According to a 2018 survey conducted by Orbitz, almost one-third of pet owners admit to skipping trips to stay home with their pets and 60 percent of millennials have passed on travel plans because they couldn't find a good sitter for their dog.
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But this does not have to be the case. With an increased demand for pet-friendly accommodations, more hotels and motels are allowing travelers to bring their cat or dog along.
"Orbitz knows that travelers treat their pets like part of the family and want to reward them with the same amazing amenities they can find every day on our site," Carey Malloy, director of brand marketing for Orbitz, explained of the company's decision to add more pet-friendly lodging options to its listings. "As more options become available to make traveling with pets possible, from pet-friendly hotels, bars, and restaurants to technology to find on-the-go pet care, we expect this trend to keep growing."
In the first half of 2018, searches for pet-friendly hotels and motels increased 30 percent over the same period in 2017. According to Booking.com, searches went up even more in 2020 as pet ownership increased amid the COVID-19 pandemic. In turn, more people are looking to travel with their pets than ever before.
The Orbitz/Rover survey found that almost 40 percent of pet owners already travel with their pets and that 40 percent of pet owners report that they would rather stay in a hotel than with friends or family while traveling. This adds up to increased demand for pet-friendly hotels and motels in the United States and beyond.
Dogs are welcome at Best Western
Dogs are welcome at more than 1,600 Best Western locations across the United States, Canada, and the Caribbean. Best Western limits guests to two dogs up to a maximum size of 80 pounds each per room. The chain charges a pet fee of $30 per day — with a maximum of $150 per week — for each room with a pet. Some locations may also charge a refundable $150 damage deposit.
Choice Hotels locations are pet-friendly
Choice Hotels has a dedicated pet-friendly hotel search engine to help guests find pet-friendly locations. The parent company includes Comfort Inn and Suites, Econo Lodge, Rodeway Inn, Mainstay Suites, Quality Inn, Sleep Inn & Suites, Suburban Extended Stay Hotels, Clarion Inn & Suites, and Ascend Hotel Collection, and boasts more than 3,500 pet-friendly hotels across the country.
Days Inn pet policies vary
Each individual Days Inn has the discretion to makes its own pet policy, so be sure to check with your specific location about its pet policy. Fees for pets also vary by location but typically start at around $10 per night.
DoubleTree by Hilton allows dogs
With more than 120 dog-friendly locations, DoubleTree by Hilton is another great option for pet owners. The chain recommends calling ahead to check availability since not all rooms in dog-friendly locations are equipped for pets. DoubleTree also charges a maximum non-refundable fee of $75 per room for guests with dogs.
Extended Stay America allows pets
Looking for a longer stay? Most Extended Stay America locations allow pets, with a limit of two pets per room. The chain charges a $25 pet fee per day for the first month. Call your specific location to check on breed and size restrictions.
Four Seasons provides pet amenities
On the luxury hotel scale, many Four Seasons locations accommodate dogs at no extra charge. However, specific pet policies vary from property to property. Four Seasons in Beverly Hills, for example, provides amenities for guests with pets, including treats, bowls of Evian water, and a complimentary pet bed. Check with the individual hotel for pet policies and amenities.
Hampton Inn dog policies vary
While many Hampton Inn locations allow dogs, policies vary by location and are at the discretion of each hotel, so call ahead for more information. While most don't charge a pet fee, they do reserve the right to charge guests for damage caused by pets.
Home2Suites allows some dogs
Hilton's Home2Suites chain is pet-friendly, but does limit guests to two pets per room, with weight maximums and pet fees that vary by location. Check with your specific hotel for restrictions and fees.
IHG Chains are largely pet-friendly
Holiday Inn, InterContinental Hotels & Resorts, Hotel Indigo, Kimpton Hotels, Candlewood Suites, and Crowne Plaza are all owned by IHG chains and are largely pet-friendly. IHG offers a pet-friendly hotel search and says it "understands how important it is for our guests to find pet-friendly hotels around the world." Contact the individual hotel for more information about their pet policy.
La Quinta Inn & Suites welcomes pets
La Quinta Inn & Suites welcomes pets at most locations. "We understand that your pets are like family, so we're happy to welcome dogs and cats in our designated pet-friendly rooms at most hotel locations. When you stay with us, you can rest easy knowing that you (and your travel buddy) will feel right at home," they explain on their website. Pet fees start at $20 per night and max out at $40 per stay, with no more than two pets allowed per room.
Loews Hotels loves pets
Loews Hotels' official stance is "Loews Loves Pets." At check-in, pet guests receive treats, bowls, and placemats. And, if you need them, the hotel will provide amenities including pet beds, litter boxes, scratching posts, and pet toys.
Other pet perks Loews boasts include "Pet in Room" signs for your door, pet concierge, gourmet room service menus for cats and dogs (developed by the hotels' executive chefs), dog-walking route maps, and doggie pick-up bags.
Loews limits pet guests to two per room and requires proof of up-to-date vaccinations as a safety measure. Contact your individual Loews location for information about fees.
Stay with your dog at Marriott
Hotels under the Marriott banner, which includes not just Marriott, but also Aloft Hotels, Residence Inn, Townplace Suites, Courtyard, Renaissance Hotels, and Sheraton, are largely pet-friendly. Call your specific location to inquire about fees and size limits.
Motel 6 welcomes dogs
Motel 6 welcomes pets unless they pose a health or safety risk or are prohibited by law (the chain also notes on its website that some state and local municipalities forbid pets other than service animals). The chain enforces a limit of two pets per room, but welcomes pets free of charge in most locations.
Red Roof Inn: pet-friendly on budget
Red Roof Inn is a great option for pet lovers traveling on a budget because it doesn't charge a pet fee. The chain prides itself on being pet-friendly and provides a link on its website for guests to search for local dog parks near their hotel.
Ritz-Carlton pet policies vary
Staypineapple offers a pup package
All Staypineapple locations are dog-friendly. They offer a Pineapple Pup Package, which includes like treat tins, water bowls, complimentary waste bags, and dog beds. Although the chain doesn't impose size or breed restrictions, the hotels do charge a nightly pet fee of $25 and reserve the right to add additional charges if a guest's dog barks, howls, or otherwise disturbs other guests. The chain also allows guests to leave their dogs in their rooms unattended
Bring your dog to Travelodge
Most Travelodge locations have a limited number of pet-friendly rooms available for a $10-per-night fee. Contact the individual motel for rates and regulations.
Westin has 165 dog-friendly locations
The Westin family of hotels includes 165 dog-friendly locations. Restrictions and fees vary by location, and owners are expected to sign a waiver at check-in and to assume responsibility for any damage or excessive cleaning required as a result of their pet. The chain also has puppy perks, including a welcome kit with food and water bowls, an in-room sign, and the canine version of the Heavenly Bed.
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- Orbitz: Data from Orbitz, Rover Show Demand for Pet-Friendly Travel is on the Rise this Summer