If you're thinking of taking your small dog on your next weekend adventure or vacation, take a look at our list of pet-friendly hotels. When traveling with your dog, it's always best to book your room directly with the hotel you plan to visit, rather than a third-party site like Expedia or TripAdvisor. The reason for this is hotels may have a limited number of pet-friendly rooms available, so when you book direct, you can be assured they'll have a room ready for you and there won't be any surprises at check-in.
Red Roof Inn
Red Roof Inn has over 500 properties and only a handful don't allow dogs due to state laws. Red Roof in does not require a pet deposit or charge a pet fee. They allow one dog per room. Learn more at their dedicated website for dog owners.
La Quinta Inns & Suites
La Quinta Inns & Suites has 870 locations, the majority of which are pet-friendly. They don't ask for a security deposit or charge a pet fee, and they allow up to two dogs per room. During your stay, your furry friend must be on a leash or in a carrier when walking through your hotel. You can review the La Quinta pet policy here.
Best Western has over 1,000 pet-friendly locations across the U.S. They charge up to $20 per day per room for pets with a maximum fee of $100 for one week. Some Best Western properties request a refundable pet deposit of up to $50 per stay. Like most pet-friendly hotels, Best Western suggests contacting individual hotels directly to get their local pet policy.
Motel 6 allows two pets per room. Pet fees vary by location. Call ahead for hotel specifics.
Choice Hotels has over 2500 pet-friendly locations in the U.S. Pet fees and restrictions vary by location.
Home2 Suites allows two pets per room and size limitations vary from property to property. They also charge a pet fee. Call the location you'd like to stay at for specifics
Marriott has over 1,600 pet-friendly hotels. Check with specific locations for fees and restrictions.
If you're looking for a more upscale hotel for you and your fur-baby, take a look at Kimpton. They do not charge pet fees and there's no limit to the number of dogs allowed.
Loews Hotels & Resorts
Another luxury hotel that makes a big deal about little dogs is Loews Hotels & Resorts. According to their pet page, Loews allows up to two pets per room and they do have a pet fee that varies by property, so call ahead.
Airbnb & VRBO
Prefer not to stay in a hotel? You'll find many pet-friendly accommodations on Airbnb and VRBO. Both sites have a pet-friendly filter so you can search just for places that allow pets. Each individual property listing will have their own pet policy, so be sure to read it to learn about pet fees, size limitations and the number of dogs allowed. Following the pet rules will ensure the number of places welcoming dogs continues to grow.
Don't Forget BringFido.
BringFido is a great resource when traveling with your little dog. Use it to find dog-friendly lodging, including hotels, bed & breakfasts and vacation rentals. The BringFido mobile app uses your locations to help you track down dog-friendly restaurants and attractions.
Additional resources for traveling with your little dog.
Bankrate.com also has a great guide for traveling with your dog. You'll find helpful tips on booking your stay, utilizing a pet trip checklist and how to avoid additional fees during a stay. Bankrate also includes a detailed chart of several hotel chains along with their pet fees, number of pets allowed, and breed or weight restrictions.
Things to pack for your small dog.
Be sure to pack your furry sidekick's current vaccine records, any special dietary needs or medicines. If you'll be away when it's time for your dog to take his or her flea & heartworm pills, be sure to pack those as well. You may also want to pack a few of your dog's favorite toys and black to ensure he or she feels right at home on the road. Happy travels!
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