Pet-Friendly Lodging in Flagstaff

by Pamela Wright

Don't leave your pets behind when visiting Flagstaff. Many hotels and motels, particularly well-known chain properties located along Route 66, welcome your four-legged traveling companions. Dogs on leashes are welcome throughout the city, and you and your pet can visit one of two designated dog parks. The Barkmaster Park is located at the city's Bushmaster Park, and Flagstaff Dog Park is located at Thorpe Park.

La Quinta Inn

Located minutes from the airport at the west end of town, La Quinta does not charge a pet fee. While no size limits on pets are imposed, only two pets are allowed per room. The modest, four-story hotel has 128 rooms with white walls and simple furnishings. All rooms have two double beds; deluxe rooms include a mini refrigerator and microwave. A full breakfast buffet is included in the room rate.

Drury Inn & Suites

Two pets per room (at no extra charge) are welcome at this hotel in the heart of downtown Flagstaff. The six-story, 160-room property does not allow pets in the hotel indoor public areas or pool, but the Flagstaff Dog Park, with drinking fountains and benches, is nearby. The hotel offers a variety of wallet-pleasing amenities, including a free hot breakfast, popcorn and soda in the afternoon, and complimentary evening receptions. Rooms are basic, with neutral white and tan colors and splashes of dark brown. Each has a flat-screen TV, and free Wi-Fi is available. Relax in the indoor pool and whirlpool tub.

Comfort Inn

It doesn't matter how big your pets are or how many you have, they're welcome here. The hotel, located about four miles from the airport, does charge $10 a night per pet. The contemporary, 85-room hotel features a spacious lobby and dining area, where a free breakfast is served, with floor-to-ceiling windows, a stone-faced accent wall and fireplace. Rooms are colored in pastels, and all rooms have microwaves and refrigerators. The hotel is surrounded by plantings of Ponderosa pine trees, with views of the mountains.

Ramada Grand Canyon

Set at the crossroads of I-17 and I-40, just a mile from Route 66, this chain hotel welcomes pets of any size for a $10 per-pet, per-night fee. Thorpe Park, with a fenced-in area where dogs run free, is about three miles away. The hotel has 89 simple rooms, with soothing, neutral colors, light oak furniture, marble counter bathrooms, microwaves and small refrigerators. The hotel sits on a busy commercial strip, with more than 10 restaurants within walking distance.

About the Author

Pamela Wright is a freelance writer, author of more than two dozen guidebooks, and hundreds of articles. Her work has appeared in a variety of publications, including "National Geographic Traveler," "Family Circle," "Family Fun," "Backpacker," "Hemispheres," "Cooking Light," "Yankee" and more. An active member of the Society of American Travel Writers, she holds a Bachelor's from Michigan State University