Things to note when booking a pet-friendly hotel

Posted on 24 June 2024 By Nomvelo Masango

Over the past few years, the tourism industry has witnessed a significant rise in pet-friendly establishments. For pet owners, this has meant being able to bring their furry friends along on their adventures instead of leaving them at home.

Of course, being able to travel with your four-legged companions is an amazing privilege. However, it is equally important to ensure that you understand the rules and limitations of each pet-friendly establishment.

Image: Sourced / The Twelve Apostles Hotel

In order to avoid disappointment, it is essential to do your research before booking into a pet-friendly hotel.

Here are a few things to note:

Additional fees

A lot of pet-friendly hotels charge an additional fee to accommodate your pet. Sometimes, the fee may be a flat rate. In other hotels, it is dependent on the number of pets and the number of nights stayed. Thus, it helps to ask questions about any additional fees in order to know what to expect and be better prepared.

Rules and expectations

As a way of ensuring order and comfort for you and other guests, most pet-friendly hotels have a set of rules which pet owners are expected to adhere to. For example, pet owners may be expected to be with their pets at all times. Finding out about these rules and following them will result in a pleasant stay.

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The kind of pets accepted

It helps to gain clarity on the types of pets which are accepted. Some pet-friendly hotels only allow dogs. Normally, there are also some breed or weight restrictions. Before making your booking, it is wise to ensure that you are well-informed of such limitations.  This will help you to figure out whether or not the hotel you are thinking of booking is the perfect one for you and your pets.

Number of pets allowed  

In most cases, hotels will also limit the number of pets which are allowed per room. If your pets exceed the expected number, you may be expected to book an extra room or even incur extra charges. Knowing exactly how many pets are allowed per room at your chosen hotel will help you to avoid disappointments.

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