Vegas hotels introduce Fido-friendly program

Anyone who owns a dog knows that traveling and planning vacations can be tricky. Can you find a hotel that will allow you to bring your pet along? Can you bribe someone to take care of your furry friend? Or do you have to pay an exorbitant  amount to leave the dog at a kennel with strangers while you’re gone?Dog in travel case

According to Road and Travel Magazine, 78 percent of pet owners hit the road or airways with their pets and more than 95 percent of them are willing to pay extra for the opportunity to bring their animal along to a hotel.

Although dog-friendly hotels do exist out there, they are few and far between, especially in Las Vegas, and especially on the Strip.

But now, thanks to the new Petstay program, Vegas visitors can bring their canine companions to Caesars Palace, the Rio and the Imperial Palace.

The hotels are providing pet-friendly rooms with amenities including a mat, food bowls, dog treats and waste bags. Guests will also be given directions to outdoor relief areas and walking routes.

The pet-friendly rooms come with an extra charge of $25 per night in the Augustus Tower at Caesars Palace and $20 per night for designated pet-friendly rooms at the Rio and the Imperial Palace.

Of course there are rules if you bring your dog along on vacation. They’re not allowed free reign of the hotel like you are. Dogs must weigh 50 pounds or less and be present at the time of check- in. Up to two dogs per room are allowed and dogs are only permitted to walk through designated common areas while on a leash and accompanied by the owner.

THEhotel at Mandalay Bay has also recently launched it’s dog-friendly program. For $50 per day, dogs can stay at the hotel and are greeted with a special welcome letter, bag and a treat. The hotel also offers pet sitting and walking services for an extra fee. There is a limit of two dogs per room and they dogs can weigh no more than 30 pounds combined.


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There are 3 comments for this article
  1. wanda brashear at 6:37 pm

    I love it. I think its great that hotels are starting to see that people really like their pets. Unfortunatly its too late for me as I will be coming to vegas in november. I hope that some day I will be able to take my baby with me and feel safe doing so.

  2. Charlotte at 12:36 pm

    This is definitely a wonderful thing! but why stop at 50lb dogs? Big ones can be just as well behaved and are often not as yappy 🙂