Are you the proud parent of a pandemic puppy or a quarantine kitty? Or maybe you’re a long-time pet owner. Taking your pet along on vacation will not only avoid pricey pet boarding, but can also ensure you don’t miss a day with your furry friend.
But there's a hard truth to swallow when traveling with pets: Many hotels that market themselves as “pet-friendly” aren’t really pet-friendly at all. Pet-friendly generally is used in the hotel industry to refer to rooms that simply allow pets. But even among hotels that allow pets, many charge hefty pet fees or restrict their size, capacity or type (such as dogs only).
When it comes to looking for a pet-friendly hotel, be skeptical about what that really means. It’s hard enough finding a hotel that allows pets, let alone one that won’t charge you extra.
Luckily, pet-friendly hotels are out there. We combed through the fine print, fees and policies of all the major hotel brands to find hotels not only with no pet fees or size limits, but also hotels with delightful amenities like pet room service, custom dog treats and more.
We rated pet friendliness on four factors:
The percentage of hotels where pets are allowed.
The average pet fee.
The average pet fee as a percent of room rate.
The existence of a “pet-friendly” search filter on the website.
Here's how we ranked the seven hotel chains we analyzed.
IHG leads the pack to edge out Marriott properties. Hyatt is a solid option for your pets, with more pet-friendly policies than Best Western, Wyndham and the Radisson. Hilton is the least pet-friendly hotel according to our analysis, with inconsistent pet-friendly policies across the board. Two of its brands, Homewood Suites and Home2 Suites, are set to become 100% pet-friendly by January 2022, though pet fees could still vary per property, starting at $50 per stay.
Read our full methodology below.
The best pet-friendly hotels
IHG got full marks and won by a landslide. That's due in large part to one brand: Kimpton.
Kimpton’s pet-friendliness has its roots back in 1981, when founder Bill Kimpton insisted upon bringing his own dog, Chianti, to work. Naturally, visitors can now easily bring their pet to Kimpton hotels, too.
There’s no additional pet fee, and there aren’t any size restrictions for pets beyond that it must fit through the door (so presumably no pet elephants). It's rare to find hotels that will allow any sort of pet. You can also theoretically bring the whole menagerie, as there’s no limit on the number of pets allowed.
Kimpton also provides pet-friendly amenities like plush pet-bed loaners, bowls, mats, pet waste bags and door hangers to alert other guests and staff that a pet is in the room.
Other IHG properties
Kimpton is easily the best brand among the large hotel companies for pets, but a few other IHG brands are pretty good, too. Staybridge Suites accepts pets under 50 pounds, though fees vary and there are some restrictions around where pets can roam. Candlewood Suites accepts pets under 80 pounds, though also charges a fee (up to $75 for stays of six nights or fewer).
Still, many IHG properties aren’t pet friendly. Over a third (37%) of the IHG properties we reviewed don’t accept pets.
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Marriott came in No. 2 in our list of best hotels for pets, and that’s primarily due to two brands: Aloft and Element Hotels.
Aloft markets to pet owners with its Animals R Fun (abbreviated as ARF) program, which promises an Aloft bed, bowl and complimentary treats and toys.
However, unlike Kimpton (which doesn’t charge pet fees), you may have to pay extra for pets at some Aloft properties. Fees vary, but we found one as high as $75 per night — that was at the Aloft San Francisco Airport.
Additionally, Aloft hotels all vary in their policies in terms of size limits and how many pets you can keep per room.
The Element Hotels Love that Dog program promises a dog bed, food, water bowls, cleanup supplies and more. Like Aloft, there are typically weight limits, and some properties charge fees.
Other Marriott properties
Of all the hotels in our analysis, 60% of Marriott properties accepted pets in some capacity (though they are a mixed bag in terms of offerings).
