The 26 Best Pet-Friendly Hotels in the Country
Traveling with pets, once somewhat restricted and thought of as a luxury for those with smaller animals, has quickly become an important way travelers both decide on how and where to book their next trip. A new survey conducted by American Express Travel reveals that traveling with pets is on the rise, with 43 percent of survey respondents saying they’d like to book travel to a place where they can bring along their furry friend.
And with a recent proliferation of both pet-friendly accommodations, package offerings, and flexibility on larger pets and types of pets, traveling with a four-legged friend shows no signs of slowing down. As a consequence, hotels and resorts are focused on offering the best possible experience to make pets and pet parents comfortable, and in many cases, they literally roll out the red carpet for them. Here are just some of the best pet-friendly hotels across the U.S. right now.
1. The Ritz-Carlton South Beach (Miami Beach, FL)
Location is everything, and that’s especially true at The Ritz-Carlton, South Beach. The enviable hotel is both steps from the sand and everything magical SoBe has to offer, including the dog-walking and people-watching paradise that is the Miami Beach Boardwalk. Once inside the walls of this luxe, restored Art Moderne building, you and your furry friend will find posh deco details and a friendly, loving attitude for four-legged friends from the entire staff. Guests can also expect special touches, like a framed photo of their beloved pet in a keepsake Ritz-Carlton frame (subject to availability), tasty treats, and a high-quality pet feeder, too.
2. Limelight Hotel Ketchum (Ketchum, ID)
Few places are more appealing to active pet parents and pets alike than Sun Valley, which may be famed for skiing but boasts lots of outdoor activities year-round. If your pup loves lazing around in the sun, opt for one of the many Terrace Rooms, which have large terraces to take in the never-ending sunshine no matter the season. Pets are welcome in most parts of this hotel, and complimentary bowls and placemats are provided, with a $30 cleaning fee per pet, per night. Limelight Hotel—which boasts a killer, year-round heated pool and hot tub area—is located within walking distance of downtown Ketchum, filled with cute shops and a seriously not-to-be-missed distillery and dining experience, Warfield Distillery & Brewery.
3. Boarding House Cape May (Cape May, NJ)
Things we love about this hotel: It’s located across the street from a park and is walking distance to the charming seaside town of Cape May, not to mention a quick drive from North Cape May’s most popular dog beach, which has seasonal times for visitors with a pet. There are dog-friendly wineries, al fresco and dog-friendly restaurants in town, and lots of contemporary beach charm within the rooms, including surfboards mounted above each of the comfy beds.
4. The Lyle (Washington, D.C.)
One of our nation's capitol’s newest boutique hotels to hit the scene is in the coveted and pet-forward Dupont Circle neighborhood. The Lyle offers a subtle nod to its Art Deco beginnings throughout its design, and a home-like, residential feel that will instantly comfort pets and pet owners to new surroundings. Four-legged guests are in for a treat (literally), which include homemade snacks plus the simple pleasure of a cozy dog bed. The hotel is down the block from the S Street Dog Park and an easy walk to neighboring sections of Adams Morgan and Logan Circle. The pet fees won’t break the bank, either, as guests who book the Paws of Lyle package will have waived pet amenity fees. Standard pet fees are $100 and nonrefundable per stay when not booking Paws of Lyle.
5. Best Friends Roadhouse and Mercantile (Kanab, UT)
You could say this place is big on pets. In fact, you’re likely to have a photo of a precious pooch, pretty kitty or furry bunny stationed above your hotel bed when you overnight, and outside the hotel, you’re likely to peep a dog statue and murals of animals painted on the walls. The hotel features a special, two-door entry systems that ensures wandering pets don’t slip out, plus pull-out sleeping areas with pet mattresses and cubbies so you can comfortably sleep by your furry friend, not to mention free pet washing stations, a fenced-in park with a splash pad, and pet walking services and sitting. Yep, it’s pretty much Shangri-La for pets.
The best part: Guests here can take a complimentary shuttle to Best Friends Animal Sanctuary, where they’re able to volunteer and meet pets for sleepovers at the hotel, and learn more about all the good work this animal sanctuary does.
