Popular Hotel Chains That Allow Dogs


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Sometimes a vacation or road trip just wouldn’t be complete without your four-legged best friend. If you’re traveling with your dog and need to stay somewhere overnight, you’ll need to know what hotel chains allow dogs. That way, you and Fido can get some rest and continue your travels.

What hotel chains allow dogs? Some of the hotel chains that allow dogs are:

  • Motel 6
  • Extended Stay America
  • Best Western
  • La Quinta
  • Choice Hotels
  • Marriott Hotels

Grab your leashes, because we’ll walk you through the hotel chains that allow dogs, if they have any breed or size restrictions, and if they have any fees for dog stays. Not only that, but to help you come prepared, we’ve compiled a list of dog items to bring when traveling. Let’s get you ready for your next adventure.

Hotel Chains That Allow Dogs

We know you love your dog – and who can blame you? Thankfully, a lot of hotel chains around the United States, Canada, and even the Caribbean love your dog too – and allow your dog to stay with you.

Some hotel chains have company-wide dog policies and don’t change from location to location. However, some hotel chains (especially the large ones) have dog policies that differ from hotel to hotel.

We’ve compiled a table of all the information you need to know about the hotel chains that allow dogs – including size and breed restrictions and any pet stay fees. 

However, it’s essential to keep in mind that these policies can always change and can vary from location to location. It’s still a great idea to call ahead to the hotel you plan on staying at to make sure your information is accurate! 

dog in a hotel lobby

Dog-Friendly Hotel Chains: An Overview

Hotel ChainLocations Dogs are AllowedSize & Breed RestrictionsPet Stay Fees
Motel 6Almost every location – some may only allow service dogsLimit 2 dogs per roomNo restrictions unless dogs pose a health or safety risk to othersNo fees
Extended Stay AmericaEvery locationLimit 2 dogs per roomDogs must be under 36 inches long and under 36 inches tall$25 plus tax per dayService animals exempt from charge
Best Western1600 locations across the US, Canada & CaribbeanAnimals up to 80 pounds allowed$30 plus tax per day$150 refundable pet deposit in some cases
La QuintaSelect locations & select pet-friendly roomsVaries by locationVaries by locationNo fee or $20 plus tax per day
Choice Hotels3500 locations across the USVaries by locationVaries by location$10 to $75 plus tax per day per pet
Marriott1500 locations across the USVaries by locationVaries by location

Now let’s dive a bit deeper so that you and Fido are completely prepared when you go on your trip.

Motel 6

Motel 6 is arguably one of the most dog-friendly hotel chains in the United States. In fact, Motel 6 is “the official lodging provider of the AKC” (source).

Almost every Motel 6 location allows dogs, with no weight, size, or breed restrictions. However, some Motel 6 locations may only allow service dogs.

Additionally, at Motel 6’s discretion, some dogs may not be allowed to stay if they pose health or safety risks to others.

Two dogs are allowed per hotel room at Motel 6.

If you and your dog are all good to stay at Motel 6, you won’t have to pay any fees. Not only that, but if you’re a member of the AKC, you can even get a discount on your stay. The AKC has provided this link for AKC members to get their discounts at Motel 6. 

Extended Stay America

Extended Stay America assures its guests that pets are always welcome. 

Two dogs are allowed per hotel room in each suite. Additionally, Extended Stay America has size restrictions. Dogs can’t be longer than 36 inches or taller than 36 inches. However, more pets or pets outside the size restrictions may be approved by management (varying by location).

Extended Stay America charges a fee of $25 plus tax per day for your dog to stay. If your dog is a service animal, you won’t have to pay any fees. 

large dog enjoying pet friendly hotel

Best Western

Best Western has over 1,600 locations across the US, Canada, and the Caribbean that are dog-friendly. Put simply, not every Best Western allows dogs, but many sites do.

Dogs up to 80 pounds are allowed to stay at dog-friendly Best Western locations, and fees of up to $30 plus tax per day are charged. Additionally, Best Western may, in some instances, require a $150 refundable deposit.

La Quinta

Since La Quinta was acquired by Wyndham Hotels, its pet policies have changed a bit. Select La Quinta locations are dog-friendly, and this varies by location.

La Quinta imposes a limit of 2 dogs per room at dog-friendly locations. Guests staying with dogs may have to sign a pet policy agreement. 

Some dog-friendly La Quinta locations don’t charge any fees for dog stays, but some locations charge $20 plus tax per day for dog stays.

Choice Hotels

Choice Hotels is arguably one of the largest hotel chains in the United States. The Choice Hotel umbrella includes EconoLodge, Rodeway Inn, MainStay Suites, Quality Inn, Comfort Inn & Suites, Clarion Inn & Suites, and the Ascend Hotel Collection. 

With all of these different hotels falling under Choice Hotels, there are more than 3,500 locations across the United States that are dog-friendly. However, for that same reason pet policies vary from hotel to hotel. 

Some Choice Hotels are known to not charge any fees for dog stays, where some are known to charge fees anywhere from $10 to $75 plus tax per night for dog stays.

Sometimes fees are per pet, too – so you may have to pay $10 to $75 per dog per night at some Choice Hotels. As with any of the other hotels, it is best to call ahead whenever possible.

Marriott Hotels

Marriott has a large umbrella of hotels, including TownPlace Suites, Residence Inn, Courtyard, and Renaissance Hotels.

In general, Marriott hotels tend to be dog-friendly. Over 1,500 Marriott hotels across the United States allow dogs. 

However, fees, size and breed restrictions, and fees vary from location to location. It’s especially important to call ahead to any Marriott hotel to confirm their pet policy before planning to stay as they can vary so widely. 

Dog Items to Pack When Traveling

dog walking through hotel lobby with suitcase

So, you’ve decided to bring your four-legged friend on your next trip. That’s great! 

Now that you know some of the hotel chains that allow dogs, you can prepare for your trip – by also learning just what to pack for your dog.

When traveling with your dog, make sure to pack his suitcase with the following items: 

ItemNotes
Leash and collar or harnessMake sure collar or harness is secureMake sure to have current ID tags on collar or harness
Food and waterBring enough for the entire trip!
Snacks and treatsTreats to reward good behavior can help when going somewhere new
Water and food bowlsCollapsible or travel food and water bowls can help save space
Bed and/or blanketsYou’ll want to make sure Fido has a place to sleep during the trip
Waste bagsSome hotels may provide them, but bring waste bags for the rest of your trip
Favorite toys and chew itemsFavorite toys and chew items can help keep Fido from getting anxious
Travel crate (if needed)Make sure your dog has stayed in the travel crate before so that he’s familiar with it

Final Thoughts

If your next vacation or road trip just wouldn’t be complete without your dog, don’t worry! There are thousands of hotels across the United States and surrounding countries that will welcome you and your four-legged friend. 

Motel 6, Extended Stay America, Best Western, La Quinta, Choice Hotels, and Marriott Hotels all have dog-friendly locations so you can choose the one that’s best for you. 

Pack your suitcase and Fido’s suitcase – you’re prepared for your next adventure!

April

I'm an avid animal lover, former veterinary assistant, and blogger. My undergraduate work included a pre-veterinary curriculum and some graduate work along those lines as well from Cal Poly in Pomona, CA (GO BRONCOS!). These days I blog about all sorts of animal-related topics. Many I have or currently personally own, some I don't but am just interested in. Nothing in this blog should be construed as veterinary advice. I am a 100% advocate that if you think something is wrong with your pet, take it to a vet.

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