For example, at The Clancy in San Francisco, pet owners will be delighted to see the cost is a flat $100 for the entire stay, and there’s no size restrictions on pets. Luxuries for your pet include a doggy robe, treats and bowls. Guests can stop by the outdoor lounge for “Yappy Hour” where they can even purchase dog cocktails (bone broth in cute serving containers). Just dogs and cats are accepted, and you can keep only one pet per room.
Hyatt was actually the most accepting of pets of all the hotels we reviewed. In our sampling of about two dozen Hyatt hotels nationwide, all but one allowed pets.
But while Hyatt properties generally allow pets, owners should expect to pay a lot. Many hotels, including the Hyatt Regency Waikiki Beach Resort and Spa, the Hyatt Regency Orlando and the Hyatt Regency Indian Wells Resort & Spa, had $150 pet fees. In fact, only one other hotel had higher average pet fees than Hyatt — Hilton (our worst-scoring hotel).
Additionally, Hyatt hotels tend to be restrictive in the types of species or breeds they allow. It can get confusing, as rules vary by individual property. One property might only accept dogs, but no cats. Another might accept all cats, yet some breeds of dogs (but not other breeds of dogs). Call ahead to understand if your pet will be invited in.
To its credit, many Hyatt hotels provide pet-friendly amenities and service you can feel good about. For instance, Park Hyatt Chicago donates the entirety of your $100 pet fee to an animal shelter.
At the Andaz Scottsdale Resort & Bungalows, the hotel’s restaurant, Weft & Warp Art Bar + Kitchen, offers Dinner With Your Dog on the patio. Pets can be treated to a doggy menu that includes dishes such as the $8 Good Dawg (a flat iron steak).
Other pet-friendly hotels that we didn’t rank (but are still great)
We ranked only the biggest hotel chains here. But, many boutique hotels and small chains are extremely pet-friendly. Other hotel brands to check out include:
Red Roof Inn
Excellent for pet owners on a budget, one domestic pet can stay for free per guest room at most locations (and sometimes more, per management discretion). You’re charged only if your pet damages the hotel property; however, limitations include that pets aren’t allowed in some areas — including the pool deck — and they may not be left unattended.
Many Loews properties charge pet fees, but at some properties, Loews offers posh amenities for pets, including a room service menu designed especially for dogs and cats. Pets will also receive leashes, collars, litter boxes, litter, litter scoopers, placemats and water bowls. Plus, hotels provide customers with local dog-walking routes (and doggy pickup bags for the walk). Proof of up-to-date vaccinations are required.
Pet-focused boutique hotels
Some hotels are specifically designed for people who want to travel with their four-legged companions. Here are some incredible, pet-focused hotels:
Best Friends Roadhouse and Mercantile: If you’re exploring the Utah and Arizona national parks on a road trip, stop at the Best Friends Roadhouse and Mercantile in Kanab, Utah, which specifically encourages stays for travelers with pets. Rooms have built-in dog beds, and you can expect amenities like complimentary self-serve washing facilities as well as cleaning products and a fenced-in park.
Lamb and Lion Inn: The Lamb and Lion Inn is nestled on 4 acres of land between rocky beaches and dog-friendly trails in Cape Cod. While there’s a pet fee, it’s a modest $25 per night. With that, you’ll also get use of pet sheets, towels and water bowls.
The Beverly Hills Hotel: Pets don’t have to be excluded from glamour. At The Beverly Hills Hotel in the Los Angeles area, you’ll pay a relatively small $35 nightly pet fee. With that, you’ll get not only dog beds and bowls, but also customized bone-shaped doggy cookies with your pet’s name handwritten on them by the hotel’s bakers.
Methodology: How we made our pet-friendly hotel rankings
We analyzed more than 100 hotels across seven major hotel companies based on factors including whether pets are even allowed, average pet fee (both in terms of dollar figure and the pet fee cost relative to the overall room rate) and whether the booking website had a pet-friendly sort filter.
Distinguishing hotel companies and their brands
The major hotel companies (e.g., Hilton, Hyatt, IHG and Marriott) don’t have standard pet policies. Instead, policies typically vary by sub-brand (so expect a different policy at Candlewood Suites versus Staybridge Suites, despite both being IHG brands). And even individual policies can vary by location, which can make rules extra confusing.
