If you have to stay some place overnight, knowing they accept pets is important. The woman found the best information on the Pets Welcome site. She did a fair amount of research into which hotels. She is also a AAA member so she used both sites.
Pets Welcome stated if the hotel took dogs or cats or exotics. AAA merely state pets and left it up to the individual website to state whether the hotel took cats. Because of the more detailed information on Pets Welcome she used them.
She also called to make sure they took cats and made reservations by phone. This is huge. She hates the phone. But this way she had a name and a reservation number with the information on tape should any of the places decide they did not want cats. None of them did, fortunately.
She found that in general Motel 6 will take all pets. We also found that there were a lot of pet smells in Motel 6 and found it difficult to settle.
La Quinta Inn will take pets and it was much easier for us to settle there, although it seemed as if we saw the same poodle and chihuahua every time we stayed in one. I was rather worried they were following us.
Quality Inn and Comfort Inn also frequently accepted cats.
Red Lion has a good pet policy but alas, they are more a west coast chain of hotels and there are not many of them anywhere any longer so we did not use them.
Best Western accepts “pets” which is to say small dogs and there is a hotel by hotel choice to accept other pets.
Holiday Inn sometimes accepts pets, which does include cats but not all of them. The woman was disappointed because back in 1968 when she traveled across country with her family and their cat they stayed at Holiday Inn because they accepted cats. Times change. Be sure to do your homework.
Remember that many places only take up to two cats to a room!
Next time, we’ll talk about what to watch out for in hotel rooms!