During lockdown, many of us have formed tight bonds with our pets, with over half of British dog owners (57%) saying that the one constant which has helped them through the pandemic has been their furry friends. Thankfully, Hilton has made travelling with your canine companions easy.
Hilton offers beds and water bowls across 74 of its dog-friendly hotels in the UK and Ireland, with brands including Waldorf Astoria Hotels & Resorts, LXR Hotels & Resorts, Conrad Hotels & Resorts, Hilton Hotels & Resorts, Curio Collection by Hilton and DoubleTree by Hilton. In addition, Hilton recently unveiled Bone Appétit, a mouth-watering new dog menu that have been available to guests and their beloved pets across 32 of its pet-friendly hotels in the UK and Ireland from 17th May.
With 7 in 10 of LGBTQ+ adults owning pets, and with LGBTQ+ individuals most likely to have therapy or companion pets, making their hotels pet friendly demonstrates Hilton’s commitment to a truly inclusive environment. Hilton, which has just been awarded the Pride365 Seal of Approval for their work in achieving LGBTQ+ inclusion in the workplace, wants to support the community, and their pets.
Julie Baker, Hilton’s Vice President UK & Ireland, “We are proud at Hilton to be recognised for our inclusive culture. We are consistently named a Best Place to Work for LGBTQ Equality by the Human Rights Campaign, and continue to reflect on what it means to be equally accepting and accepted. With an increasing number of travellers now taking to the road with their dogs, we completely understand the importance of meeting their needs and those of their furry friends.”
If you are thinking of planning a holiday with your best friend, here are four tips on how to plan a dog friendly itinerary:
- Explore before you go. Look at what’s around online, and activities you can do with your dog. Examples would be parks, lakes, or nature trails, which are always beneficial for walks and exercise, and researching any pet friendly pubs, bars and cafes is always a good idea.
- Pack separately. Anything you need to bring for your dog, we suggest packing separately, rather than in the same suitcase. This makes things easier to find, and keeps you organised on your trip. It also keeps your clothes from smelling if your dog’s things get muddy, or damp during your stay. Also, pack essentials in a bag to carry around with you, so you are never caught short.
- Training Day. Work on your dog’s training before you leave so that their recall and basic commands are as good as possible. This will make your stay less stressful, and means you aren’t constantly chasing after your dog, and can enjoy a more peaceful experience.
- Weather proof. Consider the weather when you book, as this may limit what you can do with your dog, or what they need to keep warm, or cool, and pack accordingly. You may need to pack towels, or an extra water bottle, or raincoat for your pet. Being fully prepared will mean you may get wet, but it won’t dampen your trip. Also, ask the hotel what they offer before you go.
For more information on Hilton’s dog-friendly hotels and to see what other amenities are offered at participating hotels, visit Explore.Hilton.com. Alternatively, there’s a handy ‘pets allowed’ filter, available via the Hilton Honors App or through Hilton.com, so guests can see all relevant hotels at the click of a button.
Guests who book with Hilton will also experience elevated levels of cleanliness and hygiene in line with the Hilton CleanStay programme. This includes a Hilton CleanStay room seal to reassure guests that no-one has entered since their room was cleaned, as well as extra disinfection of the most frequently touched guests room areas such as light switches, door handles, TV remotes, thermostats and more.
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