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Published June 5th 2011
Everybody needs a break but if you're one of the many families who has a much-loved four legged member it can be a heartbreaking, not to mention expensive, exercise to leave them behind.
There are many establishments right across Australia that welcome pets. The accommodation varies, and some put conditions on pets bunking with you, like leaving them outside, while some places will allow only cats, not dogs. What do you need to bring in the way of bedding? And is there an 'excess' or deposit required in case Fido or Fluffy does the disgraceful and soils the carpet or furniture? For these reasons it's always a good idea to call in advance just to confirm the rules and regulations.
The pet friendly holiday accommodation market is a growing niche. More and more properties are allowing pets inside. They now realize that people with pets will generally take good care of the property - because they'd like to return.
So now that the cat's out of the bag, and the pooch is no longer in the doghouse, all you need to do is pick the place.
This website has loads of apartment style accommodation, broken down into different areas of Sydney, and regional areas of New South Wales. So wherever you're thinking of taking your next break, you'll find a place that will roll out the red carpet for your pet.
If you don't want to stay in an apartment, or are only going for a short break, here is a list of hotels that welcomes pets.
If you'll settle for nothing but the best for your prized pooch or kitty, you can book in at The Observatory Hotel. And here's what I mean about rules and regulations. Pets are allowed as long as they are under 20kg. A charge of $50.00 per pet, per night applies and must be paid in advance on arrival. Pets must be on a lead in all public areas of the hotel, lobby, hallways and surrounds. Cats must be brought in and out of the hotel in a cat carry box. Pets are not allowed in restaurants, the health club, swimming pool area or bar. Pets are not to be left alone in the guest rooms and are to refrain from sitting on the couches, chairs, etc within the lounge areas of the hotel.
5-star pet accommodation
If you'd like something high-end but actually pet friendly then how about the Sebel Pier One? They're offering the world to canine guests, including a room service menu, a dog sitting service so you can go out and enjoy your break with peace of mind, and even bedding. The Sebel Pier One doesn't discriminate against size or breed - their star treatment extends to domesticated canines of all persuasions.