What You Need to Know About the Holiday Inn Express Pet Policy

Bayley Clark Published: October 27, 2022

Traveling can be a lot of fun, but it can also come with a lot of unexpected bumps, especially if you’re traveling with your furry friend. That’s why it’s crucial to be fully prepared and know what to expect before booking accommodation.

With over 3,000 locations worldwide, Holiday Inn Express is a practical, mid-priced hotel chain that offers pet-friendly stays at many of its locations to make traveling with your four-legged friend a breeze.

While searching for a pet-friendly hotel can seem overwhelming and some hotels charge hefty fees for bringing your pet along, Holiday Inn Express hotels remain fairly consistent across the board and you’ll know what to expect each time you stay.

Learn everything there is to know while staying at a Holiday Inn Express with your pet to ensure you have a great stay.

Holiday Inn Express Pet Policy

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It’s easy to tell this dog is cool. Photo: Viktorya Telminova

Pets are welcome at more than 470 Holiday Inn Express locations around the globe. While pet policies vary depending on the location, the chain typically welcomes up to 2 pets with a total max weight of 75 pounds.

Each property requires a non-refundable fee that can range from $25 to $75 per pet per night or per stay depending on the location. However, some Holiday Inn Express properties also require a refundable deposit that you’ll get back as long as little Benji is a good boy.

Most Holiday Inn Express locations ask for you to not leave your pet unattended and pets are not allowed in the restaurant and other common areas of the hotels. Most hotels, however, have a pet relief area offering a nice patch of grass for your furry friend to stretch their legs or do their business.

Some locations may have breed and weight restrictions or only allow animals in designated rooms, so it’s important to check with the specific hotel location before booking if you’re planning to bring your furry friend along.

If that friend happens to be feline, check if your desired location allows cats first as many of the pet-friendly Holiday Inn Express hotels only allow dogs. Woof.

To see if a Holiday Inn Express or other IHG hotels in a certain city allows pets, you can use the pet-friendly hotel search from their website and filter by your preferred hotel chains and/or locations.

About Holiday Inn Express

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As a division of IHG Hotels and Resorts, Holiday Inn Express hotels offer a consistently clean and comfortable stay at low-cost prices, perfect for the practical traveler looking for a short-term, affordable stay. Whether traveling for business or pleasure, Holiday Inn Express hotels offer something for just about everyone, furry friends included.

In addition to many locations welcoming four-legged travelers, all Holiday Inn Express properties Offer free WIFI as well as coffee and tea in every room, a mini fridge, functional workspaces, quality pillows, and bedding, and the Express Start complimentary hot breakfast, providing everything you’ll need for a comfortable and quality stay.

Pet-Friendly Holiday Inn Express Reviews

Don’t just take our word for it, check out some of the typical pet policies and see what others are saying about their pet-friendly stays at Holiday Inn Express locations around the country — and the globe.

Holiday Inn Express in Little River, South Carolina

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  • Pet Fee: $25 per night per pet
  • Pet Policies: Designated rooms only, 40 lbs max, no cats allowed
  • Pet Amenities: On-site pet walking area

Guest Patty at this Holiday Inn Express location wrote, “We needed a dog-friendly hotel for 1 night on our trip north from Florida to the Outer Banks. This hotel was excellent. The pet fee is reasonable. The hotel was clean; my dog never smelled or heard other dogs. It also overlooks a marina, which was a great area to walk our dog away from the busy road.”

Holiday Inn Express in North Bay, Ontario, Canada

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  • Pet Fee: $25 CAD per night
  • Pet Policies: 2 pets allowed max, cannot be left unattended in the room
  • Pet Amenities: On-site pet walking area

One North Bay guest wrote, “My wife and I and our dog stayed here one night on an NB to SK road trip back in May. The beds were super comfy which was a welcome relief after an 8-hour day in the car. Lots of lawn and grass around the property which made it good for our dog.”

Holiday Inn Express in Houston Galleria, Texas

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  • Pet Fee: $75 per stay for 6 nights or less, $150 for 7 nights+
  • Pet Policies: 2 pets allowed with a max weight of 80 lbs
  • Pet Amenities: On-site pet walking area

Galleria guest Amie wrote, “Our stay was excellent!!!! While checking in, I believe his name was Al, gave me a dog treat for my dog that was staying with us.”

Pet Packing List for Holiday Inn Express Visits

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Dog mentally prepares for vacation with its owner. Photo: Javier Brosch

To ensure you have a stress-free stay with your fur baby, remember to pack all your pet’s essentials — and a few treats can’t hurt to make sure he’s a really good boy.

  • Pet food
  • Water and bowls
  • First aid kit for pets
  • Leash, harness, or pet carrier
  • Waste bags
  • Toys and treats
  • Pet bed or blanket
  • Crate (if leaving a pet unattended in the room)

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