Not many motels welcome dogs these days. Those that do, often charge extra for the privilege. We found La Quinta motels to be a welcome exception.
TRAVELING WITH A PET? TRY A LA QUINTA MOTEL
OUR TRAVEL ROUTE
For the past 4 years we’ve been traveling round trip between Texas and New York every summer. The last 3 trips we stayed at La Quinta motels along the way, and what a relief that was. No more hunting for motels that would take dogs! No more surprises when our rooms were not clean or didn’t come with promised amenities. No more paying extra ($25 or more over the basic motel price) for the privilege of having a pet. No more trying to walk our elderly mini-poodle, Max, in two square feet of weeds or mulch.
We had to make our reservations on the road using a cell phone—a noisy and bumpy experience at best. Luckily, there are a lot of La Quinta motels and almost all take pets. It was not hard to find one in the right location, and the reservation process was quick and easy. Our needs included: fridge, microwave, high-speed Internet, decent shower, in-house breakfast, and ample grassy space to walk Max. These were obtainable at a very reasonable price, ranging from $72 to $110 a night. (As we are seniors, we always remember to ask for our discount!)
No matter when we arrived (we were often very late, due to storms and traffic jams), we were quickly and pleasantly processed. Our rooms were beautifully clean, the appliances worked well (motel fridges often don’t, in my experience), the showers were excellent, and breakfasts were acceptable. Motel personnel was professional and helpful when needed. There were several reasonably clean, grassy areas for Max’s needs, plus plastic disposal bags. As an unexpected bonus, we got to meet many other friendly dogs and their humans (my favorite kind of folks!).
On checking in, you let the front desk staff know you’ll have a pet in your room. Only domestic pets, like cats and dogs, may stay, and only two pets are allowed per room. Pets may remain alone in your room as long as they aren’t destructive and don’t disturb other guests. (Most other motels that do accept pets do not allow them to stay alone in your room unless they are crated.) Only authorized service animals are allowed in the breakfast room. Outside your room, your pet should be leashed.
WHERE CAN YOU FIND A LA QUINTA MOTEL FOR YOUR TRIP?
There are more than 800 La Quinta accommodations located in 48 U.S. states, Canada, Mexico, and Honduras. To find a La Quinta motel for your trip, go to their website.
This article was written by Faith Evans, AskNelly editor. You can read about her at Who We Are.