In the past, a “pet-friendly hotel” meant that the front desk clerk might begrudgingly allow your pooch to check in for the right price. But today, hotels are rolling out the red carpet for four-legged VIPs and their doting humans.
According to a survey by the American Hotel and Lodging Association, 60 percent of U.S. hotels accept pets. Leading the way are luxury hotels, 80 percent of which are prepared to pamper Fluffkins with everything from special room-service menus to ergonomic doggie beds to on-site dog parks.
These amenities, however, take some planning. Be sure to make arrangements well in advance and notify the hotel—many have a limited number of pet-friendly rooms available, as well as size restrictions. It’s also important to note that most hotels charge extra for pets; in addition to a nightly fee, you should expect to pay for add-on amenities and may be asked to provide a deposit for any damage or special cleaning needs.
If you’re planning a getaway with your pup this summer, consider booking a room (and a pawdicure) at these dog-savvy destinations.
Beaver Creek, Colorado
At this posh mountain lodge, both lap dogs and Labs are in for a treat. Pampered pups can indulge in spa treatments including massages and blowouts, while more adventurous companions can enjoy plenty of dog-friendly hiking paths. (Want to see the trails from your dog’s POV? Guests can check out a GoPro for the day.) No matter how your pet spends the afternoon, he can relax at “yappy hour” before curling up in his luxury doggie bed—which, of course, will be complete with a fresh rawhide bone from turn-down service.
San Francisco, California
If you’re lucky enough to be traveling with your pup, this Bay Area boutique hotel has you covered with a pet-friendly package that includes a plush doggie bed, toys, food and water bowls, and a souvenir leash. A rooftop doggie terrace provides a convenient place for “business” needs, as well as networking opportunities with other four-legged friends.
Unable to travel with your pet and homesick for cuddles? No worries. Buster, Hotel Nikko’s COO (that’s Canine Operating Officer), is always on duty and available for snuggles. The front desk can fill you in on his schedule and arrange a meet-and-greet.
Plenty of hotels welcome dogs—but the Milestone invites you to bring your feline friend along as well. This London hotel goes above and beyond for pets, offering a welcome basket complete with toys, treats, and local tips from the head concierge. In addition to in-room perks—including a special room-service menu, mineral water, turndown treats, pajamas, and plush bedding—the Milestone also offers a pet taxi, dog sitting and walking services, grooming appointments, and birthday parties.
Midtown, New York City
The Benjamin created its goodDOG program with the goal of treating each and every guest like a VIP. Rooms are equipped with doggie mini bars and pet beds, and pups receive a custom-tailored BarkBox with toys and treats. Even better, your stay benefits less-fortunate dogs—a portion of the $60 pet fee supports Animal League, the country’s largest no-kill shelter.
Located on 120 picturesque wooded acres, this Vermont resort is a doggie paradise. Four-legged guests are invited to enjoy the property’s many amenities, from the tennis courts to the spa. If you have a Very Good Boy, consider booking him a “Rover Reiki Massage” with a trained therapist to relieve travel tension.
Want to treat your pup to a camping adventure, but aren’t exactly the sleeping-bag type? Luxury glamping site Moab Under Canvas invites dogs to stay in their “tents,” which boast luxury linens, cozy wood stoves, and private bathrooms. The 40-acre Utah resort is a stone’s throw from Arches National Park and Canyonlands National Park, making for some pretty epic afternoon walks.
Tribeca, New York City
The Grand certainly lives up to its name when it comes to pets. At no extra charge, the boutique hotel provides dogs with organic treats from nearby Bocce’s Bakery, bedding, food and water bowls, and access to a private dog park equipped with everything from complimentary doggie bags to fire hydrant water stations. Traveling solo? The front desk will provide a “goldfish team member” to keep you company.
Los Angeles, California
Your pet will be treated like a true A-lister at the Everly. Not only is the boutique hotel located at the foot of the Hollywood Hills, but it’s part of the Kimpton universe—an industry leader whose motto is “if your pet fits through the door, we’ll welcome them in.” From parakeets to Pekingese, lizards to Labradors, Kimpton hotels have been accommodating all pets, free of charge, since 1981. At the Everly, expect luxury pet mattresses from Casper, animal-friendly happy hours, and pet concierge services.
To ensure that your dog has the absolute best stay possible, Vancouver’s Opus hotel employs a “Bow Wow Butler.” Get in touch to plan pet-friendly tourist activities, book a grooming appointment, or hire a dog walker. Celebrating a special occasion? Your personalized doggie birthday cake is just a phone call away.
Co-owned by actress and animal-rights activist Doris Day, the Cypress welcomes pets of all shapes and sizes, from pooches to pigs. After a day at the nearby dog-friendly beach, head to the inn’s lounge for a signature “muttini” at “yappy hour.”