Pet-Friendly Motels for Travel on a Budget
Looking to save money, but still want to take a nice vacation? Forget about expensive boarding kennels and pet sitters. Take your animal with you and when possible, stay in pet friendly motels.
While motels are not designed as places to take extended vacations, they do come in handy for short stays. When you have a long layover in a city or if on a road trip, pet friendly motels come in especially handy. Most are comfortable and allow you and your pet a place to rest your head and to get a good night’s sleep without a lot of fuss. If you travel on the road a lot, you will find the U.S. highways are dotted with pet friendly motels. Unlike hotels, many don’t charge a cleaning fee and if they do, it is usually minimal. Following is information on America’s favorite motels.
Quality Inn & Suites
This hotel brand is part of the Choice Hotels International chain. This is one of the largest hospitality companies in the world, with 6,200 hotels in the U.S. alone. It also has hotels in more than 30 countries. There are many amenities, however, you can consistantly count on free high speed Internet access and a free hot breakfast. Two of its hotels, the Quality Inn & Suites, Waco, TX and Quality Inn Chihuahua San Francisco, Chihuahua, Mexico both received the Hotel of the Year–a recognition by hotel owner’s organizations. Pet Hotels of America makes it easy to reserve at Quality Inns and take advantage of their many promotions.
This pet friendly hotel brand also is owned by Choice Hotels International. These are typically known for being centrally located in the heart of a city or near a highway. The rooms are basic and guest ratings deem them clean. As with many pet friendly motels, the Roadway Inn provides a place for you and your pet to get sleep.
This motel brand dots the map of the entire U.S. Many accept pets and are located near a cafe or restaurant, making it easy to sleep, eat and get back on the road. The don’t offer any freebies like Internet access or breakfast. However, many do have in-room cable TV with HBO.
Compared to many other motels, the Super 8 typically has more ammenities including high-speed Internet access, seasonally heated pools, business centers with HSIA in the lobby, in-room coffee makers, satellite TV with HBO, and guest laundry.
These hotels have ranked fairly high for their cleanliness and friendly staffs. They typically are quite and the parking easily accessible. The beds are known to be comfortable and the locations ideal.
Pet Friendly Motels - Making Improvements
Motels today are a far cry from the past. In most cases, they offer the came comforts and amenities as general hotels without the bells and whistles, and also at a much lower rate. But while even lower-end hotels can still cost up to $89 a night, motels are far more affordable. Planning ahead will make it easier to take your pet with you whether you stay in a pet friendly motel or hotel.
All motels have their own pet policies. Some take cats, some only accept dogs as long as they are under 20 pounds. Some require a deposit; some don’t. Some motels will allow you to leave your pet in the room; some won’t. What travelers need to realize is just because a hotel chain is considered pet friendly doesn’t mean that every hotel in its chain accepts pets. Make sure to read through the policies of any hotel you plan on staying at prior to reserving, regardless of the chain. Pet Hotels of America’s listings provide explicite details on each hotel’s pet policies. Read them! To make your road trip even easier by avoiding inconvenience and saving time, become familiar with the policies of different motels along the route you are taking.