How To Get The Best Hotel Accommodations For Your Pet
A quick stop before heading in for the night. Jake And Maggie in front of the Little Fib Restaurant at the Renaissance Hotel In Nashville
After a day of travel, dinner at The Bridge, and a stop to take a selfie, Jake And Maggie are ready to head back to the room :-). The Bridge had delicious food and the staff were so loving and welcoming to the pups. The bartenders brought over a big bowl of water and gave them lots of love. We ordered the burger and quesadillas which were delicious at the chef’s recommendation.
Pet Relief Area near the hotel. Not very pet friendly.
This area has little grass and a watering system above ground for new planted plants and flowers in front of a federal building. We felt bad using it but it was our only choice. Good thing I brought our sturdy poop bags with us!
What to think about when booking a hotel in the city when traveling with your pet:
1: Specify what floor you want to be on – does it matter to you? It does to me. What if your pup is sick and needs to get outside immediately. Are you traveling with an older pet who goes out more frequently. Do they wake up often throughout the night and need to go out?
2: Is your pup trained to use potty pads? Jake And Maggie are not so having easy access to a potty area is crucial.
3: What kind of pet relief area does the hotel actually have? Honestly, I should have asked better questions. When I was told there was a pet relief area, I didn’t think to push and ask what it was actually like and how close it would be to the hotel. I’ve included photos of what it was actually like and I was a bit shocked.
-Ask how far your room is from the pet relief area. In our case this week, we have to leave the 13th floor, travel down the elevator, walk through the lobby, out the door, down a block, across the street, and into a small, not so grassy area in front of a federal building, at a main intersection to let the dogs out!!!!!
-Are you in close proximity to the hotel door?
-Inquire about how well lit the area is?
-Is the pet area in the back or side of the building? – We once stayed at a hotel in Missouri that said they had a relief area but it was actually in the back of the hotel in between two office buildings and was actually the medial strips that separated the parking lots.
-Will there be poop bags and waste disposal containers available. – Make sure you bring some of your own either way.
-Is there an area for your pup to stretch his/her legs? – We stayed at a hotel in Virginia that said they had an “area” but it was actually a small hill that separated the hotel parking lot with their neighbor.
-Is there a dog park nearby for some play time?
-Does your dog do well in elevators or does riding on an elevator make them stressed?
Jake And Maggie each taking turns laying next to me on the bed as I type up this blog post!
When traveling alone your pet, you need to use the bathroom as well. How to do that safely! But you have your dog with you, which can pose a challenge. Have no fear. I have some suggestions:
1: Stop at a pet retailer (Petco, Petsmart, etc) to use the restroom. Typically they have public restrooms, and they are dog friendly! If you think you may be out in the middle of nowhere for a while and see a pet store from the road, stop to use the restroom. Planning ahead if always a good idea.
2: Use a rest stop. Sure, rest stops say “no pets allowed” in the facilities, but when you gotta go, you gotta go! Rest stops are great for giving our dogs a chance to do their business, stretch their legs and play. And some even have designated areas for your pet to play, go potty, and tables and chairs to sit.
3: Look for tourist stations. Depending on where you are driving, you may come across tourist stops or ranger stations. They may have restrooms that you can use with your dog in tow (or be able to point you in the right direction).
4: Stop at a veterinarian office. A majority of vets have public restrooms, as most cities have vets! I’m sure the staff won’t mind if you find yourself stopping with your dog to use their facilities.
5: Visit a large, pet friendly retailer. So many big box stores are dog-friendly nowadays, and most of them have public restrooms! Examples are Lowes, Home Depot, Home Goods, TJ Maxx and Hobby Lobby.
We have traveled a good bit with Jake And Maggie and I’ve tried to put out travel content for the beginner and seasoned travelers. I hope you enjoyed this post and that I’ve given you some things to think about. Check out more posts here if you are interested in travel with your pet! Scroll further for more travel destinations with the pups! Enjoy!
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