The most over-the-top hotel perks (think free Wi-Fi, personal butlers and sex toys on tap) might guide your vacation booking but what would you do if you could bring your pet along and have it revel in its own perks while away? These pet-friendly hotels across America will do just that: satisfy your craving for a relaxing time away without forcing you to leave your puppy (or cat, or pig, or parrot) behind. Gear up for a one-of-a-kind vacation by reading through our top tips for traveling with a dog (applicable to all pets) then pack your bags, load up your iPod with the best new songs out right now and visit the country with your BFF in tow.
Most pet-friendly hotels in America
You and your animals will be treated like celebrities at the Peninsula Beverly Hills, the only hotel to hold both a AAA five diamond and a Forbes Five Star rating in Southern California. While all animals are welcome, dogs will really feel pampered with monogrammed towels and a concierge service that can set up on-site grooming services like a puppy massage or a "pawdicure" (complete with nail polish). While you grab a bite to eat at one of the hotel's restaurants, your puppy can enjoy dinner on his hotel-provided plush doggie bed. The gourmet pet menu includes a doggie burger made with half-a-pound of beef, vegetables and "pooched" salmon with brown rice and vegetables. Rooms start at $670 a night with an additional $35 per night, per pet.
Aloft, Asheville, NC
Asheville might just be heaven for your mutt. At the Aloft Hotel in downtown Asheville, dogs under 40 pounds (larger dogs are often accommodated upon special request) stay for free and are able to munch on locally baked treats from Three Dog Bakery and frolic in the artificial grass on the rooftop puppy path. Take your pet along for a hike in the surrounding mountains, for a whim in the French Broad River or even to one of the city’s many breweries—all with pooch-friendly outdoor seating. The hotel has also partnered with Charlie's Angels Animal Rescue to foster adoptable dogs, which you can meet in the lobby. Rooms start at $158 with no additional fee for dogs under 40 lbs. 828-232-2838
Few destinations in America are as appropriate as Denver when taking a trip with a pet in tow. Hotel Monaco welcomes both conventional pets and some more unusual ones (sloths have been seen on the premise). After allowing your companion to take a rest on one of the comfy pet beds, give it a re-energizing treat and get ready to go on a hike on nearby mountains. Rooms start at $152, no added fees for any animal, but waiver required.
Founded by a family that was once in the pet food business, the Soho Grand Hotel is a favorite among pet owners visiting the city. Your dog or cat can expect a comfy pet bed, organic treats from Bocce's Bakery and access to the hotel's dog park, among other things. During the warm months, Fido can join you for a meal at outdoor eatery The Yard. Rooms start at $309 a night with no additional pet fee.
In the City of Brotherly Love, the Palomar is easily the most animal friendly hotel. Open to creatures of all kinds and sizes—pet pigs are regulars—the Palomar provides the usual creature comforts (pet bed, food bowls, pick-up bags) and is conveniently located downtown near Rittenhouse Square and Schuylkill River Park. When you leave the hotel to explore the city’s dozens of museums, historical spots and delicious restaurants, the hotel can arrange for a pet sitter for $20/hour on week days and $25/hour on weekends. The hotel’s visiting dog program, Palomar Pet Pals, teams up with Philadelphia’s Saved Me pet rescue to host one adoptable dog at a time—so, if you fall in love with a pooch-in-need during your stay, you could potentially bring it home and grow your family. Rooms start at $224 with no additional pet fee. All pets welcome.
The apartment-style living at the suites at Guesthouse Hotel will make you and your pet feel right at home even when you're far away. Should you choose to stay in, enjoy the kitchen with stainless steel appliances while your dog chows on a treat from the front desk or food delivered by the hotel's partner, Urban Pooch Canine Center. Take your dog with you for a full day of activities at the neighborhood dog beach, or feel at ease leaving your pal with the licensed pet walkers and pet sitters from another partner from the area, The Boys Dogs Walking. Rooms start at $200, up to two well-behaved dogs, any size, stay free. Dogs only.