6. Brazilian Court Hotel (Palm Beach, FL)
For the most spoiled, pampered of pooches, luxury Palm Beach hotel Brazilian Court Hotel pulls out all the stops—seriously, no pet parent could top this. Their Bark Butler package is available year-round and includes a welcome BarkBox, daily dog walking services, spa services—yup, for your pooch—at a local pet salon and boutique, a yacht ride for pet and owner, and even an adorable photo shoot to commemorate the trip. In-room, your pet will be provided a monogrammed bowl and designer doggy bed—the latter of which receives its own special turn-down service each night.
7. The Beeman Hotel (Dallas, TX)
A canine cantina, you say? Color us—and your four-legged companion—intrigued. Visitors to this recently renovated and contemporary-cool Dallas hotel love it's PupJoy amenity. Beyond including general joy for pets with toys, treats, and chews, it offers guests a day pass to bring their best furry friend to MUTTS Canine Cantina, an off-leash dog park meets dog-friendly restaurant.
8. AKA West Hollywood (West Hollywood, CA)
Does your city pup love long walks, mingling with other canines, and well, just generally being part of the scene? The AKA West Hollywood is *the* Sunset Strip address you’ll want to check in with them for an extended stay, then. (As of press time, the hotel is allowing guests on a weekly stay or longer basis.) The hotel features a private, outdoor path right on site for pets, but is also located in one of L.A.’s best neighborhoods for walkability, so you both can discover shops, restaurants, pet boutiques and groomers together on foot.
9. Kimpton Schofield Hotel (Cleveland, OH)
Most pet owners will instantly notice Kimpton Hotels’ friendly attitude toward pets, especially those with larger pets who sometimes aren’t covered in general pet policies of other hotels solely based on their dog’s height or weight (we’re looking at you, Bernese Mountain dog owners). Situated at the center of Cleveland's cultural scene, this gem of a Kimpton has select amenities for pets including pet sitting and dog walking, in addition to access to a pet spa. With an average nightly stay of $178, and no pet fees (!), staying here with your fur baby is a budget-friendly way you can both get in a post-quarantine getaway you so deserve.
10. Aloft Greenville Downtown (Greenville, SC)
The charming southern city of Greenville, S.C. is packed with treats for you and your pet. Case in point: Guests at any Aloft hotel, like the centrally-located, modern and comfortable one here, can request to take advantage of the Animals R Fun Program, which includes a kit with a water bowl, pickup bags, tasty treats, a dog tag, pet toys and a comfy pet bed. Pro Tip: Pack up those supplied treats and head out by foot with your furry friend to the Liberty Bridge—an ideal place to stop, gaze out, and snap some adorable Insta content of Fido.
11. The Equinox Golf Resort & Spa (Manchester, VT)
This historic resort in Vermont recently promoted its pup-in-residence—a 5-year-old golden retriever named Cooper (who has a pretty gnarly Insta!)—to chief happiness officer, a rep for the hotel shares with us. Cooper is available to hang, cuddle, play fetch, and just generally make guest experiences better for both humans and pets alike—really, now what could be better than that? Consider this: Starting in May, Cooper will host a weekly meet-and-greet social hour each Friday to welcome guests to the property, which is located in the Green Mountains, with a complimentary glass of wine.
12. Origin Hotel Lexington (Lexington, KY)
Traveling with a pet is great, but it can sometimes be a hassle to figure out which local spots are pet-friendly or, ahem—not that we’ve done this or anything, will turn a blind eye to certain adorable faces. At boutique charmer Origin Hotel Lexington, which is filled with lots of locally-inspired details, they take the guesswork out of traveling with a pet by providing a local “pup guide” to highlight all of the pooch-friendly spots in town. The $50 fee also includes pet bowls and a bed during your pet’s stay, but more importantly, an on-theme, locally crafted swag bag that includes a Kentucky-inspired chew toy (aka a bottle of bourbon squeak toy), a bowtie and selections of wholesome treats.
