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Add expensive hotels and ancillary costs to the fee charged by airlines to fly with pets and taking a pooch on the road quickly becomes a luxury that makes traveling with kids seem cheap.
Traveling with a pet can be time-consuming, frustrating, and expensive, and fewer U.S. travelers are planning to put up with the hassle and costs this year.
The number of Americans planning to travel with a pet dropped from 71 percent in 2012 to 44 percent this August in TripAdvisor’s pet travel survey. TripAdvisor polled 1,100 Americans and found difficulty finding pet-friendly accommodation, hassle, and cost are the top three reasons that travelers left pets at home.
TripAdvisor then listed the ten highest ranked pet-friendly hotels in the U.S. based on the TripAvisor Popularity Index, which measures the quality, quantity, and recency of TripAdvisor reviews.
The average cost of one night at the top ten hotels is $331 and only one, the Low-Key Hideaway, is available for less than $200 a night. Guests are also charged a fee for brining their pets and taking advantage of the pet-friendly amenities. The fees range from a one-time fee of $150 to $25 per night.
These hotels are also noticeably located outside of urban areas — likely because of the extra space they give dogs to run around. For those willing to pay, their pets are also pampered with welcome baskets, plush beds, and personal dog walkers.
The following chart lists the ten most popular pet-friendly hotels in the U.S., according to TripAdvisor.
|Hotel||Location||Average Nightly Rate|
|Beachside Village Resort||Lauderdale by the Sea, Florida||$205+|
|Olea Hotel||Glen Ellen, California||$260+|
|Inn of the Five Graces||Santa Fe, New Mexico||$650+|
|Five Pine Lodge & Spa||Sisters, Oregon||$235+|
|The Grand Del Mar||San Diego, California||$595+|
|Sunglow Ranch – Arizona Guest Ranch and Resort||Pearce, Arizona||$299+|
|Allison Inn & Spa||Newberg, Oregon||$330+|
|Low-Key Hideaway||Cedar Key, Florida||$90+|
|The Oxford Hotel||Bend, Oregon||$299+|