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Pack Your Bags, Fido!: More Hotels Are Putting Out the Welcome Mat for Pets

May 28, 2014 03:06PM ● By Michael Pallares

There are more options than ever for pet lovers that wish to travel with their furry friends. According to a recent American Veterinary Medical Association survey, six out of 10 pet owners regard their animals as family members, so it’s reasonable to expect them to want to bring along every member of their family on vacation.

More hotel chains are putting out the welcome mat for dogs and cats. Chains including Motel 6, Loews, Residence Inn and Hampton Inn are pet friendly. La Quinta Inns and Kimpton Hotels don’t even charge an extra deposit or room fee to keep travelling pets in the room. Make sure to call the hotel first to inquire about their pet policy before booking a room online.

Recently USA Today published its list of 10 Best Readers’ Choices for Pet- Friendly Hotels. The hotels were chosen by a panel of experts and then voted on by the public. Here’s the list:

El Portal Sedona Hotel, Sedona, Arizona

Red Mountain Resort, St. George, Utah

The Benjamin, New York City

The Fairmont, Washington, D.C.

Hotel Monaco, Alexandria, Virginia

W Hotel Midtown, Atlanta

Loews Coronado Bay Resort, San Diego

The Little Nell, Aspen, Colorado

The Loden, Vancouver, British Columbia

Galleria Park Hotel, San Francisco

Vacation Village in the Berkshires, in Hancock (a town known for its yearround outdoor activities), is a local, petfriendly resort. They offer “Clean-Up” pet stations outside of each building and on the Pet Trail. For more details, visit More pet-friendly vacation spots can be found at, and Bon voyage!

Michael Pallares is a Boston-based real estate agent and pet lover. You can contact him at