Pet ownership is booming. About 80 million households owned a pet in 2015, compared to just about 66.5 million in 2011, the Humane Society says. Taking care of a dog or a cat is a $52 billion industry in the U.S. alone. They outnumber people by 28 million, according to media reports. Canines and felines have an increasingly more important role in a traditional American family. Owners spend more than $1,200 a year on veterinary care. Survey results show that 58 percent of travelers often choose an airline and 78 percent choose a hotel based on their pet friendly policies. About 57 percent go on vacation with their pets at least once a month or year. Businesses have adapted.
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Le Meurice has always been very welcoming to animals. During the renovations over a century ago, workers took in a stray greyhound that had been living on-site. Hotel personnel adopted it, and the dog became the mascot and inspiration for the Meurice’s emblem today – a pair of Greyhounds. The hotel has proven that it doesn’t mind a little mess left by pets. When Salvador Dali, one of the Meurice’s most loyal guests checked out, the staff had to repaint the suite because his two tame ocelots had played with the carpets a bit too much. Upon checking it, pets get a complimentary basket. There are also specific menus and grooming services available.
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The owners of the Island Lake Lodge understand that pets are part of the family. They have designated the main floor rooms of the Red Eagle lodge and the Cedar lodge for guests with dogs or cats. The hotel offers pet beds and doggie doo bags. You have to keep the dogs on a leash due to the abundant wildlife in the area.
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Pets at the Ritz Carlton Bachelor Gulch are treated like royalty. You can go on a guided hike with your four-legged friend, after which you can feed it from a specific doggy-room-service menu that even includes desserts. This is a perfect way to end the day and curl up into its own bed. Massages and baths are also available. The area when you can have breakfast, lunch and dinner is also pet-friendly.
Your dogs will be treated as well as you will at the Boat Hotel. They encourage you not to leave Fido behind because, after all, it needs a break too. “We recognize the sense of urgency your pooch might have so we have dedicated our Deluxe Garden rooms which lead out to your own terraced balcony and lawn as the room type for you and your dog,” they say. All dogs receive a complimentary package on arrival. There is a small fee of £15 ($20) per night, per room, per dog.
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Pets at the Four Seasons Singapore get their own beds and bowls. You can order food for them from a specific menu for an additional charge. The hotel welcomes a maximum of one pet, up to 15 pounds, per guest room for no additional fee, according to Bring Fido. Additional pets may be allowed with approval prior to booking.
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There are pet amenities galore at Mandarin Oriental Miami. The super pet-friendly hotel exceeds all expectations with its “MO Pets” program that offers luxurious pet offerings ranging from special menus and pet turndown service, to play dates and grooming services for traveling dogs, according got The Jet Set Pets. The four-legged guests get a golden collar tag, plush bed, bone-shaped place mat, treats, first-class turn-down service, special pet menu, and a chance to exercise in their own Doggie Boot Camp.
The Milestone is almost like a pet hotel in general. They get everything the hotel’s two-legged guests receive. Pet services include, but are not limited to, dog sitting and walking, grooming, treats, toys, special menus for dogs and cats, even birthday celebrations and bathrobes. You can also call your pet a taxi. There are many nearby parks and walks you can take Fido to for some exercise. Your pet will receive a tailor made welcome hamper, pet bed, a name tag, cushions, duvets and floor mats.
Who says you have to keep dogs out of streams? Not at the Yufuin Garden Hotel. The canine guests have a paddock and stay active area all to themselves. “Seriously, this hotel was made for dog owners,” A review on Trip Adviser says. “They have trimmers and washers on standby. They have two dog runs for big and small dogs. They have an indoor dog run in case it rains.” There's a specially designed hot spring bathing area for dogs. They also get a cake if it happenens to be their birthday.
Your dog is special and the Topnotch Resort wants to prove that to you. They welcome dogs in select rooms on the first floor. The hotel’s pooch-perfect services include dog treats at check-in and at tea time, in-room dog bed and water bowl, pet sitter arrangements by the hour or by the day, and Rover Reiki Massage by specially trained therapists.
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The Loews Annapolis Hotel welcomes pets for a onetime pet fee of $25 per stay. “When you start off and the lady at the parking lot booth is greeting your dog and saying that he is going to love his stay, you know you have found a really pet friendly hotel,” a review on Bring Fido says. “The little goodie bag of treats, folding bowl, mat and scarf are a nice touch too. The hotel is in a great location walking distance to the Naval Academy, shopping, and pet friendly restaurants. A great town and a terrific hotel for you and your pet to feel at home. I will return to both.”
The Hughenden is Sydney’s premier pet-friendly hotel. The staff really tries hard to make sure your stay is as comfortable as possible for both you and your pooch. They even welcome kangaroos. You have to bring your pet’s food and bedding but you won’t have to worry about anything else. You can bring them almost anywhere, including having breakfast right next to you. Pet-sitting, dog-walking, even a visit to the Doggy Day Spa are also available. There are special leash-free areas so your pup can run freely.
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Hotel Poseidon Y Ristorante is ranked by many sites as one of the most pet-friendly hotels in Costa Rica. Your dog can even swim in the pool. The hotel is less than a block from the beach and everything you need is right out the door. “I usually travel with my two dogs over the country and this hotel was very friendly about pets. They don't have much room for outdoor pet activities but was a good place to stay with them,” a review on Bring Fido says.
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If traveling to New Zealand is a problem because it’s too far and you have no one to take care of Fido, take him with you and stay at the Best Western Braeside Resort in Rotorua on the country’s North Island. “The staff are very accommodating and make you and your pet feel welcome. Your dog is not made to seem an inconvenience. Rotorua has lots to offer people holidaying with dogs,” a Trip Adviser review says. There are several highly ranked restaurants in the area that welcome pets too.
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Pets are welcome at the Fairmont Miramar Hotel & Bungalows in Santa Monica. The animal must be on a leash at all times and must not be left unattended in the room. Seeing-eye dogs are always welcome and exempt of restrictions. Bowls, a bed, treats, water and bags are provided on arrival in the room. “A true dog friendly hotel,” a Bring Fido review says.