Bring Your Travel Buddy
Pet-friendly accommodation is a growing trend in the hospitality industry. For most of us, pets are a part of the family. That makes them especially hard to leave behind when going on vacation. In the past, owners had to leave their pets at home while they were off relaxing and enjoying time away. This is no longer true; more hotels are welcoming pets on their premise than ever before. They have now learned that being pet-friendly is good business. The increase in guest satisfaction is often greater than any fear of potential damages or disturbances.
Websites like BringFido.com help to connect millions of pet owners with more than 250,000 pet-friendly properties worldwide, and sites like Trip Advisor allows users to limit results to only those hotels that welcome their four-legged friends. Welcoming pets can mean more money in your pocket – increasing bookings from pet owners who otherwise might have just stayed home. These hotels are also making sure that their furry guests are being well taken care of, just like a member of the family. Pet-friendly amenities can range from dog beds, dog bowls, grooming and dog sitting services to a well-stocked marketplace that offers dog food, treats and toys.
Some hotels have even started offering “Doggie Cuisine” with room service menus tailored to dogs. This feature will make it more likely that your guests will order room service.
These gestures alone are a great start but to attract guests and repeat customers, go the extra mile. Whether it’s a simple act like providing pet-owners with information on nearby dog parks and amenities, any gesture showing you care about your guests’ beloved pets will be appreciated and remembered. These small details can really make you stand out from the crowd.
Common Hotel Policies For Pets
Policies catering to those traveling with pets are in place for hotels ranging from budget accommodation to luxury. If your hotel is pet-friendly, be sure potential guests are informed of this by displaying pet-centric information and your policy prominently on your website.
Most Pet-Friendly hotels have the same basic requirements for pets. Here are some of the more common hotel policies.
- Must be clean
- Must not have fleas
- Must not be aggressive
- Must have proof of current vaccinations
- Must use designated areas and owners must clean up pet waste immediately and dispose of in designated doggy disposal receptacles
Pet owners are normally required to sign an agreement stating they will be financially responsible for any damages that may occur.
Other common requirements include a non-refundable pet fee and a refundable deposit to guard against damages.
Provide an Exceptional Experience
In the end, having a pet-friendly hotel is all about creating a great experience for your guest. In turn, pet owners will tell the pet community about their great stay which will lead to referrals. Having your hotel recognized as a great place to stay with pets will inspire other pet owners to book a stay at your hotel. After all, pets are family, and we want them to have the very best.