Upscale Pet Friendly Hotels – Updated for 2014!

Upscale Pet Friendly Hotels – Updated for 2014!

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From luxurious bedding to white-glove service, a stay at an elegant hotel or resort can make the difference between a good vacation and a great vacation. Sadly, those who travel with pets might find those deluxe accommodation options limited. Not every world-class hotel chain has a pet friendly policy – and those that do might place restrictions and additional fees to your rate during your stay.

Updated for 2014, we have collected the most current pet policies for some of the most popular and upscale hotel chains to help you get the most out of your vacations:

In 2006, Starwood Hotel and Resorts – the parent company that runs and operates the St. Regis, Westin, Sheraton, Le Meridien, and W Hotels – announced their Starwood Love That Dog program. As part of this initiative, Starwood invested heavily in wooing pet lovers to their hotels and resorts with a bevy of amenities focusing on those that travel with their pets.  Plush and comfy dog beds, food and water bowls, temporary I.D. tags, toys and treats are just some of the perks you and your dogs will find at a Starwood Hotel.

“We intend to become the most dog-friendly hotel company in the land, and not just allow dogs to stay, but actually pamper and spoil them,” said Barry Sternlicht, Starwood’s Chairman and CEO.

Now, that doesn’t mean there are not restrictions and possible additional fees at Starwood hotels. According to an update in 2013, Starwood Hotels and Resorts “does not have a standard policy regarding pets for our hotels or brands. Each hotel determines the policy depending on its ability to properly welcome and care for our furry friend”.  For example, the St. Regis and Le Meridien Hotels do not have a standard policy regarding pets, while Sheraton Hotels welcome dogs with a weight limit of 80 pounds. Westin Hotels limits dogs to just 40 pounds.

The Ritz Carlton’s pet policies vary from location to location, though generally they do allow pets. Weight restrictions on dogs usually settle between 10 and 40 pounds, so those vacationing with larger dogs may not be able to lap in the luxury of The Ritz. Also, consider that many Ritz Carlton locations place an additional fee to those visiting with pets. As an example, The Ritz’s pet friendly hotel in Philadelphia adds a $150 non-refundable fee and allows only dogs under 30 pounds.

For those that travel with their cats, Loews Hotels might be the best option for you and your feline friends. Many hotels, even those that claim to be pet friendly, limit this policy to just dogs, leaving cat-lovers out in cold. Loews policy addresses this by providing menus, bedding, catnip and even scratching posts at some locations. Of course, dogs get the pampered treatment as well with treats, food bowls and ‘Gourmet room service menus for cats and dogs, prepared by our award-winning Master Chefs’.

As of this post, Loews puts no restrictions on their pet policy, other than the standard requirement that the pets be “well-behaved.” Add to that the huge selection of pet amenities available, and Loews seems to have recognized the need for upscale pet-friendly hotels.

Still, it is always wise and our recommendation to call the specific location to obtain that hotel’s individual pet policy. By calling in advance of your booking you can avoid the hassle and headache of unexpected policy changes and limitations so that you and your pets can truly enjoy your stay.

Amy Burkert runs the award-winning pet travel website,, which makes it easy to plan a trip with your entire family. Her blog, Take Paws, is an encyclopedia of pet travel tips, pet friendly destination advice, and stories of the adventures she and her husband share as they travel full-time in their Winnebago with their dogs, Ty and Buster.

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