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Dogs in hotels

I was realy quite fascinated to find people could bring their dogs to this lovely hotel we frequented a few times (in summer) in the Schwartwald. Nice to know people could bring their dogs with them on their holidays.

I imagined they had special rooms for the dogs .... because some of them were realy large and hairy, and would romp in the pond outside, or swim in the little lake in the grounds.
So I asked where the dogs stayed? "In the rooms, of course". Oh, ok, so I presumed they did deep steam cleaning after their doggy guests left.

Then ...... ta da .... this last weekend we took a small break over the weekend - it was cold, minus 2c - so the heating was on ........and the stink began to rise out of the carpets and curtains

At first it was not TOO bad. But by Saturday night I began to have allergic reactions. By Sunday morning I could not breathe without pain and one side of my face rose up in red welts.

It was a lovely hotel, with a first class menu (excellent chef), and ambience suited us, lovely saunas, indoor large pool, beautiful surrounds for walking. But now - that was the last time we could stay there. Will have to find another hotel for the future.

And smoking is banned in the rooms - 50 euro fine if you do!
I would much prefer a waft of cigarette smoke, compared to that stenchy dog smell.

Do all hotels allow dogs in the rooms?

I love dogs. But have this (new since living in CH) allergy to living in their space.
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Old 30.10.2012, 10:59
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Re: Dogs in hotels

Dog godda go somewhere. Some hotels allow it, some don't
No idea where you went but some actually advertise "Urlaub mit Bello"
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Re: Dogs in hotels

I'm sorry for your bad experience but hotels should put the dogs in dog friendly rooms only and people without dogs in non dog friendly rooms. I stay in hotels often with my dog. He is clean and small and I would never allow him to enter my house or a hotel covered in mud and wet. I also stay in the UK in hotels with my dog, unfortunately they are not so dog friendly as Europe.
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Do all hotels allow dogs in the rooms?
Some do, most don't, but few make it clear on their websites.

Best to give them a quick call before booking.
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Re: Dogs in hotels

Looks like it was not such a nice hotel after all.

I always take my dog to skiing vacation where we pay an extra fee per stay for the extra cleaning. However, it would make sense to have pet friendly rooms and just like pet free rooms for allergic people.
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I was realy quite fascinated to find people could bring their dogs to this lovely hotel we frequented a few times (in summer) in the Schwartwald. Nice to know people could bring their dogs with them on their holidays.

I imagined they had special rooms for the dogs .... because some of them were realy large and hairy, and would romp in the pond outside, or swim in the little lake in the grounds.
So I asked where the dogs stayed? "In the rooms, of course". Oh, ok, so I presumed they did deep steam cleaning after their doggy guests left.

Then ...... ta da .... this last weekend we took a small break over the weekend - it was cold, minus 2c - so the heating was on ........and the stink began to rise out of the carpets and curtains

At first it was not TOO bad. But by Saturday night I began to have allergic reactions. By Sunday morning I could not breathe without pain and one side of my face rose up in red welts.

It was a lovely hotel, with a first class menu (excellent chef), and ambience suited us, lovely saunas, indoor large pool, beautiful surrounds for walking. But now - that was the last time we could stay there. Will have to find another hotel for the future.

And smoking is banned in the rooms - 50 euro fine if you do!
I would much prefer a waft of cigarette smoke, compared to that stenchy dog smell.

Do all hotels allow dogs in the rooms?

I love dogs. But have this (new since living in CH) allergy to living in their space.

Perhaps write them and let them know of your difficulty. Perhaps they have specific rooms that have "never" had dogs in them, or if you're stay had always otherwise been pleasant, perhaps arrange that they do special cleaning to your room before you arrive.

As prevalent as pet dander allergies are, they must get similar requests often enough that they know how to handle it, even if it means that they point you in the direction of another suitable hotel.
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Re: Dogs in hotels

Folks who travel with their dogs are a profitable niche market - and so some hotels do indeed cater to that segment. Some market specifically as dog friendly.

(FYI, luxury class hotels usually allow dogs, as do hiking-type Gasthauser. It's hotels in between that are more likely to refuse.)

If that is a problem, there are hotels where dogs are not allowed - in fact, this is an ever-growing number, as many dog owners have found. Every hotel I have ever contacted has been very clear on it's policy - check before booking and if you have allergies mention this specifically.
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Folks who travel with their dogs are a profitable niche market - and so some hotels do indeed cater to that segment. Some market specifically as dog friendly.

(FYI, luxury class hotels usually allow dogs, as do hiking-type Gasthauser. It's hotels in between that are more likely to refuse.)

