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Traveling with a pet

Any recommendations on traveling with a pet? We are PCS-ing in the next month and this will be the first time traveling with the dog. He is just a small 4.5 lb yorkie so not very big but I know a lot of hotels don't allow animals. Any recommendations on hotels that allow animals? How does it work? Do we need to make reservations prior to our move and warn them we will be bringing an animal or can we just show up?
TIA!

Re: Traveling with a pet

  • When we PCS'd we had to spend a night with a 65 pound shepherd and 20 pound jack russell in WV.  We usually stay with Marriott because they give a good military discount.  We went on their site and found our location, then just set "pet friendly" as a requirement.  Once we read the pet policy we made the reservation then called to let them know we were bringing pets.  There are normally rooms for people with pets that are located downstairs and close to exit doors.  The fee was small, I think $50, and the only rule was we had to crate them if we left the room.  I believe we stayed at Fairfield Inn, I can't remember exactly, just that it was one of Marriotts chains.  If you book through their website just be sure to look on the left hand side where they give their special rates, and select Military/Government rates.  We only ended up paying about $79 for the room plus the pet fee but you should get reimbursed for it anyway.
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  • All Motel 6s and Super 8s take pets for no extra fee.  We've stayed at some of them with our pets when doing cross-country trips.  The motels aren't super nice though.  It is more a convenience of having your pet than having a luxurious room.
  • We have 2 dogs and stayed at La Quinta Inns all along our drive.  They didn't charge for pet fees, do a military rate, and always had availability.  They have an iphone booking app so we would just wait til like an hour before we wanted to stop for the night and look up their hotels in the area and book through the phone.  They also offer a complimentary breakfast which was nice to grab on our way out in the morning.
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  • We like going to the quality chains - quality inn, sleep inn, those ones. Free breakfast and most take pets. 

    Eta: we usually check ahead of time who takes animals. H likes to make reservations ahead of time, I have done the call a few hours before getting there Or just showing up and been fine  

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  • There is a website called petswelcome.com.  You can search for pet friendly hotels by city or by route.  
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  • image j&sr:
    Any recommendations on traveling with a pet? We are PCS-ing in the next month and this will be the first time traveling with the dog. He is just a small 4.5 lb yorkie so not very big but I know a lot of hotels don't allow animals. Any recommendations on hotels that allow animals?

     I know that the Drury Inn takes pets.  However, the best way to do it is google "pet friendly hotels in <instert name of town you want to stay at> to find hotels.

    How does it work? Do we need to make reservations prior to our move and warn them we will be bringing an animal or can we just show up?

    Do not "just show up".  Many pet friendly hotels only have a number of pet friendly rooms.  While the odds are those specific rooms wont be full, I never bet against the odds.  Make a reservation.

    TIA!

    We travel with our dogs all of the time.  It is best to plan out your trip from start to finish. 

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  • We just traveled (Caravanned with two cars) from RI to CA and we planned on staying in a Motel 6 at all our overnight stops. Unfortunately most of the Motel 6's ended up being kind of on the yucky side, however...they don't charge a pet fee and they ALWAYS accept pets.  Ramada (in Hays, KS) allowed pets, the Holiday Inn Express in Green River, UT accepted pets.  Also because your pup is so small, many places would allow you to stay.
  • I second LaQuinta. We have stayed with them almost everytime we travel, now we even stay with them on the rare occasion we don't have the dog.

    We have found them to be be clean, friendly, and comfortable. The breakfast is a great bonus, especially if you have a day of traveling ahead. I have tried Days Inn and Motel 6 on occasion. Each time I found the rooms rather dirty and not worth the money saved.

    FYI- usually the AAA rate is cheaper than the military rate at LaQuinta, if you have AAA.

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