Almost everyone loves going on vacation or out of town for a getaway, whether near or far. If you’re one of those people, you know that there is a down side: leaving your beloved pup behind. But, what if you didn’t have to?
With many cities becoming more dog-friendly, it should be no surprise that lots hotels are, too! If you want your pup to tag along for your next adventure — or if you’re headed on a long road trip with Fido in tow — check out these 9 hotel chains that welcome canine visitors!
(Pet policies often vary by location, so make sure to call ahead before booking to get all the details!)
1. Motel 6
Perhaps the most affordable option, the no-frills Motel 6 chain allows well-behaved pets to stay with their humans for free, although there is a limit of two per room. However, pets of any size are welcome to stay for no additional fee. With that said, some Motel 6 locations may be in cities that do not allow pets in hotel rooms, unless they are service animals. Call ahead to be sure!
2. Red Roof Inn
The vast majority of Red Roof Inns are pet-friendly, and of course, service dogs are always welcome. There is no fee for furry guests, but there is a weight limit of 80 pounds. The company also requests that animals never be left unattended, and that they stay on a leash (or in a carrier) when outside the room.
This trendy hotel chain doesn’t hold back their love of pets – of all kinds. Their online pet policy states:
At every Kimpton boutique hotel, we invite you to bring your furry, feathery or scaly family member — no matter their size, weight, or breed, all at no extra charge.
While rooms can be pricy depending on location and time of year, the company not only welcomes pet, they cater to them, too. Amenities for four-legged (or feathered, or scaly) friends include:
- Soft loaner beds
- Door hangers alerting guests and staff of your pal’s presence
- Courtesy bags for dog walks
- A concierge list of nearby pet-friendly restaurants, parks, groomers and pet boutiques
- A nightly wine reception where pets are welcome (no drinking for them, though!)
4. La Quinta
This chain’s pet policy is specific to dogs and cats, and limits animals to two per room (it does not specify any size restrictions). There is no fee, but they do ask that owners clean up and look after pets, reserving the right to ask dangerous or disruptive pets to leave. La Quinta also requests that guests with pets get in touch with housekeeping, who prefer to clean the room while everyone’s out on the town — four-legged guests, included.
This new boutique hotel chain charges a $50 non-refundable pet fee, but promises to pamper your pup(s), thanks to a partnership from Planet Dog. Up to two dogs weighing 75 pounds or less will be allowed to stay with their owners. Doggy guests will have their very own bed along with food and water bowls, as well as a Planet Dog toy, homemade treat, dispenser with poo bags, and guide to local pet-friendly amenities.
There are only hotels in Reykjavik, Iceland and Washington, D.C. right now. According to Travel + Leisure, future locations are planned for:
Rockville, Maryland; Portland, Oregon; Dallas and San Antonio, Texas; Ithaca, New York; London, England; Minneapolis, Minnesota; Oklahoma City, Oklahoma; Atlanta, Georgia; Toronto, Canada; West Palm Beach, Florida; Charlotte, North Carolina; Baltimore, Maryland; Columbus, Ohio; and Hangzhou, China.
Depending on the Loews location you choose, the pet fee varies (check each location’s individual website under “Useful Information”). It also appears that some may not allow pets at all. But for those that do, cats and dogs are welcome, with a limit of two per room. In return for the fee, the hotel offers (furry) visitors a welcome package, including a name tag, bowl, and treats. Room service has special menu items for cats and dogs, and pet are also equipped with bedding, leashes, collars, litter boxes and litter, litter scoopers, and pet placemats.
6. W Hotels
Most W Hotels have a P.A.W. program, which stands for Pets Are Welcome. Mostly catering to dogs and cats, there is a limit of one animal per room. Guests with pets will pay a non-refundable cleaning fee on top of an additional nightly room charge, so staying here can get quite pricey. While rates may vary, for reference, the W Hotel in Downtown New York City charges an extra $25 a night for pets, plus a $100 non-refundable cleaning fee.
With that said, furry friends will enjoy a luxurious stay with a pet welcome kit, treats, toys, a custom bed, potty pads or litter box, walking or pet sitting services, and more.
These trendy hotels are themed according to the college town in which they’re located, and of course, they’re pet-friendly. Four-legged pals stay for free, and pups get complimentary BarkBoxes, to boot! If you’re looking for a fun and casual place for you and your canine to stay – and you’re headed toward a major college town – this chain may be your best bet!
8. Aloft Hotels
Another chain that’s free for dogs, this one does have a 40 pound weight limit. However, they do mention in their pet policy that larger dogs, or any other pet animals, may be given a waiver and allowed to stay; just contact the hotel directly to ask.
Canine guests will enjoy, “a special bed, bowl, and a doggie bag of woof-alicious treats and toys, all complimentary to use during your stay.”
This isn’t exactly a chain, but did you know that some of the hotels in the “happiest place on Earth” now allows dogs? If you’re willing to pay an extra cleaning fee, up to two pooches can stay with you, then head to the nearby pet sitting service while you’re at the parks (for an additional fee, of course).
Pooches will be treated to Pluto’s Welcome Kit, and are allowed in the following hotels, with applicable fees:
- Disney’s Art of Animation Resort $50/night
- Disney’s Port Orleans Riverside Resort $50/night
- Disney’s Yacht Club Resort $75/night
- Cabins at Disney’s Ft. Wilderness Resort $50/night
Would you consider bringing your pet(s) along as you embark on your next adventure? Have you vacationed with them before? Tell us about it in the comments below!