While the economic crisis has sent the occupancy rate for conventional hotels to their lowest levels in years, most “dog hotels” are doing just fine. Of course, in English-speaking countries, we don’t send Fido to a “dog hotel” we send him to a kennel. But the Slovak expression, hotel pre psia means literally “hotel for dogs.” In any case, the ČTK newswire surveyed “dog hotel” owners and found that business is for the most part very good.
“Our hotel is fully booked until September 15,” said Zuzana Prostyáková, owner of the Bratislava Hotel for Dogs U Zuzany. “It is packed. But then we’re always full.” She added that Austrians like to utilise her services because prices are lower here.
Katarína Sikelová of Topoľčany, a town near Piešťany, said that occupancy rates are pretty much the same as last year. “Our regular guests keep coming and we’re getting some new customers as well.”
In the Dášenka hotel in the village of Svinica near Košice, there was larger interest than last year, owner Iveta Bachňáková said. “Foreigners working in Košice tend to use our services, when they go on holiday,” she told the ČTK. The pool of clients also includes foreign students, who leave their pets when they go home for the summer holidays.
The Dog Paradise hotel in the village of Andovce, in Nové Zámky District, has no shortage of customers either. “In summer, we take care of dogs from Bratislava, Vienna, and the Czech Republic,” owner Štefánia Machová explained. However, she confessed that, unlike last year when the season began as early as May, this year her first clients did not come until July. Dog hotels near larger towns or popular resorts are doing particularly well.
But all is not roses in dogdom. “This season is a catastrophe, my hotel is empty,” said Martina Černá, the owner of the Nálepkovo hotel located between Spišská Nová Ves and Gelnica complained.
In any case, if you’re planning a holiday better make doggie’s reservation early. And remember, on average, dogs need two days to accommodate to new environment, and their owners usually bring their favourite food or toys with them to make this adaptation easier.