El Portal Sedona Hotel & Pet Travel Tips

More and more people are now traveling with their pets; including them on vacations, getaways, and weekend trips. Every pet owner has concerns when considering traveling with their pets. Where to stay? How to travel? What should you expect from a hotel that claims to be pet friendly? The list of questions to answer can become quite lengthy, but with a little bit of common sense and these tips, you can plan a trip that will be fun for all! With research and planning, working your pet’s needs into every step of the itinerary is easy and conducive to a good trip for everyone. If your pet feels stressed out or poorly cared for, no one will be able to enjoy the trip.

El Portal Pet-friendly Hotel in Sedona AZ

First, consider where to stay. Look for pet friendly hotels on the internet and travel sites, ask friends who have travelled where they have stayed. Hotels that claim to be pet friendly are often only pet tolerating – charging more money and sticking you in a smoker’s only room. Phone hotels and find out what their policies are regarding pets – will they provide a bed and other useful items such as maps to local dog parks? These are the hotels to look for – the ones with few restrictions, who view the pets as guests in their own right and will provide things to meet their needs as well as their human guests, but without focusing solely on the profit. Look for not only pat friendly hotels, but pet friendly restaurants too! Do your research!

Consider how you are going to be traveling. Are you driving? Flying? Hopping on board a train? Odds are you will use one of the first two methods to get to your vacation destination. Each of these methods of travel comes with its own concerns for transporting your pet. If you need to fly, time of the flight and size of the pet will likely impact your plans. Most airlines will let you know when they transport pets for maximum comfort, but if you have a pet small enough to fit under the seat, you can fly any time. Car rides are a little different. The most important thing to keep in mind in this case is that your pet will need to stretch their legs and move around about once every three hours – much like you do! In either case, remember to hydrate your pet and avoid feeding them a full meal before in order to avoid upset stomachs during the journey. If your pet is kennel or crate-trained, bring it with you, your pet will feel more safe and secure.


When traveling with a pet – keep it on your schedule, meaning even with time changes your pet will have to adjust just like you, but do it gradually for them. Bring their food and bowls, bedding, toys and leash to ensure that they are comfortable and have familiar items to ease their travel anxiety.  Never leave them alone in a hotel room, cabin, or other space. Remember, pets are like children – not everyone likes them, keep them on a leash at all times, and never let them be bothersome. Pets are part of our families and they need to be taken care of with love, attention, and discipline.

Garden entry to El Portal Sedona

El Portal Sedona Hotel is a pet friendly hotel that welcomes both people and their pets with open arms and rooms. To the owners, Steve and Connie Segner, there was no question that an upscale, luxury inn could provide style, the best amenities and personalized concierge services for guests and their pets. Each room at El Portal Sedona is open to pets of various sizes, although some fit better with larger or smaller ones. It was voted as the Best Pet Friendly Hotel in the USA by USA Today Traveler and 10Best.com, is a AAA Four Diamond Hotel, is one of the top hotels in the Southwest (by Coñde Nast Travelers readers) and has received TripAdvisor's Certificate of Excellence Award.

Sedona provides numerous opportunities to take your pet on excursions. The Arizona town is located in an area with miles and miles of hiking trails of all different difficulty levels, and the town itself is incredibly dog friendly. This is important because taking your pet with you when you leave your hotel is highly recommended. Leaving them alone in a strange place can make them anxious and noisier than they may usually be. Besides, you do not want to spend all that time bringing them with you, only to leave them alone in a hotel room for the entire trip! El Portal Sedona can help you discover and plan activities for both you and your pet – pets need attention and care, just like a child, so include them in as many things as you can!

El Portal dog-friendly rooms and patios

About El Portal Sedona Hotel
El Portal Sedona Hotel is a boutique hotel where guests can enjoy Sedona and area in historic yet luxurious surroundings with their “best friend.” Each guest suite includes a private entrance, patio, fireplace, whirlpool bath and free Wi-Fi; featherweight cashmere blankets, luxury Egyptian cotton sheets, bath towels, premium down pillows and comforters for the ultimate in restful comfort. At the luxury inn guests have access to personalized concierge services for Sedona and area - there are so many ways to explore Sedona and the surrounding countryside. El Portal is a pet friendly hotel with fenced pet patios.

Summertime Special at El Portal Sedona Hotel

Take a trip to Sedona and stay at El Portal Sedona Hotel!

Our Summertime Special is great whether it’s a family vacation or a couple’s getaway! When you stay three nights, you receive the third night half off AND two Jeep Tours FREE! Valid Sunday-Thursday Nights, July 8- August 28, 2014.

Must book online, say Special 103 in “Other Information/Notes” section.

Contact Information:
El Portal Sedona Hotel
95 Portal Lane, Sedona, AZ 86336
Fax: 928-203-9401

Article by Janice McInnis for El Portal Sedona Hotel

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