If you have a four-legged pet, you already know that these loveable animals are not just a part of our family; they are our family. But sometimes finding a hotel that allows us to bring the four-legged family is a bit like finding a doggy treat in a haystack. On National Dog Day (and every day), take a look at these dog-friendly hotels allowing guests to bring their four-legged family members.
We have two family dogs, both getting up there in age, and each day with them is a blessing. Every August the U.S. celebrates National Dog Day, honoring all breeds, pure and mixed, for their unconditional love. Dogs are our family, and sometimes, especially road trips, we prefer to bring them along. But finding perfect dog friendly hotels along the way — um, not so easy.
We pulled together a few of our Hotel-Scoop.com reviews of dog friendly hotels and added a few more so you can bring the furry family member along on your next vacation.
In her recent review, Hotel-Scoop contributor Nancy Brown says, “If you happen to be traveling with your dog, The Clement Hotel Palo Alto is very pet-friendly. Take it from me, as I brought my six-month-old Labrador Retriever with me (pictured above), and they treated her like royalty. Her plush dog bed may not have come with Matouk linens – like we had on our bed, – or Frette towels & robes – like we enjoyed in our room – but she was happy to lounge by my feet, playing with her new squeaky toy while I sipped a local red wine from nearby Thomas Fogarty Winery & Vineyard. For those who want to get out and explore Northern California, it’s close to Napa Valley wine country, Carmel and the Monterey Peninsula and only 14 miles from California’s Great America.”
Travel writer Nancy Brown offers more pet-friendly hotels here.
City lights and starry skies mix and mingle at Cavallo Point Lodge. Nestled near the base of the Golden Gate Bridge on the Marin County side, Cavallo Point Lodge welcomes leashed dogs anytime. Writer Dana Rebmann reports that doggie beds are provided for pampered pooches. Dogs and their owners are allowed to dine on the veranda of the onsite Murray Circle restaurant and Farley Bar. Water bowls are set up in assorted spots on the property.
Hotel-scoop contributor Donna Tabbert Long reports on a dog-friendly hotel located in California’s charming seaside village of Carmel-by-the Sea (five miles from Monterey and Pebble Beach golf courses). She says, “The Cypress Inn is in fact, probably the most pet-friendly lodging I’ve ever stayed in. Pets are welcomed as warmly as guests by the friendly concierge and welcoming staff—and when checking in, dogs may get a biscuit, but guests receive a token for a free glass of Prosecco in Terry’s Lounge.
Cheers to “Happy Hour” (4-6 pm) at Cypress Inn, known as “Yappy Hour” in Terry’s Lounge, which is a part of the hotel. It’s popular with locals as much as those staying at the inn. During “Yappy Hour,” the hotel serves a meal for dogs at 5:00 p.m.(hamburger or chicken) while owners can sip on a handcrafted cocktail or a glass of local Monterey wine.
Pamper your pet at the W Fort Lauderdale with a Doggie Suite. This luxury hotel invites guests to leave no pet behind with a decked out Doggie Suite recently included in the property’s PAW (Pets Are Welcome) program. Your Doggy Suite includes a Tinkle Turf Pad on the balcony, a bark box delivered to your room, a fluffy in-room doggie bed, doggie snacks and toys to available walking service. Order for your pooch from a specially crafted menu with meals like organic salmon filet and steamed asparagus, or poached chicken breast with baby carrots. Maybe neither you nor your pet will want to leave this hotel?
Hotel-Scoop writer Buzzy Gordon chimes in with this dog-friendly chain: Hilton’s Home2 extended stay hotels is pet-friendly as well: family-friendly dogs and cats are welcome to stay for a one-time deposit of only $75 that covers the entire stay.” Home2 Suites has been around for a couple of years and already operates 16 hotels throughout the United States, primarily in the South, West, and mid-Atlantic
Stay fit for a Celebrity Pup at the Minneapolis’ iconic, 1920’s-inspired W Minneapolis-The Foshay goes above and beyond for guests — both human and canine — with its ‘Pets are Welcome’ (PAW) program and Whatever, Whenever concierge service that caters to even the zaniest dog-lover demands. In addition to perks like walking, grooming, toys and turndown treats, the property’s local insider, Lisa Heath, can recommend a selection of the city’s chicest pet boutiques and has even gone so far as to build pillow forts for the hotel’s favorite four-legged guests. The property’s also hosted celeb canines that include Spot (the face of Target!) and Instagram influencer @manny_the_frenchie.
The perfect jumping off point for the ultimate doggie adventure is Stanton South Beach. As one of the very few pet-friendly hotels on South Beach, Stanton welcomes guests and their four-legged best friends with open arms (and cozy suites). The friendly hotel staff and tasty Starbucks Doggie biscuits next door are just an added bonus when traveling with your pup to this trendy resort. With delicious outdoor restaurants and pet-friendly parks nearby, your pooch will have plenty to wag their tails about!
Il Salviatino, an enchanting 15th-century Italian villa overlooking Florence, takes the game of fetch taken to a whole new level. Here a licensed truffle hunter and an adorable shaggy dog lead hotel guests on a truffle hunt through the property’s park.
Lagotto Romagnolos — a breed known to be skilled hunters, excellent swimmers and loyal companions — work alongside their masters since puppyhood, learning to dig up one of Italy’s most coveted ingredients. Keep an eye on the pups, though, as they’ll swallow the tasty truffles whole if given the opportunity! The experience ends with a tasting meal at Il Salviatino’s restaurant made with the day’s finds.
Bringing your own furry fellow to Italy? Smaller dogs are welcome free of charge at the Il Salviatino, just not to meals in the restaurant. A dog bed and bowls are included and a dog sitting service is available on request.