7 Tips for Staying in a Pet-Friendly Hotel with Your Dog

My pet golden retriever dog Alzu and I on a two month vacation in Leh
Alzu and I on a two-month vacation in Leh

1. Double Check It’s Pet-Friendly

It’s always a good idea to double-check whether a destination is pet-friendly before you travel with your furry friend. Just because a place is listed as pet-friendly, it doesn’t mean that it will be a perfect fit for your pet. Many hotels that allow pets advertise this on their website. Alternatively, if you’re booking through a third-party booking site, like Booking.com, Tripadvisor.in or Hotels.com, put a “pet-friendly” filter in your search.

My pet golden retriever dog Alzu and I stayed at Hotel Bhairon Vilas in Bikaner. This is a pet-friendly heritage hotel that also has 2 pets living on the property!
Alzu and I stayed at Hotel Bhairon Vilas in Bikaner. This is a pet-friendly heritage hotel that also has 2 pets living on the property!

2. Find Out the Pet Fee

The amount that hotels charge for your pet varies substantially. Many hotels, as well as entire hotel chains, allow pets to stay for free. On the other side, some hotels, particularly luxury hotels, but also some standard hotels, impose rather expensive rates for dogs.

3. Book a Pet-Friendly Room

My pet golden retriever dog Alzu basking in sun with tortoises at a pet-friendly hotel in Sathin in Rajasthan
Alzu basking in sun with tortoises at a pet-friendly hotel in Sathin in Rajasthan

4. Pack Your Pet’s Essentials

In my experience, only luxurious hotels provide pet-friendly services (ranging from beds and bowls to meals and treats), as well as some extra pet-friendly spots, while some hotels may provide some or all of these on request.

5. Follow the Rules of the Hotel

Hotels may have limitations about what your pet can and cannot do during your stay, in addition to restrictions on the type and number of pets that can stay. The following are some of the most common rules:

My pet golden retriever dog Alzu playing in the garden of Amourcasa homestay in Bundi.
Alzu playing in the garden of Amourcasa homestay in Bundi.

6. If You Leave Your Pet in Your Room

The possibility of your pet being left alone in your room differs per hotel. Pets are frequently explicitly requested not to be left alone in your room, or the presumption is made that you will not do so. Although exceptions are granted for short periods of time, such as eating breakfast in the hotel’s dining room.

7. Keep your dog’s barking to a minimum.

While staying at a hotel, you should strive to limit your dog’s barking to a minimum. Other visitors will complain about it. It’s ridiculous to expect a dog to remain completely silent the entire time. You can’t expect a child to constantly be quiet if you’re staying with them.

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Shivani Bohare | Travel Blogger

Shivani Bohare | Travel Blogger

Solo traveller who switched from full-time “9–5” to “road trip with her pet golden retriever Alexis🐕”! I can teach you how to make your travel dreams true.