List of Pet-Friendly IHG Brands in 2020 [Policies, Deposits, Size Allowances]

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Here at Upgraded Points, we love animals just as much as we love traveling — and we have a pretty good feeling that our readers do, too.

So when we hit the road with our families, sometimes we like to bring along our 4-legged family members for the ride. Fortunately, many hotels nowadays are pet-friendly so we can avoid those big puppy dog eyes guilting us as we pack up the car.

If you have a stash of IHG Rewards Club points built up you will be happy to know that many IHG properties throughout the world are pet (and point) friendly!

Let’s take a look at each of the 15 IHG brands to see what types of pets they allow, how big they can be, and how much you can expect to pay.

IHG Brands and Their Pet Policies

IHG Brands
IHG currently has 16 brand offerings. Image Credit: IHG

The InterContinental Hotels Group (IHG) is one of the largest hotel companies in the world with almost 6,000 properties in over 100 countries.

Those hotels are split up into 15 unique brands with at least 1 new brand (Atwell Suites) launching soon.

Unfortunately (for some), not every hotel in the portfolio is pet-friendly, however, some are extremely pet-friendly, so there is something for everyone.

Policies and prices vary by hotel and brand. We have seen pet deposit fees range from $0 to $250, so be sure to do your research before checking in with your furry friend.

BrandService Animals AllowedPets AllowedDepositMaximum WeightMaximum Size
avid hotelsYesVaries by property$2050 poundsMedium
Candlewood SuitesYesYes$7580 poundsLarge
Crowne Plaza Hotels & ResortsYesVaries by property$7535 poundsMedium
EVEN HotelsYesVaries by property$5080 poundsLarge
Holiday Inn Club VacationsYesNo
Holiday Inn ExpressYesYes$5050 poundsMedium
Holiday Inn Hotels & ResortsYesYes$5075 poundsLarge
Hotel IndigoYesYes$5050 poundsMedium
HUALUXE Hotels and ResortsYesYes$050 poundsMedium
InterContinental Hotels & ResortsYesYes$25025 poundsSmall
Kimpton Hotels & RestaurantsYesYes$0No limitNo limit
Regent Hotels & ResortsYesYes$5075 poundsLarge
Six Senses Hotels Resorts SpasYesNo
Staybridge SuitesYesYes$7580 poundsLarge
voco HotelsYesYes$2550 poundsMedium

avid hotels

IHG avid hotels pet friendly location
The avid hotel in Beaumont, Texas is pet-friendly. Image Credit: IHG

The newest brand in the IHG portfolio is avid hotels. Focusing on “championing everyday travel at a fair price” this brand brings great value with free breakfast and complimentary fresh coffee available 24/7.

With premium bedding, modern accommodations, and thoughtful technology, this is a great choice for the avid traveler.

If you are traveling with your dog, be aware that not all avid hotel locations are pet-friendly. For the ones that we found that are pet-friendly, you can expect to pay a reasonable $20 fee per night.

Candlewood Suites

Candlewood Suites dog friendly
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If you are looking for the comforts of home while on the road, Candlewood Suites has what you are looking for. The extended-stay brand features all-suite accommodations with fully-equipped kitchens, outdoor grills, and free laundry.

It wouldn’t feel like home without your pup, so travelers will be happy to know that all Candlewood Suites are pet-friendly. Guests should expect to pay a non-refundable fee of $75 for stays up to 6 nights and $150 for stays 7 nights or longer.

Crowne Plaza Hotels & Resorts

Crowne Plaza Pet friendly
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Crowne Plazas are generally found in cities and urban areas to accommodate business travelers, but there are also some nice resort locations as well.

Guests can expect solid Wi-Fi, premium bedding, gyms, and on-site dining during their stay. However, if you are bringing your pet along, you should know that not all Crowne Plaza locations are pet-friendly.

For the locations that we found that accept dogs, the fees range from $75 to $100.

Hot Tip: Explore our list of most and least pet-friendly vacation spots in the U.S. before heading out with your 4-legged friend.

