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Airport Pet Hotels

Airport Pet Hotels

Many pet owners enjoy traveling with their pets. Sometimes we must kennel our pet as it's not feasible or practical to take Fido or Fluffy with us, especially when we fly. So what's a pet owner to do? For the ultimate in convenience and luxury for air travelers, check out one of the growing number of airport pet hotels. Catering to the pampered pet whose owner wants only the highest quality, yet affordable pet accommodations, airport pet hotels are an innovative concept that is growing in popularity. Imagine parking your car and dropping off your pet at a single convenient location near an airport, after which you are immediately shuttled directly to the terminal. When you return from your trip, you can catch a shuttle back to the pet hotel facility at any hour of the day or night. No more waiting until the next day to pick up your pet!

What if your pet is traveling without you and needs a layover for a day or two before their next flight? Then be sure to check out airport pet hotels. Some facilities--such as Pet Paradise Resorts facilities in Houston (both Hobby and Bush International), Atlanta, New Orleans, and Charlotte--can accommodate pets traveling without their owners. As long as arrangements are made in advance, these facilities will pick up your pet after the first leg of their trip, board them for as long as necessary, and deliver him safely to the terminal for their next flight.

Paradise 4 Paws operates pet hotels at Chicago (O'Hare and Midway), and Dallas Fort Worth airports.

US cities with airport pet hotels include Jacksonville, FL, Houston, TX, Charlotte, NC, New Orleans, LA, Chicago, IL, Minneapolis-St. Paul, MO, Atlanta, GA, Seattle, WA, and Portland, OR. Although airports in Dallas, Denver, Louisville, and Miami have all considered on-site pet boarding facilities, Southwest Florida International Airport near Fort Myers, Florida is the only domestic airport that is currently moving ahead with plans for a new facility.

Airport pet hotels generally offer cage-free boarding, supervised doggy playtime, and real-time web cam access so traveling pet owners can check in on their pets. Other amenities at an additional cost might include spa services, pool playtime, doggy or kitty treats, grooming, vet visits, dog training, daycare, or private suites equipped with flat-screen TVs. Since our feline friends prefer quieter environments, airport pet hotels usually house cats in kitty condos that are separated from their canine counterparts.

These convenient, affordable facilities are usually open 24/7 so pet owners can easily coordinate drop-off and pick-up around their flight schedules. Most offer parking and shuttle service to and from the terminal. We recommend that potential airport pet hotel customers tour the facility before making a reservation.

So next time you fly, why not make it easier on yourself and try out an airport pet hotel? You will not only enjoy convenience and peace of mind while you travel, but your pet will have lots of fun, too!

Current airport pet hotels:

Pet Paradise Resort

Locations at Jacksonville International Airport, Charlotte International Airport, New Orleans International Airport, Houston-Bush Intercontinental Airport, and Houston Hobby Airport.

All dogs are housed in spacious, climate-controlled indoor-outdoor suites with automatically filled water bowls. Plush bedding and toys are provided. Web cams are available to check on your pets. Your dog will enjoy five playtimes a day, including a dip in the bone-shaped pool for dogs aquatically inclined. Play areas are equipped with synthetic grass to eliminate the need for pesticides. Luxury upgrades include the Presidential Suite where your pet can view DVDs on a flat screen TV; ice cream treats; extra playtime; and one-on-one play with a staff member. Doggie daycare and grooming services are available.

Cats are housed in a separate area of the facility. Peaceful and private 6-level cat condos have calming music piped in to create a soothing, spa-like environment. Large condos are available to accommodate cat families or individual cats that enjoy their space. Plush bedding and toys are provided.

Parking and shuttle service varies by location. All facilities have 24/7 drop-off and pick-up and on-call veterinarian. All Pet Paradise facilities are Category 3 Hurricane Safety rated. Boarding rates vary by location, but range from $25-$35 per day for dogs and $18-$22 per day for cats.

Paradise 4 Paws

Paradise 4 Paws is located at Chicago O’Hare International Airport.

