Aaron, I know there's not a 100% guarantee, but if I can narrow down some of the good deals and make it 80% likely I would get one, or use the hotwire matching tools here and figure out which may be pet friendly and which may not be pet friendly, perhaps I can get lucky. One time, in Albuquerque, I bid for a 2.5 star hotel - because most of the 2.5 star hotels were pet friendly (Holiday inn express, la quinta inn and suites) - and it upgraded me to a downtown highrise - we snuck the dog in, but it was a little stressful. I am only wanting to spend about 50 dollars a day at least now - may raise that higher later. A friend of mine is a general manager at a Marriott, so I have the potential to get the friends and family rate as well - but none of the marriotts in southern CA which are pet friendly are offering the rate during the times we are going. Thanks for your help - I've never heard of the Kimpton brand, of course, $319 a night in San Diego is a little out of my range!