EVEN Hotels

IHG EVEN hotels pet friendly location
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If you are looking for a hotel brand focused on lifestyle and wellness, EVEN Hotels is for you. The brand highlights the 4 pillars of hotel wellness: fitness, dining, relaxation, and sleeping.

Add in stand-up desks and free Wi-Fi and it is clear to see why this brand is popular with business travelers trying to stay fit on the road.

Dog owners know that having your 4-legged friend around is good for the soul, and fortunately, there are EVEN Hotels that allow pets. Information online is hard to find regarding pricing, so it is best to call your hotel directly for specifics.

Holiday Inn Club Vacations

Holiday Inn Vacation Club Vermont
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Holiday Inn Club Vacations is the timeshare brand of IHG. These properties tend to be resort locations and have larger studios and suites so that families can travel together comfortably.

Unfortunately, not everyone in the family is welcome as we couldn’t find any properties that are pet-friendly. Guests found with a pet will be asked to remove them and will be charged at least $250.

Holiday Inn Express

Holiday Inn Express Pet Policy Dog Friendly
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The Holiday Inn Express brand may be one of the most well-known in the IHG portfolio. Whether you are on a business trip or a vacation with family, there is probably a Holiday Inn Express near where you need to be — at a very affordable price.

With a free hot breakfast included, it’s hard to find a better value.

The positive notes continue with the fact that many properties allow dogs and generally charge about $50 as the pet fee.

Holiday Inn Hotels & Resorts

Holiday Inn Resort Orlando
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Holiday Inn Hotels & Resorts have perfected the family fun vacation experience. Combining “Full-On Fun” and “Unbeatable Value” are 2 things that parents love to hear.

These fun resorts can sometimes have waterslides and plenty of other activities included to make your stay extra memorable.

Don’t worry, it will be fun for the whole family as many locations accept pets and charge around $50.

Hotel Indigo

IHG Hotel Indigo Pet friendly
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A boutique hotel offering unique experiences based on the city it is located in, the Hotel Indigo brand is popular for many reasons.

With spa-inspired bathrooms, on-site restaurants, free Wi-Fi, and a pet-friendly policy — you should start booking your next stay now!

Fees and limitations are set by individual hotels, but we have seen the charge stay around $50 per stay.

HUALUXE Hotels and Resorts

IHG HUALUXE Pet Friendly China
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Staff at HUALUXE Hotels and Resorts are specifically trained in the art of Chinese hospitality. This IHG brand caters directly to the luxury Chinese traveler.

The brand focuses on etiquette, rejuvenation in nature, recognition of status, and enabling spaces.

While currently all properties are located in China, some locations do allow dogs at no extra cost. As always, it is best to reach out to the hotel directly to confirm the exact policies.

InterContinental Hotels & Resorts

InterContinental IHG Hotel Pet Policy
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The flagship brand under the IHG umbrella, InterContinental Hotels & Resorts exudes luxury and glamour.

With fine dining, spas, and more at each location, guests are sure to indulge during their stay. If you have a small 4-legged friend, they are welcome to stay as well, for a fee.

With fees up to $250 in New York City, your dog better enjoy its stay!

Kimpton Hotels & Restaurants

IHG Kimpton Dog Friendly Director Pet Relations
Marvin, the Director of Pet Relations at Kimpton Hotel Vintage Seattle. Image Credit: IHG

Kimpton is IHG’s take on boutique hotels. Somewhat similar to the Indigo brand, Kimpton focuses on art, wellness, dining, and a “sincerely personal” guest experience.

The bold and playful design of the properties, as well as unique amenities, helps make stays memorable for every guest — pets included.

In fact, Kimpton has one of the best pet policies we have ever seen, they even have Directors of Pet Relations!

This is directly from the company website:

“At every Kimpton boutique hotel, we invite you to bring your furry, feathery or scaly family member — no matter their size, weight, or breed, all at no extra charge. If your pet fits through the door, we’ll welcome them in.”

So there you have it, bring your pet!

