You’ve been bitten by the travel bug, but you love your four-legged friend far too much to leave him behind. The solution? Book a stay at one of the very best dog-friendly hotels in the U.S.
As luck would have it, there are plenty of posh resorts that are ready and waiting to welcome humans and canines alike with open arms. And the best part is, you won’t have to sacrifice a swoon-worthy room or compromise on comfort. At these hotels, your pet’s experience will be just as pampered as your own.
1. The Ritz-Carlton, Bachelor Gulch, Avon, Colorado
Pet fee: $125 in cleaning fees for the first three nights, and $25/night thereafter
You could call this place the cat’s meow, or whatever the dog version of that saying is, because, wow. One look at all the pooch perks, and it’s clear to see why The Ritz-Carlton, Bachelor Gulch consistently ranks as one of the best dog-friendly hotels; it even has a resident St. Bernard. And resident dog or not, canines can dip their paws into the lap of luxury right alongside their humans.
For starters, there are two on-property dog-friendly restaurants so that your dog will never have to dine alone. Additionally, pet offerings include a Bachelor VIP Pack, a pampered pup treatment, and an impressive in-room dining pet menu. So, if you’re looking for the best in show for your favorite fur baby, this is it.
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2. Salamander Resort and Spa, Virginia
Pet fee: $130 per guestroom, per stay
Set in the foothills of the Blue Ridge Mountains, this resort has no shortage of pup-loving staff. In fact, Salamander Resort & Spa makes a point of making sure that pets feel welcome. Boasting an unmatched dog-friendly hotel experience, the resort’s website reads, “As a true dog-friendly property, you’ll soon discover that we cater to your dogs with the same level of exceptional personalized service you’ve come to appreciate and expect as one of our guests.”
Complete with a turf carpet designed specifically for the resort’s “Very Important Pooches,” dogs can strut down the “dog walk” and pose for a photo in front of the pet step-and-repeat. Not enough? The resort even has a dog brochure to guarantee your pup receives the very best in five-star service.
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3. Kona Kai Resort & Spa, San Diego, California
Pet fee: $50/day
Located on the tip of San Diego’s Shelter Island, Kona Kai Resort & Spa has a lot to offer in the way of man’s best friend. With the hotel’s new IslandPaws program, four-legged guests will enjoy a Fido’s VIP (Very Important Paws) welcome at check-in, a plush pet bed, and in-room dining provided by a Bark Butler — yes, a Bark Butler.
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4. Gateway Canyons Resort, Gateway, Colorado
Pet fee: Not specified
While the pet policy at Gateway Canyons may not be as indulgent as some of the others on this list, the real claim to fame here is the resort’s property itself. Wide open spaces allow for ample room for your pup to run (on a leash, of course), while the lodging options ensure that the entire family has plenty of space to enjoy a truly relaxing vacation. And oh, we can’t forget to mention one last thing: The hotel even has an adorable letter to their furry guests.
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5. W Hotels, multiple locations
Pet fee: $25/night plus a nonrefundable $100 cleaning fee
Whether pets are allowed at a particular W Hotel is up to the hotel itself, but many W Hotels do welcome pets with open arms. In fact, the hotel chain offers a P.A.W. (Pets Are Welcome) program at several of its locations. For instance, at the W Scottsdale and the W San Francisco, P.A.W. perks include a welcome packet at check-in, a custom pet bed, and a pet-in-room door sign (it is vacation, after all). Furthermore, while the offerings may vary slightly based on the individual hotel, the expectation remains the same across all W Hotels: There is no request too big for your four-legged friend.
Just take a look at the W Minneapolis – The Foshay, for example. Not only does this iconic Minneapolis hotel offer walks, grooming, toys, and turndown treats, but it features a special pet menu including — none other than — a 10 oz. steak from the award-winning Manny’s Steakhouse. How’s that for a luxury stay fit for your pooch?
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6. Ten Thousand Waves, Santa Fe, New Mexico
Pet fee: $40/night for one or more pets
If relaxation is what you’re after, then Ten Thousand Waves is the spot for you. Designed to resemble Japanese hot spring resorts, this Santa Fe oasis delivers an intimate experience chock-full of pampering at its finest. And what’s more? You won’t have a worry in the world, especially since you won’t be leaving your dog behind.
All rooms are pet-friendly, and come with dog beds and food and water bowls. Additionally, a handful of rooms have fenced-in courtyards for canines who love to stretch their legs outside. And if you book a private bath at the spa, your pup is even allowed to accompany you there, too.
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7. The Beverly Hills Hotel, Beverly Hills, California
Pet fee: $35/day
At this iconic hotel, it’s old Hollywood glamour all the way. Since 1912, The Beverly Hills Hotel has been wining and dining celebrities and socialites alike. But move over, movie stars, because this time, it’s all about the pups.
