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UPDATED: 6 Pet Friendly Hotel Chains Where Pets Stay Free

With pet travel on the rise, many pet friendly hotel chains are rolling out the red carpet for our four-legged companions. While some accommodations impose exorbitant fees for bringing your pet along, 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.

Buster and Ty from relaxing in a pet-friendly hotel where pets stay free's The Ultimate Pet Friendly Road Trip book is now available

Aloft Hotels

Aloft hotels are part of the Starwood Hotels & Resorts family, and 104 of their 169 North American properties are pet-friendly. Through their “arf” program, Aloft provide canine guests with treats and a special bed, bowls, and toys for use during their stay.

Aloft Hotels Pet Policy: 104 pet-friendly properties in major cities across North America. Policies vary slightly by location, so contact the hotel before booking, but most allow 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 directly for a waiver.

Aloft Hotel - one of the pet-friendly hotel chains where pets stay free!

Kimpton Hotels

The Kimpton Hotel chain is part of the InterContinental Hotels Group, and is known for its animal attraction. Every one of their 67 hotels across the United States welcomes furry, feathery, and scaly family members.

Kimpton goes 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 hour wine receptions 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!

Kimpton Hotel Pet Policy: 67 properties in 37 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.

Ink 48 in New York - a Kimpton Hotel. One of the pet-friendly hotel chains where pets stay free!

Worried your pup will disturb other guests? Get these tips for a quiet hotel stay with your dog!

Dog on a hotel bed

La Quinta Hotels

**We’ve heard that, due to the merger with Wyndham in 2018, La Quinta hotels may be instituting pet fees beginning January 2019. When making reservations, we recommend that you verify and document the pet policy that will be in effect during your stay.**

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.

While most La Quintas welcome cats and dogs, there are some La Quinta hotels that do not allow pets:

  • Dallas – Richardson, TX
  • Florence, KY
  • Inglewood,  CA
  • Manhattan, NY
  • New York City Central Park, NY
  • Plano-Legacy-Frisco, TX
  • Queens, NY
  • Central Park, NY
  • San Antonio Medical Center, TX

La Quinta Pet Policy: 870 properties along major highways and in cities and towns across North America. Two pets (cats and dogs) are welcome per room. A few locations charge pet fees and/or impose weight restrictions, so verify pet policies before making your reservation. View La Quinta’s Pet Policy.

LaQuinta Hotel - one of the pet-friendly hotel chains where pets stay free!

Motel 6

Motel 6 is the largest owned and operated motel chain, with approximately 1,200 properties throughout the US and Canada. Their rooms are some of the most affordable you’ll find, and every location is pet friendly.

The rooms tend to be basic, but the price is right!

Motel 6 Pet Policy: 1,200 properties across the US and Canada. Motel 6 allows two per room with no restrictions on size of pets and does not charge additional fees. (The Studio 6 branded hotels charge a $10 per night pet fee, up to $75.)  View the Motel 6 Pet Policy.

Motel 6 - one of the pet-friendly hotel chains where pets stay free!

Looking for cat-friendly hotels? We have you covered!

Small kitty sleeping on a pillow

Red Roof Inns

Red Roof Inns take pet-friendly travel to a new level – not only do they not charge additional pet fees – 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 most* welcome one dog or cat is welcome per room.

*Due to specific circumstances, the Oxon Hill, MD and Queensboro, NY locations cannot accept pets.

Red Roof Inns Pet Policy: More than 500 properties in 36 states. One cat or dog weighing 80 pounds or less is welcome per room with no additional fees. Tell them your pet will be joining you and receive a discount on your stay! View the Red Roof Inn Pet Policy.

Red Roof Inn - one of the pet-friendly hotel chains where pets stay free!

Virgin Hotels

New on the scene, the Virgin Hotel currently has locations in Chicago and San Francisco, with more on the way! They’re self-professed fans of fuzz, and canine guests will find the accommodations every bit as welcoming as their humans! Dogs are provided a bed, 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, Washington, D.C. and Las Vegas soon.

Virgin Hotels Pet Policy: 2 properties with 8 additional locations coming soon. Dog and cats are welcome, with no breed or weight restrictions, no size limits, and no additional fees. View the Virgin Hotel Pet Policy.

Virgin Hotel in Chicago, IL - one of the pet-friendly hotel chains where pets stay free!

Is this your kitty’s first road trip? Get these tips for staying in hotels with cats!

Fish the orange cat in a harness lays on a bed in a hotel room


All that’s left to do now is get packing! Making sure you have your pup’s essentials without lugging along more that you’ll need is a delicate balance. Here’s everything you’ll need in your dog’s overnight bag.

A bag with all the essentials your dog will need to go on an overnight trip.

Planning a pet friendly trip of your own? We’ll make it easy:
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  • Paulie N. says:

    You should add Hotel Nikko in San Francisco to your list. They are especially welcoming to dogs. This is probably the most dog friendly hotel I have seen. They have a pet relief area on the 5th floor complete with watering bowls, toys and a dog size cable car. Also a very comfortable seating area for pet parents. At check-in you are given a gift bag with a retractable leash, poop bags, a ball, collapsible water bowl, and some other items. The bathtub has a wand to make bathing your fur baby easy too. Simply a wonderful experience.

  • Claire says:

    Yep, the la quinta we just stayed in charged $20/night up to 2 nights for our cat.

    • Amy at says:

      I was hoping the rumors were untrue, Claire, but I appreciate you for letting us know. I’ll get the blog post updated to reflect their new policy.

  • Liz says:

    FYI- We stayed at LaQuinta last week. We have stayed at this location several times over the years. They had a sign up that starting 1st Quarter of next year their location will be PET FREE. I asked when and they said January 1st because of the Wyndam merger. I called another location we have stayed at- they will now be charging a fee :( I spoke to the reservations line and they said each front desk would need contacted in regards to their new pet policy… Please call ahead instead of getting a sad surprise when you’re on the road :(

    • Amy at says:

      Thanks so much for letting us know, Liz! I’m sorry to hear that the Wyndam merger is going to result in LaQuinta instituting a pet fee, and I’ll update the post to reflect this new information.

      • Liz says:

        Since it depends on each individual location… travel with be ever more stressful for pet parents :(

        • Amy at says:

          Unfortunately, you’re probably right, Liz. We’ll work to gather the new policies and update them on the website quickly as we can.

  • Marimiller says:

    I’d love traveling with my pets. I’d just need a place to restroom, bathe and sleep. After that me and the pets are off to explore beautiful places together.

    • Amy at says:

      It’s sounds like a little camper trailer would be perfect for you, Marimiller! Then you can all hit the road. =)

  • I’m one of those “dog stalkers,” too, April! =P I always stay in a pet friendly hotel – whether I have Ty and Buster with me or not.

  • always love La Quinta!!! Even when I don’t travel with my pet, I like to stay there to see others there with their dogs

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