Looking to take your furry best friend on a trip? Then you need to read our list of the best dog friendly hotels, from pet friendly hotel chains to welcoming bed and breakfasts.
The Best Dog Friendly Hotels in the US
Once our kids were a little older, and easier to travel with, we added a new challenge to family travel: road trips with a dog. No small dogs for us. We have a 60 pound mass of fur, Karat, who loves to travel, and has stayed at every hotel below within driving distance. But even when we fly, we realize we really like pet friendly hotels – they are also people friendly!
What to Look for When Choosing a Dog Friendly Hotel
- Is there a pet fee? Some hotels tack on an additional $25 – $150 for bringing your dog. This pet fee can be per night or per stay – and even per dog. I try to avoid it. But it can make a more expensive hotel cheaper in the long run, depending on fees.
- What happens if your dog has an accident? You should obviously only travel with house trained pets, but accidents happen. Best to know upfront what the charge (if any) will be.
- Dogs in the social media feed: truly dog friendly hotels feature dogs on their Instagram and twitter accounts. They actually want you to bring your pup.
- Can you leave your dog alone in the room? If not, this can be difficult to go out to dinner in winter.
- Make your reservation in advance. Some hotels have only certain rooms that accept pets, so you have to disclose that you are bringing a dog, and make sure your reservation reflects that.
- Call the hotel directly. Some hotels accept dogs below a certain weight. If your dog is larger, you still might be able to bring her if you call ahead. But don’t just show up with an Alaskan Malamute if the hotel specifies only dogs under 30 pounds.
- Bring a dog cover. We have a waterproof car seat cover that can also be used on furniture. It mitigates the fur from our Labrador Retriever and is a familiar object for her.
- If your dog sleeps in bed with you, make sure the hotel allows it. You may have to sign a waiver when you bring a dog, and stipulate that the dog will not go on the furniture.
- Bring an extra leash. We have left ours in a hotel only to realize it hours later.
- Even if the hotel provides a dog bowl and dog bed, you might want your own. Our larger dog doesn’t mind curling up on a small dog bed, but if you have space in the car, her own might make her happier. We usually bring one bowl, for both water and food, and if the hotel offers us a bowl, we use that as well.
Dog Friendly Hotel Chains
1. All Kimpton Hotels are exceptionally welcoming to dogs, with no extra pet fees, treats by the door and a dog bowl and pet bed for your room. Dogs are also invited the nightly happy hours, where owners get free wine or beer.
2. Canopy by Hilton: This new boutique hotel experience by a large chain has free artisan breakfast (for humans) and bicycles at every hotel. I’ve stayed at two, in Washington, DC and a newer one in Minneapolis. Both had friendly, enthusiastic employees and a hip vibe. The DC hotel, in District Wharf, gave our dog a welcome package with treats, a ball, and a guide to dog friendly Washington. You even get a card to alert housekeeping that the dog is in the room when you leave her there. There is never a pet fee.
3. The Hotel Vintage, part of the Kimpton Hotel chain in Portland, OR, is particularly welcoming. We stayed there without our dog, but the concierge had a ‘house dog’ that greeted guests. And when we were there, the hotel was hosting a graduation ceremony for local pups undergoing guide dog training.
4. Aloft Hotels are another dog friendly chain. The one in downtown Philadelphia has a bowl of dog treats by the door and is around the corner from a dog park. Philadelphia is a particularly dog friendly city, with dog friendly restaurants and several downtown dog parks.
5. The Standard Hotels, a boutique chain with two hotels in New York City, one in Los Angeles and one in Miami announces that is is not merely.pet friendly, but “pet loving.” Room prices are steep, but there is no added dog fee and the NYC locations go nuts for dogs. The hotel on the west side of NYC overlooks The High Line.
6. 21C Museum Hotels, another mini chain of boutique hotels, has locations in Nashville and Louisville, plus five other cities. I’ve stayed at the Louisville and Nashville locations, which are vibrant, fun hotels. I saw happy dogs at both, along with employees greeting the pups by name.
7. All Homewood Suites by Hilton are pet friendly, but fees vary by location. We stayed at the one in downtown Washington, DC, right across the street from a dog park. There was no fee, and we kept Karat’s water cold in the full size refrigerator. If you have your dog on a raw food diet, the fridge is a nice perk.
Dog Friendly Hotels in New York City
8. The Beekman, a Thompson hotel, is a luxury hotel in the Financial District. There is no pet fee, (though room rates are fairly steep) and dogs of any size are accepted. Karat made friends with everyone at the hotel and was allowed to stay in the room without me.
9. SoHo Grand Hotel: This hip luxury hotel in New York City is pricey but it has incredible amenities for the well heeled dog. First and foremost is a private dog park, with room to romp, benches, and fire hydrant water stations. There is no extra charge for a dog, who is gifted with organic treats, food and water bowls and doggy bags.
10. 1 Hotel Brooklyn Bridge: This luxury hotel, along the water in Brooklyn Bridge Park, has two nearby dog parks and an unofficial dog beach, so your dog can enjoy the outdoors. The Osprey restaurant welcomes dogs on its huge outdoor patio and has great food, to boot. There is a Miami outpost.
11. Loews Regency New York: Loews is one of the few hotels to allow both cats AND dogs. And the Loews Loves Pets program includes room-service food for these pampered pets. The Loews Regency is near Central Park, which has off-leash hours. And the hotel will arrange a walk for your dog if you’ll be out all day.
12. W New York: W hotels have a PAW (Pets Are Welcome) program. Your pup gets toys, treats and a bed – and a cake if it’s her birthday. The hotel arranges grooming and dog walking. A W hotel in Union Square gives you access to great city dog runs.
13. Ritz-Carlton New York Central Park welcomes two pets up to 60 lbs for an additional fee of $250 per stay. Pets receive treats, bowls, and bed upon arrival. Again, the Central Park location is ideal for dogs.
14. Hyatt Union Square New York: The hotel offers dog beds, organic treats and food bowls. Union Square has a dog run and the best farmers’ market in the city. One stand even sells organic bones for dogs.
15. Gansevoort Meatpacking NYC: This luxury boutique hotel is all paws in for your dog. The dog bed is monogrammed with your pup’s name. He also gets bottled water, bowls and a toy. Dogs cannot, sadly, use the rooftop pool, but bring your swimsuit for the ultimate Instagram pic.
Pet friendly Bed and Breakfasts
Dog Friendly Hotels on the West Coast
19. Doubletree Berkeley Marina: the waterfront hotel allows dogs of any size and doesn’t charge an extra fee. There is a large park next to the hotel where dogs can romp. And there is fantastic hiking nearby. We went with our cousin’s Bernese Mountain dog and met a Bernese puppy at the hotel. The hotel has a great buffet breakfast.
21. Paséa Hotel & Spa, in Huntington Beach, has ‘Paw-séa Pet Package’ offering three hours of pet sitting and doggie spa treatment, bowls, dog toy and leash. Best of all, the hotel has its own new dog park.
More Dog Friendly Hotels
22. Hotel LeVeque, part of Autograph Collection, in Columbus, Ohio allows two pets of any size for a fee of $100 per stay. Both dogs and cats are welcome. The luxury hotel, in downtown Columbus, has very friendly staff.
23. InterContinental Hotel – Stephen F. Austin, is in downtown Austin. The hotel lets dogs under 60 pounds stay. There is a cleaning fee of $100, no matter how long your stay. We were here for a wedding and the groom’s dog (and ring bearer) stayed with us.
24. Four Seasons Resort Orlando. You can’t bring your dog into Walt Disney World Resort, but this luxury hotel allows one pet up to 25 pounds is, for no additional fee. Pets get treats at check in, and a bed, and bowls await in the room.
25. SureStay Plus Hotel by Best Western, in Albany, NY: This hotel violated our ‘no fee’ policy – it charges $20 per pet, per night. BUT – rooms were inexpensive enough that we didn’t mind. And the free breakfast was worth more than $20 for the three of us. Not all Best Western hotels are pet friendly.
26. All Extended Stay America hotels allow up to two pets per room. The budget hotel charges $25 per day, per pet, but if you staying for a very long time, the maximum fee is $150. This is a bare bones (pun intended) place but clean and we have stayed at a few with Karat.
27. Residence Inn by Marriott is another pet friendly extended stay chain. Hotels charge a one time cleaning fee, of up to $100, when you bring your pet.