30 Best Pet-Friendly Hotels in America
These hotels around the country are a real treat for you and your furry friends!
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Pamper yourself—and your pet
In August, Google Trends reported a 90 percent uptick in searches for hotels that allow dogs. That’s a huge increase! But in these uncertain, anxiety-provoking times, it makes sense that a person itching for a getaway still wants the sense of calm and stability of having their pet with them. (Can we all just agree that everyone needs emotional support animals right now?) So, to help make your travel planning easier, we rounded up the best pet-friendly hotels in America that will treat your fur baby to some serious paws-up R&R. At these hotels and inns, pets aren’t just tolerated—they’re pampered, maybe even more than you are. If you’re driving to your destination, don’t leave home without these essential pet products you’ll need on a road trip with your dog.
Renaissance Reno Downtown Hotel, Reno, Nevada
The “Who Let the Dogs Out in Reno Nevada” package available at this pet-friendly hotel is for dog owners who spare no expense when it comes to their fur babies’ happiness. You can host a puppy pizza party in the presidential suite with nine doggy pals and up to 20 human friends! These pups get to enjoy the high life as they drink infused water, play Bundox Bocce, and snooze in plush dog beds. Of course, no great party is complete without a breakfast of champions the next morning, which is why you and your pet are also treated to a special breakfast (with bottomless mimosas for the best dog parent in the world). Sure, this event of a lifetime costs a pretty penny, but feel good knowing that $1,000 of it will go to the animal charity of your choosing. You could be the reason someone has a beautiful rescue dog adoption story.
The Wayfinder Hotel, Newport, Rhode Island
Both people and pups will enjoy the relaxed, beachy, and bohemian vibe of this Newport hotel, which now sees approximately 20 to 25 percent of its guests bringing their dogs, according to Quinn PR. Feel free to pack light, because the Wayfinder will make sure your dog has everything he needs by providing welcome treats, a comfy dog bed, and water and food bowls. There is a pet fee of $50 per night, but you are also allowed not just one but two pets. Spoil your little angels at home with these dog beds for every type of dog.
The Bristol Hotel, Bristol, Virginia
Virginia’s Bristol Hotel initially underestimated the number of pets it would welcome through its doors. Originally, the Bristol boasted 20 pet-friendly hotel rooms out of 65—a big number to begin with—but that number almost tripled in June 2020. This incredible increase in prancing paws pushed the hotel to dedicate an extra floor to guests with pets. Expect a puppy snack at check-in, a plush dog bed with special turndown service, and leashes available for borrowing. Travel + Leisure even named the Bristol Hotel among the top 15 city hotels in the continental United States in 2020. When planning your trip, be sure to consider these 12 things before booking a hotel during the pandemic.
The Atlantic Hotel & Spa, Fort Lauderdale, Florida
The Atlantic Hotel & Spa in Fort Lauderdale offers guests a VID (Very Important Dog) program. As part of the program, each dog gets a welcome bag complete with a reflective collar and wee-wee pads. A “Bark Bite” food menu is also available for dogs at the Florida hotel’s oceanfront restaurant, Wild Thyme Oceanside Eatery. What should you feed your dog regularly? These are the dog food brands veterinarians feed their own pets.
The Hotel Indigo hotel chain has dozens of locations around the United States, not to mention many more all over the world. Owned by IHG—the same hotel group that owns the pet-friendly Kimpton Hotels—each Indigo location has its own unique pet policy. One lovely, pet-enthusiastic hotel is the Hotel Indigo San Diego Gaslamp Quarter, which doesn’t charge a pet fee, allows up to two pets, and boasts a “Pet & People friendly” rooftop. Pups also get a free check-in treat, water bowl, and soft bed. If you’re dreaming of sand and surf, check out these 12 dog-friendly beaches your pooch will love.
The St. Regis Aspen Resort, Aspen, Colorado
This Aspen resort has a proud dog history dating back to the early 1900s, as the original St. Regis Hotel in New York was home to a dog named Kitty. The St. Regis Aspen still welcomes dogs to this day and even hosts a monthly “Pawty on the Patio” event called Bark’n’Brews. The event raises funds for the Lucky Day Animal Rescue of Colorado. As generous as they are, though, the St. Regis resort still requires pet fees. If you think you’ll want to travel with your pet but don’t have one yet, consider these quiet dog breeds that don’t bark (too much).
