Last week we published “The 7 Best Pet-Friendly Luxury Hotel Chains”. For pet owners on a budget, we’ve researched the best budget hotels that welcome four-legged companions. All of these budget hotels welcome dogs and cats, and a few of them even allow other domesticated pets such as birds, snakes, and (if you can believe it) monkeys!
One of the most pet-friendly and pleasant budget hotel chains is La Quinta. With nearly 900 hotels throughout the U.S. and Canada, only a handful do not allow pets. La Quinta invites up to two domestic animals per room (dogs and cats). A few locations impose pet fees and weight restrictions, so always call in advance to verify details before booking.
Similar to La Quinta, Best Western encourages pet owners to include their four-legged companions in their next stay. Best Western has more than 1,600 pet-friendly locations across the U.S., Canada and even the Caribbean. Most hotels offer dedicated areas for dog walks and pet elimination. Best Western allows up to 2 dogs per room but prohibits dogs weighing over 80 lbs. In addition to dogs and cats, some Best Western venues welcome other domesticated animals such as birds, rabbits and even monkeys.
Regarding cost, some Best Westerns allow pets for no extra charge. Other locations may charge a maximum of $20 per night for owners with more than one pet. No more than $100 will be charged for an extended stay. A refundable pet deposit of $50 may also be required.
View Best Western’s pet policy
Red Roof Inn has over 450 pet-friendly locations scattered throughout the U.S., and not one location charges a pet fee. One pet is permitted per room, and the pet must be declared upon guest registration. Like all other hotel chains, pets must be kept on a leash when outside the hotel room. Similar to other hotel chains, not all Red Roof Inns can accommodate pets due to state and county laws, so always call in advance to confirm that your pet is welcome.
View Red Roof Inn’s pet policy
Days Inn hotels are well known for being pet friendly. Each hotel’s policy is different, however, so it is a good idea to call ahead to confirm your pet’s reservation and any associated charges.
Many Travelodge locations accept pets, but each hotel may have slightly different pet policies. To make sure your pet is welcome at your location of choice, contact that location directly before booking your reservation.
View Travelodge’s FAQ page
Similar to Days Inn and Travelodge, numerous Super 8 motel locations welcome pets. Each location has its own policy, however, so please call in advance before booking your stay. Super 8 rooms are fairly basic, but the motel offers complimentary continental breakfast, high-speed wireless Internet and free coffee.
View Super 8’s FAQ page
Is the cargo area safe for pet travel? Will dogs too large for in-cabin pet travel be comfortable in the hold of the plane?
There are preconceived notions that cargo pet travel is unsafe, stressful, and something to be avoided. Rather than jump to this conclusion ourselves, we did a lot of research to better understand pet travel in cargo: what cargo pet travel actually is, potential risks and hazards with putting dogs or cats in cargo, and recent statistics on pet safety.