Our rankings prioritize hotels whose brands have consistent policies nationwide, so you can expect similar service no matter where in the country you’re staying. Only a few brands had a consistent “Yes” for accepting pets at all properties, and even fewer had consistent policies around size limits or cost of bringing them.
In total, we gave each hotel a score of 1-5 in seven categories (5 being the best). Some categories were given more weight than others (e.g., we gave the most weight to whether a hotel allowed pets at all). Then, we calculated individual category scores to determine an overall score.
Here are the complete rankings of all seven hotel chains we analyzed and the seven categories they were judged on.
We looked at more than a dozen individual properties (and sometimes many more) across all hotel companies. Here are the factors we considered:
Allow pets: Whether or not they allow pets at all, in any capacity. Of the properties we looked at, we calculated what percent actually allow pets.
Fee: How much the pet fee was at hotels that allow pets.
Relative fee: To normalize for fancier hotels, we looked at what the fee was relative to the overall room rate.
Potential for $0 fee: Extra points for hotels with brands that explicitly don’t charge pet fees at all properties within that brand.
Search feature: If a hotel offered a user-friendly search feature to filter for pet-accepting hotels.
Consistent policies: If the pet policy was the same at every property, versus if there were variations in terms of size limits, price, etc.
Extra amenities: If a hotel offers amenities like bowls, pet beds or treats.
Other policies to watch out for
When considering which hotel to book, it’s not enough to just consider whatever hotel has the lowest fee. There are a few other policies and amenities to watch out for:
Can you leave the pet unattended?
Some hotels allow pets, but only if they’re with you at all times. If you can’t leave your pets unattended, that could be a problem when you’re heading to a show, theme park or restaurant with a no-pet policy. Others let you leave your pet unattended, but only if they’re contained to a crate.
Pet owners who want a few hours of vacation from their pet should consider hotels like the JW Marriott Orlando Bonnet Creek Resort & Spa, which allows pets to be left unattended in the rooms as long as the “pet at rest” and “pet in room” signs are hung. That signals housekeeping to not enter.
Can pets join in all common areas?
If you can’t leave your pet unattended, and you can’t bring it to the pool, will you really enjoy that hotel? Before booking, understand all the restrictions.
Is paperwork required?
Some hotels require proof of up-to-date vaccinations, veterinarian proof that your pet is flea-free or other health documentation. Know what paperwork you need. And if you’re a spontaneous hotel booker, you might want to pack it just in case.
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Kimpton is easily the best hotel brand for traveling with a pet. The only drawback is just that Kimpton is a relatively small chain, so good luck finding one at your destination. But if you do find one, then you're in luck. Pet lovers should pledge loyalty to Kimpton-owner IHG so you can guarantee extra amenities, plus no pet fees or other annoying limitations.
Otherwise, Hyatt is generally your best bet among the major companies for reliably finding a property that will accept your pets, but you’ll probably have to pay for it. And even within Hyatts, do your research, as some properties are surprisingly restrictive and picky — allowing some species or breeds but not others.
When it comes to finding pet-friendly lodging, you may not always have your pick of the litter; instead, you may find yourself bound simply by whether or not a hotel allows pets. But many hotels are delightfully pet-friendly, which means it is possible to skip pet boarding (or begging your neighbor to pet sit) and bring your fluffy best friend on vacation with you.
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It means pets, typically only dogs, are welcome. But there may be limitations and daily pet fees to cover the extra cleaning costs. Always call a hotel first before booking a room to confirm pet rooms are available so they can hold it for you.What does pet-friendly mean? ›
/ˌpetˈfrend.li/ used to describe a place that is suitable for pets or where you can stay with your pet: You can find lists of pet-friendly motels on the internet.How do you get dog smell out of a hotel? ›
Vinegar is also an amazing natural cleaning option for more serious pet odors. Try using vinegar (diluted with a bit of water) in a spray bottle and spray on carpets or floors. Or use in combination with baking soda on cushions or bedding for an extra powerful, odor-eliminating punch.How do I choose a pet hotel? ›
- Find Out if the Services Offered Meet Your Needs. ...
