Over the past decade or so, more and more hotels have begun to realize that pet-friendly accommodation is big business. Whereas it was once nigh on impossible to find a hotel that’d lay down the welcome mat for our furry companions, there are now thousands of providers who are more than happy to accommodate pets. The problem? Pets, to most hotels, mean dogs. While the Fido’s of the world can usually find a bed, the feline’s are still underserved. But that doesn’t mean it’s a lost cause. Before you stump up a fortune in cat-sitter fees, check out our round-up of the 10 best cat-friendly hotels in the US that are guaranteed to offer a warm bed and an even warmer welcome to both you and your cat.
10. Marriott Hotels
Regardless of where in the US you are, you’re almost guaranteed to come across a Marriott brand hotel (whether that’s a Renaissance, Residence Inn, Ritz Carlton, Sheraton, Springhill Suite, or W Hotel) that’s happy to throw the welcome mat down for your cat. Each hotel has its own policy, so it’s always best to give them a quick call before making your reservation to see if any fees (which typically range from $25 per night to $250 per stay) will be payable.
9. La Quinta by Wyndham Hotels
With a few exceptions, the vast majority of La Quinta hotels are happy to accept up to two pets per room. As policies vary depending on location, it’s best to check in advance if a fee will be payable – if there is, it will be up to a maximum of $20 per night, or a maximum of $40 per stay.
8. Four Seasons Hotels and Resorts
If you thought your options for pet-friendly accommodation were limited to motels and budget hotels, think again. The Four Seasons is just one of the many high-end hotel chains that are happy to offer a bed to your cat (providing your cat weighs less than 25 pounds, that is). Policies vary by location, but most Four Seasons hotels will ask that you keep your cat in a carrier if you leave them in the room unattended to minimize any inconvenience to housekeeping. There’s no limit on the number of pets you have per room, and no deposits or daily fees are required.
7. Drury Hotels
If you’re looking for a mid-budget option with a good reputation and an outstanding number of locations across the US, you’d do well to consider Drury Hotels. Known for their excellent hospitality, affordable room rates, and above-standard amenities, the hotels offer comfortable accommodation for guests and their pets at a very reasonable price. Providing you don’t try to smuggle in more than two pets, and providing those pets weigh less than 80 pounds each (which, providing we’re taking house cats rather than wild ones, shouldn’t be a problem) you’ll only need to pay $35 in pet fees per room, per day.
6. Best Western Hotels & Resorts
As gopetfriendly.com points out, Best Western Hotels & Resorts has around 1600 pet-friendly hotels spread across the U.S., Canada, and the Caribbean, most of which are as happy to accept cats as they are dogs. However, as prior approval is needed from the property manager of the particular hotel you’ll be staying at, always be sure to call in advance to avoid disappointment. Depending on the length of your stay, you’ll either be charged a maximum non-refundable pet fee of $30 per day or $150 per week. There’s also a refundable damage deposit of up to $150 per stay.
5. Kimpton Hotels
Regardless of which Kimpton you stay at, your cat is guaranteed a warm welcome. If they’re a social butterfly, they’ll not want to miss the daily early evening social hour, where’s they’ll get treats and toys and you’ll get a glass or two of complimentary wine.
4. Hilton Hotels & Resorts
According to Catster, the Hilton welcome’s one cat per room with no extra charges or fees. You’ll need to let them know about your traveling companion in advance so they can book you into a specially designated pet-friendly room, but providing they have one available, you’ll be treated to some great little surprises, including a pet bed made from “mess-resistant” fabric. As pet policies vary across franchised establishments (Conrad Hotels and Resorts, Doubletree, Embassy Suites Hotels, Hampton Inn, Hampton Inn and Suites, Hilton Garden Inn, Hilton Grand Vacations, Homewood Suites by Hilton, and the Waldorf Astoria Collection, etc) be sure to let the hotel know you’ll be traveling with a cat in advance of making your reservation.
3. Westin Hotels
As Modern Cat notes, not every Westin is cat-friendly, but most are, with at least one feline-friendly location per state. If you find one that is, expect the red carpet treatment – all pets are treated to a comfortable pet bed along with food mats and bowls. If you need to leave them alone for a few hours, the concierge will help arrange a local pet sitter. Best of all, there’s zero charge.
2. Motel 6
Sure, it’s not the most luxurious of chains, but with 1200 motels spread across the country and some very budget-friendly room rates, Motel 6 is a great option for travelers looking for convenience and comfort at a price that won’t break the bank. Even better, it’s happy to throw its doors open to cats, dogs, and almost any other species that can fit through the door without posing a danger to other guests. Providing you don’t try to sneak more than 2 cats into a room, you won’t be charged a dime in extra fees.
1. Affinia Hotels
Whether you stay one night or 20 at an Affinia Hotel, you won’t be charged more than a flat rate of $50 for the privilege of bringing your cat along for the ride. Unlike some hotels that charge pet fees, Affinia doesn’t just take your money in case of damages. The fee goes towards keeping your cat in as much comfort as you’d expect for yourself, with food and water bowls, a cozy pet bed, a good selection of toys, and even pet stairs to give them a leg up on the way to bed. Litter boxes can also be requested directly from the concierge desk if you forget to bring your own.