When it comes to travel, accommodations for the whole family – pets included – have their perks. Nearly 23 million American households welcomed pets into their homes since 2020, and 65% of those plan to take their pets with them when they hit the road, according to research done in partnership with Mars Petcare in The 2022 Traveler trends report released by Hilton. To make that dream a reality, Homewood Suites by Hilton, Hilton’s upscale, extended-stay brand, is celebrating the new year as the newest Hilton brand to become 100% pet-friendly.
Here’s what pet families can find when they hit the road in 2022:
The Cat’s Out of the Bag
Hilton has partnered with Mars Petcare, the world’s largest pet care company, to feature pet health, wellness and behavioral support through a new online service. Access will soon be expanded to 100% of Homewood Suites and Home2 Suites by Hilton properties throughout the U.S. and Canada – with Mars Petcare experts available to answer questions related to traveling with four-legged friends. The service includes on-demand articles with tips including what to pack and how to settle in as well as chat features, both online and via phone, where Mars Petcare experts can answer any pet-related concerns throughout the trip.
This online support specifically tailored for on-the-go pets creates a more inclusive and seamless travel experience for Hilton guests and their furry friends.
Letting Sleeping Dogs Lie
Anyone who has a pet understands the stress of leaving them behind to travel. Seeking care for a dog or cat while you’re away can be time consuming and costly, and some pets feel major anxiety when their loved ones leave or they are boarded. Humans also experience anxiety leaving their furry friends at home as well, it’s why 47% of pet owners would cancel a vacation that isn’t pet-friendly to avoid leaving their pet behind, according to Mars Petcare’s 2021 “Keeping People and Pets Together” report.
Homewood Suites officially began welcoming pets to all of its properties as of Jan. 1, 2022, joining Home2 Suites and Canopy by Hilton as 100% pet-friendly brands. And, by April of this year, all Embassy Suites by Hilton, Hilton Garden Inn, Hampton by Hilton and Tru by Hilton properties in the U.S. and Canada will also become completely pet-friendly.
Every Dog Has Its Day
Traveling with a pet doesn’t come without limitations: Travelers need parks, space and quiet rooms so pets can feel comfortable. This is why Hilton’s all-suite properties are purr-fect for pets. Not only do many offer plenty of green spaces for pets to walk and play, such as Homewood Suites by Hilton Chicago Downtown South Loop, one block from iconic Grant Park, but the roomy suites help every traveler, regardless of number of legs, to feel comfortable and right at home.
Guests of Homewood Suites and Home2 Suites hotels have kitchens with full-sized appliances, which also makes traveling with any special foods or medicines a pet may need easier. In addition to pet-friendly accommodations, Homewood Suites by Hilton and Home2 Suites by Hilton team members will provide guests information on local pet-friendly resources, including local dog parks, any nearby 24-hour vets, pet stores and any pet-friendly restaurants in the area. Many hotels will offer pet treats at the front desk, pet bowls for guest use and pet waste bags.
With Hilton Honors members earning an additional 2,500 Bonus Points per stay through May 1, 2022, in its Points Unlimited promotion, staying at Homewood Suites by Hilton’s 100% pet-friendly hotels in 2022 is the cat’s meow. Learn more about Hilton’s Pet-Friendly hotels and locations.
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