L.A. life is pretty sweet if you’re a dog. Between dog-friendly beaches, restaurants with outdoor seating, and hiking trails like Runyon Canyon, there are a million ways to keep your best friend’s tail wagging as you explore the sights. L.A. is so pet-friendly, in fact, many hotels keep themselves stocked with dog beds, treats and litter boxes, knowing full well that a good percentage of their guests are showing up with a whiskered plus-one. In fact, some hotels are so excited to welcome your four-legged friends, they’ll waive the pet fee altogether.
Pet-friendly hotels in Los Angeles
You’ll have to choose between all-night revelling on the hotel’s panoramic rooftop, and spending quality time with your pooch at the Andaz. Although this popular West Hollywood landing spot imposes a negligible one-time pet fee ($25), the catch is you can’t leave your pet unattended in the room. But that’s a fair price to pay to get to have Fluffy along for the ride at this snazzy hotel, once the hardest partying spot on the Sunset Strip. The 239-room hotel sits in the center of the Sunset Strip’s nightlife scene and pays homage to its history with decorative touches (contemporary art and vintage images of its famous guests) throughout the modern-designed rooms and lobby. The sunny lobby restaurant RH features a seasonal menu of California-French cuisine.
Ace Hotel's DTLA digs are helping to turn the tide on the Broadway theater district. Housed in the former United Artists building, the hotel pays homage to LA's essence—a seamless harmony of California minimalism and downtown LA's signature art deco style. Plus, the historic United Artists Theatre was restored, and it's now available for events of all kinds. Inside, the hotel has exposed concrete galore with sleek fixtures and furniture, plus a bar and restaurant that are destination enough for locals. For an extra $25 a night, guests and their little furry friends (under 25 pounds, that is) can sleep side by side in the thoughtfully designed rooms, while during the day humans can enjoy a state-of-the-art fitness center, rooftop pool and lounge, and more.
Maybe it’s those rambunctious rooftop parties, or maybe it’s the psychedelic, college dorm-like guest rooms. Either way, we weren’t surprised to learn the free-spirited hotel imposes no restrictions whatsoever on nomadic pooches and kitties. The lobby sets the swinger-style tone, while upstairs, rooms come equipped with platform beds, tubs for two and peek-a-boo showers. Complete with DJs, vibrating waterbeds and views, the rooftop pool bar can be a tough ticket on weekends for non-guests; you'd do as well to hang out in the ground-level bar, or take your doggie for a stroll through Downtown.
There’s something perfectly LA about being able to hop across the street and enjoy a morning walk along the Pacific coast with your four-legged bestie. Luckily, at the Fairmont Miramar, which doesn’t charge any pet fees at all, that dream can become reality. Built in 1924, the hotel has undergone several tasteful renovations; the most recent encompassed a remodel of the lobby and the Grille. Families clamor for the 32 bungalows with private patios surrounded by lush tropical landscaping, the other guest rooms boast ocean and city views. Fig restaurant gets rave reviews for its seasonal cuisine, while Exhale Spa focuses on mind-body treatments.
Romance is certainly in the air at the hotel where Pretty Woman was filmed, though what’s stopping you and your starry-eyed pup from enjoying a taste of the high life, too? Uniformed doormen stand guard in front of the grand Italian Renaissance facade at this Four Seasons-operated gem, welcoming some of the city’s wealthiest and most notable out-of-towners as they step out of their chauffeured Rolls Royces and Bentleys. 19th-century splendor infuses the property’s various restaurants (including the sumptuous, Michelin-starred BLVD), spa and pool, but it won’t just be you getting pampered. As a courtesy to visiting pets (one per guest, with a 15-pound maximum weight), the hotel supplies dog bowls, beds, and a pack of dog treats, all included with your room.
Despite whatever pet travel tribulations you’ve endured in the past, this perennial favorite is here to show you coordinating a relaxing beach getaway with the whole brood doesn’t have to be (quite) so cumbersome. The 347-room, recently renovated property sits right across the street from Santa Monica Pier, making day outings a cinch; there’s also a 4th-floor outdoor pool with dazzling ocean views, 13 fire pits, and an ice cream shop. The farm-to-table restaurant, Ocean & Vine, serves locally caught seafood; but pets, too, dine like royalty here. There’s a gourmet pet room service menu (chopped beef with eggs and brown rice, for example); meanwhile, the “Loews Loves Pets” program ($25 per stay) furnishes water bowls, leashes, and litter boxes. And all the same pet services are available at the Loews Hollywood location.
A shopper's paradise but a driver's nightmare—that's the best way to describe the location of this hotel, close to the Beverly Center in the heart of one of the most congested areas in L.A. For animal lovers, though, there’s a silver lining: dogs and cats under 30 pounds get to stay free at the hotel. Sofitel stays well-stocked with dog beds, bowls and treats, meaning you can pack light (the canine- and feline-friendly room service menu also does away with frantic last-minute runs to Petco). Once you’re settled, you'll find a very impressive hotel operation: smart, reliable and also, thanks to the presence of the Simon LA restaurant (run by star chef Kerry Simon) and the Stone Rose Lounge, surprisingly fashionable.
Just a couple of years after the successful Joie de Vivre hotel group brought its Bay Area sensibility south to LA for the first time, San Francisco rivals Kimpton Hotels followed them down the coast and into Westwood. While JdV built their own hotel in the shape of the Angeleno, Kimpton settled on this former Doubletree property, sprucing it up so that it's more or less unrecognizable from its previous incarnation. Aside from up-to-date tech offerings (massive TVs, free Wi-Fi), Kimpton makes a point of going out of its way for furry guests. The dog walking services, booked through the Concierge, are top-notch, and there’s no size restriction, so you and your Doberman can stroll confidently into the lobby without fear of getting snubbed.
When you and your jetlagged pooch land after a long trans-Pacific flight, look no further than Westin. Located a few blocks down from the arrivals hall, the upscale high-rise stakes its appeal on sheer convenience. There’s a free shuttle service, a modest pool, and a casual New American restaurant churning out steaks and burgers all day (if you’re having trouble falling asleep, there’s even a special menu with healthy foods that promote rest). Even your dog will get a little R&R boost—a Westin Heavenly Dog Bed is supplied at no extra cost, and if it’s anything like the human version, your pup will be off in dreamland the minute snout touches pillow.
Pamper your pets while you're in town
There are hundreds of pet stores in LA, but finding one that will fit your dog’s exact needs can be a daunting task. (We say dog because most of these shops cater to Fido over Fluffy, though there are cat accoutrements to be found as well.) We and our four-legged research assistants found eight shops that stand out from the rest in terms of variety, atmosphere and customer service.