Dog Friendly Hotels in USA
What to Look for When Choosing a Dog Friendly Hotel.
In the old days you could only find pet-friendly Bed and Breakfasts and Inns, while larger hotel chains were wary of accepting pets. That’s all changed. Now, they’ve learned that being pet-friendly is not only the right attitude–it’s also good business.
two dogs in a hotel
Making a friend at a dog friendly Kimpton hotel. Credit: Judy Antell
All Kimpton Hotels are exceptionally welcoming to dogs, with no extra pet fees, treats by the door and a dog bowl and pet bed for your room. Dogs are also invited to the nightly happy hours, where owners get free wine or beer.
Canopy by Hilton
Canopy by Hilton: This boutique hotel experience by a large chain has free artisan breakfast (for humans) and bicycles at every hotel. I’ve stayed at two, in Washington DC, and in Minneapolis. Both had friendly, enthusiastic employees and a hip vibe. The DC hotel, in District Wharf, gave our dog a welcome package with treats, a ball, and a guide to dog friendly Washington. You even get a card to alert housekeeping that the dog is in the room when you leave her there. There is never a pet fee.
The Equinox Hotel, open in Hudson Yards and coming to Houston, Los Angeles and Chicago, offers a luxurious experience for people and pets. The hotel, an extension of the Equinox gym chain, has exceptional amenities for fitness buffs, with a massive gym, healthy, yet delicious food and a spa. Soundproofed rooms mean your pup’s slumber won’t be disturbed by someone else’s early rising pooch.
Aloft Hotels is another dog friendly chain. The one in downtown Philadelphia has a bowl of dog treats by the door and is around the corner from a dog park. Philadelphia is a particularly dog friendly city, with dog friendly restaurants and several downtown dog parks.
The Standard Hotels, a boutique chain with two hotels in New York City, one in Los Angeles and one in Miami announces that is is not merely pet friendly but “pet loving.” Room prices are steep, but there is no added dog fee and the NYC locations go nuts for dogs. The hotel on the west side of NYC overlooks The High Line.
21C Museum Hotels
21C Museum Hotels, another mini chain of boutique hotels, has locations in Nashville and Louisville, plus five other cities. I’ve stayed at the Louisville and Nashville locations, which are vibrant, fun hotels. I saw happy dogs at both, along with employees greeting the pups by name.
Homewood Suites by Hilton
All Homewood Suites by Hilton are pet friendly but fees vary by location. We stayed at the one in downtown Washington, DC, right across the street from a dog park. There was no fee and we kept Karat’s water cold in the full size refrigerator. If you have your dog on a raw food diet, the fridge is a nice perk.
Extended Stay America
All Extended Stay America hotels allow up to two pets per room. The budget hotel charges $25 per day, per pet, but the maximum fee is $150 so if you’re staying more than a week, this is a great deal. This is a bare bones (pun intended) place, but clean. Karat has stayed as several.
Residence Inn by Marriott
Residence Inn by Marriott is another pet friendly extended stay chain. Hotels charge a one-time cleaning fee, of up to $100, when you bring your pet.