This past weekend, we finally left for our 760 mile road trip I began preparing for last month and talked about in my post Summer Road Trip With Dogs – Our Ultimate Checklist. It took us from our Fayetteville, NC location to Memphis, TN with an overnight stop at pet-friendly Red Roof Inn, located at 1315 Kirby Road | Knoxville | TN | 37909 | 865-584-3911.
Mapping Out Our 760 Mile Road Trip
Disclaimer: This is not a sponsored product review. I did not receive any kind of compensation for this review ~ neither in product-form nor in $$$-form! This is solely me expressing my personal opinion! Red Roof Inn is not responsible for the content of this blog post.
While my initial intent was not to stop anywhere for the night but make the trip in one go, I have to say that both the pups and myself were glad that I reconsidered and decided to spend the night in Knoxville, just about halfway. We were all glad to get out of the car, stretch our legs, and enjoy a comfortable, clean hotel room.
We stopped twice for 20 min potty breaks on our way through the Great Smokey Mountains and were bummed that we didn’t have the time to stop for hikes. We would have had a blast cooling off in the refreshing mountain water and exploring some of the trails in State Parks we kept seeing signs for.
Stopping For Potty Breaks On Our Way Through The Great Smokey Mountains
However, we did still get to enjoy the good mountain air since we were able to roll down our windows and not turn the AC on until the very last leg of our trip on Day 1, about an hour outside of Knoxville.
Truly Pet-Friendly Policy
The Red Roof Inns are truly pet-friendly hotels as they don’t just allow our furry friends – they don’t even charge for them! Their official pet policy allows one well-behaved pet per room per night:
One well-behaved family pet is permitted unless prohibited by state law or ordinance
Service animals are always welcome
Pet must be declared during guest registration
Please keep your animal on a leash when outside your room
In consideration of all Red Roof guests, pets must never be left unattended in the guestroom
When you walk your pet on property, please be considerate and clean up after your pet
Since I found out about the Red Roof Inn on Twitter, I tweeted at a representative and asked what their policy was for 2 dogs, since I’d be needing a hotel that would allow both Missy & Buzz. I was told to call the location I was interested in ahead of time to find out whether or not they’d accept 2 dogs, and sure enough, they did!
Tweet Conversation Between Red Roof Inn & K9sOverCoffee
Jeff, the clerk I talked to on the phone at the Red Roof Inn location on Kirby Road in Knoxville, TN, was very polite & helpful. He gave me the tip to leave a note in the remark section of my online reservation, stating that I’d be staying with 2 dogs. He said this might help get a room on the first floor.
Well, that didn’t happen since we ended up on the 3rd floor, but it didn’t bother us too much, quite frankly. It meant that the pups got to experience riding in an elevator again, which they had so far only done at a friend’s apartment complex in Washington D.C. several years ago.
Our Non-Smoking, Deluxe Room For $87.94
I decided on a non-smoking, deluxe room for a grand total of $87.94 ($75 per night + $12.94 tax) with 2 full size beds, one of which would be for the pups. It came equipped with a fridge, microwave, flatscreen/wall-mounted TV, desk, full bath, and laminate floors.
The latter were awesome for a potential pup-related accident clean-up (which didn’t happen), but were a bit slippery for the pups when they hopped up on their bed.
By the way, I brought a huge quilt my mom made specifically for her “grand-pups” and laid it out on their bed.
Missy & Buzz Enjoying Their Best Bully Sticks
However, they were perfect for the pups’ raw meals I brought along in a cooler filled with ice. Some of the ice dripped on the laminate floor when taking the food out of the cooler, which couldn’t have been easier to clean up. I grabbed a small towel from the bathroom, wiped up the water, and placed it underneath the pups’ bowls (one small towel per bowl).
Feeding Time For The Pups
Side note: I initially wasn’t going to bring along fresh raw food for the pups, but changed my mind once I noticed that a) I still had enough room in the car for one cooler and b) saw that our room would be equipped with a fridge when researching our hotel online (I moved the raw food from the cooler into the fridge as soon as we got to our room, and refilled the cooler with fresh ice from the ice machine before checking out the next morning, which was conveniently located a few steps from our room).
We hopped back into our Pup Mobile after having had some free, hot breakfast the next morning and made it to Memphis, TN about 6 hours later. Included in those 6 hours were 2 potty breaks at rest stops along I-40 and one badly needed coffee break for Mommy at a Starbucks in Jackson, TN (just about an hour and a half outside of Memphis).
Finding An Inn
Missy & Buzz Posing In Front Of Our Red Roof Inn in Knoxville, TN
If you’re contemplating spending a night with your pup(s) at a Red Roof Inn, you can search for one along your route using the search bar on their website.
Red Roof Inn Location Search Bar
Reading & Comparing Reviews
I’d recommend reading their reviews as well – I found a total of 3 Red Roof Inns in the Knoxville area priced between $45 and $62 for their Standard Rooms. The lowest priced one didn’t get the greatest reviews, which made it a no-brainer for me to eliminate it right away. #YouGetWhatYouPayFor
Comparing Reviews For Red Roof Inns in Knoxville, TN
Bottom Line – Recommended
We recommend this Red Roof Inn Location because we were very happy with what we got for the price we paid:
- Hotel conveniently located right off of I-40
- A comfortable, clean room with 2 full beds, fridge, microwave, flat screen TV, AC, desk (btw, great water pressure in the shower!)
