February 01, 2018 by Jennifer Young
Dog-Friendly Hotel Chains in the US
When you plan a great vacation, it can be hard to leave your dog behind. However, many hotel chains are now dog friendly and have special offers for our furry friends. About half of U.S. hotels allow pets, according to a 2016 survey by the American Hotel & Lodging Association.
Here's a list of a few hotels (in alphabetical order) where dogs are welcome, but make sure you check with individual hotels on their dog policy when you plan your trip.
- Best Western - More than 1,600 Best Western properties accommodate dogs. Pet-friendly locations allow up to two dogs, with a maximum size of 80 pounds per dog, in each room. Some properties charge $20 per day (maximum $100 per week) for each room with a pet. Also, there may be a refundable damage deposit of up to $50 per stay.
- Choice Hotels - More than 2,500 Choice Hotels (Comfort Inn, Comfort Suites, Sleep Inn, Quality Inn, Clarion, MainStay Suites, Suburban, EconoLodge, and Rodeway Inn) are pet friendly. Choice boasts a number of dog-friendly hotels in some of the most "dog-friendly cities" across the country.
- DoubleTree by Hilton - More than 120 DoubleTree properties allow dogs, with a maximum non-refundable fee of $75 per room. The chain recommends calling ahead to make sure a pet-friendly room is available.
- Extended Stay America - Dogs are welcome at Extended Stay America properties. However, pets can be no longer than 36 inches and no taller than 36 inches. Larger dogs require the property manager's approval. Two pets are allowed per suite with a $25 (+ tax) per day, per pet non-refundable cleaning fee for the first month (not to exceed $150 + tax per pet), payable the first night of your stay and is charged at check-in. Each month thereafter is a $10 non-refundable fee (+ tax) per day for the first 5 days of each month (not to exceed $50 + tax per month, per pet). More than two pets also require the property manager's approval.
- Four Seasons - Many Four Seasons properties offer accommodations for dogs. For example, Four Seasons St. Louis provides dog beds and treats, while the Four Seasons Chicago allows pets for $40 (with an additional $50 per pet) a day and provides a bed, water bowl, and food bowl. Many properties have a special dining menu for dogs and cats, along with grooming and walking services available through the concierge. Check with the individual hotel to find out if they accept pets and what services are offered.
- Hampton Inn - Most Hampton Inn properties do allow dogs. Number of pets, size of pets allowed, and fees vary and are at the discretion of each hotel. However, even when pets are not allowed at the hotel, hotels must always permit service animals. Although some properties have many pet-friendly rooms, pets cannot be left unattended in them, and hotels are allowed to charge for any damage caused by an animal being kept on the property (this is for damage only. It is not a "pet fee").
- Home2Suites by Hilton - Hilton's Home2Suites is overall pet-friendly and limits pets to two per suite with a maximum weight limit that varies by hotel. Check local hotel website for pet fee and size limits. Dogs must be kept on a leash or in a carrier when in public areas of the hotel.
- Marriott - Marriott offers dog-friendly locations across the world through a number of hotel brands (Autograph Collection, Renaissance Hotels, Delta Hotels and Resorts, Gaylord Hotels, Courtyard, Residence Inn, SpringHill Suites, Fairfield Inn & Suites, TownePlace Suites and more). Check with the individual properties to find out the pet fee, weight and breed restrictions. Each pet-friendly hotel offers a range of amenities designed to accommodate pet owners.
- The Peninsula Hotels - A number of Peninsula properties allow travelers to bring their dogs. Some properties allow a maximum of two pets for a fee of $35-75 per pet. In addition, some hotels will provide food and water bowls and a luxurious dog bed. Each property has its own policies; check with the individual hotel first when you book.
- The Ritz-Carlton - Many Ritz-Carlton properties are dog-friendly, but size requirements, fees, and amenities vary. For example, the Ritz-Carlton, Laguna Niguel offers a dog-friendly menu to its canine guests, but also requires a one-time $150 non-refundable pet cleaning fee per stay, as well as a $50 per night boarding fee. Pets must be leashed or held in arms in all common areas of the resort, and are not allowed in the hotel's restaurants, bars, fitness center and spa, pool areas, or the Club Level Lounge. The Ritz-Carlton, Washington D.C. provides plush dog beds, dog bowls and healthy, all-natural dog treats and charges a $125 non-refundable dog cleaning fee per stay, in addition to a $50 per night dog boarding fee. Dogs must be leashed or held in arms at all times.