What Happens When You Don't Follow Pet Policies at Hotels?


Hotel Procedures

Hotels are fairly strict with their pet policies. There is normally a fee involved for check an animal in with you on your stay, and a commitment that you agree to as far as keeping the animal quiet, leashed, even caged. Many hotels will require you to never leave the animal alone in the room or at the very least restrained so that staff can enter. Normally, you will have to sign some type of document when checking in that states that you will follow the pet policy rules. There is also a waver to sign where you agree to not hold the hotel liable if something happens to your pet.

Must Leave

The pet policies are usually strictly enforced. If you do not keep your pet on a leash or allow it to go to the bathroom in a non-designated area, the hotel could request that you keep your pet in the room or ask you to leave. When asked to leave, you will typically not get your room charge back, and might even have to pay a cancellation fee as well.


If your pet does damage to the property, most establishments will charge your credit card for the repairs. If there was a pet deposit, you'll likely lose that as well. Some hotels will also charge you if your pet causes someone else to check out. If this occurs, it is not unusual for you to end up paying for a percentage of the other group's room cost for that day.

No Pets Allowed

Many hotels have a "no pets allowed" policy. If this is the case, you will not be able to bring your pet with you on your trip, or will have to board it in a local kennel. If asked, the hotel might be able to help you find a kennel close to the hotel. If you try to sneak your pet in and are caught, you might be asked to leave immediately and pay a penalty fee to the hotel to cover cleaning the room. Your will definitely be asked to remove your pet from the property. If you are told to leave before you spend the night, you will likely forfeit the cost of your night's stay.

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