People across the U.S. love to travel with their pets. Unfortunately, not all hotels are as welcoming as they say they are. Surveys from the past decade show that over half of U.S. hotels allow domestic pets to stay with their human guardians, including 80% of luxury chains and 79% of budget-friendly hotel brands.
If you’re planning a trip and need a pet friendly hotel, there are lots of things to keep in mind. Weight restrictions, non-refundable deposits, extra fees, and other requirements abound. Therefore, choosing the right pet friendly hotel is an essential part of travel planning when your beloved pup or kitten is set to join you.
The Most Pet Friendly Hotels in the U.S.
Whether you’re in need of an easy, affordable place to rest your head (and paws), or in the mood for some five-star pampering, there are plenty of pet friendly options out there for you and Fido!
La Quinta Inn & Suites
Located all across North America, La Quinta by Wyndham is definitely a pet-loving hotel chain. Only domestic pets – cats and dogs – are permitted to stay at La Quinta, and owners are responsible for their animals at all times. This means your pooch or kitty must be well-behaved and not disruptive to hotel staff or guests. If you aren’t in your room, your pet needs to be on-leash or in its carrier at all times.
Pet fees might be charged at check-in, though service animals are exempt from this charge (and all other restrictions related to non-service or working animals). Cat owners must provide their own litter box, and arrangements need to be made with housekeeping so that staff can clean the room while the pet is not present.
Some locations do not allow pets, and others do have a weight limit in place. Your best bet is always to call ahead before booking to get the details you need.
- Pet Fee: Ranges from $20/night to $40 maximum per stay, per room.
- Size Limitations: Check with the hotel, varies depending on location.
- Number Limitations: Two domestic pets are allowed per room.
Jackpot! If your pet can fit through the door, it’s welcome at Kimpton Hotels. This is one of the top picks for most pet friendly hotels in the U.S. without a doubt. In fact, it’s been this way since its founding back in 1881. According to the hotel, animals ranging from llamas to penguins have spent the night! Kimpton Hotels even have a resident Director of Canine Relations on site, meaning your best bud might make a new friend during their stay.
Many locations offer pet sitting and even pet massages, as well as perks like cozy beds, food and water bowls, and complimentary poop bags. If you’re keen to explore the surrounding area with your pup, they’re more than happy to share tips on pet friendly businesses and services.
- Pet Fee: None!
- Size Limitations: None!
- Number Limitations: No! Any animal that can fit through the door is welcome.
Red Roof Inn
Red Roof Inn loves pets – of its 500+ properties in the U.S., all but a small handful accept your four-legged friend.
Pets always stay for free at Red Roof Inns, though they aren’t allowed to be left alone in the room if you’re out. Some locations allow more than one animal per room, but you’ll need to check beforehand. Additionally, guests must read and sign the hotel’s pet policy upon checking in.
- Pet Fee: None!
- Size Limitations: No more than 80 pounds at Red Roof Inn and Red Roof PLUS+ locations. At Red Collection locations, pets must be under 40 pounds.
- Number Limitations: Typically, one pet per room, but this depends on each location. Check with management.
If you’re lucky enough to pass through a Provenance property, you and your pet will have an incredible experience. Several of its locations offer amazing perks for pets: guides to local groomers, masseurs, and even psychics (!); plush beds and fun treats and toys in-room, and more. Depending on where you stay, the swag will differ, but the top-notch amenities are consistent across the board.
Guests are permitted to leave their animals alone in the room if necessary, but must be crated at some properties.
- Pet Fee: $25
- Size Limitations: Varies for each property, so call ahead to check beforehand.
- Number Limitations: This is flexible and depends on the discretion of the property’s manager.
A member of Starwood, Aloft is super pet-friendly, thanks in part to its Arf Program (“Animals R Fun”). Perks and amenities at this tech-minded hotel chain include a dog bed, bowl, yummy treats, and toys to play with during their stay. But the fun isn’t just for Fido: Cats and other animals are welcome, too! Arrangements can and should be made beforehand by contacting the hotel directly.
- Pet Fee: None!
- Size Limitations: Up to 40 pounds; if your pet weighs more than this, contact the hotel directly to inquire about a special waiver.
- Number Limitation: Most allow up to two dogs per room, but it’s best to contact the hotel directly.
Canopy by Hilton
This new-ish chain of boutique hotels by Hilton is ideal for dog owners and lovers. Its Paws in the Neighborhood program welcomes every guest’s VIP (very important pup) to join in the fun, which sometimes include local area meet-ups!
Upon arrival, guests and their dogs are given a guide to the top canine spots in the neighborhood. They also receive welcome gift that includes a BarkBox toy and natural dog treats. In-room, they can rest easy on comfy dog beds, and use the food and water bowls provided just for them. Guests even receive a discount on any purchase from Planet Dog!
The Paws program is only available at select hotels, so be sure to call before you book. Also, you’ll need to select the “traveling with a pet” option under “special services” if making an online reservation.
- Pet Fee: $50
- Size Limitations: Maximum of 75 pounds.
- Number Limitations: No more than two dogs per room.
You and your pets can be ballin’ in a budget – Motel 6 is affordable and pet friendly! There are nearly 1,500 Motel 6 properties across North America, meaning you won’t have a hard time finding a place to rest your heads while you’re traveling. As long as your pet doesn’t pose a health or safety risk, or is prohibited by law, you’re all welcome at Motel 6.
You’ll need to let them know you have a pet with you at check-in, and if you’re lucky, there will be treats available at the front desk.
- Pet Fee: None.
- Size Limitations: Two pets weighing a combined 150 pounds can stay.
- Number Limitations: Two pets are welcome to stay per room. They must be well-behaved.