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Sniffing Out the Facts: Starwood Hotels

Contrary to recent news, not all U.S. and Canada Sheraton and W Hotels are dog-friendly. In August we were pleased to hear Starwood Hotel's news release which announced "Sheraton, Westin, and W Hotels to Allow Dogs Brand Wide." We decided to call Starwood's central reservations phone line to confirm the announcement. They stated that every Sheraton and W Hotel in the U.S. and Canada now allows dogs up to 80 pounds. They also told us that all Westin Hotels have a 40 pound limit.

Since focuses on listing places that allow dogs of all sizes* (and in non-smoking rooms), we decided not to call the Westin Hotels. We did however begin to call the Sheraton and W Hotels. During the week of September 1, 2003, we called all of these hotels individually and found that over 32% still do not allow dogs. Of the hotels that allow dogs, 63% allow dogs up to about 80 pounds (or more) and in non-smoking rooms, 31% allow small dogs only, 5% allow dogs in smoking rooms only, and 1% had a daily pet fee of $100 or greater per each day.

We did find a handful of Sheraton and W Hotels that were switching over to become pet-friendly. These are included in our numbers which reflect the pet-friendly hotels. Especially noteworthy were the Hawaii hotels that are becoming pet-friendly, as hardly any hotel chain in that state allows dogs.

If you decide to stay at a Sheraton or W Hotel, please note that if you call Starwood's central reservations phone line, many of the agents do not seem to know that some of the hotels do not allow dogs. This can become a problem if you make a reservation and then show up at a hotel that does not allow dogs. We recommend that you always call the hotel directly to verify their pet policy. This is true for many hotel chains.

Summary of Pet Policies for United States and Canada Sheraton and W Hotels

Note: It is possible that some hotel policies will change as we did get different answers when calling a few days later in some cases (either becoming pet-friendly or deciding not to opt in to Starwood's new pet-friendly policy).

Number of Hotels
Total Sheratons and W Hotels in the U.S. and Canada Called
Dogs of at least 80 pounds allowed (some hotels have no size limit) and allowed in non-smoking rooms
No Dogs Allowed
There is a weight limit of 50 pounds or less (the majority were less than 25 pounds)
Dogs are allowed in smoking rooms only
There is a Daily Pet Fee of $100 or greater
The hotel was unsure of its pet policy

*We focus on listing places that allow dogs of all sizes, at least 75 pounds or greater, and places that allow dogs in non-smoking rooms. The few exceptions to our guidelines are some advertisers on our web site. While the majority of our advertisers on allow dogs of all sizes, there are some which state small dogs only. But our policy is to list the pet policy so you will know right away if there is any size limit.





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