My family is definitely thankful for good, dog friendly hotels. We do a lot of traveling for our sports, and sometimes for vacations. It’s important to have a good place to get some rest. These days there seem to be a lot more options for bring dogs along, from basic accommodations to super luxurious.
If you do travel a lot, and can stay at the same hotel chain, they often offer points which you can redeem down the road for a free room. Mom and I got a free night for our last stay in Moline. For our dog sports, we almost always stay at LaQuinta hotels. The events we attend are not usually in highly populated areas with fancy hotels, making LQ a good option.
We find most of them to be pretty decent, clean, and affordable. The staff is usually quite friendly too. In downtown Chicago last summer, the LQ my Mom and sisters stayed at was like a five star hotel! We have a couple where we are regulars.. For me, it is the Moline Airport LQ, and for my sisters, it is the LQ in Gurnee. At LQ, dogs are free, and the rooms are priced nicely.
When traveling on vacations, we really enjoy Drury Inns. The one in Chesterfield, MO is like a palace! They are super dog friendly, and have top of the chart rooms. I haven’t been to one in a while, but they used to even allow three dogs in a room, with no size or weight limit. They don’t charge for dogs, and the rooms are reasonably priced.
The Microtel we stayed at in Marion, IA really lived up to its name, Micro. Our room was so small, there wasn’t even a chair or desk. To use the laptop, we had to sit on the bed and hold it on our lap…I guess that is where the name laptop comes from. Mom put up our crates, and the room was full! Size aside, it was a super clean room, and a nice place to stay. We did think the price was slightly high for the room size, and they had a pet fee too.
Red Roof Inns are also dog friendly, and they are working hard to fix up their older hotels. Bailie had a tracking test in DeKalb, IL a couple years ago, and we stayed at one. The room was super nice, plenty of room for us, and it was clean. Red Roof normally doesn’t charge for dogs, and the rooms are moderately priced.
When we attend BlogPaws Conferences, we stay at dog friendly Sheraton Hotels, and they are top of the line. So far, the one in Lake Las Vegas was our very favorite. Most of the time when we travel, we are only at a hotel for a quick night of sleep, and then we are on the road again. We prefer less expensive accommodations for that reason, but Sheratons are great if you are staying for a few days or more!
Please remember, if you stay at a hotel with your dog, obey their rules. Always pick up after your dog, and if something gets broken or ruined, let the hotel know. Pet policies are getting so much better than they used to be, but if pet parents don’t follow the rules, dogs will loose their right to stay at hotels. Dog friendly hotels make a great place to train things like elevators, not barking when there is noise in the hall, being comfy in new places, and more.
Normally we don’t like to criticize places or products, but we feel the need to say we will never again stay at a Motel 6. We have tried a few over the past ten years, and they have all been horrible. After the Green Bay Motel 6 last fall, Mom said she will sleep in the car before she will ever go into a Motel 6 again. It was so dirty, and loud, just a scary place. We also will not stay at Super 8’s anymore after a couple of those were really bad.
Do you travel with your dog? What hotels do you like to stay at?
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