When I'm on the road with my human, we always like to map out our trip, just to be sure we'll be staying at a pet-friendly hotel that will welcome us with open arms. It's always good to know which hotels are pet friendly, especially if you never like leaving your best friend at home when it's vacation time. After all, humans are part of the pack, too!
So here's the breakdown of some of the country's pet friendly hotels, in no particular order.
Ever since our trip to Branson, MO, where we stayed at a fleabag hotel that had no drawers to place our belongings (true story), we always check the area for a reputable hotel. On our way out of town we found one–La Quinta (and we wished we would've stayed there). La Quinta has more than 830 Locations in the U.S. Only four of those locations do not allow pets (San Antonio Conference/Medical Center; Manhattan and Queens, New York; and Monterey, California). La Quinta allows up to two dogs or cats per room without an extra charge! Way to go La Quinta!
There's pet friendly and then there's PET FRIENDLY! Kimpton is the latter. This hotel chain with 59 properties in the U.S. welcomes most any pet that can fit through their door. And I'm not talking only dogs! Birds, Hamsters, rabbits, and reptiles of any weight, size or breed are all welcome at Kimpton without and extra charge. And if you're not traveling with a pet, Kimpton will make your room friendlier with a fish for your stay! But it doesn't end there. Amenities included are pet beds, restaurants and parks, complimentary nightly wine reception (where pets are welcome!). Other locations offer even more, so all pet owners should definitely check out Kimpton Hotels whenever making vacation plans.
There are a lot of hotels claiming pet friendliness but, in actuality, are feigning pet friendliness. Loews isn't one of them! "Loews Loves Pets," which is why they've given their pet amenities program that very name! With room service consisting of vet- and chef-developed menus for cats and dogs, could there be any question of this hotel's love for animals? Loews has hotels in the U.S. and Canada with amenities that include pet mats, food and water bowls, beds, litter boxes and even treats! Loews charges a one-time $25 fee for pet visits unlike other less friendly hotels that charge a 'housekeeping fee' that can be as high as $175.
With over 16,000 hotels accommodating pets, Best Western does its best to keep prices low and options open. The hotel chain's pet-friendly properties allow up to 80 pounds of dog (limited to two) in each room. Check with the hotel you're staying at because other locations allow pets such as cats, birds, monkeys and snakes. Charges are a maximum of $20 a day with $100 a week cap. A refundable damage deposit may also be offered for those of you who have traveling monkeys!
This pet friendly hotel chain (with 360 pet-friendly properties) and only three that don't accept pets because of local ordinances, is among the few that do not charge a nightly fee nor deposit for pet guests. No pet concierges or doggie room services are available here, but you'll find a loving pet community at Red Roof Inn.
Providing keepsake leashes, bags of sWAG, water, and snacks, this hotel also will donate $5 per reservation to the Anti-Cruelty Society of Chicago. Pets are allowed with no weight or size restrictions. A pet waiver is required at sign in but no additional charges are required. The concierge can make arrangements with an outside service if you desire a walking service and the nearest green walking space is 4 blocks away.
Fairmont's Canine Ambassador Program proves how much Fairmont loves dogs! Pet owners can bring their four-legged friends to the hotel and policies may vary by property, but are outlined clearly online. Take for instance the Fairmont Washington, D.C., Georgetown. Dogs stay there free and are gifted with special treats made by the hotel's executive pastry chef. At another location at the Battery Wharf in Boston, pets under 25 pounds cost $25 and receive water bowls, food, and a pet bed.
An interesting pet friendly hotel is the EPIC Hotel in Miami. Guests receive two of the following services of their choosing:
• A "Pawdicure and Shampoo" treatment.
• One hour of daily play time.
• One hour of dog walking at Flamingo Bark Park.
• A massage for two humans.
With doggie free stay, a turndown service, a plush bed and bowl, this dog-loving hotel also encourages humans to join their dogs for fun activities including tea time, when they receive special treats. Humans are even welcomed in the spa with their pets where a specially trained therapist will treat your canine pal to a Rover Reikei Massage.
Hotel Indigo has more than three dozen hotels in the U.S., and they all roll out the red carpet for dogs. This boutique chain hotel has an open arms full bowl pet policy in more than three dozen hotels in the U.S. With welcome treats and doggie beds associated, prices range from $25 to $75 depending upon location. A few properties even have their own resident dogs.
Other Pet Friendly Hotels
• The Colonnade Hotel, Boston
• Home2 Suites by Hilton
• Extended Stay America
• Fairfield Inn
• Residence Inn
• Marriott & Courtyard by Marriott (luxury at a low price.)
• Hotel Novotel
• Springhill Suites
• Towneplace Suites
• Ace Hotel
• Ascend Collection (around the world locations.)
• Candlewood Suites
• Clarion Hotel
• Comfort Inn
• Comfort Suites
• Crowne Plaza
• Holiday Inn Express
• Intercontinental Hotels and Resorts
• MainStay Suites
• Motel 6
• Quality Inn
• Renaissance Hotels
• Rodeway Inn
• Sleep Inn
• Staybridge Suites
• Studio 6
• Suburban Extended Stay
Each hotel sets their own pet policy, so weight limits and fees vary by location. Check their policies on pets online for further information.
By Tom Matteo
About the Author
Tom Matteo has been a freelance writer since 1992. He specializes in hardware and software reviews for computers and gaming systems, and occasionally writes about such topics as animal behavior and care. Tom resides in Bethlehem, PA with his wife Tina and his beloved cockapoo, Angel.