StayPineapple’s hotels won’t just welcome your dog—they’ll help you plan the perfect trip with your furry BFF. Their helpful and adorable blog provides guests with everything from recommendations for pet-friendly locales to the results of the Pineapple Pup costume contest. Explore the cultural wonders of major cities with your pup when you stay at a hotel like The Loop in downtown Chicago. With the Pineapple Pup Package, every pooch receives a soft doggy bed, a water bowl, treats, and doggy bags at check-in, most of which you can keep when you check out. Plus, each StayPineapple room comes with a stuffed Husky named Dash so your dog doesn’t need to feel lonely. Purchase Dash so his “adoption fee” can be donated to animal rescue organizations. To help animals even more, find out what animal shelters desperately need right now.
Aloft Hotels are a string of pet-friendly hotels under the Virgin Hotels umbrella. Stay at one and your dog will be gifted a chic hotel-stamped bandana, as well as provided with food and water bowls, treats, and a cozy bed. There will even be a porcelain watchdog keeping guard just outside your room. If you’re staying in a busy location like the Aloft Manhattan Downtown in the Financial District and your dog is sensitive to loud noises, you can specially request a quieter room. Check out these other hotel perks that will make you want to book a room ASAP.
Inn by the Sea, Cape Elizabeth, Maine
This Cape Elizabeth Inn is truly remarkable in its commitment to dogs’ happiness. Yes, it provides complimentary water bowls, beach towels, blankets, and treats, but those amenities hardly compare to the biggest gift it gives. Inn by the Sea partners with the Animal Refuge League of Greater Portland to help save lives and foster shelter dogs. The inn even temporarily houses foster dogs on the premises, so guests can take them on walks, play, and adopt them if they fall in puppy love. So far, the seaside resort has seen 154 dog adoptions. Consider adopting an older dog when you search for a new pet.
The Roxy Hotel, New York City
New York City’s Roxy Hotel loves pets so much that it worked a private dog park into its floor plan. Its Soho Grand Dog Park was designed by famous landscape designer Rebecca Cole to make your dogs feel right at home. This private garden park features fire-hydrant water stations, bespoke benches, and a relaxing, zen-like design. Be sure to follow dog park etiquette when you visit this enclosed courtyard.
Nick’s Cove Cottages, Marshall, California
At this Marin County hotel, your dog’s happiness isn’t just an afterthought. Nick’s Cove offers homemade dog treats, trademark bandanas, and one stuffed toy and frisbee for pups to play with on the private beach. As if that weren’t enough, Nick’s Cove hosts an annual Pet Appreciation Month every April. During this time, a special Pampered Pooch Package is available for purchase, so dogs can get their kinks worked out by professional pet massage therapists. (Note: Book a dog massage 48 hours in advance to ensure availability.) When your pup doesn’t have access to a masseuse, these 12 products could help relieve your dog’s anxiety.
Calistoga Ranch, Calistoga, California
Napa Valley’s Calistoga Ranch offers incredible pet services that go above and beyond the normal pet-friendly hotel. Upon arrival, guests receive a wine bottle filled with dog treats, a dog bed, and bowls for food and water. Next—and we can’t even make this up—pups are treated to an Applewood-Smoked Bacon Scavenger Hunt, where they experience the joy of sniffing out bacon all over the property. Guests also receive a Happy Tails newspaper with information on pet-friendly spots in the area. Lastly, there is the “Canine Culinary” room-service menu, which offers organic and gourmet dishes such as braised short rib on brown rice and the hotel’s signature Calistoga Ranch Burger. (Who’s really on vacation here?) Learn which other human foods are actually good for your dog.
Loews Hotels think of absolutely everything when it comes to taking care of your cats and dogs. Firstly, every pet is required to have up-to-date vaccinations, ensuring everyone’s safety. Once that’s established, your furry friends get the all-star treatment, featuring specialized bedding, litter boxes, place mats, gourmet room service, and more. Loews even provides you with a complete travel guide of the best pet-friendly spots in town, like Piedmont Park, which is just steps away from the Loews Atlanta.
