Let me introduce myself: I’m Marley Bubbakin Skywalker Jedi Kibble Hound—but my friends call me Marley. I’m TravelMuse’s dog blogger, and I want to remind you that we pets like vacations, too. Sometimes we appreciate the time to chill out at home while you’re off on holiday; but remember, we’re part of the family too, and we enjoy tagging along so long as there’s enough food to make it worthwhile.
Many individual hotels recognize that people love their pets—and have added special packages and amenities for dogs and cats. My family and I recently stayed at the Cayucos Beach Inn in Cayucos, Calif., and I got cookies, bowls for food and water, a plush blanket and a beach towel, for only $10 extra per night. The hotel even had gas barbecues on the lawn area, so I could enjoy meals with my family.
Sometimes it can be hard to find that pet-friendly individual hotel at your vacation destination, and that’s where the chain hotels come in. There are some well-recognized hotel brands, from budget to luxe, that allow pets. Add this list to your travel resources:
- *Kimpton Hotels*—Special pet packages at Kimpton properties can include toys, treats, comfy beds and concierge-arranged services like pet sitting, grooming, walking and massage. Many hotels have pet ambassadors that greet pet guests and ensure a happy stay, such as Monaco Maverick (a chocolate Lab like me) at San Francisco’s Hotel Monaco.
- *Loews Hotels*—Gifts at check-in include treats, water bowl and a pet tag, but additional available items range from beds to scratching posts. Pet guardians receive a thorough listing of hotel and local pet services, and the room-service menu includes snacks for Fido or Fluffy. The hotels charge a one-time cleaning fee of $25.
- *Starwood Hotels and Resorts* (with nine brands, including Sherton, Four Points, W and Westin)—In 2003, Starwood hotels adopted its “Love That Dog” program (which I heartily approve). Hotel pet amenities include lush beds, water and food bowls, and an ID tag. The W brand has a pet package that offers toys and treats as well.
- *Four Seasons Hotels and Resorts*—Many Four Seasons properties allow pets 15 pounds and under. At my svelte 95 pounds, that doesn’t include me. But those teeny pets can enjoy a welcome package that includes a placemat and bowl, bottle of water and a toy.
- *Days Inn* and *Travelodge*—Many of the hotels in these two budget-conscious chains allow pets, but extra charges may apply. Be sure to contact the hotel at your destination directly and ask about its pet policy.
If you have great pet-friendly hotel recommendations, please add a comment and let me know (especially if they offer yummy treats). I work hard and can always use a vacation!