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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!


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  • James says:

    La Quinta pet policy has changed since being acquired by Wyndham.

    • Amy at says:

      Hi James! Thanks for your note, and you are correct – as of Jan 1, 2019, SOME La Quinta locations have begun charging a pet fee. We’re working with the company to get the most accurate information and will be updating this post as needed. Waggin’ trails!

  • Gerry says:

    Since La Quinta was sold, their pet policy is not FREE pets. We have been loyal customer for years and were very surprised this trip we were told in some of the hotels that there is a pet charge.
    They say that this is the policy of the Wyndam chain.
    They will lose many customers who counted on traveling with their pets.
    Very disappointed and in the future will make other arrangements.

    • Cece says:

      I hear you, we are Elite members with 12 free nights racked up and now we have to pay pet fees to use them. Furthermore, many of their locations are dirty dives and new hotels are falling apart.

      • Amy at says:

        When planning your trip, you may want to give the location a call, Cece. I’ve been told by La Quinta that each property is making their own decision whether they’ll charge a pet fee. Some are and some are not.

        This policy is new, and even La Quinta’s corporate offices don’t know which hotels have decided to impose a fee. As soon as they know, they’re going to let me know so we can get the pet policies on the website updated. Until then, they suggest calling the hotel.

        Good luck and waggin’ trails!

    • Amy at says:

      I understand, Gerry! A lot of people feel the same way.
      I have confirmed with La Quinta that they’re leaving it up to each property to decide if they’ll charge a pet fee. If the hotel charges a fee it’s $20 for the first night and $40 for a stay of two nights or more, regardless of the number of pets.
      If you’re looking for comparable accommodations with no pet fee, you might want to consider Red Roof.
      Thanks for your note, and waggin’ trails!

  • tim spiker says:

    i heard that la quinta is going to start charging for pets,if that is true i will be looking for a different hotel.we have stayed at these hotels all over the U S because pets were free.

    • Amy at says:

      The rumors are true, Tim – La Quinta is charging pet fees now. I’ll be updating this post to reflect the new information. In the meantime, Red Roof offers comparable quality hotels, is located in many of the same locations, and pets still stay free there!

      Waggin’ trails to you!

      • Julie Newell says:

        We always stayed at La Quinta because pets stayed free, until now. We decided to check some Red Roof hotels for a trip, but we are finding many only allow one dog. How would we decide which one gets to go? Only kidding :(

        • Amy at says:

          I get it, Julie! For right now, my suggestion is to call the La Quintas to see if they are charging a pet fee. If they are, check with the Red Roof and see if they will make an exception and allow more pets. I know it’s a pain – but it’s still better than staying home!

          • Julie Newell says:

            We booked a road trip to St. Augustine and will be staying at a Quality Inn (part of Wyndam. I believe many hotel chains now are part of Wyndam.) I checked before booking and it will be $15 per night and not per dog for three nights.

          • Amy at says:

            Hi Julie! Thanks so much for letting us know. That seems like a very reasonable pet fee, and I hope you all have a great time in St. Augustine! Waggin’ trails!

          • atagal says:

            We just booked for the La Quinta at Terrell, TX and they will not charge for our dog. Yay!

  • Suzanne says:

    25$ fees for my dog at Days Inn!
    Few hours, wow
    We’re going on another chains the next days

  • 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.

    • Jasen says:

      La quinta just tried to charge us as well. I asked them if they would waive it. They said no and we cancelled our stay. They didnt seem to mind. Guess I will scratch La Quinta off my list. Too bad im an Elite member there!

      • Amy at says:

        It’s too bad – so many people enjoyed staying there with their pets. You might consider Red Roof, Jasen. They have comparable accommodations in the same price point with hotels in similar areas. And they don’t charge a pet fee.
        Waggin’ trails!

      • cece says:

        Elite too, have 12 free nights and have to pay for pets at $20 per pet per night. We stay with 4 pets, 2 cats and 2 dogs. I even bring our dyson stick vacuum and make sure everything is spotless because we wanted to be sure to never spoil the privilege of being able to stay with them. So pissed. On top of that, they charged a $100 pet deposit and took 2 weeks to release the hold at a location we stay at every weekend !

        • Amy at says:

          Wow! When I spoke to the corporate office they said that the fee would be $20 for one night and $40 for a stay of two nights or more – regardless of the number of pets. They didn’t mention anything about a $100 refundable deposit. Thanks for letting us know about this, Cece!

  • 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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