Some of the biggest names in the hotel business in the U.S. are actually pet-friendly. See which hotels you can frequent if you’re traveling with your pet — they aren’t all as expensive as you think!
Bring your pet on your next trek
If you’re traveling with your pet, whether you just like brining Scooby on vacay or you’re a DIY mover trekking across country for your new job, you may be a bit nervous about finding hotels that will allow your nonhuman babies to bunk with you. These hotels know that not all pet owners are willing to board their animals.
Kimpton hotels are a favorite of many pet owners in the U.S. As the creators of “HosPETality,” they don’t charge extra fees or have weight limits of any kind, so there’s no discrimination against your gentle giant. In addition to pet-friendly hotel packages, including treats, walking services, toys, pet massages and more, many Kimpton hotels have their very own director of pet relations, a four-legged concierge who caters to the needs of her fellow human-owners.
Hotel Indigo offers stylish accommodations that don’t cost a fortune — they even have a best-rate guarantee. But all Indigo hotels are also pet-friendly. While some hotels in this chain charge pet fees and others may have a weight limit, the staff at Indigo knows how to cater to pet owners. You can expect to find pet amenities like treats and bowls for water. In fact, the Atlanta and San Diego locations have even been known to indulge your best buddy with canine-friendly cocktails at “Yappy Hour.”
OK, so we’re now conditioned to think of Paris when we think Hilton. But the reality is, Hilton has been providing quality hotel services longer than you’ve known who their daughter was. With a generous 75-pound weight limit and a nonrefundable pet deposit of $75, Hilton treats pets and pet owners right. In fact, William Wegman’s sleek pups are more than just the subjects of his world-renowned Weimaraner photos, they’re the official “spokesdogs” for the Hilton pet program, for which Wegman himself designed the in-room Crypton Clean Pet Pillow. Pet-owning guests who reserve their rooms under the program will also have access to the hotel’s dog bowls and placemat, biodegradable waste bags and a travel-sized sample of deodorizing disinfectant. You’ll even get their own travel tote and organic pet treats when you check in.
Luxe accommodations are nice, but sometimes, you just want a decent place to sleep. Let’s face it, you’ll be out all day anyway. The Choice Hotels, including brands like Comfort Inn, Comfort Suites, Clarion, EconoLodge and more, have a multitude of low-cost, pet-friendly locations all across the U.S. You won’t get all the special amenities from some pricier hotels, so bring your own treats, bowls and cleanup bags and plan to have the kiddos walk your pooch. But don’t be surprised if your Choice Hotel is located near one of your vacation area’s best dog parks!
At Loews Hotels, they love pets. So much so that they’ve partnered with Banfield Pet Hospital (the same one you see frequently in local pet-store chains) to provide four-legged guests with a complimentary exam and 15 percent discount on any veterinary services during their stay… meaning Fido doesn’t have to skip out on the extreme sports (like base-jumping off really high hotel beds).
Many locations also offer other services, like dog walking, pet sitting, pet spa treatments, loaner beds and other pet supplies. You may even find some special packages that include room service or waive the already low pet fee.