Christchurch’s first pet-friendly Hotel

Fino Pet Friendly Hotel

Dogs and domestic pets will be welcome to check in and stay at Christchurch’s newest central city hotel. Fino Hotel & Suites on Kilmore Street is believed to be the country’s first pet friendly hotel allowing pets to sleep, stay and play in the same room as their owners.

The 52 suite 4.5 star Fino hotel opened its doors on Friday 5 July. Previously the Fino Casementi Hotel, Fino Hotel and Suites Christchurch has completed a major refurbishment and earthquake strengthening.

The Fino hotel is part of the Select Hotels and Resorts International group but, Fino Hotel & Suites General manager Dilan De Silva says this the group’s first hotel to ever welcome pets.

“It’s quite common for top hotels across America and Europe to allow pets to stay with their owners. “We believe people holidaying in New Zealand with their pets have been missing out and we are now filling the gap and can’t wait to welcome some pampered pets through the doors.” De Silva said.

The hotel will have three pet friendly suites (one penthouse and two general suites) with each providing water bowls, dog beds, kitty litter and specialised cleaning/housekeeping on departure.

When checking in pets and their owners will receive a pooch/pet welcome pack which will include waste bags, treats, a local dog walking map and a list of local vets and pet necessities.

De Silva says that the hotel is also looking to offer pet sitting and dog walking services. “The hotel’s central city location means it’s an ideal playground for pets and their owners alike, but when owners need a break or some time alone, the hotel will be able to offer options to keep your pets safe, exercised and entertained.”

It’s not just pampered pooches welcome at Fino Hotel & Suites, felines travelling alongside their owners are also invited.

All animals looking to stay at the hotel must meet pre-approval standards which include being domesticated and house trained. Dog breeds that are specified as menacing on the Christchurch City Council’s website will not be allowed to stay at Fino Hotel & Suites Christchurch. Each pet stay will cost $60.00 NZD on top of the standard room rates which will allow a stay of up to three days.