Here at Dog Friendly Getaways, we consider our pups to be part of the family and surely, they deserve a holiday too! So, the next time you are looking for a short break and want to take your canine companion along – check out these 6 Super pet-friendly hotel chains.
Hotel Du Vin – Perfect if you want style and comfort
If you’re looking for short break ideas where your pooch can accompany you – look no further than this exceptional dog-friendly hotel chain.
The stylish Hotel Du Vin chain offers boutique-style hotels providing unique accommodation in iconic historic buildings in 19 locations across the UK including; Newcastle-upon-Tyne, Harrogate, Poole, in Dorset and Cambridge to name a few.
These mid-range price hotels happily welcome dogs which are over a year old for just £10 a night. Although they are not allowed in the Bistro, they can join you for a bite to eat in the bar and a blanket and bowl are provided in the room to ensure they enjoy a comfortable stay.
You will need to leave a contact number if you are leaving your pooch in the room unattended and are liable for any damage which occurs, but this is standard practice across hotel chains which allow dogs.
However, if you want a comfortable bed with Egyptian cotton sheets, fine-dining, a good selection of wines and luxurious accommodation the Hotel Du Vin experience is hard to beat.
Travelodge – Affordable canine-friendly hotels
One of the best options when looking for cheap pet-friendly hotels Travelodge are renowned for offering comfortable, value for money accommodation.
Best of all; there are over 500 Travelodge’s around the UK from the north of Scotland to the heart of London and every one of them welcomes our four-legged friends.
That means you are bound to be near some fantastic places to go with dogs, whether you want a weekend at the seaside, are competing at Crufts, or want to be close to country walks, there is guaranteed to be a Travelodge nearby.
One of the first chains to realise offering a pet-friendly stay to those travelling with pups was good for business. Travelodge even launched replica pet-beds in their distinctive colours in rooms accommodating dogs back in 2006.
You can bring 2 dogs per room at the cost of £20 per stay each but you do need to let the hotel know when booking that you will be bringing Fido along and you can’t leave them unattended in the room.
Check out the Travelodge pet policy here
Red Carnation Hotels – The Ultimate In Luxury Dog-Friendly
If you want somewhere a bit special, where your pooch is pampered as much as you check out this small chain of luxurious hotels.
There are six of these located in the centre of London, which you may be surprised to know has a host of dog friendly things to do including;
There are a further two Red Carnation hotels in the Dorset countryside for those looking for a more rural retreat and all are pet-friendly.
If you would prefer alternative dog accommodation in Dorset
Then check out our great range of cottages: https://dogfriendlygetaways.com/south-west-of-england/dorset/
Your canine companion will be treated like a VIP here with their own mat, bedding, food bowl and special menu. You will be provided with a map displaying local walks, plus information on local grooming parlours, and pet-friendly taxis if required, there is a pet-sitting and dog-walking service.
Each hotel has different pet packages so check when booking for prices.
Best Western – Country, City or Coast, the choice is yours?
Whether you want to explore the snowy summits of Wales with your Shih-Tzu or bask on the beach in Cornwall with your Bassett Hound, Best Western is a fantastic choice – This well-known American chain has over 250 hotels throughout the UK, with over 100 of these being canine friendly.
It’s not only two-legged guests that can expect a comfortable stay here either. Pooches can look forward to their own comfortable bed and an in-house menu boasting gastronomic delights such as steak, chicken and marrow bone, they even offer Poop a Scoop Ice Cream and Jam Roly Poodle, to really get their tail wagging.
The Best Western Monkbar Hotel in York even provides information on walks suitable for short, medium and long legs, making it a popular choice for those looking for pet-friendly hotels for larger dogs.
One thing they do ask; is that you book your stay over the phone, so they can cater to yours and your best pal’s specific requirements.
See which Best Western Hotels allow dogs here
Holiday Inn Express – Pet friendly hotels around the world
The IHG group is one of the best-known value chains, with thousands of hotels worldwide. Whilst they may not offer your pooch the pampering some establishments do, they do offer tons of locations around the country that welcome your four-legged friends.
Leaving your pet at home when going on a business trip, weekend away or holiday is just not an option for some and with over 100 canine-friendly hotels Holiday Inns make a great choice for a stop-over on your way somewhere or a longer holiday.
As with most hotels your pup is not allowed in the dining area and must be on a lead at all times, but this is a small price to pay for having your best-friend with you.
One thing to remember with this budget chain is that each has their own pet-policy so prices and facilities may vary however some like the ones in Warwick and Exeter have some excellent reviews on TripAdvisor and are well worth a look when travelling with your furry pal.
Check which Holiday Inn Express hotels are dog-friendly here
Britannia Hotels – Budget pet-friendly hotels across the UK
Britannia Hotels boast an impressive 48 pet-friendly hotels throughout the country with most being animal-friendly.
They offer amazing value for both you and your hound, with prices at just £10 per pet for one night or £25 per stay, perfect if you’re planning a longer break.
How to find a pet-friendly hotel
Hotels in the UK have seen a huge increase in guests who bring along their dogs and with this in mind it is easier than ever to find online.
But if you need to find canine- friendly close to a motorway or in a city when visiting family and friends? Your options narrow considerably.
That’s why we put together this list of hotel chains which we consider to be, some the best in the country when it comes to dog-friendly travel.
Whilst they may not offer the luxury pet pamper packages of some independent hotels they offer convenient and, in most cases, affordable accommodation, ideal for a short break.
Something to always bear in mind is; pet friendly can mean different things, in some instances dogs are just allowed in the hotel, where in others they are made to feel welcome and have a range of facilities.
Dogs are usually not allowed to be left unattended in the rooms and there are almost always restrictions on certain such as restaurants, leisure clubs and children’s play areas. Some may also insist your pooch is kept on a lead at all times.
Check out the reviews online and read the hotels pet policy before you book. Even if you have stayed in the hotel before policies change occasionally so it is always advisable to check for any amendments or change in prices.
Remember too, that hotels have the right to ask for a dog to be removed if their behaviour is unacceptable or they are aggressive towards staff and other guests.
Travelling with your dog – Packing essentials
For a more thorough look at what you need when travelling with a canine companion, check out our travel checklist guide.
Sniffing out the best for a dog-friendly stay in hotels across the UK needn’t be a daunting task. We consider the 6 super pet-friendly hotel chains above an excellent option for a short break.
If you have stayed at any great hotels that accept dogs, we’d like to hear from you. Get in touch in the comments below!
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