Graduate Hotels is a string of niche hotels that cater to the nostalgic and college-oriented crowd. Each Graduate Hotel is distinctly designed to represent its local academic culture, so current students can feel at home and alumni get a blast from the past. At Graduate Ann Arbor in Michigan, for example, guests who attend Wolverine basketball games get 25 percent off at the hotel café, Poindexter. This hotel chain understands that pets are a huge part of the family experience, so they welcome each dog with a customized BarkBox.
Standard Hotels are anything but, offering everything from free pet stays to National Pet Day activities. This pet-friendly hotel chain frequently hosts dog-themed events, like the 2018 “dOGUMENTA” art show at its Los Angeles location. (Check the hotels’ “Happenings” section to see upcoming events.) They haven’t charged any pet fees since 2016, and Standard Hotels even generously donated 2015’s pet fees to the ASPCA to help animals in need.
Hotel Nikko, San Francisco, California
Hotel Nikko in San Francisco is so pet-friendly, it’s even run by a dog, Buster, the official Canine Operating Officer. Buster is not only a wonderful playmate for furry friends and humans alike and a therapy dog—but he’s also known as one of the best non-human professionals in the hospitality industry. But access to Buster isn’t all Hotel Nikko has to offer. “The hotel goes above and beyond to accommodate dogs traveling with their humans,” shares Cody Dano, representative of TravelPirates. “All dogs receive dog beds, bowls, and treats upon check-in and get to stay on the hotel’s VIP (Very Important Pet) floor, where they can meet other canine guests at a newly renovated pet terrace.” Plus, it’s not too far from one of the best pet-friendly national parks around the country.
1 Hotel Central Park, New York City
Any upscale hotel around Central Park is worth checking in to, but 1 Hotel is a top priority if you are looking for one of the best pet-friendly hotels and are an animal lover who also likes to live green—the boutique hotel chain designs its energy-efficient rooms out of reclaimed and recycled materials. But what will impress your pup most is the warm welcome he gets at the door, including a special amenity package that awaits every pet who sets paw in the hotel. While you’re in the Big Apple, check out these 15 NYC hidden gems most New Yorkers don’t know about.
The Beverly Hills Hotel, Beverly Hills, California
The Beverly Hills Hotel instantly brings to mind the many visages of stars past and present, but the iconic hotel isn’t just a celebrity vacation spot for humans. “Hailing themselves as ‘canine connoisseurs,’ the hotel promises to give your pooch treatment fit for a celebrity,” Dano says. “For a fee, your pet receives personalized doggy cookies from the bakery, a doggy bed, and bowl.” According to BringFido.com, the famous hotel’s bungalows allow up to two pets of any size.
Dog Bark Park Inn, Cottonwood, Idaho
The Dog Park Inn is not for the dog lover—it is for the dog-obsessed. Shaped and painted to look like a giant Beagle, the Dog Park Inn may even prove to be more of a vacation for your pet than for you. “This is truly a mom-and-pop operation,” Dano says. “The inn was founded and is run by Dennis Sullivan and Frances Conklin, chainsaw artists who created the design for the handmade inn, better known as Sweet Willy.” This pet-friendly hotel definitely makes the list of one of the most unique hotels around the world.
Arizona Biltmore, Phoenix, Arizona
Did you know it’s not just people who get jet-lagged, but pets, too? That’s why the folks at the Arizona Biltmore designed a signature protein bowl for the distinct purpose of helping pets adjust to the jet lag and regain their pep. Bonus: The Arizona Biltmore also has nearly 40 acres of green, so your pets will never run out of room to run and play.
Vrbo provides people with a literal home away from home, no matter where they’re going. And what is a home without a pet or two? Search through nearly endless options of places to rent for your vacation, and tailor your stay to your family’s needs. Vrbo also partners with a non-profit called Emancipet, which aims to provide affordable vet care to anyone who needs it. If you’re not sure where you want to go, consider these 50 fabulous beach house rentals.
