About PetFreeHotels.com…

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: while pet-friendly hotels display that fact, pet-free hotels (aka no-pet hotels) often bury their pet policies on FAQ pages.  Some hotels don’t even publish a policy.

Hotel review sites let you check a box for “pet-friendly” but I have yet to see a “pet-free” option.  This means that travelers with pet allergies have to search one hotel site after another for info on their pet policies.  And you can’t rely on search engines and hotel booking sites to return accurate pet policy results.

But PetFreeHotels.com is the one site that takes the time to read the small print in hotel policies.  Our goal is to make your search easier so that people like my spouse, and you, can find a pet-free hotel in popular U.S. destinations.  We are adding new locations all the time!

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, one posh D.C. hotel appeared to be pet-free, according to booking sites.  But nowhere on the hotel’s own website could I find its pet policy.  I emailed the hotel and asked to read their policy — the manager replied, “Unfortunately we do not allow pets in the hotel” but he failed to provide a link to the policy.  Without an online pet policy, guests could just show up and argue that there are no rules against their pets.  So that D.C. hotel — and others like it — did not make our list.

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.

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 pet-free, Hamptons not-so-much).  It seems that almost all Hyatts are pet-friendly.  The Wyndhams (Days Inn, Super 8) like to put their pet policies on annoying pop-up windows — some of their properties are pet-free if you have the patience to look (but skip LaQuinta).  The independents can be maddeningly silent about their pet policies, and so relatively few of them appear in our list.

One final note (or two)…

PetFreeHotels.com is a free, ad-supported service offered by Craig H Collins, creator and publisher of the chcollins.com websites.  At this time, we are not compensated for links on this site — we hope the time we put into PetFreeHotels.com will be paid back through the display ads and sponsored listings. You can support the site by visiting our advertisers.  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.