John Owens: Pet-Friendly Hotels: Ruffing It



There is traveling, and there is roving with a dog. This eminence was transparent via a 3,000-mile highway outing my mother and we recently done from a Florida home to New England and behind with a 15-year-old pug, Macy.

A 24-pound round of fur, grunting and sleeping, Macy is a ease and still roving companion, and was some-more like luggage than a passenger. Except when it came to lodging. Then, she was a series one cause in last where we would lay a road-weary heads.

For decades, my mother and we have been Marriott loyalists. JW Marriott, Ritz-Carlton and Renaissance hotels, sure. But also those during reduce cost points. It is considerable how a Courtyards, Residence Inns, Fairfield Inns, SpringHill Suites and TownePlace Suites do not concede freshness, cleanliness or comfort, even amid a one-night-stand trade of a I-95 corridor.

But here’s a rub: Few Marriotts are pet-friendly. In fact, many hotels–especially many good hotels–aren’t. And even those that do concede dog sleep-overs mostly assign for a privilege.

It might not be apparent when we book, though a $50- to $150-per-stay surcharge is ordinarily tacked on to a room charge. Take, for instance, a Residence Inn Amelia Island in Fernandina Beach, Fla. Search for a hotel on, and it comes adult as pet accessible (signified by a lovable small duke print). But we contingency click 4 links and corkscrew to a bottom of several pages before reaching a Pet Policy:

  • Pets Welcome
  • Maximum 2 pets per room
  • Non-refundable fee: 100 USD
  • 2 pets per room authorised with USD 100 cost per stay-max weight 50 pounds
  • Contact hotel for details

That’s common via a chain.

If you’re staying a week, a $100 cost isn’t so burdensome. But for one night? It can be an costly surprise. My mother and we detected that when Macy was a puppy and we stayed during a Marriott nearby Mystic, Conn. A housekeeper saw a dog, and on check-out we were $75 lighter. we see that today, pet-friendliness during a Residence Inn Mystic/Groton costs $150.

It is many a same during other large brands. Florida’s Hyatt Regency Jacksonville Riverfront creates a large bitch about your dog (no cats allowed) with a play and bed in your room as good as a tab identifying Rover as a guest. But on check-out, design to compensate what a hotel calls “a low cleaning cost of $100 for adult to a 6 (6) night stay. An additional $100 low cleaning cost will be practical for stays from 7 – 30 nights.”

Hilton? The Hampton Inn Amelia Island during Fernandina Beach charges $50 per day, per pet.

There are bondage with easier and cheaper policies. Virtually all La Quinta Inns and Suites let we move your dog or cat for free. We stayed during a La Quinta in Florence, S.C., and for $117 per night it was a good deal. There seemed to be dogs everywhere, nonetheless a hotel was purify and allied to many value-priced Marriotts.

With that certain knowledge in mind, when we saw that a whole sequence of low-priced Red Roof Inns lets pets stay free, we suspicion I’d found a go-to hotels for a new trip.

How was it? After 10 hours of driving, maybe a many laconic examination would be a long, deplorable moan. Sobbing, optional.

Our room in a Wilmington, N.C., Red Roof Inn was, well, rough. A hole where a light had been, a doorway that was formidable to close given it looked like it had been kicked in one too many times, and a bathtub/shower so encrusted that we was wavering to mount in it even with my boots on. Pet friendly? we don’t consider a equine would have been a problem. But then, what should we have approaching for $79?

Another night found us during a Red Roof Inn Plus in Westbury, N.Y. we would have looked elsewhere, though to save a few bucks, we had pre-paid for a room. Near Long Island’s sprawling, upscale Roosevelt Field Mall, it looks like a solid, well-maintained business hotel.

As we walked from a parking lot, sophistry Macy, her bed and a luggage, a lady station outward a behind entrance, articulate animatedly on a dungeon phone, hold a doorway for us.

“Thank you,” we said, notwithstanding being mute during her fishnet stockings, mini mini-skirt, open blouse with an plenty perspective of her topography and adequate make-up to energy a lifetime of Halloweens.

A impulse later, another lady with identical attributes got out of a outpost and walked into a hotel’s behind door.

This was 4:30 in a afternoon. From a looks of things, pets aren’t a usually ones behaving tricks.

The room was purify and in good shape, and $129 was a low cost for that area. Nonetheless, we rushed out in a morning, a lot some-more peaceful to compensate a Marriott surcharge for a dog.

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