With pet travel on the rise, many pet friendly hotels are rolling out the red carpet for our four-legged companions. While some accommodations impose exorbitant fees for bringing your pet along, others have taken a truly pet-friendly approach.  Today we’re celebrating the pet friendly hotel chains were pets are welcome to stay for free.

Black and white kitten with his paws on a golden dog's nose in a pet friendly hotel


Pet Friendly Hotels Without Pet Fees

Aloft Hotels

Aloft hotels are part of the Marriott family, and most of their North American properties are pet friendly. Policies vary slightly by location, so contact the hotel before booking. Through their Arf ® (animals are fun) program, Aloft provide canine guests with beds, bowls, and complimentary treats and toys.

Aloft Hotels Pet Policy: 134 pet friendly properties in major cities across North America. Most locations allow two dogs under 40 pounds per room at no additional cost. Guests with larger dogs and other types of pets are encouraged to contact the hotel directly for a waiver.

View the Aloft Pet Policy

Aloft Hotel - one of the pet-friendly hotel chains where pets stay free!

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Kimpton Hotels

The Kimpton Hotel chain is part of the InterContinental Hotels Group, and is known for its animal attraction. Every one of their hotels welcomes furry, feathery, and scaly family members with special amenities like comfy pet beds, bowls, treats at check in, and pet friendly “yappy hour” receptions in the evening. Some locations even have a Directors of Pet Relations on staff to give you and your travel buddy a tail-wagging welcome!

Kimpton Hotel Pet Policy: 60 properties in 34 cities across North America. Kimpton welcome all pets with no additional fees regardless of their size, breed, or weight and puts no restriction on the number of pets.

View the Kimpton Pet Policy

Ink 48 in New York - a Kimpton Hotel. One of the pet-friendly hotel chains where pets stay free!


Motel 6

Motel 6 was the first national pet friendly hotel chain, welcoming pets since 1962. With a focus on providing affordable, “no frills” accommodations, the quality of the rooms at Motel 6 can be inconsistent, and brand’s popularity has suffered. If you’re looking for a basic, inexpensive, pet friendly hotel room, you’ll almost always find a Motel 6 nearby.

Motel 6 Pet Policy: 1,400+ properties across the US and Canada. Motel 6 allows two dogs or cats per room with a combined weight of 150 pounds or less and does not charge additional fees. (The affiliated Studio 6 hotels charge a $10 per night pet fee, up to $75.)

View the Motel 6 Pet Policy

Motel 6 - one of the pet-friendly hotel chains where pets stay free!


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Red Roof Inns

Red Roof Inns take pet friendly travel to a new level. Not only do they not charge additional pet fees – they’ll give you a 10% discount when you bring your pet along! Under the Red Roof Inn, Red Roof PLUS+, and the Red Collection brands, the chain provides an economical option for pet travelers.

Red Roof Inns Pet Policy: 500+ properties in 36 states. Red Roof allows one cat or dog per room with no pet fees, though fees might be charged for additional pets. At Red Roof Inn and Red Roof PLUS+, pets must weigh 80 pounds or less. At the Red Collections, pet must weigh 40 pounds or less.

*Due to specific circumstances, the Oxon Hill, MD and Queensboro, NY locations cannot accept pets.

View the Red Roof Inn Pet Policy

Red Roof Inn - one of the pet-friendly hotel chains where pets stay free!


Virgin Hotels

New on the pet friendly hotel scene, the Virgin Hotel currently has locations in Chicago, Dallas, Nashville, and San Francisco with more on the way! The staff at Virgin admit to being fans of fuzz, and canine guests will find the accommodations every bit as welcoming as their humans. Dogs are provided a bed, bowls, treats, and a stylish bandana.

Virgin Hotels Pet Policy: 4 properties with Las Vegas opening later this year. Virgin welcomes dogs with no breed or size restrictions and no additional fees.

Keep your nose to the ground, because they’re expanding to Las Vegas (Fall 2020), New York, Palm Springs, New Orleans, and Miami.

View the Virgin Hotel Pet Policy

Virgin Hotel in Chicago, IL - one of the pet-friendly hotel chains where pets stay free!


What About La Quinta?

