Where I’m from, many of the hotels that advertise that they are “pet friendly”, say something like this in the finer print:*
“We welcome dogs up to 40 pounds and over 6 months of age” – The , Toronto. (they even get an adorable dog “heavenly bed”) Harbour Caslte
Eaton Chelsea’s policy says “We allow small- to medium-sized cats and dogs to stay with you at Eaton Chelsea because we know how hard it is to have a family vacation without the entire family.” (unless you have a big dog)
“Four Seasons allow pets (20 lbs or less) for no additional fee” – Four Seasons Toronto
Kind of funny how many Canadians still use the the imperial system in their policies, but I’m personally glad they do, cause I don’t know kilograms.
It appears the Motel 6 has decided to use some common sense. Their policy is basically, sure, bring your dog, but if it screws up, you’re outta here. They do not indicate a weight restriction. That sounds reasonable to me.
And then there’s these…
“For the safety and security of our guests, we do not allow pets in the hotel. The hotel does allow service dogs for the disabled.” – The Best Western Primrose
“Service animals are welcome at this hotel. Sorry, no other pets are allowed. ” – Days Inn – Toronto East Beaches
I for one want to know, what is with the size restriction? I would like a reasonable explanation. I know the bigger the dog the more fur, but sometimes smaller dogs can be destructive or aggressive, and furrier! There’s a lot to be said about a well groomed big dog! They are usually more docile. Is this discrimination?
There are many people that stay in these hotels that smell worse than my dog, and probably leave behind far more bodily fluids, however they don’t have to pay a $50 sanitation fee. I would much rather stay in a room after a family with a golden retriever than some …well, you get the idea.
A great site to check for pet friendly hotels is BringFido.com
Personally, I haven’t traveled all that much, and haven’t had to bring Tucker to a hotel, so it hasn’t been a problem. Has anyone ever been refused at a hotel because of your golden retriever? Are there any hotels that are exceptional in welcoming them? What are your experiences in traveling with your golden? Please share in the comments.
*These policies are based on hotels in Toronto, Ontario at the time of this post.