Pet Friendly Lodging in the Tucson Area

by Cicely A. Richard

Tucson boasts mountain vistas from every direction, with hundreds of miles of trails meandering through them. Pet-friendly lodging in Tucson provides views of these mountains, and many of these trails are open to dog walkers. Pet owners find accommodations in the middle of the city, as well as in areas in the outskirts of downtown. The City of Tucson operates six off-leash dog parks, including Gene C. Reid Park in central Tucson.

Downtown

Arizona Riverpark Inn is on the western section of downtown Tucson below “A” Mountain. The interior features neutral colors and dark wood furniture in the lobby and hotel restaurant. The hotel allows pets up to 25 pounds for a one-time fee and is next to the Santa Cruz River Park walking trail. It also has a pet exercise area and give out bags of treats. Hotel amenities include a heated outdoor pool and fitness center. Guest rooms have free Internet and in-room safes. La Quinta Inn Tucson Downtown/Starr Pass is located off Interstate 10, one mile west of Downtown. La Quinta accepts pets of all sizes at no addition fee. Pet owners must sign a waiver upon check-in. Hotel amenities include free Bright Side Breakfast and outdoor pool. Guest rooms only offer cable television and free Internet.

Airport Hotels

Staybridge Suites Tucson Airport is one mile from Tucson International Airport and provides shuttle service to and from the airport. Staybridge offers home-like extended-stay accommodations. It allows pet up to 80 pounds with up-to-date vaccinations for a nonrefundable fee. Pet owners must sign a waiver. All suites contain full kitchens with stoves, dishwashers, and cooking and dining utensils; televisions with DVD players; sofa beds and dining areas. Hotel amenities include a convenience store, games, movies and an outdoor pool. Residence Inn Tucson Airport is a mile from the airport off South Tucson Boulevard. This extended-stay property accepts pets up to 50 pounds for a one-time cleaning fee. Suites have full kitchens with granite countertops, living rooms with sofa beds, soundproofing and free Internet. Hotel amenities include grocery shopping, a breakfast buffet and evening reception.

North Tucson

Red Roof Inn Tucson North is on Ina Road in northwest Tucson. It allows one pet per room at no additional charge. Pet owners must notify the front desk or hotel staff members may ask them to leave for unauthorized animals. Unattended pets are not allowed in rooms. Guest rooms have On-Command movies and free Wi-Fi. Hotel amenities include laundry facilities and an outdoor heated pool. Comfort Suites at Tucson Mall is a block from the Tucson Mall and the mile south of Northwest Pet Clinic. This property accepts two pets of any size per rooms for a daily fee. The hotel provides a free deluxe continental breakfast, outdoor pool and hot tub, and exercise room. All suites have sofa beds and refrigerators. Select suites have whirlpool tubs work desks.

Bed and Breakfasts

The Big Blue House Historic Inn is in the University District, within walking distance of downtown restaurants. Built in 1899, the historic inn features maple and redwood furniture. It offers only one pet-friendly cottage. The cottage has a private bath and full kitchen. Pets are not allowed in the main house. The Bed & Bagel of Tucson is on the northeast side of the city, offering views of the Santa Catalina Mountains. The ranch-style property features cactus plants and scrubs. The bed and breakfast allows pets in all rooms for an additional fee. It also has two fenced on-site dog-walking areas near the pool. Rooms feature hand-carved furniture and bathrooms.

About the Author

Based in Tucson, Ariz., Cicely A. Richard has been writing since 1996. Her articles have been published in the “Arizona Daily Star” newspaper and “ForeWord Magazine.” Richard earned Bachelor of Arts degrees in English and journalism from Louisiana State University. .

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