Hot Tip: Flying with your pooch? Check out our guide to the top 10 most pet-friendly airports!

Mr & Mrs Smith

Dog in a pet friendly Mr and Mrs Smith Hotel tub IHG
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IHG has recently partnered with Mr & Mrs Smith, a “travel club for hotel lovers.”

This partnership is particularly interesting because now IHG members have access to hundreds of very unique boutique hotels around the world that can soon be booked with points.

On top of that, these hotels tend to be particularly pet-friendly! Many of these hotels will offer beds, special menus, toys, walking options, and even massages for your dog — perfect for those of us who don’t like leaving our furry friends in a kennel.

Regent Hotels & Resorts

IHG Regent Hotel Berlin Dog Friendly
Your dog can get house-made biscuits at the Regent in Berlin. Image Credit: IHG

Regent Hotels & Resorts is one of the newest additions to the IHG portfolio.

The luxury brand is mostly located in Asia and focuses on modern hotels with a legacy of luxury and legendary hospitality.

If you are traveling with your dog, some Regent hotels are very welcoming and will even have special dog biscuits made at the in-house patisserie.

Six Senses Hotels Resorts Spas

Six Senses IHG Pool
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Luxury intended to help guests connect with the world around them, Six Senses Hotels Resorts Spas create personalized wellness experiences at their far-flung, yet accessible properties.

From spas to sustainability, guests will have their 6 senses relaxed and refreshed.

Due to the unique locations of these hotels, we were unable to find any that accepted pets. However, many did have animals that lived on the property.

Staybridge Suites

staybridge suites ihg dog friendly hotel
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With over 300 all-suite locations, the extended-stay Staybridge Suites make up a good portion of the IHG portfolio.

These home-away-from-home properties include full kitchens, gyms, free breakfast, free laundry, and free happy hours. And home wouldn’t be complete without your dog, so as long as it is under 50 pounds, he or she is welcome!

Fees will vary by property, but we have seen them in the $75 range for a 1-week stay.

voco Hotels

ihg voco hotel room
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You may have seen voco hotels during your international travels, but you won’t find any of the fun and reliable properties in the U.S.

These hotels are upscale but simple, providing guests with exactly what they need, and a little more.

Generally, dogs are allowed, but that will vary by property. The average fee we have seen is around €22 (~$25).

Final Thoughts

When you are ready to travel with your furry friend, there will be no shortage of IHG properties that are pet-friendly to choose from.

Whether you are looking for an extended stay suite or a downtown studio, there are thousands of redemption options with IHG points for you and your family.

Although all of this information is up to date, policies can always change, so be sure to contact your hotel before hitting the road with your pet.

Safe travels!


Frequently asked questions

Do IHG hotels allow pets?

Unfortunately, not all hotels in the IHG portfolio are pet-friendly. However, there are thousands that are! Some of those even have special programs for our furry friends. Candlewood Suites, Staybridge Suites, and Kimpton Hotels are some of the most pet-welcoming brands in the chain.

What is the most pet-friendly hotel chain?

In the IHG portfolio, Kimpton Hotels & Restaurants would have to be the most pet-friendly hotel chain. Not only can pets stay without paying a fee, but they also don’t even have to be a dog! Birds, snakes, fish, cats, whatever! If it can fit in the door, it is welcome.

Do Holiday Inn Express hotels allow dogs?

Yes, most Holiday Inn Express hotels allow dogs. Generally, the non-refundable fee is around $50, but you should confirm directly with the hotel before booking.

Do extended stay hotels allow dogs?

Yes! Extended stay hotels in the IHG portfolio allow dogs to help you feel at home. Both Candlewood Suites and Staybridge Suites have very pet-friendly policies.

Chris Hassan

About Chris Hassan

Chris is from Boston and is currently living in Rio de Janeiro with his wife, two kids, and their dog, Shelby. When Chris was in college, he spent a semester abroad studying hotel and business management in Switzerland. That is where he caught the travel bug and met his wife. Quite a successful trip!

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