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 hotels have chosen to exploit the opportunity and impose exorbitant fees on pet travelers, 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.
The Aloft hotels are part of the Starwood Hotels & Resorts family, and 66 of their 100 properties are pet friendly. The pet policies vary a bit by hotel, but generally they allow two dogs per room with a 40 pound weight restriction at no extra cost. Guests with larger dogs are encouraged to contact the hotel directly to receive a waiver from the weight limit. Through their arf program, they provide dog guests with a special bed, bowl, and a doggie bag of woof-alicious treats and toys, for use during your stay.
The PAWticulars: 66 pet friendly properties in major cities across the country. Two dogs per room at no additional cost, with a 40 pound weight restriction. Guests with larger dogs 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 was at the front of the pack in the pet friendly movement with their HosPETality Unleashed program. They’ve stayed in the lead by welcoming all furry, feathery, and scaly family members at every one of their hotels – no matter their size, weight, or breed, all at no extra charge. And they go the extra mile to be sure your pets enjoy their stay as much as you do with special amenities like comfy pet beds, treats at check in, and pet friendly yappy hours in the evening.
The PAWticulars: 67 properties in 31 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 is our stand-by when it’s time to find an affordable and reliably pleasant hotel. A handful (less than 10) of the La Quinta hotels charge a pet fee, but we’ve never encountered one. Most have a pet policy stating they welcome cats and dogs, and allow two pets per room with a 50 pound per pet weight limit, but we’ve found this weight restriction is rarely enforced. Still, it’s best to confirm the hotel’s pet policy 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 in the country with approximately 1,200 properties. 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 $50.) The rooms are very basic, but the price is right!
With nearly 400 locations, Red Roof Inns are providing pet friendly accommodations at economical prices across the U.S. Their properties can be found along major highways and right downtown in some of our favorite cities – and all but three of their locations welcome pets. This chain provides a consistent pet policy across all of their hotels: one dog or cat is welcome to accompany you, with no additional fees. Some locations do impose weight restrictions, so be sure to confirm the pet policy before booking.
Update: Since we originally posted this article the Drury Inn hotel chain had changed their pet policy and is no longer free. At $25 per night, it’s still a very reasonable fee given the quality of these pet friendly hotels.
The Drury Inn hotel chain is a well-kept pet friendly secret, and one of our favorite places to stay. With 130 properties in 20 states throughout the south and mid-west, they bring southern hospitality to the mid-scale hotel experience with a free hot breakfast, beverages and hot appetizers in the evening, and free wifi. The warm welcome extends to the pets – dogs and cats are welcome to join you with no additional fees. Two pets are allowed per room, and some locations may enforce a 50 pound weight limit – so confirm the pet policy before you book.
The PAWticulars: 130 locations in 20 states. Dog and cats are welcome, two pets per room, $10 per night additional fees. Some locations may impose 50 pound weight limit. View the Drury Inn’s Pet Policy.
If you have an upcoming hotel stay with your dog, these tips for a quiet stay may also come in handy: