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Pet Friendly Hotels: Unleash the Ultimate and Paw-some Staycation

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Pet Friendly Hotels

Embarking on a vacation can be challenging for pet owners who find it difficult to part with their canine companions. Fortunately, modern hotel chains go beyond merely accommodating dogs; many now extend a warm welcome to our furry friends, almost rolling out the red carpet for them. A 2016 survey by the American Hotel & Lodging Association revealed that approximately 75 percent of luxury, mid-scale, and economy hotels now permit pets.

Gone are the times when traveling with your dog meant settling for roadside motels with stained carpets and dubious odors. Nowadays, pet friendly hotels across various price ranges are embracing the “friendly” in pet-friendly, going beyond merely allowing dogs and ensuring they receive pampering on par, if not surpassing, that of their human companions.

Below, you'll discover a long list of both chain hotels and luxurious ones plus some tips to guarantee a warm reception for your dog wherever your travels may take you.

Pet Travel Checklist

Dr. Sara Ochoa, our partner veterinarian based in East Texas, who has explored various corners of the world accompanied by her canine companion, recommends including the following items in your dog's travel essentials:

  • Comfort blanket. A blanket imbued with familiar scents from home, creating a sense of comfort and relaxation during sleep.
  • Leash. Even if your dog is accustomed to being carried all the time, teaching them to walk on a leash is beneficial, particularly during travel when you might need to manage your luggage.
  • Collapsible travel bowls. Pack collapsible bowls along with food and water to maintain your dog's regular bowel habits. Dr. Ochoa notes, “Introducing new food, unfamiliar-tasting water, or using bowls that are not their own can potentially disrupt their eating and drinking routine.”
  • Potty bags or Indoor Potty. Carry waste bags to assist in cleaning up when your pet needs to answer nature's call.
  • Favorite toy/chew toy. Bring along a beloved toy or chew item to alleviate travel-related stress and keep your pet entertained during extended car or plane journeys.
  • Airline-approved pet carrier. Ensure you have an airline-approved carrier that is crucially familiar to your dog— one they have already slept in. Dr. Ochoa advises, “Turn going into their carrier into a fun and enjoyable experience. Allowing them to spend time sleeping in their carrier beforehand will significantly ease the journey for both you and your pet.”

Pet Friendly Hotels

Listed below are hotel chains (arranged alphabetically) that welcome dogs. However, it's advisable to call in advance and confirm the availability of a pet-friendly room before your arrival.

Best Western

Over 1,600 Best Western establishments throughout the United States, Canada, and the Caribbean are pet-friendly. These locations welcome up to two dogs per room, each weighing a maximum of 80 pounds. Some properties impose a daily fee of $30 (with a maximum of $150 per week) for rooms with pets. Additionally, guests may be required to provide a refundable damage deposit, which can amount to up to $150 per stay.

Choice Hotels

With over 2,500 pet-friendly establishments, including Comfort Inn, Comfort Suites, Sleep Inn, Quality Inn, Clarion, MainStay Suites, Suburban, EconoLodge, and Rodeway Inn, Choice Hotels welcomes dogs. Choice takes pride in offering numerous dog-friendly hotels in some of the most canine-welcoming cities nationwide.

DoubleTree by Hilton

Over 120 DoubleTree properties are pet-friendly, permitting dogs with a maximum non-refundable fee of $75 per room. The chain advises guests to call in advance to ensure the availability of a pet-friendly room.

Extended Stay America

Extended Stay America properties welcome dogs, but there are certain size restrictions. Dogs must be no longer than 36 inches and no taller than 36 inches, and larger dogs require approval from the property manager.

Each suite allows for two pets, and there is a non-refundable cleaning fee of $25 (+ tax) per day, per pet for the first month (not exceeding $150 + tax per pet), payable on the first night of your stay and charged at check-in.

Subsequent months incur a $10 non-refundable fee (+ tax) per day for the first five days of each month (not exceeding $50 + tax per month, per pet). Bringing more than two pets also requires approval from the property manager.

Four Seasons

Numerous Four Seasons establishments provide complimentary accommodations for dogs. For instance, the Four Seasons Los Angeles at Beverly Hills includes in-room amenities like pet treats, bowls with Evian water, and a lavish pet bed.

The Four Seasons Chicago offers these amenities free of charge, although restricted to pets weighing under 30 pounds. Many properties feature a dedicated dining menu for dogs, along with optional grooming and walking services accessible for an extra fee through the concierge. It's advisable to inquire with each specific hotel regarding their pet policy and available services.

Hampton Inn

The majority of Hampton Inn establishments permit dogs, but the number of pets allowed, their size, and applicable fees can vary and are subject to each hotel's discretion. However, even if pets are not generally allowed, service animals are always permitted.

While some properties offer numerous pet-friendly rooms, it's important to note that pets cannot be left unattended in these rooms. Hotels reserve the right to charge for any damage caused by an animal on the property; it is specifically for damage and not considered a “pet fee.”

Home2Suites by Hilton

Hilton's Home2Suites is generally pet-friendly, allowing up to two pets per suite with a weight limit that varies by hotel. To obtain information on pet fees and size restrictions, please refer to your specific hotel's website. Dogs are required to be on a leash or in a carrier when in public areas of the hotel.

Kimpton Hotels

Kimpton boutique hotels extend a warm welcome to pets of various types and sizes for a comfortable stay in their rooms. The check-in process is hassle-free, and they provide pet amenities such as plush pet-bed loaners, food and water bowls, and mats in your guest room. Additionally, some locations may feature a Director of Pet Relations to greet you and assist with all your pet's needs.

Marriott

Marriott provides over 1,500 dog-friendly options throughout the United States across various hotel brands, including Autograph Collection, Renaissance Hotels, Delta Hotels and Resorts, Gaylord Hotels, Courtyard, Residence Inn, SpringHill Suites, Fairfield Inn & Suites, TownePlace Suites, and more. For details on pet fees, weight limits, and breed restrictions, it is advisable to contact the individual properties directly. Each pet-friendly hotel within the Marriott network offers a variety of amenities tailored to accommodate pet owners.

Motel 6

Every Motel 6 is welcoming to pets, with no associated pet fee, and there are no weight limits imposed on pets. Motel 6 permits up to two pets per room.

Peninsula Hotels

Several Peninsula properties welcome travelers to bring their dogs along. Certain locations permit a maximum of two pets, with fees ranging from $35 to $75 per pet. Additionally, some hotels may offer amenities such as food and water bowls, along with a plush dog bed. It's essential to check with the specific hotel you're booking for their individual pet policies.

Red Roof

Every Red Roof establishment is accommodating to pets, with a policy allowing one dog or cat to stay for free per guestroom in most locations. Subject to management discretion, additional pets might also be permitted without an additional charge. For Red Roof Inn and Red Roof PLUS+ locations, there is a pet weight limit of 80 pounds, while The Red Collection locations adhere to a 40-pound weight limit for pets.

Ritz-Carlton

Pet-friendly policies vary among Ritz-Carlton Hotels, and not all of the 88 worldwide locations accommodate pets. Out of these, 37 locations accept pets, with a preference for dogs and a weight limit typically ranging from 10 to 30 pounds.

Advanced registration is required, and the standard non-refundable pet fee falls within the range of $125 to $250. Pets are generally confined to designated areas within the hotel. Some establishments provide special pet packages that may include amenities such as pet hikes, beds, treats, and toys.

For instance, the Ritz-Carlton, Laguna Niguel offers a dog-friendly menu and imposes a $50 per night boarding fee. Dogs must be leashed or carried in common areas, with restrictions on access to certain facilities. At the Ritz-Carlton, Washington D.C., amenities include plush dog beds, bowls, and natural treats, accompanied by a $125 non-refundable dog cleaning fee per stay and a $50 nightly boarding fee.

Staypineapple

Every Staypineapple property is open to dogs and offers amenities like a treat tin, water bowl, walk-friendly waste bags, and a dog bed for the duration of the guest's stay.

There are no restrictions based on the height or weight of pets, but a nightly fee of $25 is applicable. Guests are allowed to keep their dogs in the room while they are out exploring, as long as the pets do not disturb other guests with barking or howling; otherwise, additional charges may apply.

Westin

The Westin brand encompasses 165 properties that welcome dogs, but specific terms can differ among hotels, encompassing considerations such as weight restrictions and potential nightly fees.

Guests are provided with a welcome kit containing food and water bowls, an in-room sign, and a canine version of the Heavenly Bed. Upon check-in, owners are required to sign a waiver, and they assume responsibility for any excessive damage or cleaning required.

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More Luxurious Stays

In the present day, an increasing number of high-end hotels are embracing pets as integral family members, pampering them with a level of luxury fit for royalty.

Pioneering the pet-friendly luxury travel trend are brands like Kimpton Hotels, Thompson Hotels, and Virgin Hotels, adopting open and fee-free policies. While other reputable brands and independent properties have also joined the pet-friendly movement, they often come with specific terms, conditions, and associated fees.

With a growing number of hotels catering to their four-legged guests, there's a burgeoning competition to outdo each other, offering Instagram-worthy amenities, specialized pet-dining menus, “yappy hours,” and endearing canine ambassadors.

In this selection, we spotlight properties that distinguish themselves from the rest. While the focus is on dog-friendly establishments, some also extend a welcoming embrace to non-canine companions.

AutoCamp Russian River, Guerneville, California

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Fees & more: Only dogs are allowed, with a maximum weight of 80 pounds. The charge is $75 per dog per day, and this applies for up to two dogs per room. It's important to mention that reservations for dog-friendly accommodations cannot be made online; they must be completed over the phone.

AutoCamp currently offers several dog-friendly glamping options at newer locations in Asheville, Cape Cod, Catskills, Hill Country, Joshua Tree, Sequoia, Yosemite, and Zion. However, our particular favorite remains the original site at Russian River.

Nestled amidst the Redwoods, you can cozy up in a compact camper or indulge in a well-appointed Airstream suite featuring a walk-in shower and queen-size bed. It's worth noting that the luxury tents, while available, are not pet-friendly.

Spend your days exploring the trails near Armstrong Woods, enjoying Pinot Noir at Sonoma wineries (many of which welcome dogs), and immersing yourself in the charming atmosphere of Guerneville.

Wrap up your evenings with a glass of wine and some s'mores, roasted over the coals of your personal outdoor firepit (complete kits are available for purchase in AutoCamp’s retail shop).

Kimpton Sylvan Hotel, Atlanta

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Fees & more: No charges apply. All pets are invited without any limitations on weight or breed.

The Kimpton brand stands out as the leader in providing the most pet-friendly hotels across America. With an official policy that warmly welcomes any pet able to fit through the door, and without any additional fees, Kimpton has accommodated a diverse array of animals, including dogs, llamas, penguins, ostriches, and more.

The Atlanta location in Buckhead offers an abundance of versatile indoor-outdoor spaces, allowing pets not only to stay overnight but also to partake in the various activities. Whether it's hanging out with their owners at the rooftop bar, St. Julep, or the lobby-level Willow Bar, which features tables set amidst a spacious outdoor garden, pets can enjoy the excitement.

They can also join their owners for morning coffee and the complimentary wine hour in the lobby or unwind by the pool. To ensure the utmost comfort for furry guests, the hotel goes the extra mile by pre-stocking rooms with pet bed loaners, food and water bowls, specialty treats, complimentary waste bags, and personalized door hangers signaling the presence of a pet.

The Betsy South Beach, Miami

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Fees & more: There is a $150 fee applicable per stay, limited to dogs and cats only, with no restrictions based on weight or breed.

In this artistic Miami Beach hotel, dogs take center stage, with three furry ambassadors—Betsy, Rosa, and the newest member, Daisy—residing on the property with the hotel's owners. The love for dogs is evident in the minutest details, such as room keys featuring an image of Katie, the owners' beloved late golden retriever.

Betsy and Rosa's exclusive beer, BetsyRosa, is served across all The Betsy's bars and restaurants. An underground arts gallery showcases the captivating work of dog photographer Carlos Andres Cruz, who beautifully captured Betsy and Rosa for the book “Rosa’s First Day as CEO (Canine Executive Officer).”

Your own canine companion is sure to feel equally cherished here. Experience the sunrise together on the rooftop Ocean Front deck, take a leisurely walk through Lummus Park, and savor lunch on the Ocean Drive terrace of the in-house restaurant LT.

You can even indulge in a spa session together by opting for “Pampering with Pooch,” featuring a couples' massage with a 50-minute session for the human and an additional 10 minutes dedicated to the furry friend.

Thompson Savannah

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Fees & more: There are no charges. Only dogs are allowed, and there are no restrictions based on breed or weight.

Unveiled in June 2021 within Savannah's emerging Eastern Wharf district, bordering the Historic District, this recent addition to the Thompson brand satisfies human cravings for southern hospitality while providing ample green spaces for canine enjoyment.

Situated along the Savannah River, the property features a spacious park right at its doorstep, ideal for days filled with fetch, zoomies, and leisurely walks. The park's walkway seamlessly connects to a broader esplanade that winds through the heart of Savannah. During check-in, take in the impressive modernist design that diverges from the city's historically rich aesthetic.

Upon entering your guest room, you'll be greeted by an artistic “Pet in Room” sign, a plush dog bed tailored to your pet's size, locally sourced dog treats from Woofgang Bakery, and a pet-friendly guide to dining, drinking, and walking created by lead concierge and animal enthusiast Amanda Marks, who always keeps a supply of dog treats at her desk.

Fortunately, one of the pet-friendly dining choices is the Thompson's signature restaurant, Fleeting, offering plenty of outdoor tables for shared dining experiences with your human-canine family.

Fairmont Copley Plaza, Boston

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Fees & more: There is a $50 fee per stay, and all pets are invited, without any limitations based on weight or breed.

While many Boston hotels are pet-friendly, the Fairmont Copley Plaza boasts several competitive advantages. Firstly, there's the hotel's Canine Ambassador, the Instagram-famous Cori Copley, who presides over the lobby and is available for walks and playtime with fellow four-legged guests.

The hotel's prime location directly facing the grassy Copley Square makes bathroom breaks convenient, and the nearby picturesque pathways along the Charles River encourage more extended excursions. Don't miss the Front Desk “Biscuit Bar” that's a must-visit several times a day.

Additionally, the hotel provides a 20 percent in-store discount card for Boston Barkery, conveniently located next door at Copley Place mall, enhancing the treat selection.

For an even more special experience, the “Fairmont Furiend” package adds extra perks, including an exclusive hotel-themed Boston Barkery Biscuit Box, a guest appearance on Cori's Instagram stories, and a complimentary Brush & Go service at ONYVA, a luxury dog spa on Newbury Street.

Baker's Cay Resort Key Largo, Florida

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Fees & more: There is a nightly fee of $75. For stays exceeding five nights, an extra deep cleaning fee of $150 is applicable. A maximum of two dogs, each weighing up to 100 pounds, are allowed per room, with no breed restrictions. Advance notice is required for pets other than dogs, which are also welcomed.

Finally, there exists a beachfront resort where dogs can partake in all the family fun. At Baker’s Cay in Key Largo, dogs are free to swim in the water, stroll along the beach, and find shelter from the sun in dedicated dog tikis.

They can join their human companions for drinks and meals on covered outdoor terraces at Calusa Restaurant and the waterfront taqueria Dry Rocks, featuring daily “yappy hour” specials.

Upon arrival, all dogs receive a welcome kit comprising a Baker’s Cay bandana, collapsible water and food bowls, and a Cay-9 magnet for the guest room door (signaling the pet's presence to service staff to prevent any surprises). With its abundance of dog-friendly amenities, it's no surprise that the hotel is a highly sought-after choice for dog-friendly weddings.

The St. Regis Aspen Resort, Aspen, Colorado

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Fees & more: The initial night's cost is $100 per room, with an additional charge of $25 per night for each subsequent night. Only dogs are allowed, and there are no limitations based on weight or breed.