13. 21c Museum Hotel Oklahoma City (Oklahoma City, OK)
There’s plenty of incentive to stay at 21c Museum Hotels, the boutique hotel-meets-museum chain concept that’s already taken over cities including Nashville, Cincinnati, Kansas City and more. But an extra incentive to take advantage of right this second is booking the hotel's Pet Package, which includes waived pet fees, good on bookings through June 30, 2021. Your furry friend will receive a specialty treat during check-in, plus a $20 donation will be made to Oklahoma’s Humane Society, and fido will also get to luxuriate with some Malin + Goetz Pet Shampoo during their stay. And that’s even before mentioning all the diverse places you can bring your pup along on a trip to OKC, which is known as The Big Friendly—both for people and pets—for good reason.
14. Topnotch Resort (Stowe, VT)
This one's for all the fanatical ball chasers out there! Already celebrated as Vermont’s finest year-round resort, Topnotch’s Tennis Center makes a visit here extra special by providing pets a three-pack of tennis balls so your trusted companion can chase them around until he or she tuckers out. The property also boasts a dedicated floor with pet-friendly rooms, so you can mingle and make friends with neighbors, not to mention many places to stretch out and play fetch, like Topnotch's various lawns and nearby hiking trails. Prior to the pandemic, the resort even did a special reiki and massage for dogs, and while it’s on pause for the moment, a rep tells us they anticipate offering it up again after Vermont loosens restrictions.
15. Lotte Hotel Seattle (Seattle, WA)
If you and your pet consider yourselves sophisticated, cosmopolitan types, then boy do we have the hotel for you. The recently-opened Lotte Hotel Seattle is big on luxe, trendy little design details, stellar views, and a prime location within walking distance of everything downtown Emerald City has to offer. For a $100 non-refundable pet fee (for up to two dogs with a max weight of 40 pounds per dog), you’ll also be provided water bowls and a personalized, house-made dog biscuit, to boot.
16. Little River Inn (Mendocino, CA)
This laid back, coastal California inn boasts stunning views of the ocean, plus personal hot tubs off many of the rooms. While your pooch won’t partake in said heated, bubbly water bath, they can get onto the water in a completely unique way. That's because Little River Inn offers the incomparable experience of a kayaking trip with your dog, in which you and your pet can sit on what a rep promises us is a purpose-built, super-stable and specially designed kayak craft. Active dogs will also love the miles of hiking trails surrounding Little River Inn, and lazier pets will enjoy cozying up next to a fireplace or feasting al fresco with their owners in the lovely outdoor dining area.
17. The Cheshire (St. Louis, MO)
If discovering a new park is your thing with your pet, checking into this charming St. Louis hotel—which also happens to boast a pretty great seasonal pool and handsome terrace—will be a no-brainer. The hotel is walking distance from the historic, picturesque Forest Park. Like Central Park in New York, this urban oasis is something super special and a sense of great pride for St. Louisans; it’s also an ideal place to bring your dog(s), which are plenty welcome on leash but also off in dedicated dog run areas.
18. Emeline (Charleston, SC)
Look—we can all use a chillout session every once in a while, and the same rings true for our pets. For supreme relaxation, this highly Instagrammable hotel—which is super hot on the Charleston scene right now—allows pets to cool down by offering them CBD-infused treats upon request. Emeline also recently announced The Fox and The Hound Happy Hours at Frannie and The Fox, their on-site restaurant, allowing diners to bring along furry friends for hangs on the patio each Tuesday from 3 p.m. to 5 p.m. Pro tip: Look into their Pawsome Package before you book, which includes a custom-made dog treat by their in-house pastry chef, dog mat, bowl and comfy bed.
19. Alfond Inn (Winter Park, FL)
An escape to Orlando, whether you love the parks or just the warm Florida air on your skin, is always a good idea, and the attractive Alfond Inn’s even more attractive pet offerings make it that much simpler to book. With their Very Important Pup Package, guests give back to the Pet Alliance of Greater Orlando through a booking. For $249+/night, pending availability, it includes a stay in a Classic Room with a waved pet fee and a special dog bowl, toys and treats.
20. Castle Hill Inn (Newport, RI)
Guests at luxury Newport hotel Castle Hill Inn can book one of the Beach Cottage room types for a truly unique experience. Many of these charming cottages feature outdoor decks, large soaking tubs and/or fireplaces, and salty chic beach decor, plus an idyllic, private stretch of beach for your pup to run on. Pets are also permitted in Harbor House rooms, and the fee for traveling companions starts at $175 per stay.