The hotel’s pet program, Canine Connoisseurs, guarantees that man’s best friend receives nothing but the best in luxury, service, and experience. Included in the pet fee are custom dog bones (the dog’s name is even handwritten on the bone), a dog bed, and dog bowls.
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8. Cranwell Spa & Golf Resort, Massachusetts
Pet fee: $50/day
If a visit to the northeast is more your thing, then this place is for you. Steeped in history and set in the beautiful Berkshires of western Massachusetts, the Cranwell Spa & Golf Resort offers a wide array of peaceful activities for those looking to explore with their fur baby in tow. Whether it’s a hike through the countryside or a stroll about the property, the Cranwell makes doing it all with your pup possible.
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9. Calistoga Ranch, Napa Valley
Pet fee: $125 per pet, per stay
Travel + Leisure calls it one of the top resorts. Spa enthusiasts call it perfection, and dog owners? Well, they call it a pet-lover’s paradise. Any way you slice it, Calistoga Ranch has earned its reputation for good reason. Nestled in the Upper Napa Valley, this spa resort is ideal for any human and canine combo looking to ditch their everyday and get their relaxation on.
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10. Red Mountain Resort, St. George, Utah
Pet fee: $20/day, and $100/week
Set in southern Utah’s red rock terrain, Red Mountain Resort is heaven on earth for adventurous pups and their humans alike. With a long list of reasons why folks would want to visit the highly-acclaimed resort, being able to bring your dog is undoubtedly one of those reasons.
The resort welcomes dogs with organic treats and food and water dishes. And the best part, of course, is the property’s sprawling landscape and abundant access to hiking trails.
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11. Kimpton Hotels, multiple locations
Pet fee: Free
Maintaining a dog-friendly status has been an important part of the Kimpton Hotels brand since its inception. In fact, a number of Kimpton Hotels have Directors of Pet Relations on staff, which are, you guessed it, dogs. At The Muse Hotel in New York, for instance, the Director of Pet Relations goes by the name of Sadie, the resident shih tzu who greets guests with a wagging tail.
As you can see, there’s no doubt that this NYC boutique hotel does it up right. With no restriction on weight, breed, or number of pets allowed, dogs are welcome at no extra charge, so long as they fit through the door.
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12. The Little Nell, Aspen, Colorado
Pet fee: $25/night plus $125 cleaning fee
Aspen folks love their fur, and we’re not just talking about the ridiculous coat variety. The ski town is chock-full of thrill-seekers and dog-lovers alike, so it’s no surprise that even the fanciest of hotels has a spruced-up pet policy. At The Little Nell, furry guests receive only the best in luxury pet amenities, including epicurean treats and a special pet menu.
With staff on hand to walk, sit, and generally pamper your pooch, you’ll never worry whether your pup is having a good time. Furthermore, if you’re worried about your pet adjusting to the altitude, don’t be. There’s a Puppy Jet Lag Kit for that.
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13. Loews Coronado Bay Resort, Coronado, California
It's Frenchie time at Loews Coronado Bay! Photo by @thatdogrupert
Pet fee: $100/stay
Combine a sun-drenched locale with the luxury of having your pup by your side, and you’ll find the Loews Coronado Bay Resort. And honestly, the place is pure perfection. With breathtaking views of the water and the San Diego skyline, this hotel is what dog dreams are made of.
As the website proclaims, “Loews loves pets.” And it shows. Pet perks include gourmet room service menus for cats and dogs, specialized bedding, leashes,and collars, and pet-walking and pet-sitting services.
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14. The Umstead Hotel and Spa, Cary, North Carolina
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Pet fee: Not specified
Southern hospitality meets sophisticated charm at The Umstead Hotel and Spa, which was voted one of the best hotels in the world by Conde Nast readers in 2017. But enough about the human angle here, let’s find out why pups love it so much.
Boasting “breathtaking landscapes, indoors & out,” this hotel if fit for any guest with an appreciation of the finer things in life. For example, the property is home to an area called DogWoods, an enclosed playground dedicated to keeping all the furry guests happy. Keep your dog happy on vacation, and he’ll be thankful you brought him along.
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15. The Cosmopolitan of Las Vegas, Nevada
Planning a trip to Las Vegas? Bring Fido along for some fun! Our pet-friendly rooms offer plenty of amenities for your four-legged friend, including an exclusive BarkBox with treats, toys, and more.
Pet fee: $50/night
Itching to explore Sin City with your pooch? Then you’re in luck, because at The Cosmopolitan, you can do just that. With dog-friendly rooms and two outdoor dog runs on property, your fur baby will feel right at home — if your home is an upscale hotel located in Las Vegas, that is. Upon arrival, four-legged guests will receive a PupJoy Box, containing a toy, a water bowl, and treats.
Ready to book your next vacation? Before you do, be sure to check the individual rules and regulations at each of these hotels, as some have restrictions on weight and number of dogs allowed per guest.
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