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As Pet Travel Grows, Hilton’s Extended Stay Hotels Go 100% Pet-Friendly By 2022

In a growing travel trend, people are hitting the road more often with their pets. Two Hilton extended stay brands, Homewood Suites by Hilton and Home2 Suites by Hilton, are taking notice and introducing new pet-friendly amenities for their four-legged guests.

By 2022, Hilton will have nearly 1,000 extended stay properties in its portfolio with the Homewood Suites brand joining sibling Home2 Suites in becoming 100% pet-friendly. This means the hotels will allow pets in guest rooms as well as many public areas. In addition, by next year, both brands will harmonize their pet fees to $50 per stay across the entire North American portfolio.

Previously, the fee for a pet varied by hotel.

Also on the way is a pilot program offering complimentary digital assistance with pet experts at select hotels. Guests in five cities that are part of Mars Petcare’s BETTER CITIES FOR PETS™ program (including Miami, Nashville and Phoenix among others) can connect with the company’s experts for pet “wellness and behavioral questions” that will make the journey to a new location more comfortable.

The program helps cities become more pet-friendly, and its new Hilton partnership brings that same concept to the hotels themselves. Other helpful tips accessible to guests via phone or an online chat service including learning what to pack for pets, pet etiquette tips and how to determine if a pet visit is needed when traveling.

Extended stay hotels and vacation rental properties are proving especially popular with travelers looking to work remotely rather than go to a crowded office. Bringing pets along helps make travel, especially for longer periods of time, more relaxing for people.

According to Hilton, a poll from the American Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals (ASPCA) revealed that nearly 20% of American households welcomed a new pet since the start of the Covid-19 pandemic. And new data from a KRC Research survey shows that 85% of pet owners plan to travel within the next year. Among those same pet owners, 65% plan to bring their pets along on their trips. Hilton’s extended stay brands are looking to meet the demand for both remote work, longer road trips and pet travel with one product.

Hotels will be able to provide local information on area parks, pet-friendly restaurants, pet stores and 24-hour veterinarian services. Many of its extended stay hotels offer dog treats and water bowls.

Homewood Suites and Home2 Suites properties are also participating in Hilton Honors’ fall bonus point offers including double points on stays between now and the end of the year and triple points for Hilton Honors co-branded credit cardholders.

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