Pet Hotels Gaining Popularity

Posted by bmedia on Monday, March 7, 2016

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If your pet is coming with you on your next trip, you might find more options when looking for pet-friendly hotels. Hotels across the country are shifting to become more welcoming to pets, with a few going above and beyond to give pets a comfortable and pampered stay! Read here about how hotels in Atlanta are extending their services to pets.

The Ellis Hotel has recently upgraded its pet-friendly floor with new amenities that include new organic farm-to-table cuisine from the Ellis’ Terrace Bistro — designed to not only appeal to people, but dogs and cats, too. The hotel also gives Fluffy and Fido “Ellis” red bandannas upon arrival.

Hotel Indigo, boutique hotel properties with four in metro Atlanta and 38 total across the country, has long been dog-friendly, and in the spring of 2005, Hotel Indigo Atlanta Midtown started hosting weekly “Canine Cocktails,” complete with water bowls for dogs and special dog menus available. Canine Cocktails, a time when local residents and their dogs can mix and mingle over cocktails on the patio, has since spread to several other Hotel Indigo properties, and is planned for the new Hotel Indigo Vinings, which recently opened. (More details will be released during the coming weeks.)

Jim Sprouse, executive director of the Georgia Hotel & Lodging Association, said increasingly, when he steps inside a hotel, he spots the welcome mat for dogs with water bowls and doggie treats in the lobby. He believes the trend reflects an increase in pet ownership and a shift in the relationship in which pets are like family.

“It is very different than the way I grew up when dogs were outside,” he said. “They are now part of the family and have their own bed, if not sharing their owner’s bed. And they travel with (their owners).”

Sixty-five percent of U.S. households, or about 79.7 million families, own a pet, according to the 2015-2016 National Pet Owners Survey conducted by the American Pet Products Association (APPA). This is up from 56 percent of U.S. households in 1988, the first year the survey was conducted.

Catering to pets is a way to stay competitive, and appeal to a broad group of people, Sprouse said. It can also lead to loyal guests, too. Guests are given a list of dog-friendly walks and restaurants. For a list of some dog-friendly restaurants in metro Atlanta, click here.

Even at pet-friendly accommodations, hotel policies vary greatly in terms of allowed weight and number of pets, pet amenities, and extra fees, even among hotels in the same price range. At the Ellis Hotel, the pet weight limit is 30 pounds, and there is an $80 cleaning fee. Meanwhile at Four Seasons Hotel Atlanta, a five-star hotel in Atlanta, there is no weight restriction and no pet fee.

Some hotels even have their own permanent pet residents for guests to interact with. At the Hotel Indigo Atlanta Midtown, for example, there is a resident dog named Indie, a Jack Russell terrier. Guests can take Indie for a walk or even have him join them at one of the Canine Cocktail events.

If your pet isn’t coming along with you during your next trip, Gresham Animal Hospital offers full boarding services! Find out more about our pet care boarding here. Your pet will be in exceptional hands while you are away!

SRC: Find the complete article here: www.ajc.com/news/travel/want-to-travel-with-your-pet-hotels-ready-to-pampe/nqfYC/

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