4-legged Guests Welcome at Hungary's 1st Hampton by Hilton

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Nowadays, there is an increasing demand for dog-friendly services from accommodation seekers. This is why the Hampton by Hilton Budapest City Centre, which opened this fall, joined forces with kutyabarathelyek.hu and PetWiseCare to introduce the new hotel and its dog-friendly services to pet owners.

Hungary's first Hampton by Hilton hotel welcomes pets

According to a survey conducted in September by the Centre for Animal Protection Law, Analysis and Methodology of the University of Veterinary Medicine with the help of the Medián Public Opinion and Market Research Institute, 71% of Hungarian households own a dog or a cat, in many cases both. With this in mind, domestic landlords and caterers are also trying to keep up with demand. A survey conducted by Kutyabarathelyek.hu and Szallas.hu before the outbreak of the coronavirus revealed that two thirds of dog owners always travel with their dog, and 20% do so usually.

"The number of dog owners has increased in recent years, especially during the pandemic, and the pet has a strong influence on their leisure decisions. Owners are able to take their dogs on holidays or outings if dog-friendly services are available in the chosen location. For more than 10 years, we have been working to ensure that as many service providers as possible across the country can meet the needs of people traveling with dogs. We believe that a well-behaved and socialized dog can have a place in a hotel with its owner, and we are very happy that more and more hotels and tourism service providers recognize the importance of this group of guests," said Krisztián Máté and Zsófia Hornyák-Schmidt, founders of kutyabarathelyek.hu.

Last year's research revealed that the "Pet Friendly" filter was the third most frequently used item when searching on Hilton.com. From a survey they conducted this year, they found that 90% of pet owners think about their pets when deciding where to stay during their trip. It also found that 72% of owners find it more enjoyable to travel with their pets, and some 68% are likely to stay in a hotel the next time they travel with their pet.

The first Hampton by Hilton hotel in Hungary, which opened this fall, is also looking to ensure the comfort of its guests and their pets. Located in the center of Budapest, the hotel offers 219 rooms, and guests can start the day with a hot breakfast, which is always included in the room rate. For those with pets, Hampton by Hilton also provides a dog bowl and dog bed for maximum comfort.

"People like to take their pets with them when they travel. Quality is of great importance for our guests in these situations, and Hampton by Hilton Budapest is proud to be able to provide brand loyal accommodation for guests with pets," said Beáta Simon, sales director of Hampton by Hilton Budapest City Centre.

At the event, called Doggy Sleepover at Hampton by Hilton, guests were invited to stay overnight at the hotel and try out the hotel's services with their furry friends, as well as take part in a dog first aid course courtesy of PetWiseCare. 

"I believe that by sharing knowledge we can make a difference, help the owners and indirectly the animals. Not in two days, but I am confident that through education, more and more conscious owners will be able to act in times of need, to provide a healthy, happy life for their pets, and to take responsibility for them. You can count on me and my team along the way!" said Pálma Piller, veterinarian and founder of PetWiseCare, about the workshop and the importance of education.

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