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Top five pet-friendly hotel chains named

Just in time for summer vacation, Petside.com has released its list of the Top Five Pet-Friendly Hotels — this time (thank you very much) focusing on budget chains that normal people can afford.

Unlike last year’s list — entirely made up of places in which Ace and I lack the bucks to bunk (The James Hotel in Chicago, The W Tuscany in New York, The Hotel Monaco in Denver, Bowen’s By The Bays in Hampton Bays, New York and the Hyatt Regency Century Plaza in Los Angeles) — this year’s is aimed at the “cost-conscious” traveler.

The top honors went to Motel 6, where all 900 franchises allow one pet per room with no extra fees or deposits.

La Quinta Inns & Suites came in second. It allow pets at 99 percent of its 650 properties, according to spokesperson Teresa Ferguson. “People who travel with their pets generally have very well-behaved and well-groomed animals,” she says. Accordingly, LaQuinta does not require deposits, or fees for pets, although they do request a weight limit of 45 pounds. (My dog Ace, at 130 pounds, has yet to be turned away from a La Quinta, and if he ever is subjected to that arbitrary and discriminatory rule, our business will go to Motel 6.)

Also making the top five were Red Roof Inn, with 340 locations welcoming pets; Best Western, with more than1,900 pet-friendly locations, 1000 of which are in the U.S. & Canada; and Candlewood Suites, where pets under 80 pounds are always welcome — provided you pay an extra fee and have you vaccination records available.

Petside.com is a pet website created by NBC Digital Networks, in partnership with Procter & Gamble Productions, Inc.


Comment from Anne’n’Spencer
Time May 20, 2009 at 11:06 am

This is great info on affordable hotels. It’s hard to plan trips when you have a dog. If anybody has out-of-town friends coming to Baltimore or needs a dog-friendly hotel here, I can suggest the Brookshire downtown on Lombard Street. It’s not an inexpensive hotel, but it’s comfortable and centrally located. When we stayed there for a weekend two years ago, their “dog package” was $45. That included a large dog bed, dog treats, a brush, a water bowl, and a sort of tray-pan with papers for quick trips to the lavatory–if your dog will use them. The staff was dog-friendly as well.

We also refugeed off the beach at Assateague one September night into the Clarion Fontainebleu in Ocean City. The incident involved a tent-munching session by two of Assateague’s famous ponies. We were tired, filthy, stressed out–and had Spencer with us. They offer pet accommodations with some restrictions for $38, and the concierge is well supplied with dog biscuit treats. It’s not the cheapest place in OC, but it certainly was comfortable.

Incidentally, the national seashore park at Assateague welcomes–or tolerates–dogs. The state park does not. You also cannot take dogs onto the wildlife refuge area at Chincoteague. State parks in West Virginia are generally dog-friendly, while those in Maryland and Pennsylvania…not so much.