Raise the Roof, Roof, Roof!
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.
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
- Bowls for food and water
- Leash or harness
- Collar with tags
- Baggies for cleanup
- 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!
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.
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!