Calistoga Ranch, Napa Valley, CA
For a true vacation away from it all, look no further than the 157-acre Calistoga Ranch secluded on a private canyon in upper Napa Valley. The luxury resort is known for its natural beauty—large oak trees, a private lake, hiking and biking trails—and daily dog-friendly scavenger hunts. When you arrive at your free-standing cabin accommodations, expect a wine bottle full of dog treats, a dog bed and a Happy Trails newsletter listing pup-friendly activities you’ll want to tackle. Fill up your furry friend with meals from the Canine Culinary room service menu (braised short rib or chicken, perhaps?) before hitting the great outdoors. But be forewarned: some of the area's most famous natural wonders, like the Robert Louis Stevenson Park, are not open to canines. Accommodations start at $840 with an additional $125 pet free. All pets welcome. 888-947-6442
When visiting the capital, you should expect nothing less than presidential service for your animal, which is exactly what the Rogue Hotel offers pets of all shapes, stripes and sizes. Animals as diverse as penguins and mini ponies have checked-in at this hotel—so long as you can legally own your friend in this country, the hotel will accommodate you. Traveling with a friend who loves animals but can't room with them? Worry not: the hotel offers pet-free floors. Rooms start at $254, no added fees for any animal, but waiver required.
When booking a trip to Miami, bring your pet along and stay at this beachside P.A.Q. (Pets Are Welcome) hotel. Nearly anything you might need to keep your dog or cat comfortable and safe (leashes, litter boxes, waste scoopers, Bow-ow and Meow-ow kits) is accessible with just a call to the front desk. The W South Beach is ready to provide you with contacts for any pet sitting and pet walking services you might need while you hit the nearby Bass Museum of Art or relax by the ocean—the sand is just a short walk out the front door. Rooms start at $440 a night with an additional $25 pet fee per night and $100 cleaning deposit.
Whether you're looking to explore the city's cultural offerings or want to check out the foodie scene, the W Austin has you covered. Before you head next door to Austin City Limits, or to cool off in the hotel's pool, get your dog or cat settled on their doggy bed. Bark boxes full of pet amenities and treats are available for your furry friend. When the full day of running around the city's parks and dog-friendly outdoors locales has got you tired, leave your pal in the room while you re-energize with central Texan cuisine at the hotel bar. Rooms start at $229 with an additional $25 pet fee per night and $100 cleaning deposit. Pets under 40lbs only.
If you were thinking about leaving your pooch at home, this Pacific Heights boutique inn will change your mind. Not only is the Laurel Inn free for dogs of all breeds and sizes, but the hotel offers dog beds, chew toys, a personalized welcome note for your pup and a city guidebook for pet owners. The apartment-style rooms give plenty of space for the whole family to feel comfortable, but it'll be hard to stay indoors with the Presidio National Park just five blocks away. So grab a treat and a tennis ball from the lobby and explore those miles of hiking trails and dog-friendly beaches and staggering views of the Pacific. Rooms starting at $249 with no additional fee for dogs. Dogs only.
If you're heading to the Big Easy, the Loews is where you and your dog or cat will find plenty of Southern creature comforts. You'll love it for the fantastic views of the Crescent City and the tasty authentic Creole food at the acclaimed Café Adelaide, while your furry pal will appreciate the gourmet room service with special menus for canines and felines. While you are pampered in the hotel's Balance Spa, the concierge grooming and pet walking services can make sure your animals feel and look just as good as you will. Rooms start at $237, up to two animals, any size, with an added fee of $25 per night and a $100 cleaning fee.
The cool, laid-back vibe of any of the Ace Hotels extends to your small (under 25 lbs) dog as well. Conveniently found just blocks away from the Pike Place Market and the Seattle Art Museum, the hotel's location will allow you to swiftly visit the city's top cultural offerings. But make sure you've packed your pup’s collar and leash: although the hotel is pet-friendly, the staff doesn't offer such items. Rooms start at $119 with an added $25 per night for dogs under 25lbs. Dog only, but some exceptions can be made with advance communication.