Colorado may just be the ultimate haven for dog enthusiasts, and at this renowned Aspen resort, canine visitors can fully embrace the pet-friendly atmosphere.

While on the premises, you can arrange play sessions with Kitty, the Bernese Mountain dog and hotel ambassador, relax on a cozy St. Regis dog bed, and effortlessly coordinate dog walking or sitting services through the concierge (priced at $50 per hour for the first 3 hours and $100 per hour thereafter, subject to availability).

Dogs are invited to join Kitty each evening for the Champagne sabering in the Fountain Courtyard and partake in the monthly Bark'n'Brews event, contributing to fundraising efforts for the Lucky Day Animal Rescue of Colorado.

Just a block away from the property is Wagner Park, offering an off-leash area for dogs to frolic, while a bit further (approximately a 10-minute walk) lies Rio Grande Park, the largest park in Aspen, providing another off-leash space.

Scribner's Catskill Lodge, Hunter, New York

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Fees & more: Only dogs are allowed, and there are no restrictions based on weight or breed. The charge is $50 per night for each dog, with a limit of two dogs per room.

Transformed from a motor lodge circa 1966 into a retro-chic inn, this establishment is perfect for immersing yourself in New York's natural beauty throughout the year, alongside your canine companion.

Enroll in the Pupstater Program, and your dog will receive a personalized bandana (green for sociable pups, red for those who prefer to avoid interactions with strangers), along with dog tags, toys, and treats.

Your stay will be in a tastefully appointed guest room featuring large windows, rich maple-stained floors, a blend of modern and rustic furniture, fireplaces, lofted sleeping areas, and private decks (many offering picturesque Catskill views).

Immerse yourself in the serene woodlands surrounding the lodge and explore trails leading to the nearby mountains.

Lodge at Spruce Peak, Vermont

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Fees & more: The cost is $125 for the entire stay. Dogs weighing up to 100 pounds are welcome, and there are no specific breed restrictions.

Experience the outdoor adventures and family-friendly accommodations of New England, including your four-legged family members, at The Lodge at Spruce Peak in Stowe, Vermont.

Dogs are accommodated in studios and multi-bedroom suites within the lodge, all of which underwent renovations in 2021. Pet-friendly rooms come equipped with a luxurious dog bed, bowls, and treats.

Additional treat stations are conveniently located throughout the expansive property, including at the front desk, valet service, and the Spruce Peak Outfitters activities center.

Fall is our preferred season for traveling with your canine companion, as they can participate in guided activities like hikes to vibrant mountain summits.

Regardless of the season, anticipate socializing with numerous other pet owners in the lobby, amid the surrounding forests, and in the resort's pet-friendly “village,” featuring coffee shops, boutiques, and seasonal installations such as a winter ice-skating rink.

The Point Resort, Upper Saranac Lake, New York

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Fees & more: There are no charges. Only dogs are permitted, and there are no limitations based on weight or breed.

Step back into the late 19th-century Great Camp era at William Avery Rockefeller's former private estate, now transformed into an adults-only, dog-friendly luxury lodge with 11 rooms, boasting the prestigious Relais and Châteaux pedigree.

Dogs are welcome to partake in the various activities offered as part of the all-inclusive vacation experience, such as bonfire lunches, lakeside cocktails, late nights in The Pub, hikes across the expansive 75-acre estate, and boating on Upper Saranac Lake (complete with provided pet life vests).

Your canine companions will be treated to toys, beds, and bowls, along with specially prepared meals and treats crafted by the lodge's exceptional culinary team. Each room, featuring a fireplace, becomes a nightly retreat for cuddles and belly rubs.

Tail End

To sum it all up, these pet friendly hotels across our homeland redefine hospitality by extending a warm welcome not only to travelers but also to their four-legged companions.

From luxurious amenities and personalized pet services to scenic surroundings and thoughtful touches, these accommodations create a truly inclusive experience for both guests and their pets.

As these establishments continue to prioritize the needs and comfort of furry friends, they stand out as shining examples of hospitality that goes above and beyond, ensuring that every member of the family, including the ones with paws, enjoys a memorable and delightful stay.

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