This facility is staffed by American Boarding Kennel Association certified professionals. Private state-of-the-art, climate-controlled accommodations are large, clean, quiet, and well appointed with comfortable bedding, soothing music, and soft lighting. Real-time web cam access allows pet owners to monitor their dog or cat.

Dogs can enjoy a private suite that overlooks the play yard or pool, or they can sleep in a slumber party lounge. Large indoor grass areas for playtime, fully equipped with water hydrants. A bone-shaped pool will keep your dog active and fit.

Cats have bungalows in a private gated community that are equipped with window perches. There are personal aquariums in select suites to satisfy feline curiosity. Cats also have access to the Adventure Jungle, where they can explore and frolic. All cat bungalows overlook the Adventure Jungle.

Parking and shuttle service is available. Pet pick-up and drop-off is available from the terminal. Service is provided 24/7. Daycare, spa services, dog training, massage therapy, pet portraits, and vet visits are available at additional cost. Boarding rates range from $50-$80 per day for dogs and $30-$40 per day for cats.

Airport Park 'N Bark

Airport Park 'N Bark is located near Hartsfield-Jackson Atlanta International Airport.

This is a full service pet resort offering dog and cat boarding, bathing and doggy daycare, and pet transportation (in partnership with Pet Air Carrier.) Special packages--including playtime, cuddle time, bedtime stories, and canine cinema--may be added to daily boarding rates at an additional charge. Doggy luxury suites are available. Dogs are taken outside a minimum of 3 times per day.

Additionally, On November 18, 2009, the airport opened an off-leash dog park for its thousands of canine customers each year. The fully fenced facility features flowers, grass, rocks, benches and two original pieces of art to sniff and enjoy. This is a great stop off before you and your pet board your flight.

Cat boarding includes one free playtime or lap session.

Parking and shuttle service is available as well as door-to-door pet taxi service. Drop-off and pick-up 24/7 is by appointment only. Boarding rates range from $30-$73 per day for dogs. Rate is $18 per day for cats. "Caged critters" presented in their cage with food are $10.00 per day.

Now Boarding

Located at the Minneapolis/St Paul Airport, this boarding facility boasts an indoor pool, training areas and outdoor play areas. It also offers free parking and free shuttle services to the airport.

This facility is an affiliate of the Animal Humane Society. Net proceeds support AHS core programs.

Climate-controlled dog suites with individual indoor and outdoor runs. Every dog has 20-30 minutes of personal attention every day. Amenities include pet bedding, relaxing music, glass windows, comfy beds, and automatic water dishes. Doggy daycare, additional playtime, pool playtime, spa services, dog training, grooming, ice cream treats, and treat-filled Kongs available at extra charge.

Cats are housed in spacious condos. All cats are offered daily playtime in the cat atrium where they can climb and explore.

Now Boarding can accommodate a limited number of small animals, including rabbits, ferrets, guinea pigs, and birds.

Parking and shuttle service is available. Twenty four hour drop-off and pick-up is provided. Boarding rates range from $32-$42 per day for dogs. Cats are $20 per day and small critters are $10 per day.

AirPet Hotel

AirPet Hotel is located near Portland International Airport and Seattle-Tacoma International Airport.

Dogs are boarded in individual kennels. Optional daily indoor group playtime is available. Dogs are given multiple daily outdoor potty break/exercise periods. Daycare, baths, and nail trims available.

Cats are housed in individual kennels with outdoor-view windows and litterboxes.

Pet air cargo drop-off and pick-up service is available at additional cost. You can drop-off and pick-up 24/7, but reservations are required. Boarding rates vary by location, but range from $34 per day for dogs and $18 per day for cats.

Other airports are realizing the revenue potential and the convenience airport pet hotels offer their travelers. Denver is currently out to bid on a facility which is scheduled to be built in 2014.

If you need to kennel your pets while you fly, airport pet hotels are an alternative if you have an abnormal flight schedule do not have a pet sitter or a local boarding facility available.