When it comes to booking pet-friendly hotels, it can be challenging to find cat friendly hotels. Most “pet-friendly” hotels and motels translate to dog-friendly. That’s why we wanted to bring you some great places to stay that welcome cats too!
There are not as many cat-friendly hotels and motels as there are dog-friendly. But if you’re traveling with a cat, you’ll be happy to know that these accommodations will allow you to stay. Plus, find out what they expect during your stay.
Cat Friendly Hotel Chains
At the time of this writing, these are the pet-friendly hotel chains that allow both cats and dogs. Before booking your reservation, make sure that their policy has not changed.
Every hotel has the right to change their pet policy at their discretion.
#1 Affinia Hotels
The Affinia Hotel chain is a boutique of hotels that consists of:
- Fifty Hotel & Suites
- Gardens Suites Hotel
- Shelburne Hotel & Suites
These three properties provide guests with accommodations in New York City. The hotels offer a VIPaws Program, which also includes a $10 donation to the Humane Society.
For $150 they will pamper your cat or dog with food and water bows, pet bed, and toys, and a door hanger to alert their staff that your pet is inside. You can read their VIPaws pet program.
#2 Best Western
With over 2,000 hotels in North America, you’ll be happy to know that cats, birds, monkeys, snakes, and other animals are allowed at the discretion of each property.
They are one of the biggest pet-friendly hotels across the U.S., Canada, and the Caribbean. Some properties will charge $30 per day for each room, or a maximum of $150 per week.
When you book your reservation, you’ll want to call in advance to guarantee the availability of a pet-friendly room. You can read the Best Western pet policy.
#3 Drury Inn
The Drury Inn Hotel is a mid-scale limited service hotel with more than 150 locations across 25 states. All Drury and Pear Tree Inns (Drury Inn Hotel chains) allow up to two pets per room.
Pets can not exceed 80 pounds and you’ll be required to pay a $35 pet fee per room. As a courtesy to other guests, your pet will not be allowed in any of their public areas.
They recommend that your pet is always on a leash. Pet owners are asked to use the stairwells instead of the elevators. You can read the Drury Hotels pet policy.
#4 Hilton Hotels
Hilton Hotels & Resorts consist of more than 570 properties across six continents. It’s not hard to find a Hilton Hotel in most cities across North America. Each property sets its own pet policy.
Pet fees are typically based on a “per stay basis” which can range between $35 and $75 per night.
The Hilton Hotels chain is composed of the following brands:
- Embassy Suites
- Hilton Garden Inn
- Hilton Grand Vacations
- Waldorf Astoria
- Homewood Suites
- Tapestry Collection
- Hampton Inn
Before booking your reservation, you should call to ensure they allow pets.
Designated Courtyard by Marriott locations welcome cats and other domesticated animals. Most locations typically charge a $50 – $100 “per stay” pet fee.
Marriott treats their pet guest the same as they treat their human guest. With more than 1,500 pet-friendly lodging in the United States, you shouldn’t have any issues finding a place to stay with Fluffy.
For more information on their pet policy and fees, you can visit their website and read the Marriott pet policy.
#6 La Quinta Inn & Suites
With over 800 managed and franchised hotels, cat owners aren’t far from a pet-friendly hotel. This hotel chain is strategically located along major highways, as well as cities and towns throughout the United States.
A majority of the locations accept both cats and dogs. Some places will charge an optional pet fee of $20 per night and a maximum of $40 per stay. Service animals are never subject to a pet fee.
While a majority of the La Quinta Inn & Suites welcome pets, the following La Quinta hotels do not accept pets.
- White Plains – Elmsford, NY
- San Antonio Medical Center, TX
- Inglewood, CA
- Brooklyn Downtown, NY
- Plano -Legacy-Frisco, TX
- Los Angeles LAX Airport, CA
- Dallas – Richardson, TX
- Central Park, NY
- Florence, KY
- Queens, NY
- New York City Central Park, NY
Two pets per room are welcome without any restrictions on weight. You can read the La Quinta pet policy.
#7 Motel 6
With more than 1,400 locations across the United States and Canada, you won’t have any issue finding a place to sleep with your feline friend. They offer some of the most affordable rooms and every location is cat-friendly.
They allow two pets per room, and must always be accompanied by their human trainer. You never pay any pet fairs at this pet-friendly chain. You can read the Motel 6 pet policy.
#8 Red Roof Inns
With over 580 properties throughout the U.S., Brazil, and Japan, you won’t have any difficulties finding a cat-friendly lodging location. Most locations allow all domesticated pets to stay free of charge.
Red Roof Inn welcomes one cat per room, as long as they are well-behaved and remain in your control throughout the stay. Their policy clearly states that your cat can never be left unattended in the room. You can read the Red Roof Inn pet policy.
The Radisson now allows both dogs and cats in many of their locations, but the policy varies from location to location. You’ll want to check with the location’s pet policy because they do not have a company wide-standardized policy.
Pets with a maximum of 40 lbs are allowed per room. You will be expected to pay a $25.00 clean up fee per stay upon departure. The fee is used for additional cleaning to ensure that future guests do not encounter allergy problems. You can read the Radisson pet policy.