Retreat at Sky Ridge, Eureka Springs, Arkansas
A peaceful stay in a cabin is all the more pleasant when your fur baby gets to come along. This pet-friendly hotel is a true retreat into nature and relaxation that welcomes you and your pet to dog-friendly hiking trails, boat rentals, and lakes. The shops and restaurants in the area are also, for the most part, open to you and your special companion. Check out the 10 hotels with the most outrageous amenities in the world.
The Greenwich Hotel, New York City
The Greenwich Hotel in New York City is unique among pet-friendly hotels because it has no restriction on the size of a pet and does not charge an extra fee. Anyone who stays here is allowed two pets to a room. It’s conveniently located steps away from the Hudson River Greenway, which runs nearly the entire length of Manhattan, from Battery Park north to Washington Heights, and is a perfect spot to walk your pooch—just be mindful of cyclists and pedestrians, please!
Fairmont Copley Plaza, Boston, Massachusetts
While your pet is welcome at the Fairmont Copley Plaza, if you aren’t able to bring it along, you can always play with Carly Copley, the Fairmont’s Canine Ambassador. “Carly greets guests in the lobby and is also happy to accompany you on walks and runs around town—just check her schedule first,” Dano says. “She also is quite the socialite and attends events for several charitable and noteworthy causes around Boston annually.” This is one of the best pet-friendly hotels in downtown Boston.
East Bay Suites, Grand Marais, Minnesota
Located on the shores of Lake Superior, East Bay Suites gives you and your pet access to beautiful natural landscapes and views. Dogs receive a personalized collar upon arrival and are invited to attend special social hours with other pups. Plus, the town is so dog-friendly, you have your pick of restaurants that will welcome the two of you. Driving to your pet-friendly hotel? Be sure your car is stocked with everything you need for a road trip with your dog.
Delamar Southport, Southport, Connecticut
The Delamar Southport, located along the Long Island Sound, is a gorgeous hotel that welcomes any dog under 100 pounds with a bed, welcome kit, and nightly bottles of water. There is a nominal fee of $50 for your pet’s stay, but part of that fee is donated to a local animal charity.
The Jefferson Hotel, Washington, D.C.
The Jefferson Hotel in the nation’s capital is one of the most beautiful and historic hotels in the country. That’s not just opinion, either; the Beaux-Arts-style lodging was named one of the best U.S. hotels of 2018 by U.S. News & World Report. Both you and your furry friend will be treated to absolute luxury. “Your travel pal will receive a welcome letter, food bowl, filtered water, tons of treats, and a comfy bed to sleep in,” Dano says. “Upon request, you can also get dog-walking maps or dog-sitting services.”
The Hermitage Hotel, Nashville, Tennessee
You know that kink that you just can’t get out of your back? How about the stress that you carry on your shoulders? Well, you’re not the only one, you know. That’s why the Hermitage Hotel in Nashville offers massage services to you and your pets. Your four-legged companions also get their own turndown service.
At many of the Kimpton Hotels, you and your pup will be greeted by the on-site “canine public relations officers.” “The pup’s duties range from hotel to hotel, but some include making sure the hotel’s pet amenities are on par, sampling the Pampered Pooches in-room dining menu, and hosting nightly social hours for the ‘Brews on the Roof’ cocktail series,” shares Dano. All of the Kimpton properties welcome any type of animal in all shapes and sizes, “as long as it fits through the door.” So, what are you waiting for? Go sip some dog-inspired cocktails at the Kimpton Onyx Hotel in Boston! Boston also happens to be one of the East Coast vacations you really need to take at least once.
Another hotel chain that treats furry friends the right way is W Hotels. According to TripsWithPets.com, the W Hotels in the United States offer a luxury experience to pets, as well as a welcome package that includes toys and treats as part of their P.A.W. (Pets Are Welcome) program. The W Los Angeles West Beverly Hills is a great choice, close to UCLA’s lawns and gardens for dog walking and just a 15-minute drive from Santa Monica’s pet-friendly pier. En route to your pet-friendly hotel, be sure to use one of the best airlines for traveling with dogs.