Fees at pet-friendly hotels can add up quickly, so knowing which hotels allow dogs to stay for free can keep vacation budgets down. Fortunately, there are some great options for those traveling with pets, ranging from budget motels to luxury boutique hotels.
In general, all of the hotels on this list allow pets to stay for free, however there are some specific locations or brands that may charge fees. If you’re planning to stay at a hotel with your pet, be sure to call ahead to ask about the hotel’s pet policy and any associated fees.
Pet Friendly Hotels where Dogs Stay Free
When your pup is a guest at a hotel, be sure to set a good example. Unfortunately, many pet owners allow their pets to do whatever they want, which can jeopardize well-behaved pets from staying in hotels and can cause a hotel to reconsider their pet policies, including fees.
When staying at a hotel with your pet, be a considerate guest by managing your dog and following the hotel’s rules and regulations. Keep your pet on a leash or in a crate don’t leave your pet unattended in your room, and clean up after them.
Red Roof Inn
Red Roof Inn has 670 locations throughout the United States under the following portfolio of brands: Red Roof Inn, Red Roof Plus+, The Red Collection. Red Roof Inn offers affordable lodging for pet owners, while Red Roof Plus+ is self-described as “upscale economy.”
Pets stay free at most Red Roof Inn hotels, save for a few that cannot accept pets.*
HomeTowne Studios & Suites, which is a Red Roof brand, allows one pet per guest room, depending on location, and may charge a fee. Pets are not to exceed 80 lbs and guests are limited to one pet per room and pets may not exceed 40 lbs at Red Collection hotels. Fees may apply for additional pets.
*Red Roof Plus+ Washington DC – Oxon Hill, MD, Red Roof Inn & Suites Philadelphia – Bellmawr, NJ, Le Voyageur SPOT X Hotel – Orlando, and Artel Hotel Times Square – NYC do not allow pets.
See the Red Roof Inn Pet Policy
Founded in 1962, Motel 6 has long been a trusted brand for pet travelers. The no-frills chain allows up to two pets to stay for free at Motel 6 locations*, provided they are well behaved and do not pose a health or safety risk. With over 1600 locations located across the US and Canada, Motel 6 is a reliable option for travelers seeking a budget-friendly stay for the night with their dog.
I also love that Motel 6 partners with Patriot Paws, a program that trains service dogs for no fee and places them with disabled veterans.
*Studio 6 locations charge a $10 per day pet fee, up to $75 per stay.
See the Motel 6 Pet Policy.
Aloft Hotels are usually my go to when I’m on a road trip and just need a real bed for the night after days of camping out of my car or tent. Part of the Marriott family, Aloft has over 165 hotels across North America, there’s a pretty high chance there’s one if I’m near a major city.
The hotel’s pet-friendly ARF (Animals are Fun) program allows dogs up to 40 pounds and includes a bowl, dog bed, and doggie bag filled with treats and toys, all complimentary. Dogs over 40 pounds must contact the hotel and sign a waiver.
If your dog is sensitive to noise, you are encouraged to inform the front desk so they can place you in a room away from high traffic areas.
See the Aloft Pet Policy
Guests with pets–be it furry, feathered, or scaly–are welcome to stay at Kimpton Hotels, no matter the size, weight, or breed, for no additional charge. The only rule is that the pet has to fit through the door. There is no limit on the number of pets allowed and furry friends are welcome to join the nightly wine reception at select hotels.
Part of the InterContinental Hotels Group (IHG), Kimpton Hotels have 61 properties across North America.
Pet guests can choose from a selection of hotel amenities, such as loaner beds, food, water, bowls, and mats. The concierge also provides a list of nearby pet-friendly spots, like dog parks, restaurants, and pet stores. Further, guests with pets have complimentary access to Wag! Premium during their stay, which connects pet owners with dog walkers and pet sitters, if necessary.
See the Kimpton Pet Policy
Element Hotels by Westin
Designed for longer stays, Element Hotels by Westin offer pet-friendly apartment-style accommodations. The majority of the 84 hotels in North America allow pets without an additional fee.
All Element Hotels welcome dogs weighing up to 40 pounds and offer a “Love That Dog” program that includes a bed, bowls, and dog bags. Because pet policies vary by location, be sure to call ahead to inquire about pet fees.
VIew the Element Hotels Pet Policy.
With a handful of locations across the US, including Dallas, New York City, Nashville, and New Orleans, and more, the brand by Sir Richard Branson, Virgin Hotels are big fans of pets and welcome them for free, with no size or breed restrictions.
In fact, the chain was named one of the 10 Best Pet-Friendly Hotels by USA Today readers. Pet guests receive a complimentary bed to use, food and water dish, treats, and a Virgin Hotels bandana.
See the Virgin Hotels Pet Policy.
Dogs of all breeds and sizes stay for free across five of the six Magnolia Hotel locations, aside from the Downtown Dallas location. Each guest is allowed up to two pets and each furry guest receives a treat bag upon arrival, as well as a knowledgeable concierge who knows about all the pet-friendly spots in town.
Magnolia Hotels are a small brand of luxury accommodations in charming historic buildings, close to city attractions. The chain is part of the Marriott hotel family.
See the Magnolia Hotel pet policy.