Ever meet one of those hardcore pet people who gives you the impression they love their animals more than other human beings? (Or perhaps you are that person.) Well, get ready to meet 9 hotels that roll out the red carpet for our four-legged friends. From expansive dog parks to chef-driven pet menus to so-called “Yappy Hours,” these lodgings are so pet-friendly you would be forgiven for thinking the animals (mostly dogs) are more welcome than people. Read on to discover the absolute best in pet-friendly accommodations and get ready for some un-fur-gettable puns.
*Fees and restrictions vary from hotel to hotel; check websites for individual pet policies.
The London: West Hollywood, CA
Winston Churchill is back on the mind thanks to awards-bait drama The Darkest Hour, but the only thing that will be on your mind at this WeHo charmer are resident pooches Winston and Churchill. This adorable bulldog duo loves to hang out at outdoor space Hampton Court or lounge at the rooftop pool. While in their company, it’s hard to say who’ll do the most drooling—you or them. Of course, pet-friendly hospitality extends to your own dog, as well, including Winston’s Menu, a selection of doggie offerings designed by Executive Chef Anthony Keene, and also necessities like doggie bags. As for the London, it’s a buzzy gem of a hotel featuring a rooftop pool overlooking the entire city of Los Angeles. Dare we say it’s paws-itively dreamy?
The Old No. 77 Hotel & Chandlery: New Orleans
We all think our dog is a VIP (very important pet, that is). What if your hotel thought the same thing? Lodging options in the Big Easy have been revving up hard in recent years and that includes the addition of the stellar Old No. 77 Hotel, a fun and funky option just a stone’s throw from the French Quarter and featuring all kinds of human perks like a bustling lobby oozing vintage charm and elegant guestrooms with hardwood floors and brick walls. Dogs will lap up the many pet perks including bowls, food, an eco-friendly pet bed, custom-made dog tags, a toy, treats and a list of local pet-friendly resources. And just in case you’re wondering, the hotel is a 15-minute stroll from irresistible Café du Monde (which also happens to be pet friendly).
The Perry Hotel: Key West
The Overseas Highway connecting Key Largo to Key West is the road trip stuff of a doggy’s dreams; it’s filled with gorgeous ocean views and pet-friendly stops along the way, including John Pennekamp State Park, Anne’s Beach and Sombrero Beach. Of course, the real prize is the kooky and eclectic Conch Republic (aka Key West), a city that loves both dogs and cats (don’t miss a visit to Hemingway House, where numerous friendly descendants of Papa’s feline companions still roam the grounds). In Stock Island, check in at the chic Perry Hotel, which has been the talk of the town since its 2017 opening and just won’t let sleeping dogs lie. That’s because they’re too busy running around the hotel’s not one, but two off-leash dog parks!
SoHo Grand: New York, NY
Is this place fur real? You bet it is! Canine lads and Lassies alike will go dog wild at this luxury Lower Manhattan hotel where pets are welcomed at no additional charge and perks include organic treats from Bocce’s Bakery plus bedding, food, water bowls and doggy bags. But that’s not all. Onsite is the SoHo Grand Dog Park (larger than Most Manhattan apartments, lol) and featuring fire hydrant water stations and a bespoke park bench. Did you leave your furry friend at home? The SoHo will provide a goldfish companion for the duration of your stay at no extra charge. Humans, meanwhile, will appreciate the hotel’s close proximity to SOHO shopping and we for one love that it’s within walking distance of cronut factory Dominique Ansel. Yum!
Hotel Del Coronado: San Diego, CA
This oceanfront icon of brilliant orange turrets and high spires is famous for inspiring L. Frank Baum’s vision of the Land of Oz (the author was a frequent guest), but the Toto-approved “Hotel Del” is celebrated among animal owners—of both dogs and cats—for its pet-friendliness. Amenities include treats upon arrival, optional pet walking, sitting, grooming and vet services, a gourmet menu of woof worthy and purr-fectly palatable meals, food bowls, place mats, scratch pads and bedding, crates, collars and leashes. But its best feature is surely its ebullient “Yappy Hour,” a Sabbath day meetup where canines are given complimentary Evian water and yappatizers, while their humans sip dog-inspired cocktails. Hair of the Dog anyone?
Virgin Hotel: Chicago, IL
Anglophiles will love the first-of-its-kind Virgin Hotel Chicago, which combines the cool factor of a totally modern crash pad, but with twee British touches like impeccable service and guestrooms called chambers. Dogs will love it, as well. Pets stay for free (no breed or size restrictions) and the hotel’s list of pet-menities (their words, not ours) are numerous and include pet-specific guestrooms guarded over by porcelain watchdogs, a doggie bandana featuring the Virgin logo and all the requisite necessities like food and water dishes, and a cozy dog bed. Wait, there’s more. In close proximity to the hotel is expansive Grant Park which contains Grant Bark Park and its 18,000 square feet of unleashed canine nirvana within it.
Cavallo Point: Sausalito, CA
Not for the faint of pocketbook, Cavallo Point‘s many luxuries are arguably worth it. For humans, there’s the stunning Marine County location just steps away from the Golden Gate Bridge and offering unbelievable San Francisco views; a mix of historic and contemporary lodgings (the latter featuring private entrances, gas fireplaces and floor-to-ceiling windows) and an on-site cooking school plus Chef’s Counter (a three-hour, private dining experience for up to six guests). Their pet program is kind of a BFD (big furry deal). The Eco Luxe Pups Program features custom food and water bowls by Sausalito Pottery, organic treats from Saute 2000 and Lucky Dogs Bakery, bedding and close proximity to off-leash Remington Dog Park and Rodeo Beach.
Kimpton Hotel Born: Denver, CO
Perhaps the pet-friendliest collection of lodgings in the US, the Kimpton Hotel family is justly famous for its paws-itively stellar embrace of furry friends including cats, reptiles, rabbits, birds and more—at no additional charge! The list of perks are pretty great including the welcoming of pets by name, pet beds, food, water bowls and mats, a concierge-created list of nearby pet-friendly establishments and poop bags. Plus, there’s no size or weight restrictions and no limits on the number of pets allowed. The Kimpton brand extends coast to coast, but we’re particularly excited about the Hotel Born due to its location inside Denver’s renovated Union Station—a new downtown hub for shopping, drinking, dining and entertainment.
El Portal: Sedona, AZ
Is your pooch looking for a contemplative place to “paws” and reflect? Get her to El Portal, a dog-friendly haven in the heart of Arizona’s spiritual mecca. Owners Steve and Connie Segner (who both have backgrounds in the pet food and care industry) unleash numerous dog-centric perks like a pet welcome basket featuring bedding, toys and treats. Several rooms have fenced-in patios, but all guests and their pooches are welcome to take advantage of the more than 1,000-square feet of outdoor common areas designed with pets in mind. Even if you decided it was best for your pooch to sit this vacation out, dog lovers can still hang with resident canines Dexter and Oliver.
Want even more ideas on where to stay if you want to pamper your pooch on the road? Check out our picks for the 6 Hotel Brands That Treat Pets Like Royalty.
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