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The Top Dog-Friendly Hotels Around the Country

There’s something for everyone on our list of top dog-friendly hotels around the country.

Amy Burkert  |  Jul 26th 2017


Truly dog-friendly hotels make including your pet easy by welcoming dogs of all sizes, allowing two or more pets per room, forgoing pricey pet fees and providing the essentials — like bowls and beds. Others go above and beyond, offering services like dog walking, grooming, massage and special room service fare.

Top Dog-Friendly Hotel #1: XV Beacon Hotel in Boston, Massachusetts

A dog checks into the XV Beacon Hotel in Boston.

A dog checks into the XV Beacon Hotel in Boston. Photography courtesy XV Beacon Hotel.

Plush accommodations await you and your four-legged travel companion at the historic XV Beacon Hotel in Boston’s famous Beacon Hill neighborhood. Just off Boston Common, with its off-leash area and paved paths, ample opportunities for exercise are just outside the door. Dog walking and sitting can be arranged with the hotel prior to your stay. Well-behaved pups of all sizes are pampered with homemade dog biscuits and a cozy bed. Rather than a pet fee, the hotel requests a $25 donation, which is forwarded to an area pet charity in your dog’s name. (from $366/night)

Top Dog-Friendly Hotel #2: El Portal in Sedona, Arizona

El Portal owner Steve Segner and canine friends.

El Portal owner Steve Segner and canine friends. Photography courtesy El Portal.

This 12-suite luxury hotel offers personalized attention for both human and canine guests. In the heart of red rock country, there is no end to the breathtaking hiking and sightseeing to be done. Between adventures, relax in the Jacuzzi, or curl up for a nap on your private patio. Dogs are welcomed with treats, a blanket to be used during their stay and waste bags. Rooms are recommended based on the size of your dog(s), so check with the hotel, or visit the website for more information. (from $299/night)

Top Dog-Friendly Hotel #3: Hilton Milwaukee City Center in Milwaukee, Wisconsin

Guests may be welcomed by Millie, the Hilton Milwaukee Canine Concierge.

Guests may be welcomed by Millie, the Hilton Milwaukee Canine Concierge. Photography courtesy Hilton Milwaukee City Center.

A classic art deco hotel built in 1927, the Hilton Milwaukee City Center now combines Old World elegance with modern conveniences. The best of downtown Milwaukee is easily accessible, including the spectacular lakefront, 115-mile Oak Leaf Trail and pet-friendly paddleboats at Juneau Park Lagoon. Two dogs (or cats) up to 75 pounds are welcome per room for a one-time fee of $50. What makes this pet-friendly hotel truly unique is the enclosed outdoor courtyard, complete with gazebo. (from $107/night)

Dog-Friendly Hotel #4: Ink48 in New York, New York

A pup parent arrives at Ink48 in NYC.

A pup parent arrives at Ink48 in NYC. Photography courtesy Ink48 hotel.

Located in the Hell’s Kitchen section of Manhattan, a stay at the trendy Ink48 provides stunning views of the city skyline and puts you steps from Hudson River Park for your daily walks. Pets are even invited to a hosted wine hour every evening in the hotel lobby! Like all Kimpton hotels, Ink48 welcomes all pets regardless of number, weight or breed with no additional fees. Dogs get treats, bottled water, waste bags and tips on the best spots to sniff in the neighborhood. A comfortable dog bed and food and water bowls can also be provided for your pup to use during his stay. (from $350/night)

Top Dog-Friendly Hotel #5: Enchanté Boutique Hotel in Los Altos, California

Enchanté owner and developer Abby Ahrens.

Enchanté owner and developer Abby Ahrens. Photography courtesy Enchanté.

Enchanté delivers a bit of Paris to the Silicon Valley. This French-style chateau has 19 rooms, each thematically decorated with a combination of French antiques and modern décor. Dogs are treated to chef-made organic dog treats and filtered water, plus provided with bowls and a fluffy bed. Up to two dogs, weighing no more than 80 pounds each, are welcome per room, and the pet fee is $30 per stay. (from $275/night)

Top Dog-Friendly Hotel #6: Virgin Hotels Chicago in Chicago, Illinois

Photography courtesy Virgin Hotels Chicago.

Photography courtesy Virgin Hotels Chicago.

New on the scene, Virgin Hotel Chicago is making a big splash in the pet-friendly hotel pool! They confess to being fans of fuzz and welcome pets with no weight or breed restrictions and no additional fees. (Expansion beyond Chicago is underway, so keep your nose to the ground.) Canine guests can expect a dog bed (every bit as welcoming as their human’s), food and water bowls, treats and a stylish bandana. Plus, there’s plenty to explore with the Magnificent Mile, Navy Pier and Lakefront Trail at your doorstep. (from $169/night)

Top Dog-Friendly Hotels According to Our Readers:

We asked, and you told us! Dogster readers recommended:

  • #1 Grand Ely Lodge in Ely, Minnesota (limited number of dog-friendly rooms, so plan ahead)
  • #2 Ace Hotel in Palm Springs, California (pet-friendly patio rooms available/$25 pet fee)
  • #3 Tides Hotel in Folly Beach, South Carolina (one-time pet fee)

Thumbnail: Photography courtesy Enchanté. 

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Amy Burkert founded GoPetFriendly.com, a pet travel website and blog, and travels full time with her husband and dogs. Follow them on the Ultimate Pet Friendly Road Trip — an epic tour of the most pet-friendly attractions in the United States.