Sure, plenty of pet-friendly hotels allow you to bring your precious pup or kitty along for the journey. But some travelers expect a little more luxury for their best travel companion. You know the ones. They’re the eccentric, self-proclaimed ‘dog or cat people’ who actually believe their four-legged friends are really children in fur coats. Confession: I’m one of THOSE PEOPLE. Yes, it’s true, I love my dogs even more than I love traveling, so why would I deny them the vacation experience they so clearly deserve? Luckily, these hotel brands understand my dilemma, providing a stay both pups and people with a taste for the finer things in life can appreciate. And with the money you’ll save on boarding back home, you’ll have the cash to spare on the splurge!
With a friendly slogan of “wagging tails welcomed,” it’s easy to see that Kimpton Hotels takes the happiness of their guests seriously. And I don’t just mean the human kind. The boutique hotel brand invites all pets — including furry, feathery and scaly — of any size, weight or breed to stay with them for no extra charge! How’s that for saving money? Their open door policy is so open, they literally claim that if your pet fits through the door, they will welcome them in. If you decide to test this policy, let me know. I, for one, will simply be toting along my pug and beagle, thank you very much.
What else makes Kimpton Hotels’ pet policy special are the amenities they offer upon arrival. These include everything from ensuring your pet is welcomed by name, to receiving plush pet beds, food and water bowls in your room. And let’s not forget the bonding time that can happen at the nightly wine reception, where pets are encouraged to join the party. Convinced? Get inspired by checking out some of their best properties, including Nashville’s new Kimpton Aertson Hotel and Sedona’s Kimpton Amara Resort & Spa … surrounded by plenty of hiking trails your dog will love.
Does your dog enjoy breakfast in bed as much as you do? The Mandarin Oriental is ready to tend to their discerning tastes with a gourmet room service menu featuring all-natural pet cuisine! As long as your pet is 30 lbs. or less, they are welcomed into this lavish hotel chain, along with a keepsake golden Mandarin Oriental collar tag, special treats and bottled water (because tap water would never suffice.) To keep them comfortable throughout their stay, luxurious pet beds, food and water bowls are provided, along with expert recommendations for local dog parks and pet-friendly neighborhood hangouts. Though a minimum deposit is required (which varies by property,) the look on your furry pal’s face will be worth the upcharge.
Ready to escape? Mandarin Oriental, Miami might be the perfect spot for equal parts comfort and class — and pet perks that have included everything from Bow Wow Boot Camp to Yappy Hour — or the Mandarin Oriental, Washington, D.C., with rooms that feature incredible views of the Jefferson Memorial and Washington Monument.
Simple and understated? These are not words anyone would use to describe Donald Trump. And why would his hotels, or the experience offered to its furry guests be any different? Lucky pets under 25 lbs. will feel more than at home with provided plush beds, water bowls with fresh bottled water, exciting new toys and an in-room dining menu offering “irresistible gourmet treats.” Hey, this sounds almost good enough for me!
When you’re ready to go exploring, the hotels offer a map of the surrounding city highlighting outdoor parks. But, if you decide to hit up some of the area’s less pet-friendly sights solo, there’s no need to feel guilty. Just take advantage of the on-site pet walking services. Give your pooch a city center escape at the glitzy Trump International Hotel & Tower Chicago or the extravagant Trump International Hotel & Tower New York.
At W Hotels, your best furry friend 40 lbs. or under can cozy up right alongside you with their Pets Are Welcome™ (P.A.W.) program for a $25/night upgrade and $100 cleaning fee. That’s right, there’s an entire hotel service dedicated to the happiness of your pet! Upon check-in to a W Hotel, you’ll receive your room key and clean-up bags (let’s be honest, even the cleanest animals can make a mess!) and your dog or cat will receive a toy, a treat and a W Hotels pet tag.
Once in your swanky room, your spoiled pooch will appreciate her own custom W pet bed, food and water bowl with floor mat, a pet-in-room door sign and even a special treat at turndown. Want more? W Hotels doesn’t skim off the “extras,” with everything from veterinarian services to pet birthday cakes available to arrange with an on-site W Concierge. And don’t worry about toting along leashes, litter boxes or even additional toys. It’s all yours, whenever your precious pup or kitty so desires. Take your pet along to W Hotel Austin for a walkable getaway that’s just the right amount of weird.
With a host of unique brands from family-friendly resorts to creative boutique-style hotels, it should come as no surprise that Hyatt Hotels’ pet policies and offerings are as distinct as each property. But no matter which Hyatt you choose, the good news is, your pet will always feel welcome! It’s only the perks that set each escape apart. For example, a stay at the Park Hyatt Chicago will give your pup the chance to make a new furry friend — their own resident pug, Parker — who calls the hotel home. And if pug hugs don’t warm your heart enough, how about this … the entirety of your $100 pet fee will be donated to PAWS animal shelter.
If you’re looking to take your cat or dog to New York’s bustling Financial District, Andaz Wall Street is just the place. The modern hotel features pet amenities that include a doggy bed or cat pillow, three toys to keep, two bowls and a jar of gourmet treats! And for the perfect souvenir, choose Park Hyatt Vienna, which offers photoshoots for your pet held in the hotel’s own chic settings or at one of the area’s most iconic sights. (Imagine the bragging rights at the dog park back home!)
Pet lovers can breathe a sigh of relief at Loews Hotels, a company that understands pets are people, too. Just a glimpse at their Loews Loves Pets program proves it. Every dog and cat with up-to-date vaccinations is greeted not only with open arms, but with a name tag, bowl and special treats to make their stay perfect. Of course, meal time isn’t complete without gourmet room service, and these pet menus are nothing to turn your nose up to. They’re specially developed by each hotel’s own in-house chefs in conjunction with a licensed vet for optimal nutritional value — see, even your pets shouldn’t cheat on their diets during vacation time!
Need to borrow other amenities to keep your fur baby entertained? Loews also has pet beds, litter boxes, litter, scoopers, scratching posts and probably anything else your pampered dog or cat might ask for … if only they could talk. But if your pets are anything like mine, a cozy bed and a yummy meal should keep them satisfied all trip long. Check out San Diego’s Loews Coronado Bay Resort or Loews New Orleans Hotel for a stay that’s equal parts fun and fancy.
Want to tote your pet along for more of your journey? Explore Bring Fido for tips on pet-friendly hotels, restaurants, activities and more. Happy exploring!
Travelocity compensates authors for their writings appearing on this site; such compensation may include travel and other costs.