#10 Super 8
With more than 2,000 Super 8 motels worldwide, you’ll be happy to know that most of their hotels that allow pets. Most locations that welcome cats and dogs will typically charge a pet fee ranging from $5 – $20 per night per pet.
Before making your reservation, check the details page of the website. If no specific pet information is given, contact the hotel directly to see if they allow cats. You can read the Super 8 pet policy.
#11 Four Seasons
Four Seasons Hotels & Resorts have been providing accommodations for luxury travelers for more than 50 years. Their portfolio consists of more than 100 properties across 46 countries.
Most of the hotels allow smaller pets that weigh around 20 – 40 pounds. Their pet policy clearly states that they allow dogs, so you’ll want to call in advance to see if they allow cats. You can read the Four Seasons pet policy.
Travelodge is owned by Endell Group Holdings and have since become one of the largest independent hotel brands in the UK. This hotel operates in different locations throughout the world which include; the United States, Spain, Ireland, Australia, and the United Kingdom.
Most of their locations gladly accept pets. Before booking your reservations, refer to the specific location’s website to find out about that hotel’s pet policy. If no information is provided, contact the hotel directly to ensure they allow pets.
#13 Kimpton Hotels
With over 65 locations throughout the USA, Canada, Mexico, and the Caribbean. You’ll be happy to know that every Kimpton boutique hotel welcomes pets, no matter what size, breed or weight.
The best part is you won’t ever have to pay a pet fee. Their concierge has a list of nearby pet-friendly parks, groomers, pet boutiques, and restaurants. They even offer a nightly wine reception, where your pet is welcome to join.
You can read the Kimpton pet policy.
Tips for Finding Cat Friendly Hotels
As I mentioned above, most pet-friendly resorts cater more towards dogs. However, these tips will help ensure that you find a great five star or budget friendly place for you and your feline friend.
Call ahead: Before setting out on the road, call ahead to confirm that a particular location allows cats. Making sure in advance can keep you from having to sneak your cat into the hotel.
Download Apps: Many sites and apps can help you plan your vacation. These tools can help you find the address of hotels that gladly welcome cats.
Ask friends and family: If you know anyone who travels with cats, ask them about the accommodations they recommend. Most likely, they will be able to recommend a pet-friendly resort you that allows cats.
Questions to Ask Before Booking Your Stay
Once you’ve found a place you want to stay at with your cat, don’t forget to ask these questions. Otherwise, you can be in for a shock at check-in or check-out.
Pet fee: Every hotel is different and some hotels like Hilton welcomes cats, but you’ll be expected to pay a $35 – $40 fee.
Supplies: Ask the hotel if they provide litter boxes or if you need to bring your own.
Documentation: Does your cat need a health certificate to stay on the premises? Which vaccinations do they require?
Housekeeping: Will housekeeping take precautions to ensure that your cat does not escape?
How many pets are allowed: This is important if you’re traveling with two or more cats. From one pet per room to no limitations, every hotel is different.
Specific pet-friendly rooms: Some hotels require pet owners to stay in rooms designated for smokers. However, more and more hotels are becoming smoke-free, but it’s still important to find out if where on the premises pet owners are allowed to stay.
Find out the proximity to the elevators, ice machine, fitness room. Will you be designated to the lower floors or higher floors?
Amenities for your pet: Some hotels provide treats, pet beds, toys, food and water bowls and other amenities for their furry guest.
Areas off-limits to pets: Most hotels will not allow pets in swimming pools, fitness rooms, restaurants, and other public areas.
Find out where Fluffy is allowed and if they always need to be on a leash and harness or in a carrier.
Cat Etiquette Guidelines
Respect other guests: Not everyone likes cats, so it’s important to make sure that your four-legged friend does not get too close to other guests.
Claws: Do not let your kitty claw curtains, linens, the bed, or other furniture. Make sure you bring along other toys or forms of distraction that can prevent this negative behavior.
Clean up litter: Bring your own disposable litter box or clean up any that spills on the floor. Your housekeeper will thank you and can prevent you from unnecessary pet clean-up fees.
Transporting: When transporting your furbaby anywhere throughout the hotel, ensure they are in a hard or soft pet carrier. This will ensure that they don’t wiggle and get away from you.
Loud Behavior: Ensure that your cat doesn’t meow excessively and disturb the other guests.
Things to Pack for Your Feline
Whether the lodging provides amenities for your feline friend or not, there are some things that you have to pack for your kitty.
- Food and water
- Travel litter box
- Cat bed
- Scratch post
- ID and photos
- Veterinarian information
- Cat carrier or cat backpack
- Cat harness and leash
Every pet is different and some will require more items to keep them entertained while traveling. If your cat is finicky, then make sure that you take along their favorite food and water bowl.
Finding hotels that allow cats can be more challenging. However, there’s no reason why Kitty can’t enjoy life’s adventures with you.
Traveling with a pet has its own challenges, but it can be rewarding when you find the right hotel that actually welcomes your feline friend. With the right planning, you can plan the best vacation of your life with your furry friend right beside you.