Originally Posted by goriders
1. I have never seen anyone in a hotel lobby checking in with a dog in tow.
Well, color me surprised. Some hotels do not allow dogs, but so many do that I am *shocked* you've never seen a dog at check-in. In some cases dogs don't come through the lobby because the designated *doggie rooms* have outside access for potty breaks, and people just bring their pets in through the sliding glass door.
As noted by a pp, many of the best hotels in the world offer a warm welcome to dogs. The Four Seasons in Jackson Hole, for instance. If you bring your dog to stay, they set out china water and food dishes (complete with bottled water), dog treats, and a little doggie bed. Certain rooms are designated dog rooms, and there are usually policies around leaving your pet in the room alone (for instance that a walker need come by at certain intervals or that if there are any noise complaints the dog won't be left again). Our dog was, unfortunately, over their self-imposed weight limit when we last stayed there (she is 60lbs of Humane Society love), so the concierge arranged a stay for her at a local kennel with lots of walks and a play yard.
Dogs are also very welcome at the Little Nell in Aspen. I haven't stayed there, but we were once having a quick drink in the lobby bar and a waitress overheard me asking my husband to check on our dog in the car. She told us to bring the puppy in, and then showered her with pats and treats, while the dog lolled in front of the fire. Lots of other dogs marched through the lobby that night, both with owners and with staffers (walking the dogs for their owners, I presume).
Originally Posted by goriders
Rooms that are open to pet use should be flagged as such. Some people don't want to stay in a room that may have been the lucky recipient of some dog's accident...or fleas, etc. etc.
I have issues with people who aren't responsible for the actions (intentional or otherwise) of their pets.
As for this and your subsequent scenario, every hotel where we've ever stayed with our dog has required a doggie deposit at check-in, as well as a credit card imprint. I can only imagine that if our dog were to make a terrible mess that we would be appropriately charged for fumigation/cleaning or even soft goods replacement.
The simple fact of the matter, though, is that I have rarely met anyone who travels with a dog that ill-trained. Very few people would want to regularly share a car or hotel room with a dog that was making messes all the time or shredding upholstery. Or, for that matter, with a dog with fleas. Our dog is so well mannered that if she has a stomach ailment she will find the nearest hard-surface floor to vomit, rather than do it on the carpet. Dog vomit, like child vomit or drunken-bachelor-party vomit, is easily cleaned up from a tile floor.
Accidents (and nasty little beasties) do happen, though, which is why hotels do usually try to reserve certain rooms for pet use. And since they often are, as a pp mentioned, the smoking rooms, I get to hate my surroundings. You may be offended by even the smallest whiff of ten-year-old dog urine, but I am horribly offended by drapes that have soaked up 20 years of tar.
: Finally, I'd rather stay in a room that was previously occupied by a dog than one that had hosted a big bachelor soiree the night before. Let's just say that I have experienced the second of those two scenarios, and there were more than a few *souvenirs* waiting for us at check-in. Strange and unfortunate things happen in hotel rooms all the time. . . and dogs aren't the cause of all (or even most) of them!