I know, I know.
Why am I posting a list of dog friendly hotels in Seattle during the middle of the COVID19 pandemic when hardly anyone is traveling?
Well, eventually, at some point soon hopefully, people will start traveling with their dogs again and will want to know where they can find dog friendly hotels.
You can find several national websites listing dog friendly hotels in Seattle; however, Seattle DogSpot’s list is unique because:
- It is produced locally. I looked up and entered every hotel myself!
- It has over 160 listings. Most websites only have a few dozen.
- I will update it annually. Many listings on national websites are outdated.
- You can quickly find pet policies for each hotel. Many hotels bury their dog policies in hard-to-find areas of their websites.
Click here to see Seattle DogSpot’s listings of dog friendly hotels in the Seattle area.
10 Tips for Making Reservations at Dog Friendly Hotels
Dog friendly policies for hotels vary widely. Even hotels in the same chain can have different policies.
Here are 10 tips on what to do/watch for when you research dog friendly hotels for your trip:
1. Make advanced reservations. Most dog friendly hotels have a limited number of dog friendly rooms. If you show up without a reservation that includes your dog you may not get one. And some hotels require you to make advanced reservations if you’re bringing a dog.
2. Ask about fees or restrictions for dogs when you make a reservation, especially if you don’t see any. Several hotels on the list say they are dog friendly but don’t list their specific policies.
After a long day of travel you don’t want to find out that you can’t get a room because your dog is too big or that you’ll have to pay astronomical fees. You should ask their specific policies when you make your reservation.
4. Check for weight restrictions. Most dog friendly hotels don’t ban particular breeds, but they often have weight restrictions (sometimes as low as 25#) that do restrict what breed of dog you can bring.
5. Few hotels have no fees or restrictions for dogs. You will most likely have to pay some sort of fee/deposit. Most hotels will also have size limits or other restrictions for dogs.
6. Deposits are refundable, fees are not. Most hotels charge pet fees and/or require deposits, but only deposits are refundable.
7. Check if you can leave your dog alone in the room. Some hotels specifically say you can’t leave your dog alone in your room, so whenever you leave your hotel, your dog goes with you.
8. Only bring well-behaved dogs. Just because a hotel is dog friendly doesn’t mean it tolerates dogs behaving badly. You could be asked you to leave if dog barks excessively or bothers other guests.
9. Keep your dog on a leash. Most dog friendly hotels require you to leash your dog in all public areas.
10. Dog friendly doesn’t mean dogs can go anywhere. Dogs are usually allowed only in your room or public areas. You can’t bring them to hotel restaurants, bars, gyms, etc.
If you know of dog friendly hotels not on the list, please send an email to firstname.lastname@example.org.