Finding A Hotel When Traveling With Your Furry Friend

Posted on: 3 April 2015

When traveling with your furry companion, be it a cat, dog, or even show bunnies (hey, it happens), you want to make sure you have safe lodging for everyone. There are many hotels in Canada that are willing to house your 'fur kid' for you. Learn how to find a pet-friendly hotel that fits your needs and budget, as well as what you need to know before you enter the establishment.

Get online

The easiest way to find pet-friendly lodging is to simply get on your computer. Websites dedicated to listing pet-friendly lodging according to location and price are readily available for your choosing. You can browse pictures of pet-friendly locales as well as view pet policies, fees, and other things that are important for you to know.

If you like to stay at a certain chain only, call their reservation number and ask for available hotels in the area you are staying at that will accept pets. Since most hotels are independently owned and operated, they can vary on whether they allow pets and smoking, among other limitations.

Fees and limitations

Even if a hotel is pet-friendly, they may have limitations that you should know about. Some hotels have a weight limit on pets in the room, while others may say you can only have up to two pets in your hotel room at any time. If you have a lot of animals traveling with you or very large pets, call the hotel ahead of time and let them know so they can possibly make accommodations for your circumstances. You may have to get an additional room or pay additional fees.

What you should know

Just because a hotel will accept your pet doesn't mean you should take your critter into the lobby when you check in. Pets often get confused and irritated in strange places, and can bark, whine, or yowl in lobbies. This disrupts other guests trying to check in, and can give the hotel a false impression that your pet is misbehaved. Do your pet a favor and allow them to stay in the car while you get your room number.

Another thing you should keep in mind is this- once you check in to your hotel room, you cannot leave your pet unattended at any time. Most hotels have a policy that pets are not allowed to be left in rooms, even if you are just getting ice or going to the attached restaurant to grab a bite. Keep your pet with you at all times. You can also be charged additional fees if your pet does damage to your hotel room or leaves its business on the property of the hotel without you picking it up. In short, simply be mindful of your pet and its behavior or activities while you are a guest.

Traveling with your pets is a fun adventure, and luckily there are many hotels who are willing to let you have your companion stay with you. With the right resources, you can find a great room that you and your furry buddy can love.

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