About Pet-Free Hotels…

My spouse has dog and cat allergies.  She can usually tell right away when the previous occupant of our hotel room had a pet in the room.  The problem is, finding hotels with no-pet policies is not easy. Pet-friendly hotels display a badge, but pet-free hotels often bury their pet policies on FAQ pages.  Some hotels don’t even publish a policy.

To make matters worse, hotel review sites let you check a “pet-friendly” box but I have yet to see a “pet-free” box.  This means that travelers with pet allergies have to check one hotel site after another for info on their pet policies.  And as every traveler already knows, you cannot rely on search engines, third-party booking sites, or even Chat GPT (I tried it and it failed!) to report accurate pet policies — the best pet policy info is what you find on the hotel’s own website.

PetFreeHotels.com is the one site that takes the time to read the small print in hotel policies.  Our goal is to make it easy for people like my spouse, and you, to find a pet-free hotel in popular U.S. destinations.  We are adding new locations all the time — our next goal is 3000 verified pet-free hotels!

Who gets listed here?

We only list hotels (not B&Bs or vacation rentals) that post a property-wide “no pets” policy on their official website.  If we can’t find such a policy on their site, or if the wording is unclear or contradictory, we will not list that property here.

For example, some Holiday Inn Express sites list their pet policy as “Service Animals Allowed” but do not specifically say that pets are not allowed. This is a tough call, but I have chosen not to add those hotels to the database.

Hotels that offer “pet-friendly rooms” are excluded from our list even if they also claim to have pet-free rooms.  The name of this site is Pet-Free Hotels, not Take-Your-Chances Hotels.

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Which chains have the most pet-free locations?

It has been easiest for me to find pet-free hotels in the Marriott chain (5600+ total U.S. locations including Fairfield and Courtyard), followed closely by Choice Hotels (5900+ sites such as Comfort Inn) and the IHG chain (3800+ including Holiday Inn Express).  Best Western (about 2000 U.S. sites) offers many pet-free properties but is less widespread than others.

On the other hand, I find the Hiltons to be hit-and-miss (DoubleTrees more likely to pet-free).  The Wyndhams (Days Inn, Super 8) tend to hide their pet policies on pop-up windows — many of their properties are pet-free if you have the patience to look.  The independents can also make their pet policies hard to find, and so relatively few of them appear in our list.

Which brands are least likely to be pet-free?

I can’t vouch for all properties in these brands, but based on their internet presence and marketing materials, your chance of finding a pet-free hotel under the following brands is pretty slim:

AloftDruryEmbassy SuitesFairmontHampton Inn (some exceptions)Hilton Garden InnHome2SuitesHomewood SuitesHyatt (some exceptions)IndigoKimptonLa QuintaMotel 6Red RoofTru by HiltonWestin

In September 2023, I reviewed all the Hyatts, Hampton Inns and Hilton Garden Inns that were in the database at the time.  I had to remove some of the remaining Hyatts from this list, as well as half the Hampton Inns and all the Hilton Garden Inns.  These chains appear to be adopting brand-wide pet-friendly policies.  If you are considering hotels of those brands, I would double-check whether their pet-free status is still in effect.

A final word (or two)…

PetFreeHotels.com is a free service offered by Craig H Collins, creator and publisher of the chcollins.com websites.  You will see ads on the results pages, but I have yet to make a dollar from them. And as of now, I receive no compensation for links on this site — the time I’ve put into PetFreeHotels.com has been partly paid back through my “cup of coffee” appeal. Thank you.

Please note that, in our listings, we take some license with the extremely long names of some hotels.  To present your results in the most readable form, we may delete branding words such as “and Suites”, “Collection”, “by [Hotel Chain]” and the like.  These words add little to your ability to identify the hotel, its service level or its location — they simply take up an impressive amount of space, which is probably the point.  We are not here to promote any hotel brand but to help you find a pet-free room.