- Learn What Pricing Includes. ...
- Look for a Well-Maintained Facility. ...
- Find Out How Well-Prepared They Are for Emergencies. ...
- Make Sure the Facility Adheres to Industry Standards. ...
- Find Out if Dogs Receive Individualized Treatment.
Do not leave your pets alone until they've acclimated to the hotel room. Take time to establish the hotel room as “home” in your dog's mind, so he understands that when you leave, you'll be right back. This might mean not leaving your dog until after you spend a night sleeping in the room.Should I leave my dog in a pet hotel? ›
Yes, leaving your dog in a pet hotel is safe, and it is often much safer than traveling with your pet and risking leaving Fido unattended in a hotel room. It is also safer than simply boarding your dog at the veterinarian's office.Can dogs sleep on hotel beds? ›
If the hotel bed is covered by a comforter, remove it before allowing your dog on the bed. If your dog doesn't sleep with you, consider what you'll bring for your dog's bedding. (Some hotels have loaner beds.)How long can a dog stay in a hotel? ›
Dr. Sarah Wooten, DVM and veterinary expert for Pumpkin Pet Insurance, says generally, most dogs can tolerate two to four weeks of boarding. “It really depends on the individual dog. Some dogs start to react negatively after two weeks, others can stay for months and not be fazed,” says Dr.Does pet free mean no pets? ›
Pet-free is a term that has become more popular lately, with many people choosing to not have pets in their home. While you might think this means no dogs or cats, it can also apply to other animals as well. Many people are now choosing to be pet-free because of the environmental impact they have on our world.
For years, it was common to see pet friendly hotels charging a pet fee of $10 to $20 per night to allow the staff additional time to clean the room. But recently that model has changed, and some hotels appear to be relying on pet fees to boost their bottom line.Which pet is very friendly? ›
Dogs. First on our list of the top 10 friendliest animals in the world is man's best friend – dogs.What scents Block dogs smell? ›
- Chili Peppers.
- Ground Spices (such as cinnamon, nutmeg, allspice, ginger, cardamom, mustard, and cayenne pepper)
- Citrus Fruits (such as oranges, lemons, limes, and grapefruits)
- Fresh Herbs (such as basil, mint, rosemary, and thyme)
Although man's best friend tends to have a pretty incredible ability to sniff things out, dogs cannot smell though airtight, vacuum sealed containers. Pups can smell under things, around things, into things and even things underwater.What smell drives dogs away? ›
At the top of the list? Citrus. Most dogs can't stand the taste and smell of oranges, lemons, and grapefruit. Here's why — plus, how to use their dislike of citrus to your advantage.Are dog hotels stressful for dogs? ›
When your pet is left at a boarding facility they may feel displaced, confused and lonely. Many dogs experience stress when their normal routine is changed. Now consider the added stress when you change their environment and take away their trusted pack leader (you).Are dog hotels stressful? ›
Putting your dog into a boarding kennel for just one night can be stressful to them, with longer stays creating even more anxiety. Of course, not all dogs get kennel stress, but for many of them it is a very real and unpleasant experience that can also bring a lot of stress onto owners too.Why do people use pet hotels? ›
Pet hotels are a type of pet boarding service that provides care for animals while the animal's owners are either out of town or temporarily unable to provide suitable care for the animal.Where should my dog sleep in a hotel room? ›
Get a ground floor room: it makes bathroom trips easier, elevators can stress dogs out, and if they're antsy they won't bother the neighbors below. Bring a familiar sheet or blanket for the bed or couch. If possible, bring other comforts: crate, toys, and usual treats.Can I leave my dog alone for 8 hours? ›
Most experts agree you shouldn't leave your adult dog alone for more than eight to 10 hours, but some dogs (especially ones with small bladders) can't last that long. DO prepare your dog before you go.
