Dog Friendly Hotels – Is Red Roof Inn Pet Friendly?

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As dog owners, one of the challenges we face as we drive cross country is finding a place to stay that accommodates our pets. Fortunately, finding dog friendly hotels is a lot less challenging than it used to be, but it’s still something you need to think about and plan for before you hit the road.

Generally speaking, there are many motel chains these days that are very welcoming to dogs and other pets, and Red Roof Inn is one of them.

Now, I’m not going to spend a ton of time reviewing Red Roof Inn. If you’ve lived anywhere in the United States for the last 50 years you’ve surely seen them and probably stayed in one at some point. But it’s a great choice for parents. Why you ask? Read on! 🙂

What Makes Red Roof Inn a Great Choice for Dog Parents

Well first, the word “Roof” is actually part of their name! How could they not be friendly to dogs with a name like that? It’s practically in their DNA! 🙂

They have over 450 locations across the country which makes it a great choice if you’re doing a lot of long distance driving with your pet. If you’re like me and you like to plan ahead for things, Red Roof Inn is a great option. You can map out your route and figure out which Red Roof Inn’s are along the way. Make your reservations ahead of time and you can drive with the peace of mind that your family will have a nice, clean place to stay. No problem.

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We’ve taken our Samoyeds to Red Roof Inn’s before and they’ve always done very well staying there. Their policy is that pets stay for free which is fantastic and this is a unique selling point for Red Roof Inn. Not all pet friendly hotels allow your fur babies to stay for free, but Red Roof Inn does. Now, please be aware there are a few locations that are prohibited from allowing dogs in the room because of a state law or local ordinance. Although those locations are pretty rare, it’s always a good idea to call the particular Red Roof Inn you’ll be staying in and ask the Manager. Better to be safe than sorry!

Red Roof Inn’s Pet Policy

Like everything in life, Red Roof does have some policy guidelines and restrictions. This information below is directly from their site, but you should always double check online because I’m sure they update this information on occasion.

  • One well-behaved family pet is permitted unless prohibited by state law or ordinance
  • Service animals are always welcome
  • Pet must be declared during guest registration
  • Please keep your animal on a leash when outside your room
  • In consideration of all Red Roof guests, pets must never be left unattended in the guestroom
  • When you walk your pet on property, please be considerate and clean up after your pet

Most of this is obviously pretty reasonable and self-explanatory, but it's good to be aware of. In addition, Red Roof Inn provides some very useful tips and handy information to consider when traveling with your pets. Again, from their web site:

We encourage you to travel responsibly with your pets. Here are some simple tips to make your travels safer and more comfortable.

What to bring:

  • Pet carrier
  • Food
  • Water*
  • Bowls for food and water
  • Leash or harness
  • Collar with tags
  • Baggies for cleanup

Helpful hints:

  • Ensure your pet has a proper collar with up-to-date contact information
  • Consider a first-aid kit with tweezers, gauze and antiseptic
  • Keep a health certificate and photo of your pet with you while traveling
  • Use a travel carrier or harness. It's safest for your animal to be in a pet carrier or wearing a secured harness when traveling. Many pet-supply retails sell seat belt adapters, car seats and cargo barriers.
  • Never leave your pet in the car unattended

Once again, common sense stuff but that doesn't mean it's always common practice. Be sure to give these hints and tips a quick review as a double check before you hit the road with your pooch!

Promotional Deals

Red Roof Inn's are of course known for their affordability. But in addition to their already reasonable prices, they often have special promotional deals throughout the year. Including some specifically for you, the pet parent!

Deals to Choose From:

Here are a few promotional deals current as of the writing of this blog. Plenty of discounts to choose from be it for pet owners, summer vacation travel, and even back to school.

Click here on this link and save 15% on your next Red Roof Inn reservation.


Red Roof Inn - Great Choice for Pet Parents

When it comes to pet friendly hotels, it's pretty hard to top Red Roof Inn and they're a great option when traveling. Remember, be sure to click on any of the links in this post to directly take advantage of their promotional offers. Don't forget to review their policy and helpful hints ahead of time to help you remember everything you need to bring with you.

And as a final reminder, before hitting the pavement, double check with the Manager at the particular Red Roof Inn you'll be staying at to make sure they allow pets.

If you've ever taken your pet, especially your dog, to a Red Roof Inn and have an experience to share, please leave us a comment.

Safe travels everyone!

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6 thoughts on “Dog Friendly Hotels – Is Red Roof Inn Pet Friendly?

  1. timothy

    Hi I can relate to this article as I drive a truck and My dog Gus has been going with me for 10 years now.

    One of the hardest parts being a truck driver with a companion. Is finding hotels that will allow them.

    I can’t tell you how many times I had to sleep in the truck because no one would give me a room.

    Or have to sleep in the worst rooms available. where everything is dirty and smells bad. Gus has a taste for the finer things in life and he gets pretty disappointed in a crappy room.


    1. Mike Post author

      Thanks for commenting Timothy! And it sounds like Gus has somebody who cares for him and watches his back. Safe travels on the road!

  2. JeffWA

    Hi Mike,
    That was a very informative article for pet/dog owners who travel in the U.S. and might need hotel accommodations. It’s great that Red Roof is considerate of the fact that travelers need to have a place to stay for their pets. Red Roof apparently is not like your expensive, luxury Hyatt hotels who would laugh at the idea of allowing the family dog to stay in their rooms.
    The times they are a-changing! You also provided very useful info for the traveler perhaps taking their dog on vacation to be spent for the first time in a hotel room.

    Yes, one just cannot leave his/her dog unattended in a room or be allowed the animal to just roam free without a collared leash held onto by the owner. One would think that a person would know this, but nowadays you really can’t be too sure.

    I would assume that posted in Red Roofs the hotel chain makes it perfectly clear as to what pet owners would be expected to do with their animals. If anything to be considerate of other travelers who don’t have pets. It also would not be too cool to be awakened at around midnight with a barking dog in the next room and the owners are out somewhere.

    Great info Mike! I take it as you expressed in your article that traveling with your dog was a special time for our entire family!


    1. Mike Post author

      Thanks for commenting Jeff! I agree with what you’re saying about the basics of being considerate with your dog. No doubt, traveling anywhere with your dog is a special time. It’s good to have the whole family together!

  3. James

    Great article!
    I moved to Nashville TN about 5 months ago. It was a spurr of the moment deal when a good job offer came my way. I wasn’t financially ready to put a down payment plus 1st month rent on a house or apartment. Especially in Nashville where the rent is high. I tried every motel/ hotel in the city, including Red Roof Inn. I couldn’t find anything for less than $500 a week. That’s including a pet deposit anywhere from $50-$200. Here’s the real kicker. since Nashville is always having so many events, such as CMA Awards, the other one I think is ACM, Titans football games, hockey games, three colleges, countless other big name concerts, Grand Ol’ Opry, etc., etc. The prices on the motels/ hotels fluctuate drastically. This may not seem like a lot in places like NY, or California, but it’s a lot around this area.
    Anyway, I ended up staying in a decent little motel/efficiency in Lebanon TN for $300 a week. And I had to drive 72 miles round trip everyday for work.
    Bottom line is, if your going to visit Nashville, either don’t visit while there’s a major event going on, or if your there for the event, bring money. Lots of money!
    Thanks for the article.

    1. Mike Post author

      Thanks James! That’s actually some very interesting information about Nashville, and yeah I’m surprised that the prices are so high, but you make a good point. Lots of stuff going on in and around Nashville. Come visit us again!


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