Tap Pet Hotel

App review by
Christy Matte, Common Sense Media
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Fun, addictive, but potentially costly building sim.

Parents say

age 7+
Based on 3 reviews

Kids say

age 11+
Based on 5 reviews

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A lot or a little?

The parents' guide to what's in this app.

Ease of Play

A brief tutorial phase helps you get started, and tips pop up to aid you along the way. The tools for moving rooms and objects around aren't ideal, but you don't need them very often.


This free app is one of the top grossing in the App store. Pressure is high to buy additional coins to expand more quickly and special "treats" that allow you to buy exclusive items not available with coins. You can't complete some of the Achievements without using treats. Also, the app typically opens with a pop-up suggesting that you try one of their other apps. You can play without purchasing anything else, but the temptation to buy "just a few" to get something special is high.

Drinking, Drugs & Smoking

What parents need to know

Parents need to know that Tap Pet Hotel is a free building sim app that comes with a hard sell to buy in-app purchases of "treats" that cost real money. The goal is to build up a pet hotel with a variety of different pet rooms, staff, and special rooms for the pets to visit. Achievements encourage you to move through the game and earn extra coins by fulfilling certain criteria. Each room generates an income at different increments, which can be 5 minutes or a whole day. As you build new rooms, you unlock new pets and objects. Some rooms and staff are only available via special treats that require a purchase with real money. Expect a lot of begging from kids to buy these treats. If you do purchase, make sure in-app purchases are turned off on your device so that you can control this buying.

User Reviews

  • Parents say
  • Kids say
Adult Written byRobbyWBoy16 January 2, 2012
Adult Written bytapper December 15, 2011

not a kids game anymore

it now uses postings on twitter & face book to obtain pet rooms;kids may be encouraged to buy "stars" to accomplish a task; make sure your ki... Continue reading
Teen, 16 years old Written byMairj June 15, 2019


This was the best tap hotel game there ever was but in 5th grade I used $75 on it without realizing how much money everything costed.....
Teen, 13 years old Written byYakkoMustChange July 5, 2017


If you want a wholesome, cute virtual pets app, this is far from it.
I downloaded Pet Hotel because I wanted some other virtual pets app besides the LPS games... Continue reading

Is it any good?

TAP PET HOTEL is actually quite fun, especially if you want a game to just check in on occasionally. It's not a game that you can play for hours. Unfortunately, the pressure to buy is far too high, and younger kids will be frustrated by the amount of time it takes for anything to be built. Kids will also be disappointed by the rooms they can't buy without spending extra money. If you have older kids who are a bit more patient, and who will want to check in on their hotel between texting friends, this may be a fun choice. 

App details

  • Devices: iPhone, iPod Touch, iPad
  • Price: Free
  • Pricing structure: Free
  • Release date: July 29, 2011
  • Category: Simulation Games
  • Size: 18.20 MB
  • Publisher: Pocket Gems, Inc
  • Version: 1.17
  • Minimum software requirements: Requires iOS 3.1.3 or later.
  • Last updated: August 25, 2016

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