- Free hot breakfast and free wifi
- Huge parking lot
- Walking area for the pups on the hotel grounds as well as right across the street (we took them for a half hour morning walk through a neighboring residential area).
Have you & your pup(s) stayed at a Red Roof Inn or other pet-friendly hotel? As always, we’d love to hear from you in our comment section!
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Hooray!! Maddie LOVES a ho-tel. She is one well traveled pug! Lol.
“Bark Out Loud” to Maddie’s ho-tel fondness ;-)) This was the pups’ first hotel experience and it was pawsome! I see more coming up in our future.
Can you do a post on how to pay for your pets expensive vet bills/make payments/care credit etc? I just read a heartbreaking post about a little dog that didn’t get proper care and lost her puppies because the parents couldn’t afford the vets suggestions for emergency surgery. You seem like a great person to ask to write a post on how important it is to listen to your vets recommendations, seek out payment plans,get CareCredit, start a gofundme! I’m so disappointed in these young pet owners…
Oh wow, that’s so sad to hear and goes to show again how important it is to truly think about all the consequences dog ownership entails BEFORE welcoming a pooch into someone’s life. I did a post about comparing medical dog insurance companies – we have PetsBest for the pups and have had to use them several times – but will put one together on what you suggested. Thanks for that!
BTW, just saying that we were ever so grateful to have decided on getting doggie insurance. It’s a wonderful alternative if putting several hundred dollars into a savings account for the pups on a monthly basis is not an option:
Glad you found a nice place to stay. I like the floor rather than carpet especially for dogs.
I am not a Red Roof fan. We called one when we were headed to a hunt test and they were very rude and stated that they absolutely did not allow dogs. I do realize that policy can alter property to property but it turned me off the entire chain. I actually do not mind having to pay extra for the dogs. I think it keeps people from abusing the privilege of staying on the property with a pet, plus they do need to do extra cleaning (at least I hope they do after pets in a room). We found a Super 8 that we have now stayed at several times when we go to those hunt tests. They always quote me a pet fee, but to date have never charged me one. Possibly because we crate the dogs in the room and are in it only to sleep a few hours between tests.
Thank you, I’m glad as well and just booked our second night for our way home 😉
What a bummer that you had a less than stellar experience – that goes to show that customer service is always important as word of mouth is a most valuable marketing asset. I personally had a truly great experience with the Red Roof Inn location I booked for us, from the person I talked to on the phone to the clean room and doggie walking area Sunday morning (they also had one dog poop station, which I didn’t use though because I always have my own poop bags on me).
If you don’t mind my asking – how much does the Super 8 charge you for the pups? I would certainly pay a pet fee as well if I had to, but have to admit that I enjoyed getting that doggie freebie 🙂
I did notice on the Red Roof website that there are 3 locations who can’t allow dogs due to state laws/ordinances – did you happen to talk to one of those?
Oxon Hill, MD #181; Flushing, NY #727; Queensboro LIC, NY #771.
It was in Ohio. They were not just rude to us, but to other hunt test pals who tried to book a room there. The Super 8 charged us $15 per dog; however, as I said, they have yet to actually add it to the bill. There are other perks to this place. Lots of green area to walk dogs (we will use a designated space, but I would much rather find a nearby open area). Restaurants I can walk to for carry out meals (not just fast food). We do not leave our dogs unattended in the room. Also they can usually accommodate a first floor room. We are out of the room by 6:30 am and I always feel the first floor room (near an exit) is quieter for other guests.
That’s a shame that you & your hunt test pals had a bad experience. Did you let management know? Sounds like some of their stuff could use a refresher in customer service or need to be replaced.
We also didn’t leave the pups in our room unattended – I think that’s every hotel’s policy that allows dogs and really makes sense. After all, it’s a brand new environment for the pups. It was too dang hot to walk the pups anywhere during the day, but we took them to a PetCo store that was only 7 minutes away from our hotel and got a snack for ourselves at a drive-thru Starbucks, then later ordered from a pizza place that delivered the food right to our room (we had salad and a sandwich with fries).
Glad you had a great experience. Great pictures!
Thanks, JoAnn, it was a fun, new adventure for our pack!
We haven’t tried a Red Roof Inn yet, but isn’t it nice to have a hotel welcome you with your dogs instead of having to pay an extra fee and feeling like you’re lucky they’re letting you stay there? We’ve had good experiences with Best Westerns and LaQuinta’s too.
Absolutely! I’m glad you mentioned that you’ve had good experiences with LaQuinta as well – this is the third time I’ve heard about them now within a short time frame. And yay for yet another option with Best Westerns – I’ll have to add them to my mental list of pet-friendly hotels. Thanks, Elaine!
Sounds like this was the prefect place for you! We drive through that area when we go to Barley’s grandparents’ house, so we’ll have to keep them in mind!
Yes, you do!! Would be cool if you stayed at the very same Red Roof 🙂
Great post! Yay Red Roof! Can’t wait ’til more hotels get on board with this way of thinking!
Thanks, Jessica! Same here – just booked another night at that very same Red Roof Inn. We’ll be on the road again for Christmas.