10 Best Dog-Friendly Hotels
With more and more pet parents opting to travel with their beloved companions, many hotels not only allow dogs as guest, but some even has special amenities such as separate menus, dog beds, collars, and daycare services. Below are some of the best dog-friendly hotels as compiled by USA Today.
The Nikko Hotel in San Francisco is the home of Chief Canine Officer Buster Posey, who is available for “canine room service” for any traveler who needs a snuggle. They also welcome dogs under 60 pounds on their VIP (Very Important Pet) Floor with stylish doggie beds, water bowls, pet placemats, and a fun welcome bag with toys, a portable food bowl, dog waste bag dispenser, and tennis balls. They also have a rooftop grass dog run. They normally charge $50 a night for each dog, but if you book ahead of time, you’ll save $10 a night. Additional cleaning fees may be applied after you check out, if necessary.
Not all Four Seasons hotels and resorts accept pets, but those that do offer an experience yours won’t ever forget. The luxury brand offers small dogs and cats (usually no more than 15 to 25 pounds) in-room amenities like beds, water bowls, and piddle pads, and concierges at pet-friendly locations have plenty of helpful tips about local dog parks and more. Properties that accept animals tend not to charge for the option.
Open arms and full bowls—that’s the pet policy of boutique chain Hotel Indigo. The InterContinental brand has more than three dozen hotels in the U.S., and they all roll out the red carpet for dogs with welcome treats and doggie beds. Associated costs usually run somewhere between $25 and $75, depending on the location. Some properties have resident dogs, including Huey at Hotel Indigo Baton Rouge and Indie at Hotel Indigo Atlanta Midtown.
Canopy by Hilton is a new boutique hotel chain which just announced that all of its North American locations will offer “Paws in the Neighborhood,” a new dog-friendly check-in policy.Canopy partnered with Planet Dog, which makes environmentally-friendly pet products, to create the Paws in the Neighborhood welcome kit. It includes a cinch pack, a Planet Dog Orbee ball, a house-made or locally-sourced dog treat, a dispenser with pickup bags, and a guide that highlights neighborhood parks, vets, groomers, pet supply stores, and dog-friendly restaurants. Up to 2 dogs weighing 75 pounds or less will be allowed to stay with their owners for a non-refundable pet fee of $50. The “Just Right” guest rooms will be prepared in advance to include a dog bed along with food and water bowls. Collars and leashes will be available on loan, and guests receive 20 percent off purchases from Planet Dog.
On the pet-friendly hotel scene, La Quinta is one of the big dogs. Of its more than 830 U.S. locations, only four don’t allow pets (San Antonio Conference/Medical Center; Manhattan and Queens, New York; and Monterrey, California). The hotel allows up to two dogs or cats per room at no extra charge.
There’s pet friendly, and then there’s Kimpton. Welcoming not just dogs but any pet that can fit through the door, the boutique hotel chain with 59 properties in the U.S. shows its dedication to furry (and feathery, and scaly) friends by not charging guests extra to bring an animal. Amenities such as pet beds, concierge lists of nearby pet-friendly restaurants and parks, and a complimentary nightly wine reception where pets are welcome make Kimpton the friendliest of the pet-friendly hotels chains. Not traveling with a pet? Kimpton will outfit your room with a friendly pet fish for your stay.
With a pet program called Loews Loves Pets, is there any question that the brand—with hotels in 18 cities in the U.S. and Canada—has a serious soft spot for animals? Fees vary by hotel, but a one-time service fee of $25 is common. Amenities (for up to two pets per room) include pet mats, food and water bowls, treats, beds, and even litter boxes. There’s even a room service menu with vet-and-chef-developed recipes for cats and dogs.
Fairmont loves dogs so much, it has its own Canine Ambassador program that brings a little puppy love to lobbies including the Fairmont Copley Plaza in Boston and the Fairmont Hotel Vancouver. But pet owners can bring their own four-legged best friends too. Policies vary by property but are clearly outlined online. For instance, at the Fairmont Washington, D.C., Georgetown, dogs stay free and are lavished with treats handmade by the hotel’s Executive Pastry Chef, while at the Battery Wharf in Boston, pets under 25 pounds cost $25 and receive a pet bed and food and water bowls.
Red Roof Inn is a friend to pets. The hotel chain has 360 pet-friendly properties (only three Red Roof Inns don’t accept pets, due to local ordinances). Best of all, the chain is among the few that simply don’t charge a nightly fee or deposit for pet guests. You won’t find pet concierges or doggie room service, but you will find a welcoming community of pet lovers.
When Best Western calls itself a leader in pet-friendly travel, it’s not kidding. With more than 1,600 hotels that accommodate pets, this unfussy favorite keeps costs low and options open. Pet-friendly properties allow two dogs (up to 80 pounds each) in each room. Some hotels also allow other pets, including cats, birds, monkeys, and snakes. Best Western hotels charge a maximum of $20 per day, with a maximum per-week charge of $100. Some properties also charge a refundable damage deposit.