There is no question that pet travel is on the rise, and many hotel chains are rolling out the red carpet for our four-legged companions. But some pet friendly accommodations impose exorbitant fees for bringing your pet along, while others have taken a truly pet friendly approach. Today we’re highlighting the pet friendly hotel chains were your pets are welcome to stay for free.
Aloft hotels are part of the Starwood Hotels & Resorts family, and 101 of their 169 North American properties are pet friendly. The pet policies vary a bit by hotel, but generally two dogs are allowed per room with a 40 pound weight restriction at no additional cost. Guests with larger dogs and other types of pets are encouraged to contact the hotel directly to discuss a waiver. Through their “arf” program, they provide dog guests with a special bed, bowls, and a doggie bag with treats and toys, for use during their stay.
The PAWticulars: 101 pet friendly properties in major cities across North America. Generally allowing two dogs per room at no additional cost, with a 40 pound weight restriction. Guests with larger dogs and other types of pets are encouraged to contact the hotel for a waiver. Policies vary slightly by location, so verify pet policies before booking. View the Aloft Pet Policy.
The Kimpton Hotel chain is part of the InterContinental Hotels Group, and is known for its animal attraction. Every one of their 64 hotels across the United States welcomes furry, feathery, and scaly family members – no matter their size, weight, or breed -with no extra charge. And they go the extra mile to be sure pet guests enjoy their stay with special amenities like comfy pet beds, bowls, treats at check in, and pet friendly yappy hours in the evening. Some locations even have a Directors of Pet Relations on staff to give you and your travel buddy a tail-wagging welcome!
The PAWticulars: 64 properties in 33 cities across the country, with more coming soon. No additional fees and no restrictions on the number, size, breed, or weight of the pet. View the Kimpton Pet Policy.
With nearly 900 hotels flying the La Quinta flag across North America, you’re never far from a pet friendly place to stay. Located along major highways and in towns and cities, this chain provides moderately priced, consistently pleasant accommodations. A handful (less than 10) of the La Quinta hotels charge a pet fee, and select locations (Manhattan, Queens, Central Park (New York City), Inglewood, San Antonio Brooks City Base, San Antonio Medical Center, San Luis and Potosi) have pet restrictions; contact those hotels directly for details. Most La Qunitas welcome cats and dogs, and allow two pets per room with a 50 pound per pet weight limit. We’ve found that, if you ask, the weight restriction is commonly waived – but confirm that before making your reservation!
The PAWticulars: 800+ properties along major highways and in cities and towns across the country. Welcome cats and dogs – two pets per room. A few locations impose pet fees and weight restrictions, so verify pet policies before booking. View La Quinta’s Pet Policy.
Motel 6 is the largest owned and operated motel chain, with approximately 1,400 properties throughout the US and Canada. Their rooms are some of the most affordable you’ll find, and every location is pet friendly. Motel 6 imposes no restrictions on size of pets, allows two per room, and does not charge additional fees. (The Studio 6 branded hotels charge a $10 per night pet fee, up to $75.) The rooms tend to be basic, but the price is right!
Red Roof Inns take pet friendly travel to a new level – not only do they not charge an additional pet fee – they’ll give you a 10% discount when you bring your pet along! Their more than 500 locations provide economical accommodations across the U.S., and one dog or cat is welcome per room. Some locations do impose weight restrictions, so be sure to confirm the pet policy before booking. (Due to specific circumstances, the Oxon Hill, MD and Queensboro, NY locations cannot accept pets.)
The PAWticulars: More than 500 properties in 36 states. One cat or dog per room is welcome with no additional fees. Tell them your pet will be joining you and receive a 10% discount on your stay! Some locations impose weight restriction, so confirm the hotel’s policy before booking. View the Red Roof Inn Pet Policy.
New on the scene, the Virgin Hotel currently has one location in Chicago, and more on the way! They’re self-professed fans of fuzz, and welcome pets with no weight or breed restrictions, and no additional fees. Canine guests have a dog bed every bit as welcoming as their human’s, food and water bowls, treats, and a stylish bandana. Keep your nose to the ground, because they’re expanding to Nashville, New York, Dallas, Palm Springs, Silicon Valley, New Orleans, and San Francisco soon!
If you have an upcoming hotel stay with your dog, these tips for a quiet stay may also come in handy: