If you’re planning a vacation, there’s no reason why your fluffiest family member shouldn’t be able to tag along. Be it a trip for the whole gang, a romantic getaway or a solo mission, we’ve found five of the best dog-friendly hotels around the world that’ll please people and pooches alike.
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Mercure Walton Hall Hotel and Spa, Warwickshire
For an extra £15 a night, your dog (or other pet, they’ve had an iguana here, apparently) can stay with you at this four-star spa resort. The enormous picturesque grounds, which ooze quintessential British countryside, offer great walkies for humans and mutts alike. A pet bed will be provided in the room, so let them know the size of your dog in advance. Plus, until the end of October your pooch can enjoy the ‘Happy Tails’ package, including doggy popcorn on arrival and a canine menu specially designed by a pet nutritionist, featuring salmon sashimi and beef tartare.
Hotel St James, Paris
This stunning nineteenth-century château was once the site of the world’s first hot air balloon airfield. Now it’s a five-star hotel in central Paris (a stone’s throw from the Arc de Triomphe) with a resident cat called Pilou. The interior is wild, which suits its pet-friendliness, with leopard print sidling up to tartan, scattered leaf patterns and hot air balloon designs paying homage to the building’s former life. Bringing an animal here costs €35 per night on top of the room charge, which accounts for cleaning, bedding and bowls. There’s also a dog-sitting service for when you want to get a little Parisian me time.
Babette Guldsmeden, Copenhagen
Located in a historical part of the city near the Amalienborg Palace (where the Danish royal family resides), this hotel overlooks Kastellet, a sixteenth-century, star-shaped fortress. Add the slick hunting lodge- meets-Scandi minimalism decor to a rooftop spa and a commitment to sustainability and you’ve got a real gem. There’s no extra fee for pets and dogs are allowed in the restaurant, so you don’t both have to live off room service for the whole of your stay.
The Don Cesar, St Pete Beach, Florida
At $75 a night (for a maximum of two pets) The Don CeSar in St Pete Beach is one of the pricier stays, but this incredible pink Prohibition- era hotel is worth it. The Don will welcome you and Fido with a gift bag of toys and chews, the pooch-focused room service includes a special menu (sample dish: beef tenderloin with brown rice) and you can get a treatment from a canine massage therapist ($135). There are also pup-sitting and -walking services for when you want to take advantage of the onsite pool, gym and ice-cream parlour.
Las Ventanas al Paraiso, Los Cabos, Baja California Sur
Giving The Don CeSar a run for its money, Mexico’s Las Ventanas also provides doggy massages, tailor-made menus and in-room products. Plus, they have ‘doga’ (that’s dog yoga) and dog butlers who can take your pooch on a daily beach walk and even arrange a party with all the other dogs staying at the hotel. And while Rex is getting the five-star treatment, you can enjoy the spa, pool, gym or beachside cabanas. You and your four-legged friend will both leave feeling utterly pampered.