But how much is too much? Ideally, adult dogs shouldn't be left alone for more than 4 hours. There is some wiggle room, provided that your pooch has access to enough food and water, as well as a place to go potty if they need to.Why is my dog sad after boarding? ›
If you haven't boarded your dog before, you probably don't realize that she may seem a little different for a few days after you collect her and bring her home. This is often completely normal and just a reaction to her readjusting to her surroundings.Will my dog forget me after a week? ›
Whilst this is a natural concern if you'll be gone for weeks, it's not something you need to fear. The truth is that your dog will almost always remember you, however long you've been apart. Dogs don't forget their beloved owners, even after months or even years apart.How do I prepare my dog for boarding? ›
- Consider a Boarding Trial. If your dog is particularly nervous or prone to separation anxiety, it's a good idea to plan a trial boarding stay. ...
- Adjust Your Dog's Sleeping Habits. ...
- Keep Your Dog Comfortable. ...
- Drop Off Your Dog in the Morning. ...
- Visit Your Dog's Veterinarian.
If you get caught, you will be asked to leave and possibly face fees or charges. Most pet-friendly hotels have a guest pet agreement that must be signed on check-in.Should dog sleep in room with you? ›
It's perfectly acceptable for most dogs to sleep in their owner's bedroom. Whether they do or not comes down to personal preference. Your dog can sleep in your bedroom if… You'd like him to.Is it OK to leave dog in room all day? ›
DON'T leave your dog alone for more than 4-5 hours each time. Again, dogs are social creatures and do not enjoy being by themselves all the time. DON'T expect your dog to “hold it” for more than 8 hrs! It's cruel to expect a dog to hold it for a long time until it's convenient for you to take him or her out.How long can a dog stay in a cage overnight? ›
An adult dog can typically handle a maximum of 6-8 hours a day in their crate or can sleep in their crate overnight as long as they get enough exercise and attention during the day.Can I leave my dog inside for 9 hours? ›
Some households have an easier time if there is another person in the home who has a slightly different schedule. It would appear that many dogs can adapt to being alone for 8-9 hours at a time provided they have a means to potty and have adequate room to move.How do you get around pet restrictions? ›
- Get a Complete DNA Test. ...
- Get Professional Training for Your Dog. ...
- Rent from Private Owners Instead of a Company. ...
- Get Pet Insurance. ...
- Offer a Pet Deposit. ...
- Create a “Resume” for Your Dog. ...
- Register Your Pet as an Emotional Support Dog.
The reason for Hawaii's strict pet travel policies is that it's the only state in the United States that is rabies-free. Since rabies doesn't exist in Hawaii, pets who live there don't get vaccinated for the virus. That means the Hawaiian government has to be extremely strict when it comes to four-legged tourists.What is the most maintenance free pet? ›
- Snakes. ...
- Sea Monkeys. ...
- Guinea pigs. ...
- Goldfish. Ahh, the goldfish. ...
- Cats. If you claim that you are not a “cat person”, have you ever tried owning a cat? ...
- Hamsters. Taking care of a hamster is easy once they have the proper cage. ...
Generally two pets are allowed and a nightly fee applies for each pet. Weight restrictions, fees, and breed restrictions vary by location. For large pets, guests must get approval before booking.What is the pet in cabin fee? ›
Booking pet tickets
There is a $125 fee each way for traveling with your pet. There is also a $125 fee for each layover of more than four hours for flights within the U.S. and more than 24 hours internationally. You cannot use travel credits to pay this fee.
Summary of the Top 10 Happiest Animals on Earth.
The Labrador Retriever is the world's most popular dog. One of the many reasons for the Labrador's popularity is the big variety in which the dog comes along.
