Most hotels simply request that you let them know about your pet when booking the room so that they can assign the appropriate space and make sure you both are properly taken care of.
One trend is to have pet-friendly rooms on or close to the ground floor, great for quick exits when taking Buddy for a walk. When it is time for a walk, designated play areas are often close by and some hotels even provide toys and clean-up bags.
It’s generally not a good idea to leave pets unattended, but in some cases they can be put in a kennel (brought by you) if you need to quickly pop out of the room. Occasionally, you might find that front desk staff (when they aren’t too busy) will even allow a well-behaved cutie to keep them company. It’s also good to remember that hotels usually prefer it if you set up a time with staff to come in and refresh your room, either when you and your pet are out or when your pooch has been tucked into its kennel for a nap.
For the owners of well-behaved pets, hotel stays have thankfully become a joy, not the headache of days gone by.