21. Mountain Shadows Resort Scottsdale (Paradise Valley, AZ)
Treat your pup to a luxe little getaway with The Pampered Pup Package, because nothing could more accurately describe how you like to spoil him or her. During your stay at the stunning desert hotel originally built in the late ‘50s, which has great outdoor spaces—including a pretty sick pool which backs up to Camelback Mountain—your pet will receive a cute and very on-theme for Arizona cactus bandana, plus all-natural, locally made treats from Bentley’s Biscuits. The room will have a comfy dog bed for them to sprawl out on, but our favorite part is the mid-century inspired pet feeder. This package can be reserved up to 48 hours in advance and is $55 per stay (per dog, additional $10 per night for stays longer than four nights).
22. St. Regis Aspen Resort (Aspen, CO)
Pets are well-welcomed at this handsome Aspen hotel, where a very lucky Bernese Mountain dog named Kitty lives as the pet-in-residence. Kitty is a great companion to travelers with pets who want to make a buddy, and even those visitors who are sans pet but are pleased to be surrounded by puppy love. Kitty is in the process of hiring a Fur Butler (but of course!) who will manage the hotel mascot's day-to-day activities, including walks, airport greetings, playdates, and more, a rep for the hotel tells us. Should you happen to fill a day on Aspen’s famed slopes or choose to get out into its sublime nature in the warmer months, dog walking and dog sitting services are also available for a fee at the St. Regis Aspen Resort.
23. Red Lion Hotel Port Angeles Harbor (Port Angeles, WA)
Nobody loves paying pet fees to bring their pooch along, but forking over that cash is a little more palatable at Red Lion Hotel. That’s because the fee is a cool $25 per stay, and even better, $10 of the fee is donated to Olympic Peninsula Humane Society. Our advice: Active dogs with lots of energy will love this location, which is nestled between the beautiful Strait of Juan de Fuca and Olympic National Park, and so will you!
24. MC Hotel (Montclair, NJ)
If your pet is as food-obsessed as us, they’ll appreciate MC Hotel’s culinary pooch offerings. The hotel’s Executive Chef, Amber Lancaster—who you might recognize as currently appearing on season 19 of Hell’s Kitchen—has created a special menu for pets at this hotel. Located in New Jersey’s charming cultural art and food hub of Montclair, just 30-40 minutes outside NYC, the menu items include a “Doggie Hash” with ground beef and rice and a “Ruff Age” dish featuring spinach, kale, and salmon. For humans, Lancaster impresses guests with tasty dishes at MC's exquisite Allegory, an open-air restaurant adjacent to the lobby.
25. Surfjack Hotel & Swim Club - Honolulu, HI
One of the only pet-friendly hotels located on Hawaii’s famed Waikiki Beach, this eclectic, retro-influenced hotel, which has an adorable “Wish You Were Here” tiled pool, is popular with pet owners for its many pet amenities. These include a complimentary dog-walking and doggie day-care service that picks up dogs directly from the hotel lobby, and Jack, The Surfjack’s Dog Concierge, who is available for play dates on the beach. Their most unique offering, though, is easily the surfing and paddle boarding lessons available with Surfjack’s partner, SUPDog Hawaii which specializes in water lesson activities for dogs.
26. Sheraton Norfolk Waterside Hotel - Norfolk, VA
Fresh off a slick renovation, this pet-friendly Norfolk, VA hotel offers a designated pet play area, fluffy pet beds, and food bowls for all it's pawfect little guests. The hotel is located directly on the Elizabeth River waterfront and next to the Elizabeth River Trail, a 10.5-mile pedestrian and pup-friendly trail that is the ideal way to explore different neighborhoods and all the corresponding views. Within walking distance from Sheraton Norfolk Waterside are other pet friendly attractions, including the Pagoda and Oriental Garden, Battleship Wisconsin pier, Armed Forces Memorial, the historic Freemason neighborhood, and the NEON Arts District murals and multiple dog-friendly patios.