Citrus. The citrus smell is arguably the best dog repellent there is. You do not have to do a lot. Simply peel an orange or a lemon next to your dog and you will observe it leaving the spot immediately.What smell do dogs love? ›
Our study shows that dogs were more likely to interact with the scents of blueberry, blackberry, mint, rose, lavender, and linalol.What smell stops dogs from pooping? ›
Citrus trees, fruits, or juices. Rue plants. Citronella plants or oil. Garlic.Can dogs smell through ziplock bags? ›
Yes they can. They can also smell through multiple layers of plastic and they are not fooled by masking scents such as coffee grounds. They know what is in unopened cans and they can't even read the label. A ziplock would be no problem.
But I'm happy to help. Unfortunately, it won't be easy. In fact, it might even be impossible. A dog's sense of smell is believed to be 10,000 to 100,000 times better than that of a human, which means a well-trained detection dog will likely smell through your attempts at concealing drugs.Can k9 smell through smell proof bags? ›
Despite what you might have heard, dogs cannot smell through things. However, that doesn't mean they cannot smell illicit substances that have been packed into vacuum sealed bags. In fact, drug dogs often detect odors that have been packed into vacuum seal bags.What do dogs like most? ›
They love to eat, sleep and run around outside. Interestingly, dogs have preferences unique to canines. Most people are not aware of these particular tastes. Dogs, like humans, enjoy certain activities, mostly related to their breed, instinct, temperament and personality.How far can a dog smell its owner away? ›
How far dogs can smell depends on many things, such as the wind and the type of scent. Under perfect conditions, they have been reported to smell objects or people as far as 20km away.Why do dogs hate oranges? ›
However, most dogs do not like them because they are so tart and acidic. The peels and seeds of all citrus fruits can also cause GI issues.What hotel chain has animals? ›
Behind the swimming pool area of the Mirage Hotel is Siegfried & Roy's Secret Garden and Dolphin Habitat. For a $15 fee (it was discounted because of some minor construction) you can experience dolphins and big cats up close. There is a pool where trained dolphins put on a show.What size dog can stay in hotels? ›
Though generally dog friendly, some hotels have weight and size limits for pets, while others allow large dogs. For instance, Four Seasons only allows small pets under 15 pounds, while Best Western allows dogs up to 80 pounds. Extended Stay America limits pets to no longer or taller than 36 inches.What hotel gives you a duck? ›
Got to love a hotel thar gives you a free rubber duck!Is hotel for dogs on Disney? ›
Yes. As part of this new pilot program, four out of our 26 resorts, have designated dog-friendly rooms. The four include Disney's Yacht Club Resort, Disney Port Orleans Resort – Riverside and Disney's Art of Animation Resort and the Cabins at Disney's Fort Wilderness Resort & Campground.How many animals can you have in a hotel room? ›
Some hotels, like Red Roof Inns, have a general pet policy allowing only one pet per room. (Though Red Roof properties have the option to welcome additional pets.) Other chains, like Kimpton, never impose a limit on the number of pets that can join you. Every hotel is different.
Some households have an easier time if there is another person in the home who has a slightly different schedule. It would appear that many dogs can adapt to being alone for 8-9 hours at a time provided they have a means to potty and have adequate room to move.What kind of dogs are in hotel for dogs? ›
Many different types of dogs can be seen in the film: Lenny is a Bullmastiff, Georgia is a Boston Terrier, Cooper is an English Bulldog, Shep is a Border Collie, Romeo is a Chinese Crested Dog, Juliet is a Poodle and Henry is a Beauceron.What size dog can fit in cabin? ›
In-cabin. Generally, if your dog in its carrier can fit under the seat in front of you, it can go in the cabin. So that means a dog weighing up to about 20 pounds.What dogs fit in cabin? ›
Most airlines will allow dogs that weigh below 20 pounds in the plane's cabin as long as the dog is secured in a carrier at all times during the flight and is not a disturbance to fellow passengers. If a dog is larger than 20 pounds, the airline may require your dog to fly in the plane's cargo hold.