We just acquired a canine friend. It's been almost 3 years since our previous friend died, and I've lost touch with the whole pet-friendly situation. I know many Fairfield Inns are pet-friendly. What other Marriott brands are pet friendly? Any tips for international travel with pets? Thanks in advance for your wise counsel.
Marriotts are a hit and miss about being pet friendly. You have to go to the individual property to see whether or not they allow pets. I do find it fairly costly to bring your pet as they charge a one time fee anywhere from $75 to over a $100 for a cleaning fee once you depart the property. I do find that Internationally that they tend to be more pet friendly.
I have taken my dog internationally a number of times both accompanied as well as separately without much difficulty.The airline to use if you are sending your pet unaccompanied would be KLM..They are well known to take very good care of pets. Also, I have used Continental in the past and that has worked pretty well also. Some airlines do not allow pet travel, so you will have to check with the airline on this!!!
I actually found the customs process to be quite efficient as long as you have the appropriate paperwork. I am not sure micro-chipping adds a lot of value in my humble opinion. Although my experience with KLM was the best, Continental Airlines was also pretty good. Continental's website is pretty good at explaining the requirements. Of course, you need to ensure you are not bringing your pet into a country, like England, that have long quaranteed requirements. Additionally, you need to book far enough in advance, since only certain aircraft allow pets and there is a restriction on the number of pets per aircraft...I hope this helps you. Good luck!!!
I understand that Marriott should meet the needs of two types of customers: "Pet Friendly customer" and "No Pet /Pet Free customer" due to allergies. Marriott has chosen to offer the concept with Pet Friendly at Residences and Town Place. So, hotels with kitchenette are mostly Pet Friendly. I am in the opinion that Marriott should designate about 50% of Residences and Town Place "No Pet" and about 50% "Pet Friendly". With the current policy, "No Pet customers" have no longer access to hotels with kitchenette. I know many customers who left Marriott Marriott brand to another in order to stay in a hotel with a kitchenette and Pet Free.
Anyway, Marriott do the math it is more profitable to attract customers Pet Friendly even losing customers who need Pet Free hotel.
Just stayed at the brand new Residence Inn Fort Myers at I-75 and Gulf Coast Town Center: Fort Myers Extended Stay Hotels that was pet friendly. I am not certain, but we did not find any pets on any floor other than the 1st floor so it might be a policy for this property and others as well.
I do not consider a hotel that claims that it is pet friendly and charges for the animal to be there.
If you are doing a road trip and want to travel extensively it is not a good idea to travel with Marriott. They charge you each time you check if with your animals a very hefty fee. So, I would have to pay Marriott or pay a kennel. No difference.
The Residence Inn Fort Myers at I-75 and Gulf Coast Town Center: Fort Myers Extended Stay Hotels seems quite pet friendly with all their pet rooms located on the first floor and water bowls place in the hallway. Not sure what they charge for a pet in the room, but they are always some dogs and owners roaming the facility.
Marriott used to be much more pet friendly. This changed about 9 or 10 years ago (?).
The Rennaisance chain historically has been more pet friendly; however I've noticed some changes as well.
If a dog is a breed that doesn't shed and is well behaved, I think they should be welcomed at any Marriott properties.