If that is a problem, there are hotels where dogs are not allowed - in fact, this is an ever-growing number, as many dog owners have found. Every hotel I have ever contacted has been very clear on it's policy - check before booking and if you have allergies mention this specifically.
Ja, I`m actually disgusted with myself for this! I always enjoy dogs, and they like me (I think), especially Jack Russells who come to a complete stop when they see me and insist on a personal greeting.

I had 5 dogs in SA, and didn`t know how I`d live without their company here in CH. I guess, somehow, I`ve developed a latent psycho defence mechanism or something!

It was only the heating that seemed to "grow" the smell. No problems in warm weather.

Will take advice about checking in future though.
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Could it also be that the heat system had some nasty stuff in it, e.g. Mold - and it was the first time the system was on, your room was also probably closed up tight. But clearly, the hotel's not doing a good job of cleaning rooms and needs to improve. I'd definitely write to them and politely inform them of what happened.
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I would much prefer to stay in a hotel with dogs, especially Jack Russels, than smokers!

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I would much prefer to stay in a hotel in with dogs, especially Jack Russels, than smokers!
Oh no you don`t! You`re NOT going to derail my thread into a smoking bash!
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I was realy quite fascinated to find people could bring their dogs to this lovely hotel we frequented a few times (in summer) in the Schwartwald. Nice to know people could bring their dogs with them on their holidays.

I imagined they had special rooms for the dogs .... because some of them were realy large and hairy, and would romp in the pond outside, or swim in the little lake in the grounds.
So I asked where the dogs stayed? "In the rooms, of course". Oh, ok, so I presumed they did deep steam cleaning after their doggy guests left.

Then ...... ta da .... this last weekend we took a small break over the weekend - it was cold, minus 2c - so the heating was on ........and the stink began to rise out of the carpets and curtains

At first it was not TOO bad. But by Saturday night I began to have allergic reactions. By Sunday morning I could not breathe without pain and one side of my face rose up in red welts.

It was a lovely hotel, with a first class menu (excellent chef), and ambience suited us, lovely saunas, indoor large pool, beautiful surrounds for walking. But now - that was the last time we could stay there. Will have to find another hotel for the future.

And smoking is banned in the rooms - 50 euro fine if you do!
I would much prefer a waft of cigarette smoke, compared to that stenchy dog smell.

Do all hotels allow dogs in the rooms?

I love dogs. But have this (new since living in CH) allergy to living in their space.
I have never been to the place myself but some of my dog loving friends highly recommend it.

Funnily enough one of them complained about the same thing and she was there with her dog!

So, the smell must be quite annoying, if even a dog owner gets bothered...
Don't know if she complained to the hotel about it.

One would think a place like that offers dog free rooms...
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I have never been to the place myself but some of my dog loving friends highly recommend it.

Funnily enough one of them complained about the same thing and she was there with her dog!

So, the smell must be quite annoying, if even a dog owner gets bothered...
Don't know if she complained to the hotel about it.

One would think a place like that offers dog free rooms...
Ja, maybe they do? I just never thought to ask as it had never bothered me before - being summer/spring/warm the other times.

Anyway .... having sampled most of the menu, walked most of the trails/forests, seen all the surroundings, tis time to move on to a "new" hotel in the future, I think. (Get out of the rut?)

But will most certainly make more intensive enquiries at the next hotel!

What I found interesting (and nice) about his particular hotel was that after the first time asking them to exchange the downe for synthetic duvets/pillows, we always had synthetic pillows/duvets, without asking, the following times. So it was my own dumb fault for not asking about "dog free" rooms. Ah well, that`s life - Live and Learn.... and move on!
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What I found interesting (and nice) about his particular hotel was that after the first time asking them to exchange the downe for synthetic duvets/pillows, we always had synthetic pillows/duvets, without asking, the following times. So it was my own dumb fault for not asking about "dog free" rooms. Ah well, that`s life - Live and Learn.... and move on!

Well, if you want a change of scenery in any case, that's that, but what you've said here leads me to believe that they probably do have "dog free" rooms, or at least be willing to go an extra few steps to do what they can to help you avoid allergy issues in their establishment.

As edot pointed out also, it's probably likely that there was dust or mold in the system which could have triggered allergy problems as well - for me, once one thing triggers allergy, everything else (even if it's usually pretty mild on it's own) likes to pile on and increase my misery.
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When we go to a Hotel with our dog, or rent a holiday apartment, we always wash her dog bed before going, and insist that she sleeps on it, and of course never allow her on the bed or furniture + always pick up/clean up after her. Sadly, as usual, a small number of bad owners spoil it for all of us who take great care not to let our pets spoil it for others.
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