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Pet Friendly Hotel Chains Where Pets Stay Free

With pet travel on the rise, many pet friendly hotels 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 celebrating the pet friendly hotel chains were pets are welcome to stay for free.

Buster and Ty from relaxing in a pet-friendly hotel where pets stay free


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. 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.

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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!


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La Quinta Hotels

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:

  • Brooklyn Downtown, NY
  • Central Park, NY
  • Dallas – Richardson, TX
  • Florence, KY
  • Inglewood,  CA
  • Los Angeles LAX Airport, CA
  • New York City Central Park, NY
  • Plano-Legacy-Frisco, TX
  • Queens, NY
  • San Antonio Medical Center, TX
  • White Plains – Elmsford, NY

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. Beginning January 1, 2019, some La Quinta hotels have instituted a pet fee of $20 for a one-night stay and $40 for a stay of two nights or more. Because the policy is so new, the number of properties now charging pet fees is not available. Please call to 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!


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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! The staff at pet friendly hotels are 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!


All that’s left to do now is pack and hit the road! Waggin’ trails!!

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  • William says:

    I just went to a Motel 6 and Gulfport Mississippi she wanted a $25 deposit I only stay at Motel 6 is when I’m on the road this is the first time anyone has mentioned anything just as well when I told her no and left I left the office two young ladies ask me if I wanted a date I stayed it Fort Stockton people there were fantastic I got sick and was hospitalized with pneumonia they took care of my dog for 5 days till I got out of Hospital walked and fed him in years past I was working at The Boilermaker trade Boilermaker trade and traveled all over the United States from Union Hall to Union Hall always staying at Motel 6

    • Amy at says:

      That’s the first I’ve heard of Motel 6 requiring a pet deposit, William. Thanks for letting us know, and I’m glad everything worked out alright. Safe travels!

  • Lois Hultgren says:

    Really great information, thank you. Always looking for hotels that are pet friendly.

  • Toni says:

    Becareful with Holiday Inn. There is a pet rate listed on their website and then you get to the hotel and they charge you another $25/night/pet on top of the extra per night rate.
    Ripping off the consumer again!

  • Suzie B says:

    We stayed at LaQuinta in Elkhart, Indiana in April 2019 and didn’t have a pet fee. We come back in October and we’re charged a pet fee of $20, $40 for 2nd dog, but she’s a service dog. Plus the new pet policy says they can’t be left alone in the room. Ridiculous rule because the dogs aren’t allowed in the breakfast area. I think we’re done being loyal LaQuinta guests. Plus the parking lot was bare in the evening.

  • tom says:

    We recently stayed at pet friendly Ramada in OBX, NC. The Pet fee was $35 per night. Upon checkout
    they charged us a separate sales tax on the dog fee and also an occupancy tax for the dog for each day of our stay. Was I ripped off?

    • Amy at says:

      Hi Tom! Wow – I’ve never heard of an occupancy tax being charged for a pet before. I can’t say that you were taken advantage of, but I’d definitely choose a different hotel the next time!

  • Dog Mom says:

    I will be traveling from Florida to Maine with 15 small dogs next July. Are there any pet friendly hotels that can accomodate us?

    • Amy at says:

      Hi Dog Mom! The only hotel chain that I’m aware of that allows an unlimited number of pets in their hotel rooms is the Kimpton chain. I hope that helps and that you have a great trip!

  • Lisa Przybylski says:

    Spent a couple hrs today calling “pet friendly” hotels. What a joke. 1 hotel charged 75.00 per stay, not trying to get my dog it’s own room. Pet friendly and fees of 35 and up do not go together. My last motel 6 was disgusting. My dog is cleaner than some people and doesn’t shed which is more than I can say for myself

    • Amy at says:

      I completely understand, Lisa! Try the Red Roof chain. They all allow at least one pet per room and don’t charge a pet fee. In fact, if you might even get a discount if you mention you’re bringing your pup!

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