Regarding "Come, Sit, Stay With Your Pet" (Sourcebook issue, Feb. 1): It is nice to see that upscale U.S. hotels are adopting pet policies once reserved for Europe and the Caribbean.
Though hotels here may be making an effort to accommodate our furry family members, there are a few things that should be clarified before arrival so that you may avoid some of the surprises I had while traveling domestically.
Get in writing the policy regarding leaving your pet unattended in the room. Several hotels insist that you take your pet everywhere you go. As restaurants, museums, theaters and spas don't allow them in, you may find yourself in a Catch-22. What are you going to do with those tickets to the ballet or opera at the eleventh hour? Some hotels will gladly arrange to have someone pet-sit your pooch while you're out, but it may ruffle your fur to pay an exorbitant fee.
Also, have the hotel staff inspect the room for damages at the time of departure and note it on the bill. I once got a bill from a hotel one week later for dry-cleaning the comforter, even though it was stored in the closet during my visit.