Simpson explains that the hotel loves it when guests bring their pets along. Picture: Pexels

With the number of pet owners on the rise each year, many companies across various industries are expanding their services so that consumers can seamlessly include their animals into their busy lifestyles. 

One such brand doing its bit to accommodate pets and their owners is the Radisson RED Hotel in Cape Town - providing a unique hospitality experience to both travellers and their furry family members.

Dale Simpson, Curator at Radisson RED, says that, since opening a mere six months ago, the hotel has had many local and international guests looking for a relaxing time away with their furry friends. “As the Radisson RED guest experience remains a top priority for the team, we make sure that each person and their furry BFF gets the purrrfect treatment. For example, each pet-friendly check-in includes, among others, a bandana, a pet bed, nutritious food and a water dish to make your animal’s stay extra special.”

Simpson explains that the hotel loves it when guests bring their pets along and only ask that Baxter’s (the hotel’s on-site Boston Terrier Concierge Assistant and mascot) Pet Policy be adhered to. “The policy allows guests to bring up to two domestic animals (under 8kg each) to stay with them in a pet-friendly studio. Should guests leave their studio with their friend, we ask that you keep them on a leash or in a carrier please.”

Thinking about staying at a hotel with your pet? Here are a few things to keep in mind:

Safety first

When travelling with your fur-baby, whether near or far, it’s important to make sure they are being looked after at all times. This is why we suggest choosing a well-known, pet-friendly transport service, who will ensure a safe journey for your fluffy best friend. Also, as familiar smells are always a plus, it’s recommended to include a favourite blanket or toy to travel along with them.

Know the pet policy

Make sure you familiarise yourself with the pet policy at your chosen hotel. It is important that you know the type of pets that are allowed, size restrictions, the number of pets permitted per room and general roaming rules that you’d need to comply with.

Can you direct me to the loo please? 

When arriving at the hotel, find out where the designated potty areas are for your furry friend. This will save you time should the need arise and avoid any potentially messy mishaps.

Who’s a good boy? 

Some hotels will request a damage deposit. This is just in case your beloved pet "accidentally" knocks over a lamp or mistakes the table for a chew toy. Just keep a close eye on them to avoid losing this deposit at the end of your stay.

Enjoy the company

Lastly - don’t leave your pet unaccompanied. Being in a strange environment can cause anxiety. Rather take your friend with you when you leave the room - just don’t forget to keep them on a leash when roaming through public areas.