Experienced pet travelers might be surprised that La Quinta hotels are not included in this list of pet friendly hotels where pets stay free. Welcoming up to two dogs or cats per room, La Quinta was the most popular pet friendly hotel chain for years. But, in 2018, the chain was purchased by Wyndham Hotels and Resorts. Shortly thereafter, many La Quinta locations began charging a pet free of $20 per night with a maximum of $40 per stay per room. Before making your reservation, please call the hotel directly to verify its pet policy.

View La Quinta’s Pet Policy


Now that you’ve got the scoop on all of the pet friendly hotel chains where pets stay free, all that’s left to is pack a bag and hit the road! Waggin’ trails!!

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  • A warning. Home2 Suites by Hilton claim they are pet friendly. They took my reservation, I told them I had a dog. No problem. At checkout they charged my credit card a nonrefundable fee of $95 “due to Covid” because of the extra cleaning required. They did not tell me this when I made the reservation or when I checked in with the dog. They said it was on their website it was not. Shame on Hilton.

    • Thanks for letting us know, Trudy! I don’t blame you for being upset. My advice is to call their corporate office and file a complaint with them. Hopefully they’ll help you sort things out.

  • Thanks for writing this article. Another warning against Wyndham. We rented an Air BnB condo for a week that said it was pet friendly. We even followed up with a description of our 55 pound doodle to ask again and we were told ‘of course your pet is welcome’. We did not realize it was a Wyndham property and were subsequently told upon check-in that we needed to find a place to board our dog because she could not stay with us under any circumstances. Needless to say we left, upset and angry. Pre pandemic I traveled for work 75 nights a year and expect that will start again next year. Going forward, none of those nights will ever be in a Wyndham.

    • What an awful experience, Lynda. And after you went out of your way to confirm you pup would be welcome, too! Thanks for sharing, because this is something that I wouldn’t have thought to check on Air BnB. I hope it didn’t completely ruin your getaway.

      • Hi Claudia! That’s a great question. In my experience, hotels don’t actually weigh the dogs. But they might challenge someone who claims their dog is under the weight limit when they appear to be heavier. Having your dogs recent medical records, which usually show their weight, could help resolve any issues. I hope that helps!

  • I stay at RedRoof ALL THE TIME, before planning any vacation or event, I make sure there’s a red roof near. There is no pet fee, so it really makes the trip a total breeze. And to top it off they are already inexpensive! RedRoof Inn, & Suites>Any hotel.

    • That’s wonderful, Janie! I’m so glad that Red Roof is working out for you. They’re a solid choice and sometimes even provide a discount when you’re staying with a pet!

  • Pet-friendly hotels are good. At least one can travel burden-free with their pets. It is very convenient for people with ESA. I went to a hotel (I don’t want to mention the name), a lady there was requesting a front desk officer, struggling to keep her Emotional Support Animal with her. I stood there for almost 15 minutes in her support then left for my room. I came back after half an hour and saw here there. They wanted her to pay a heavy amount to keep the ESA, although she had a legit reason with an authentic ESA letter. However, the matter was resolved by paying them an exceptional heavy fine to keep the pet along with her, but in my opinion, people with ESA shouldn’t be charged for keeping their pets with them. Even airlines allow people to travel with their ESA because they can understand their situation.

    • I’m sorry to hear that this person was struggling with the rules around her emotional support animal, Alex. Unfortunately, there are many people who don’t know that the only protections afforded ESA relate to housing (being able to live in an otherwise pet-free residence) and flying. And the airlines are seriously cracking down on ESA after people have abused the system. Otherwise, ESA are only allowed where other pets are also welcome.

  • Charged $20 pet fee (amount showing on credit card is a bit above that…sales tax?) for a LQ in Clarksville, TN when we used points for a free room. The pet fee and total inconsistency of the brand (horrible one in December near Pinellas Park, Florida complete with strong odors and cockroaches) made us burn the Wyndham points and abandon the brand. No more LQ for this pet family.

    • I’m so sorry to hear that you had two bad experiences, Lily, and I appreciate you for sharing. Hopefully you’ll find a hotel brand that deserves your loyalty. Safe travels!

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