Learn What Pricing Includes
Pricing structures vary within the pet hotel industry, and are partly determined by location.
“Fees can start anywhere from $25 per day for one pet, with a break for the second pet,” says Susan Sims, publisher of FIDO Friendly Magazine.
However, that price may not necessarily include extras, which is why Bennett suggests confirming which services are included in the base price.
“Some facilities cover everything in one price, and others charge a basic fee with added fees for additional services. Sometimes it’s hard to compare prices unless you know what is truly included,” Bennett says.
For example, she says many people prefer to bring their own dog food. Some pet hotels will charge a fee for this, while others charge extra if the owner doesn’t bring their own food.
Any service may be subject to added fees. Junior, a nine-year-old Lab, and Jake, a seven-year-old Boxer, travel with Sims from Los Angeles to Chicago each year for their annual pet adoption tour. She says The Ruff House, with two locations in California, charges an additional fee for use of the swimming pool, but adds that “this is an additional fee that we pet parents are happy to pay so our pets have the best time!”