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Pet Friendly Resorts in Orlando

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One of the hardest parts of planning my next trip always seems to revolve around who will take care of my two little dogs. They are both old (and spoiled) and really are not good candidates for a kennel, so quite often my poor husband ends up staying home while I head off to Orlando.

There is the Best Friend’s Pet Care located on Walt Disney World® property and it is a beautiful facility, close to all WDW resorts so you can visit your pet during your trip, they take excellent care of your pets – but I have a difficult time with the rates at this facility. My cost (discounted for an on-site resort guest) would be around $100 per night/with tax. Add to that cost medicine administration and a bath before pick-up and I would have a very hefty bill added to a five night vacation.

Now, if you stay at any of the Universal Orlando™ on site resorts – they have pet friendly rooms. The cost? $50 per night with a three night maximum – so no matter how long you stay – your maximum cost is $150! They even offer a special “Do Not Disturb” sign for your door to alert housekeeping that a pet is in residence.

  • Pets are permitted with a $50 fee per night*.
  • No more than two pets may occupy any one guestroom
  • Guests with pets must be booked into a pet friendly room category (upon arrival if guest is reserved in a non-pet room they will be re-assigned to one)
  • Arrangements must be made with housekeeping for daily room cleaning
  • Dogs may be walked in designated areas only
  • If the dog’s behavior results in complaints by other guests, the owner may be asked to board the dog in an outside shelter
  • Pets are not allowed in the pool/lounge or restaurant areas
  • Pet friendly rooms include: Loews Portofino Bay Hotel: Garden View & Bay View rooms only; Hard Rock Hotel: Garden View rooms only; Loews Royal Pacific Resort: Standard rooms only.
  • Club rooms do not participate in the program
  • Your pet(s) should have all recommended vaccinations currently up-to-date, and you agree to obtain and provide current records from a licensed veterinarian regarding your pet(s) should Loews Hotels request this information from you at any time. Click here for the complete Loews Loves Pets Policy.

*Maximum of $150 will be charged for stays of three nights and more. Fee is subject to change without notice.

When you arrive with your pet, you will receive a list of policies which cover all of the above with just a few added instructions:

  • Pets should be leashed or restrained at all times in public spaces in the hotel or on the property
  • Pets should be supervised at all times while in the hotel or on the property. You have been provided with a list of local pet sitting services which can be arranged for you through the hotel’s concierge. Since these services are not provided by Loews Hotels we can not be held responsible for any pet service engaged by you
  • A $10 per hour “time out” fee is assessed by Loews Hotels if a pet is left unattended and needs to be removed from a guestroom
  • Guests should display the special Loews Loves Pets “Do Not Disturb” sign to alert housekeeping that a pet is in residence
  • Pets are not allowed in food & beverage, pool or fitness center areas
  • Guests are responsible for pet waste clean-up inside the hotel and throughout the property grounds
  • Guests are responsible for all personal injuries and/or property damage related to their pet(s)
  • Guest agrees to indemnify and hold harmless Loews Hotels, the hotel, its operators and owners and their respective affiliates from all liability and/or damage suffered as a result of their pet(s)
  • Loews Hotels reserves the right to remove guests whose pets are deemed noisy or disruptive

So, for $150 I can bring my pets with me on vacation. Since I drive from South Carolina to Orlando I can stay at a Universal hotel and drive myself to Walt Disney World® when I want to visit those parks and my pets are taken care of by me. This may not work for others, but for me it is a wonderful solution.

An example of other pet friendly resorts in the Orlando area (I would imagine their policies are similar to those listed for the Universal Orlando resorts):

Hyatt Regency Grand Cypress: 1-6 nights, a $150 non-refundable pet fee will apply. 7-30 nights, a $300 non-refundable pet fee will apply. Only dogs weighing 50 lbs and under are permitted; two dogs allowed if not exceeding 75 lbs total. Service Animals exempt from fees.

Extended Stay America-Orlando-Lake Buena Vista: Pets are welcome guests at Extended Stay America. A maximum of two pets are allowed in each guest room. A $25 per day, per pet nonrefundable cleaning fee, not to exceed $150 per pet, will be charged the first night of your stay. Restrictions may apply.

Double Tree by Hilton at SeaWorld: Service animals permitted. Pets allowed, 25 lbs maximum weight, maximum size medium. $75 deposit.

For a complete list of pet friendly resorts in the Orlando area, visit – Pet Hotels of America Orlando listings. You will be surprised how many resorts in the area will allow you to bring your little ones with you!

Pet Hotels of America has a wonderful site that also lists pet friendly vacation homes, restaurants, local parks to visit on your vacation, tips for traveling with your pets, and more. It’s a wonderful resource for those that love their pets and love to travel too!