Wednesday, March 20, 2013

4 Hotel Chains Where Dogs Stay for Free

While more and more hotels are becoming pet friendly, some chains charge additional fees and deposits for your dog, ranging from about $10 to more than $150.
The following popular chains welcome wet noses without asking for any additional fees or deposits, although special services like dog-sitting and dog-walking will probably cost you extra.
Since policies are subject to change and may vary by individual locations, you should check your hotel’s pet policy for specific details.
 Kimpton Hotels – The largest boutique hotel company in the U.S. charges no fees for pets, nor does it impose any size or breed restrictions in its nearly 50 hotels. Even extras like cozy dog beds, food bowls and gourmet treats are supplied free of charge. However, there is a fee for special pet packages that include services like pet massage and doggie pedicures. “Our creative packages and complimentary amenities add value to each guest’s hotel stay and ultimately set the stage for stress-free pet travel,” Steve Pinetti, Kimpton Hotels & Restaurants’ senior vice president of sales and marketing, said in a press release.
 La Quinta – Dogs up to 50 pounds are welcome and stay for free at more than 700 La Quinta hotels nationwide. When you make a reservation online, write a note in the “Special Requests” field indicating you’ll be bringing your pooch; when booking by phone, let the representative know you’re traveling with your dog.
 Motel 6 – This budget-friendly chain was also a pet-friendly pioneer. Along with leaving the light on for you, Motel 6 will welcome your pooches “unless they pose a health or safety risk or are prohibited by law,” according to its website. Be sure to declare your dog when you check in.
 Red Roof Inns – “You stay happy, pets stay free!” this chain assures its guests. More than 345 Red Roof Inns in 36 states welcome one pet per room, with no additional charges. You must declare your dog when you register. “Just because you’re furry, shouldn’t mean you have to spend the night in the car,” notes RedRoofLuvsPets, the chain’s Facebook page dedicated to its fur-legged guests. Be aware that due to local laws, only service dogs are allowed at Red Roof Inns in Oxon Hill, Md.; Flushing, N.Y.; and Pigeon Forge, Tenn.

4 Hotel Chains Where Dogs Stay for Free

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