The Varying Landscape of Hotel Pet Policies
When it comes to traveling with your canine companion, one question often looms large: Are dogs allowed in hotel beds? The answer isn’t a simple ‘yes’ or ‘no’. It depends on a myriad of factors including the hotel chain, the specific property, and sometimes even the mood of the manager on duty. Hotel policies range from highly permissive to strictly prohibitive, with many shades of grey in between.
Some upscale hotels not only allow pets in beds but may go the extra mile by offering special doggy beds, bowls, and even a room service menu for pets. These hotels consider pets to be a part of the family and design their services to accommodate them just as comfortably as human guests. They often charge a pet fee, which usually covers the additional cleaning required for the room.
Then there are hotels with conditional policies. These hotels may allow pets in beds but charge an additional cleaning fee on top of the pet fee. Some might require you to sign a liability form, holding you responsible for any damages caused by your pet.
Strictly Prohibitive Hotels
On the opposite end of the spectrum are the strictly prohibitive hotels. These establishments do not allow pets on the bed or even in the room in some cases. Breaching this rule may result in significant fines or even eviction from the property.
Health and Hygiene Concerns
Another critical aspect to consider is hygiene. Even if you stay at a pet-permissive hotel, you should consider a few key points for the sake of cleanliness.
Fleas and Ticks
Your dog should be free of fleas and ticks. These parasites not only pose a risk to your pet but can also infest the hotel room, leading to uncomfortable situations and potentially high charges for fumigation.
Allergies and Sensitivities
Even if your pet is allowed on the bed, consider other guests who might stay in that room in the future. Some people are allergic to pet dander. Hotels that allow pets in beds usually have rigorous cleaning procedures, but cross-contamination can never be entirely ruled out.
Odor and Soiling
Another concern is odor and soiling. Even a well-behaved dog might get stressed in a new environment, which could lead to ‘accidents.’ If your pet does soil the bed, you should inform the hotel immediately to arrange for cleaning, for which you will most likely incur an extra charge.
Practical Alternatives and Tips
If the hotel you’re staying in does not permit dogs in beds, all is not lost. You have several practical alternatives to ensure that your pet is comfortable.
Bring Your Dog’s Bed
One of the best ways to make sure your pet feels at home is to bring their bed along with you. This will not only comfort your dog but also adhere to the hotel’s pet policy.
Crating Your Dog
Some dogs feel more secure in a crate, especially when in a new or unfamiliar environment. Bringing a crate is also an excellent way to comply with a hotel’s no-pets-in-bed policy.
Renting Pet Amenities
Some hotels offer rental amenities like pet beds or crates, often for a nominal fee. This service can be a convenient option if you’re unable to bring your pet’s bed or crate.
The landscape of pet-friendly accommodations is continually evolving, with more hotels adopting pet-friendly policies. However, even within this changing atmosphere, there are no universal rules regarding dogs in hotel beds. The best course of action is always to check the specific pet policy of the hotel you plan to stay in and come prepared. Responsible pet ownership not only involves taking care of your pet but also respecting the guidelines set by others, including hotels.