Hospitality as an art form, consider heading for the Loews Vanderbilt Hotel. Most importantly, Loews Vanderbilt Hotel has a VIP (Very Important Pet Program) that provides gourmet room service menus for cats and dogs, specialized bedding, leashes and collars, dog-walking maps, water bowls, treats and more. There is a $50 pet fee per stay.

Hillwinds Inn

Hillwinds Inn, Blowing Rock, NC

Country charm and stunning views are the hallmarks of the Hillwinds Inn. Located just off Main Street in the heart of Blowing Rock, this inn sets the standard for combining time-honored tradition with modern sophistication. Step outside and nature lovers will find great fishing and hiking as well as horseback riding and mountain climbing. Known as the “Crown of the Blue Ridge,” Blowing Rock offers signature small town charm as well as a host of festivals that run from spring to fall. The Hillwinds welcomes pets. They charge a $35 per night fee per pet (maximum of 2 pets) and have no size limit.

Holiday House
Holiday House

Holiday House, Panama City Beach, FL

A beautiful 4-bedroom beach house that sleeps 10 people, the Holiday House features a heated saltwater pool with a built-in sundeck, a hot tub (with a waterfall into the pool), a fenced-in backyard, as well as a 1,400-square-foot side deck that has tanning lounges, a gas grill and outside dining table. Other amenities include smart TVs, Wi-Fi and keyless entry. There is a $200 pet fee that applies for the full length of your stay.

near Twin Mountain Cottages
Beautiful view of the White Mountains near Twin Mountain Cottages

Twin Mountain Cottages, Twin Mountain, NH

These three cottage rentals are located in the beautiful White Mountains of New Hampshire which offer great outdoor activities including hiking, skiing, swimming and fishing.  Each cottage has a hot tub with mountain views, as well as a picnic and grilling area. Inside, you can enjoy a gas fireplace, get a great night’s sleep in a California king canopy bed with luxury linens and cook great meals in a completely updated kitchen. Best of all your host, Jenny, will be there for you to make sure all your needs are met. Your pets will be taken care of, too. There is a grassed in dog pen, plush pet beds, food and water bowls as well as pet toys and homemade pet snacks upon arrival. There is a $20 per pet per night fee.

View from the Ester Lee
View from the Ester Lee.

Ester Lee Motel, Lincoln City, OR

The Ester Lee Motel has been around for over 40 years, providing quality accommodations to visitors who enjoy fantastic ocean views, crashing waves and amazing sunsets. All motel rooms (studio units, studios with full kitchens or corner suites) have gas fireplaces, DVD players and free Wi-Fi internet access. Most cottages have full kitchens and a wood burning or gas fireplace. Pets are welcome in designated cottages. Nearby places and activities include five golf courses, the Chinook Winds Casino, a great selection of local restaurants, art galleries galore, deep sea fishing, whale watching cruises and the Oregon Coast Aquarium. A maximum of 2 pets are welcome in designated cottages for a fee of $9 + tax per pet per night.

Quality Inn, Bulls Gap, TN
Quality Inn, Bulls Gap, TN.

Quality Inn, Bulls Gap, TN

Sometimes a mid-priced chain such as a Quality Inn provides just what you need when you head out to explore new destinations with your pet. There are many occasions when familiarity and a known brand trump luxury and high prices and, in this way, the Quality Inn at Bulls Gap doesn’t disappoint. And this isn’t to say that they scrimp on the amenities. With Cable/Satellite TV, an exercise room, a free full breakfast and free WiFi, your needs and wants will be more than satisfactorily taken care of. Also, their proximity to the Great Smoky Mountains offer opportunities for great hiking, camping rafting and sightseeing. They allow up to 2 pets per room (dogs and cats) and have no size limit. There is $15 (+ tax) pet fee per pet.

 

Three Upscale Pet Friendly Hotels to Escape To

hotel paisano

Sometimes at petswelcome we choose a destination based on the merits of the hotel itself, rather than the particular city it’s in, or even the cultural, artistic, historic, and tourist attractions the area has to offer.  We like ensconcing ourselves in upscale pet friendly hotels and enjoying all the amenities they provide and then, if the spirit strikes us, we head out with our pets and explore the environs with no more forethought or planning than the recommendations of the always-excellent concierges these hotels provide. In short, on these type of trips, we like to spoil ourselves.

Depending on the location of the hotels, many of these boutique lodgings mirror their surroundings with regard to architectural style, decor, cuisine, as well as the particular flavor of hospitality they offer. It goes without saying that most of them provide the best amenities including great beds and bedding (important!), restaurants and bars, special weekend packages, modern gym facilities, swimming pools, spas luxurious lounges and unparalleled service. Many, if they are historic, have unique pasts themselves and learning about their own history is a great way to submerse yourself in your new surroundings. Unlike branded hotel chains, these upscale pet-friendly hotels have a totally unique atmosphere, vibe and individuality that will distill your experience and capture your imagination so that your trip will be fondly remembered for a long time to come.

Here are three upscale pet friendy hotels that we recently signed up and think are great:

Hotel Paisano, Marfa, TX

Originally built in 1930 and since totally renovated, this historic 41 room hotel offers an oasis for travelers heading to west Texas. And while Marfa  might not be as well-known as other destination cities, we think that makes the trip even more interesting, giving us a chance to learn about a totally new place that we have no preconceived notions about. Back in the summer of 1955, the entire cast of the movie Giant stayed there for six weeks, including Elizabeth Taylor, James Dean and Rock Hudson. For us, that’s reason enough to go visit. It also has a beautiful central courtyard, a sun porch overlooking a swimming pool, a fireplace lounge, an art gallery and giant memorabilia room. Pets under 20 lbs. are welcome with a pet fee of $20 per pet per night.

The Lodge at Cloudcroft

The Lodge Resort & Spa, Cloudcroft, NM

This beautiful 59-room pet-friendly hotel beautifully captures the essence and spirit of the Southwest. Well-appointed with rustic and antique furnishings that immerse you in the area’s unique history, no two rooms are alike. There is also a Lodge Retreat for larger parties that is made up of four suites adjoined by a shared kitchen and rec area. There is also the Pavilion with features 8 rooms of Victorian-style accommodations. You can also get in a round of golf on their own course and, after that, hit the Spirit of the Mountain Spa for a rubdown. Best of all they love both dogs and cats, have no weight limit, and charge a $25 pet fee per stay.

The Hayes Hotel

Hayes Street Hotel, Nashville, TN

As opposed to being historic, this upscale pet friendly hotel is new and modern and captures the hip and contemporary vibe of Nashville. Located between the city’s famous Music Row and Vanderbilt University and Tennessee State, The Hayes Hotel puts you and your pet right in the middle of all the action.  Since they love pets (cats, dogs, no pet fee, no weight limit, up to 5 in a room), you can be sure they offer all the creature comforts (get it?). These include king suites that hold up to 4 guests and mobility accessible guest rooms that have accessible bathtubs with benches. Be sure to hit the hotel’s Hayes Street Bar which offers local beers, custom cocktails and live music on the patio. And finally, take advantage of the VIP Pup Package which includes an Okra & Molly pup cake at check in. We’re not sure what that is but we can’t wait to find out!