Vacationing This Summer? Here's Our Guide For Dog-Friendly Hotels In The USA.

Vacationing This Summer? Here's Our Guide For Dog-Friendly Hotels In The USA.

Summer vacations, although designed for relaxation and peace of mind can still have a tendency to be a bit hectic, especially when you're bringing your pet along for the adventure! Planning and research goes a long way in making your vacation go smoothly and allows for you to have as much relaxation or fun as you want as efficiently and hassle-free as possible. Having knowledge of the best pet hotels, what supplies to bring, and who to contact in an emergency are a few great items to get you started, and we're here to help! 

We'll provide you with details on some of the well-known pet friendly hotels as well as some helpful travel tips for roaming with your dog this summer! 

Prepare Your Pet Travel Checklist 

When getting ready for your upcoming vacation, you can't only pack for yourself - you have to make sure your dog has everything they need to be away from home, too! We recommend including a few of these items to ensure they have anything and everything they might need while traveling. 

  • Bring along a comforting blanket for your pet to sleep with that possesses some of the normal scents of your home. This helps your dog feel more relaxed and at ease as many of us enjoy familiar smells. 
  • Always bring a leash even if your dog is used to walking themselves or being carried. Walking on a leash with your dog will help a lot when you're on the road especially when having to transport luggage or run an errand. 
  • We're a huge fan of travel food and water bowls. Collapsible bowls are super handy and convenient and make it easy to keep track of when your pet has eaten/drank, and need to use the restroom. We recommend bringing their traditional food and treats that they eat at home as this is also familiar and will aid them in feeling comfortable. Introducing new bowls or food can sometimes cause them to feel otherwise. 
  • Bring along one of their favorite toys or chews to ease and entertain them. This can be especially helpful in calming them during stressful situations and pass the time in long car, ferry, train, or plane rides. 
  • If you're traveling by a mode other than your car such as an airplane or train be sure to bring an airplane-approved pet carrier with you. We suggest practicing sitting and lying down with your pet inside the carrier prior to your travel date so they can get adjusted and comfortable to those confines. Try to get them to the point where they can sleep in it normally. This will pay off big in the future when traveling. 
  • Potty bags forever! Nature calls and we must be there to answer! 

Pet Friendly Hotel Chains & Sources 

Below you'll find a list we've put together of hotel chains where dogs are welcome. We always recommend calling ahead to make sure there is availability for a pet-friendly room before arriving or booking online. We've also listed a few good sources you can check to look for pet friendly vacation rental abode's for traveling this summer. 

  1. Best Western: There are more than 1,500 Best Western locations spread throughout the United States as well as parts of Canad and the Caribbean. Their pet friendly locations allow for up to two dogs with a max size of 80 pounds each, in each room. Some locations may attach an extra fee of 30 dollars a day, or a refundable damage deposit for up to 150 dollars. 
  2. Choice Hotels: There are more than 2,500 Choice Hotels - this includes Comfort Inn, Comfort Suites, Sleep Inn, Clarion, Main Stay Suites, Suburban, EconoLodge, Rodeway Inn, and Quality Inn. There are numerous dog-friendly locations, particularly in dog-friendly cities across the United States. 
  3. DoubleTree by Hilton: About 120 DoubleTree locations allow for dogs with a max non-refundable fee of 75 dollars per room. The chain recommends calling ahead to ensure the pet-friendly rooms are available as they are limited per hotel that accommodates. 
  4. Extended Stay America: Pets are welcome at all Extended Stay America locations but can be no longer than 36 inches from nose to tail and can be no taller than 36 inches. Larger dogs may require the property manager's approval. Two pets are allowed per room with a 25 dollar fee per day. There is also a non-refundable cleaning fee for the first month, charged at check-in. Of course, this is dependent on how long you stay as well. 
  5. Four Seasons: A lot of Four Seasons locations allow for dogs with no additional charge. Los Angeles, New York, Beverly Hills are great examples of locations that provide in-room amenities including treats, bowls filled with specialty bottled water, and luxurious pet beds. Many properties have particular dining menu just for dogs and have grooming and walking services available for an additional fee. 
  6. Hampton Inn: Most Hampton Inn locations allow dogs but have limitations on the number of pets, the size of the pets allowed, and may attach additional feels may vary from hotel to hotel.
  7. Home2Suites By Hilton: This branch of the Hilton hotel line is overall pet-friendly but does limit the amount to two pets per suite with a maximum weight that varies by hotel. Check with your desire location first to see size limits and any pet fees applied. Dogs are required to be kept on a leash or within a carrier in public parts of the hotel. 
  8. Marriott: Marriott has more than 1,500 dog-friendly locations across the United States through a number of hotel brands such as Renaissance Hotels, Delta Hotels, Courtyard Residence Inn, SpringHill Suites, Fairfield Inn & Suites, TownPlace Suites, and more! Check directly with the property that you're interested in staying at to discover their pet policies, and if any fees apply or if there are any weight or breed restrictions. Each hotel provides it's own line-up of unique pet amenities. 
  9. The Peninsula Hotels: A handful of Peninsula Hotel locations allow travelers to bring along their pets. Some properties allow a max of two pets for a fee of 35 to 75 dollars per pet. Some also provide food and water bowls as well as a cozy dog bed for your furry travel companion. Each property provides it's own pet policy. 
  10. The Ritz-Carlton: The Ritz Carlton is one of the mack-daddy mecca's for luxury travel with your pet. There are size requirements and fees but certain locations offer particular dog menus, plush dog beds, and healthy all-natural treats. Often times your pet still must remain leashed in the common areas of the hotel resort but there are a number of fun amenities supplied for you and your pet's stay. 
  11. Staypineapple: All Staypineapple locations are dog-friendly and feature awesome for both you and your pets. Each room comes with a treat tin, water bowl, walk-friendly waste bags, and a dog bed. There are no height or weight restrictions but there is a 25 dollars nightly fee. Dogs are allowed to be left unattended in the room provided they do not bark or howl in which case, other charged may be incurred. 
  12. Westin: Westin boasts 165 dog-friendly properties within the Westin brand but terms vary from hotel to hotel. This includes weight and breed restrictions and fee charges. Guests normally receive a welcome kit which includes food and water bowls, and a dog bed.

Additional Sources When Looking For Pet-Friendly Accommodations 

If you want to stay off the grid a bit, maybe do some camping or try out a farm-stay, here are a few helpful websites that help you hone in on the right location for you and your pet this summer. Or maybe you want to dive right into deep city life, try Airbnb with a pet-friendly filter and grab the perfect city abode for adventures with your dog. 

  1. PetFriendly 
  2. AirBnb 
  3. PetsWelcome
  4. Bring Fido 
  5. Vrbo 

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