9 pet-friendly chain hotels where your dog can stay for free

For many of us, pets, especially our dogs, are family. We love them, care for them, pamper them and some of us even travel with them!

I love going out with my dog, but it can be expensive depending on where we stay. Just because a property is pet-friendly doesn’t mean it’s budget-friendly. The extra cleaning fees that come with having your pup tag can really add up.

But there are some great hotel chains out there—from value to luxury—that will not only welcome your dog, but will welcome them for free.

In celebration of National Dog Day, here are nine options you may want to consider the next time you head out with your fluffy or furry best friend.

All dogs and pets are welcome at Kimpton for free.

Photo credit: Kimpton Hotels

1. Kimpton Hotels

I recently had the chance to stay at Milwaukee’s Kimpton Journeyman Hotel. During my time without Marvel, my Cavalier King Charles spaniel, I saw many other four-legged friends on the property. That’s because each of its 68 spaces allows precious puppies and any other pets to stay for free.

The property had large, lovely rooms with luxurious high-end amenities, and I was delighted to see an adorable and charming ceramic bull terrier standing guard in the corner of my suite. Several people brought their pups to the nightly wine reception, which made me miss Marv even more! Kimpton really does provide a welcome mat for dogs with plush pet beds, food and water bowls with mats, and extras, and some locations even have a Pet Relations Director in residence! There’s nothing cuter than a personal (or paws) ambassador.

Another recently added perk: Kimpton offers guests a free month of Wag! Premium is a service that gives on-the-go pets and their owners everything they need while traveling – from dog walking to vet access. Membership gives you discounts on booked services, waived booking fees and 24/7 access to advice from licensed veterinary professionals through Wag! program.

Kimpton offers boutique-level rooms and services, and it’s even sweeter knowing your dog will be groomed and groomed during your stay!

2. The Four Seasons

The Four Seasons brand is known for its luxury accommodations. It turns out that many properties extend these benefits to pooches at no extra charge. At the Four Seasons in Austin, Texas, pups are invited to join their owners for outdoor dining and can even order from a special gourmet pup menu. The chain’s Washington, DC, location also allows dogs to stay for free and welcomes them with pet beds, bowls, and even personalized treats made by the hotel’s pastry team — yum!

At the Four Seasons Hotel The Surf Club in Surfside, Florida, resident lab mixes Hank and Freddie delight staff and guests, while dogs staying on property can enjoy two designated dog parks – both in green areas and equipped with pet stations! Note that you’ll want to call ahead to see if Four Seasons locations are dog-friendly and to get an accurate idea of ​​their comfort.

3. Magnolia Hotels

Another boutique hotelier your pup might be interested in is Magnolia. Part of the Marriott brand, pets of all sizes and breeds are welcome at no extra charge at the chain’s six locations. Magnolia’s half dozen hotels are located in gorgeous, historic buildings in terrific cities, and all are close to cultural hotspots and other tourist attractions.

At check-in, expect a bag of treats for your dog as soon as you walk in the door and expert assistance from the concierge who can help you find nearby dog-friendly spots. The Magnolia staff adores the Cubs and it shows. Your companion is guaranteed to receive plenty of special attention during your stay, including plenty of head and belly rubs.

Virgin hotel room or chamber with ceramic dog decoration on the window.

At Virgin hotels, real-life pups are greeted by adorable ceramic counterparts in every room.

Photo credit: Virgin Hotels

4. Virgin Hotels

Virgin, the fast-growing travel brand founded by Sir Richard Branson, consists of seven hotels located in the United States and the United Kingdom. Everyone will welcome you and your dog with open arms. Virgin encourages its four-legged guests to sniff around – and they’ll stay for free with zero breed or size restrictions.

Upon arrival, dogs can expect treats, lots of love and even a Virgin brand bandana! When you and your best bud get to your room, you’ll find a cozy pet bed, bowl, cleaning bags, and even a ceramic dog clock! It’s everything you need for a luxurious, luxurious and comfortable stay with your pup.

5. Element By Westin

Element by Westin, an eco-conscious and healthy extended-stay hotel brand, accepts dogs up to 40 pounds at all of its more than 60 locations worldwide. Many of them are free!

Each unit offers an airy, neutral design with built-in kitchens and plenty of space. There is plenty of space for you and Rover to be at home for a short or long term. There’s also a focus on well-being, bikes to borrow and nutritious options for breakfast. And as part of their Love That Dog program, Element offers a special dog bed for visiting pups, food and water bowls, cleaning supplies, and more. provides! All of these are great options to consider when traveling with your best furry friend.

6. High

Aloft—a fun, entertaining and tech-forward brand in the Marriott portfolio—is a place where your pup can stay without those pesky pet fees. Many of Aloft’s 163 North American locations offer complimentary stays, including those in major cities like Orlando, New York, New Orleans and Miami. You may still want to call ahead, as payment policies and weight limits vary between individual Aloft properties.

ARF – or “Animals Have Fun” – is Aloft’s pet program. It really rolls out the red carpet for your pup. Aloft is committed to making visiting pups feel as good as humans. Dogs under 40 pounds will receive a branded bed and bowl, cleaning bags, plus treats and toys for free! This is a serious diversion.

7. Red Roof Inn

Budget-minded travelers note: With more than 670 properties across four brands in the US, Brazil and Japan, Red Roof provides a caring, clean and comfortable environment for all guests, including dogs! There is no additional charge for bringing a well-behaved dog at check-in. Red Roof is a great hassle-free road trip option, as many locations are within easy reach of the interstate, providing easy access. So whether it’s a quick overnight stop while on the road or your home away from home while on vacation, Red Roof has got you and your dog covered!

8. Motel 6

Motel 6 is known for keeping the lights on for you, and they’ll keep the lights on for your fur baby. Dogs stay free at the chain’s properties and have done so since Motel 6 was founded in 1962! So if you’re hitting the open road with your package, you might want to consider one of its 14,000 motels or studios located in the United States and Canada. The rooms are comfortable and a pleasant place to rest your head and paws after a day’s adventure.

In fact, Motel 6 loves dogs so much, it has partnered with Patriot PAWS to sponsor service dog training for disabled veterans. This is something both you and your dog can be proud of when you stay on a leash!

9. Best Western Hotels and Resorts

Best Western has more than 1,600 pet-friendly hotels in the United States, Canada and the Caribbean, and many of them don’t charge extra to bring your dog. Some locations offer special spots for picnics and potty stops, and will recommend pet-friendly parks, stores, and even pet-friendly restaurants! All this will ensure a good time for you and your beloved pup.

Pro Tips: Traveling With Your Dog

A few other things to remember when going on vacation with your dog: Even though they stay for free, always declare them at check-in. Many properties have pet-friendly rooms to protect all guests, especially those with pet allergies. Make sure you are in one of them!

No matter how well trained your dog is, it’s not a good idea to leave it unattended in a hotel room. Traveling can be stressful for all of us, and the anxious barking of a trailing dog can disturb (and tick off!) nearby guests.

A cute blanket or bed is a must when you hit the road—the smell of home is comforting to even the most seasoned of dog travelers. And finally, under the Americans with Disabilities Act, it’s good to remember never charge for service animals wherever you choose to stay.

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