Over the last two days, I’ve spent seven hours searching for a pet friendly hotel for an overnight trip we need to take this summer. Eddie will probably stay at Crossroads. It’s not the ideal situation since he’d be crated, but he is doing well around other dogs as long as he can be safe in his crate, has been fine there before, and might be noisy left alone in a new place.
- Unfortunately, we must go on one of the busiest weekends in that city, so one portion of the city with a lot of hotels is out and prices are jacked up on others ($200 for a Best Western and $100 for a Motel 6 before 17% taxes and pet fees, really?).
- After a 9 hour drive, I will have to drop off my husband, check in, and go back to the event and we can’t do 2 nights. This means the hotel needs to be within ~30 minutes of the event and we will likely need the option of early check-in.
- Gambit will have to be left alone for several hours.
- Our living situation is currently up in the air as we try to relocate so we can’t commit 100%.
- I don’t board my animals, but it would not make sense in terms of cost even if I did. We have a couple friends who I think could handle Gambit’s walks (he has a great heel until he sees a bird or squirrel… still working on that). One is not comfortable having other dogs around his rescue dog and the other has a dog who can only happily tolerate Gambit’s playfulness for 30 minutes or less.
The term “pet friendly” is not up to par in this city:
- No dogs over 25-50 pounds
- No dogs left unattended or ambiguous policies on unattended dogs (“Absolutely no dogs left unattended. If this is completely unavoidable, must be crated on the day the room is serviced.”)
- Potential to get kicked out if a dog barks
- Dog fees as low as $10/night and as high as $100 for a 1-night stay
Out of 80+ pet “friendly” hotels in this city, I’ve found one potential place in our price range that is a half hour from the event, provided people in nearby rooms don’t make noises that provoke barking and Gambit doesn’t reach the higher end of his weight range. At this point, I’m debating springing for a room at the Sheraton because they sound more pet friendly.
A large part of my frustration comes from the fact that we live near a pet-friendly hotel that is actually pet friendly, and that my family has traveled with dogs for many years without issue. Usually pet friendly hotels are 1-2 star hotels or have a small fee, but such is life. I’m also spoiled by living in a town where Gambit can go a lot of places with me.
Have you come across a budget hotel chain that is legitimately pet friendly? I’m looking at Motel 6, Best Western, Days Inn, Holiday Inn, etc. If I can find one, I will likely be loyal to them. Okay, maybe not for this trip because hotel prices are jacked up, but after that.