Pet Hotels in Memphis: Bring That Pooch on Your Next Trip

Photo courtesy of Peabody Hotel
By Sally Walker Davies, Memphis Local Expert

Memphis is an animal-loving city, and even the most chic of hotels offer pets a place to curl up with their owners while on the road.

Traveling with your pet can become a truly enjoyable experience at any of the pet friendly hotels in Memphis. The city offers ample green spaces for exercising and exploring, from Tom Lee Park downtown to Shelby Farms in east Memphis; the new Overton Park Dog Bark – called Overton Bark --  is a fun destination for dogs that play well with others. On any given weekend, there may be a dog parade or dog-themed special event. At the end of the day, recoup together in a dog friendly room at the historic Peabody Hotel, which offers sumptuous digs for both owner and pet. There are plenty of moderately priced hotel options in Memphis for pet owners, including the Drury Inn & Suites Memphis Northeast.

As with many metropolitan areas, there are leash and clean-up laws in Memphis and Shelby County. Do be sure to have your own supply of pet waste bags, as many public parks do not yet have this essential piece of pet equipment. Dogs must be on leash at all times in the city, especially in public parks.

10. Econo Lodge Downtown

It's difficult to find a budget hotel in downtown Memphis, given the fact that many of the city's attractions are located downtown, which of course pushes the prices up. But the Econo Lodge is the exception, with its Third Street location (some rooms even overlook the Mississippi River), which gives walking access to Beale Street, the Orpheum, Gibson Guitar Factory, FedEx Forum and Mud Island River Park. The hotel accepts up to two dogs under 10 pounds each, and the nightly pet fee is $20.00. On-site is an outlet of A& R Barbecue, as well as a cocktail lounge. Parking is not included in the room rate, however - and runs about $10 / night.

9. La Quinta Inn & Suites Memphis Primacy Parkway

The La Quinta on Primacy Parkway is located in a mostly commercial area, but fortunately offers plenty of green space and a wide road for walking the dog - or yourself. The hotel allows up to two pets of any size in each room, at no additional charge or deposit. The hotel is located within a quick drive to two grocery stores, a Target and a pet store, so finding pet necessities is a snap. In addition, a variety of restaurants are located in the immediate area, within walking distance. There's easy access from the hotel to the 240 / I-40 freeways.

8. Staybridge Suites Memphis - Poplar Ave East
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Located in an office park area in East Memphis, the Staybridge Suites accepts up to two dogs, 80 pounds or less, for $75.00 for stays of 1-6 nights or $150.00 for stays of 7 nights or longer. Most of the dog-friendly rooms are conveniently located on the first floor, with back door access. "dog rooms" are down one hall on the first floor with a back door access- which was very conveinent for taking the dogs in and out. The hotel is located in an office park with sidewalks and shade- providing a pleasant area for walks and taking care of business.

7. Drury Inn & Suites Memphis Northeast

The Drury Inn & Suites, located off I-40 in East Memphis, allows dogs of 80 pounds and under to stay with their owners, at no additional charge. On the hotel grounds, a small lawn offers an area for taking care of business (complete with a plastic bag dispenser for waste removal). In the area, the Shelby Farms Park offers a nice area for more vigorous exercise; well-behaved dogs on leashes are allowed along the Patriot Lake loop and throughout the park. There are a variety of grocery and retail stores in the immediate area for picking up those pet essentials for Fido.

6. Extended Stay America - Memphis - Wolfchase Galleria

For travelers who intended to stay in Memphis for more than a few days, the Extended Stay Deluxe-Memphis near the Wolfchase Galleria mall is an excellent option. The hotel accepts dogs up to 80 pounds, with a $25 per day pet fee that will not exceed $150 per stay. Note that there are a limited number of pet friendly rooms available at the hotel, so be sure to book in advance. Since the hotel is located in a retail-rich environment, it is easy to find supplies for Fido at the area Target and pet-specific retailers, but note that green space is at a minimum on the hotel grounds. Best bet for a nice walk is the nearby Shelby Farms / Patriot Lake area - as long as the dog is well-behaved and leashed.

5. Residence Inn by Marriott Memphis Downtown
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The Residence Inn Memphis Downtown is centrally located within the downtown business district, and it's just an easy walk to Beale Street, AutoZone Park and the FedEx Forum. Those traveling with dogs are welcome to bring Fido along to The Residence Inn when visiting Memphis. There's a limit, however: two dogs of any size. A $100, non-refundable sanitation fee applies, and the hotel requests those traveling with pets to call to reserve a pet-friendly room. The closest green space for a walk is a few blocks to the west; head down Beale toward the river, and the spacious Tom Lee Park.

4. Homestead Studio Suites Memphis/Poplar

The Homestead Studio Suites, located on Poplar Avenue near Kirby Parkway in East Memphis, allows dogs up to 50 pounds to accompany guests who choose this extended-stay hotel. A pet fee of $25 / night - with a maximum fee of $150 maximum per stay, is charged upon checkout, and covers cleaning. The area around the hotel doesn't offer a ton of green space, although the businesses do have ample grass and there are sidewalks on Poplar Avenue and the side streets. The closest spot for a long walk would be along the Wolf River portion of the metro greenline, located at Humphreys Boulevard and Kirby Parkway - about a mile from the hotel. A Kroger grocery store is just up the street from the hotel for necessities.

3. Hilton Memphis
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The centrally-located Hilton sits on the edge between east Memphis and Germantown, and is ideal for those with meetings with financial companies in East Memphis. Business services include a business service center with meeting rooms, complimentary airport shuttles, and a modern fitness center for working off the day's stress. Nearby restaurants like Ruth's Chris and Circa cater to the business crowd at dinner, while easy access to the interstate means there's easy access to attractions around Memphis including Graceland and Beale Street. From executive-style boardrooms to large ballrooms that seat hundreds, options for presentations and group meetings are abundant. For more casual meetings, a sleek lobby bar offers the chance to unwind yet still talk business at the end of the day.

2. The Peabody Memphis
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The grande dame of Southern hotels, the historic Peabody is a treat for the senses; opulence abounds, a dynamite restaurant pleases the palate, and the famed ducks entertain both adults and children. The Peabody accepts dogs up to 75 pounds, and advance reservations are required as there are a limited number of pet friendly rooms. The pet fee is $50, and it is important to note that pets are not allowed in any of the food service areas - including the lobby bar, and most especially when the ducks are entering and exiting their fountain home at 11 a.m. and 5 p.m. daily. Guests with pets must have a copy of current vaccination records upon check-in.

1. The Westin Memphis Beale Street
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If you're high-tech, high-style or simply high maintenance, then the Westin Beale Street offers sleek, luxurious surroundings and a just-off Beale Street location. The hotel allows dogs only, up to 40 pounds. Pet beds are available- call in advance to reserve - and a signed pet waiver is required upon check-in. The Westin doesn't charge a pet fee. The closest green space for a walk is a few blocks to the west; head down Beale toward the river, and the spacious Tom Lee Park. During basketball season, the Westin plays home to visiting teams, so be sure to keep that in mind for your trip planning, as the hotel books up with the teams, their guests, and media.