Most pet owners can’t fathom the idea of leaving Fido behind when planning a vacation. According to a recent survey by the American Automobile Association and the Best Western, 51% of pet owners say they would travel with their four-legged friend if they had the chance. While several hotels do accommodate pets, fees can vary significantly, and let’s not forget all the restrictions that are imposed. But here at NerdWallet, we adore pets, so we found a handful of hotels that will fit any budget.
Depending on the length of your trip, you may want to consider the Marriott Residence Inn. Rather than paying a daily pet fee, you pay a one-time, average fee of $100. But buyer beware: same name hotels might charge a bit more due to franchising. We also found that some hotels have restrictions on dog size, so make sure to call in advance and ask.
Another hotel that’s extremely accommodating when it comes to pets is the Red Roof Inn. It’s no 5 star resort, but this hotel has no pet fees. However, only one dog is allowed per family, and some hotels won’t allow pets over 60 pounds. Also, not all Red Roofs accept pets due to city ordinance.
Loews Hotels also made our list for thinking outside the box. This hotel chain not only pampers pets with a gourmet room service menu but also provides pet walking and pet sitting service for an additional charge. The hotel chain is also extremely reasonable when it comes to price. There is a one-time fee of $25. As for pet restrictions, the luxury hotel chain does not have a size limit on dogs. However, only two pets are allowed per room.
Now if you don’t mind paying for that extra special treatment, look no further. W Hotels will treat your pooch like royal thanks to their P.A.W (Pets Are Welcome) program. Right when you check in with your canine, you’ll receive a pet welcome kit that includes a toy, treats, clean-up bags and a pet tag. The VIP treatment doesn’t end there. In your room you’ll find a custom pet bed, food bowl and special treat before they go to bed. But all this special treatment does come with a price. The average daily fee is $25 plus a non-refundable $100 cleaning fee. There are also restrictions such as one dog per room and dogs can’t exceed 40 pounds.
But our top favorite hotel chain was Kimpton Hotels. This boutique like hotel chain takes their pet program hosPetality to another level. All pets stay free, there are no size restrictions and no limit to how many doggies you bring along.
Just remember: before you head out, make sure your furry friend is up to date on its vaccinations. Some hotels may require proof.