I have used Red Roof and Motel 6 mainly, because ALL their motels are pet-friendly, at no extra $$$, and my Chihuahua doesn't fit the weight limit or the dangerous breed catagory.
Both chains in my opinion, are a roof over my head, a place to clean up, and a place to sleep, nothing fancy. I can over-look decor issues and minor flaws.
But on my last trip to Florida and back, I had issues with both chains. Can you imagine being very tired, you get a room, open the door and.....wait for it.....wait for it.....there is nothing in the room!
no carpet, no bed, no desk, no tv....nothing!!!
Half-way is Statesville NC, on my trip from Akron, Ohio to Flagler Beach, Florida, so I kinda plan to stay in that area.
I don't make reservations because, I travel alone.....and you know that old saying that starts out "Best laid plans.....".
Being the only driver.....what happens if I get sick and can't drive anymore....or....the weather turns bad and you have to get off the road....or.....you have car troubles.....or....there is an accident blocking the highway for hours....etc.
OR, what if I really feel good and can drive for another couple hours, making the next days trip shorter!!!
In any of the above situations, I don't want to have to get off at each exit, drive to each motel, walk inside to check out IF they allow pets, and then maybe have to find another motel, and repeat.
It is much easier for me to make a LIST of motels along my route that ARE pet-friendly, so at a quick glance, I know which city, which exit I need. I have spent hours on the internet checking out many motel chains....but everything looks good on paper.....that is why I posted my original question, to get feedback from real live people.
I guess sometimes I am too anal about being prepared, but then again, maybe not!