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Old 06-21-2013, 09:41 AM
 
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We will be making drive trip from DFW TX area to Sarasota FL area in July with dog and cat...
never traveled with pets before

any suggestions/recommendations for motel/hotel that are better with traveling with pets?

we will be driving to Shreveport LA then south on interstate to Baton Rouge area and across on I-10 into FL then south on I-75...
so if you have specific recommendations for places to stay on that route would also appreciate that

we hope to only spend 1 night on road but took 4.5 hr trip to see my SIL with our dog (who was a trouper) but it wasn't as quick as when we went by ourselves...part of that was due to road construction which could happen w/ or w/o pets...
but stopping to use restroom and get lunch to go takes longer cause we both can't go in at same time--
one has to stay w/dog and walk her outside the car...so time is x2 for something like that...

also any good info about road side rest stops along route with good areas for dogs (shady and places to walk them) appreciated...
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Old 06-21-2013, 04:01 PM
 
Location: Grosse Ile Michigan
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Motel 6
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Old 06-22-2013, 10:33 AM
 
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can't believe that I got only one response
and frankly the Motel 6's I have seen are not places I would choose to stay in...
unless they happen to be new construction--which is crap shoot...
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Old 06-22-2013, 02:34 PM
 
Location: Earth Wanderer, longing for the stars.
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Now there are supposed to be lists of hotels/motels that will accept animals. They may charge you extra, if you care about that. They may also ask for a refundable deposit, just in case.

When I was young I had a German Shepard. My boyfriend and I traveled around with him and just stayed in the less expensive motels which we pulled up into at night, making sure we were on the bottom floor. Pretty much walked him late at night and then again early in the morning. No one saw us and the dog behaved well. We never asked permission.
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Old 06-22-2013, 02:37 PM
 
Location: Mostly in my head
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I have used Motel 6 or Motel 8 for my multi-state moves with NO problems. All were clean. All were off exits of the interstatte.
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Old 06-22-2013, 08:01 PM
 
Location: Northern California
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Motel 6 is the only chain I know of that consistently allows pets. They certainly aren't fancy but if you only need to stay a night or two it's not a big deal. You can even look up reviews for specific motel 6's on the route to find one with good reviews.
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Old 06-22-2013, 11:42 PM
 
Location: SNA=>PDX 2013
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ETA: I don't know what is near the areas you spoke of, but wanted to throw out hotels that do accept dogs in general in case you know of one where you'll be.

-La Quinta's are a step up from Motel 6's. Studio Motel 6's are usually a bit better than regular Motel 6s, but not always. (some charge maybe $25 flat fee, others per day, some no charge)

-Extended Stay America (flat fee of $150 per dog regardless of length of stay)

-Residence Inn (I forget what the fee is, but there's a fee)

Lots of big name hotels like Doubletree, Hilton, Sheraton, Red Roof, etc. I have stayed or know people who have stayed at these chains. You have to check the policies though as they are dependent on the hotel.

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Old 06-25-2013, 10:08 AM
 
Location: Lakeside. Of course.
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BringFido.com - Pet Friendly Hotel & Dog Travel Directory and
DogFriendly.com® - Pet Travel Guides and City Guides for Dog/Pet Owners

^ That's where you can research destinations and hotels/motels that allow pets. I've only been to a handful of places with my dog(s) as we sometimes travel a few hours away for Agility Trials and dog shows. I haven't been along the trail from Texas to Florida so I cannot give you any first-hand experience with any hotels along the way. But these sites here may have reviews from people who have.
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Old 06-25-2013, 08:21 PM
 
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I hope I'm not too late.

We used this website to find hotels that accept pets.

Dog, Cat & Other Pet Friendly Hotels at Petswelcome.com

Cross reference that website with this website: Bed Bug Registry - Check Apartments and Hotels Across North America

I wouldn't want to rely on staying a Motel 6. They're hit or miss regarding cleanliness.

My dog caught mites at a hotel while we were on vacation this past winter.

Try to stick with a reputable chains that aren't francized by independent immigrant owners who don't exterminate.

The cheapest places also attract pet owners who don't have the money for proper vet care and parasite prevention.

Think bedbugs, fleas, mites, mange, scabies, etc.
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Old 06-26-2013, 06:50 PM
 
Location: Pittsburgh area
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LaQuinta is a good moderate to basic hotel that takes pets. Stayed at one on Monday, they asked me if any pets at check in, and we saw a guy with a couple of large (and beautiful, unsure of breed) dogs in the parking lot when leaving in the morning. Even LaQuinta is lower level hotel type than I usually choose but this place was clean and the bed was quite comfy, and it's certainly a step above Motel 6 and some others. And the night clerk was so friendly and cheerful. I'm sure like any chain some properties are in better shape and with better staff than others, but it was a good first impression finally. (I've never ended up staying at one before then.)
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