The 10 best pet-friendly hotels in the US with perks like pet beds, homemade dog treats, and 'yappy' hours

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  • More boutique and high-end accommodations are making it easy to overnight with four-legged friends.
  • Pet-friendly perks include pet beds, fresh-baked dog treats, in-house dog parks, and “yappy” hours.
  • We rounded up the best pet-friendly hotels in the US at a wide range of price points.

The best journeys are those where a loved one is along for the ride. But when that loved one has four legs and a whole lot of fur, it can be a challenge just finding a place to stay that loves your pet as much as you.

Over my last decade as a professional dog trainer, I’ve had a variety of experiences with pet-friendly motels, which provide clean rooms at a reasonable price, but are a far cry from the kind of luxurious stays that make vacations special.

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Luckily, many properties across the US have begun to not just welcome pets but to offer them perks of their own, with dog-friendly “yappy hours,” plush dog beds, and fresh-baked treats, among other amenities. I’ve had the opportunity to get up close and personal with various exceptional pet programs at hotels from California to Maine.

The best pet-friendly hotels in the US were chosen based on the following criteria:

  1. All have extensive pet programs with serious perks for four-legged friends from their own dog menus on restaurants to being welcomed with treats and their own bed.
  2. All hotels included have a minimum of 4.5 stars out of 5 on Trip Advisor, and are well reviewed on other trusted travel sites like Booking.com and BringFido.com, an online travel advisor for the furry kind.
  3. All are four- or five-star stays at a range of price points. All typically starting under $400 per night, but rates can go up during peak seasons.
  4. We looked for a range of areas and locations you and your pet will love exploring, from tranquil mountains to vibrant city streets.
  5. The hotel promotes COVID-19 policies to prioritize the health and safety of guests, which we’ve noted below.

Browse all the best pet-friendly hotels in the US below, or jump to a specific area here: 

  • The best pet-friendly hotels
  • Our methodology for selecting hotels
  • FAQ: What to consider when bringing a pet to a hotel
  • More great pet-friendly getaways and tips

Here are the best pet-friendly hotels, sorted by price from low to high.

Adobe and Pines Inn

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Category: Boutique

Location: Taos, New Mexico

Typical starting/peak prices: $126/$139

On-site amenities: Full breakfast included, rooms with fireplaces, some suites include kitchenettes, outdoor firepit

Pros: This dreamy adobe getaway is surrounded by lush courtyards and gardens for maximum relaxation and dog-friendly hiking trails for maximum adventure.

Cons: There is a $25 per pet fee, and dogs must be crated when left alone in the room.

This Taos bed and breakfast steeped in Southwestern style is listed among Trip Advisor’s rare five-star properties and with good reason. At the Adobe and Pines Inn, rest and relaxation are intended for all guests — pets included. The historic hacienda (which dates back to the 1830s) is surrounded by lush hammock-strung gardens, an outdoor fire ring, and a meditative labyrinth.

Whether you’re breakfasting in the courtyard or stargazing from your private deck, your pet will never have to leave your side. That is unless they want to. Like the owner’s pets, well-behaved pups can explore the grounds off-leash (under supervision). Further afield, find dog-friendly hiking trails, including the mile-long out-and-back to the picturesque, riverside Manby Hot Springs. 

COVID-19 procedures are available here.

1886 Crescent Hotel & Spa

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Category: Boutique

Location: Eureka Springs, Arizona

Typical starting/peak prices: $132/$201

On-site amenities: Swimming pool, Frisco Sporting Club, on-site walking trails

Pros: A Victorian-era resort where pets can explore the Ozark Mountains by day and protect their guardians against the hotel’s haunted residents by night.

Cons: There are no specific pet-friendly in-room amenities, and there is a $35 per pet, per night fee.

High above the Victorian Village of Eureka Springs in the Ozark Mountains looms this historic Arkansas resort. Perhaps the South’s most famous haunted hotel, the 1886 Crescent welcomes dogs and cats, perhaps for added protection against the property’s ghostly residents.

In addition to its otherworldly pedigree, the Crescent is a friendly mountain retreat chock full of outdoor adventure. There is a bucolic 1.4-mile loop trail that begins and ends at the hotel’s door, and more challenging dog-friendly hiking trails are located just a few miles away.

A five-minute walk from the hotel, the Eureka Springs Bark Park gives dogs of all sizes (small and large pups are separated) the chance to socialize. Back on the grounds of the Crescent, pups can cheer on their bocce balling, disco golfing, fireside wine-sipping guardians at the new outdoor Frisco Sporting Club.

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Virgin Hotels Chicago

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Category: Boutique

Location: Chicago, Illinois

Typical starting/peak prices: $149/$249

On-site amenities: Outdoor rooftop and bar with skyline views, cozy library, LG Smart TVs in rooms, five restaurants

Pros: Chicago’s stylishly fun Virgin Hotel pulls out all the stops for their furry guests, including in-room amenities, seasonal Yappy Hours, and legendary dog birthday parties. Better yet, there is no additional pet fee.

Cons: Some rooms are small and guests have complained of noise from the subway and rooftop bar, which might also disturb some pets unaccustomed to city life.

I’m a big fan of Virgin’s hip-but-quirky hotels and the Chicago property earns top pet-friendly marks for not charging an extra fee for four-legged guests. It’s also one of our top overall hotels in Chicago.

Located steps from the Magnificent Mile and Lake Michigan, Chicago’s sophisticated Virgin Hotel is decked in whimsical touches like the porcelain pups that keep watch outside the door of every pet-friendly room. Inside, cozy plush dog beds, food and water dishes, a dog-sized Virgin Hotel bandana, and plenty of treats await each lucky four-legged guest.

Some of the hotel’s best pet-friendly amenities though take place outside your private chambers. These are Chicago-specific details that other Virgin properties don’t (yet) offer. Virgin’s dog birthday parties are legendary, but even if it’s not your pup’s special day, the hotel still has a few tricks up their sleeve. On the patio, “Puppies Who Lunch” menus are served daily and guardians who bring their pets to a seasonal “Yappy Hour” are rewarded with a complimentary cocktail.

COVID-19 procedures are available here.

Alexis Royal Sonesta Seattle

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Category: Boutique

Location: Seattle, Washington

Typical starting/peak prices: $151/$309

On-site amenities: Complimentary Wi-Fi, flat-screen TVS and Amazon Echos in rooms, Bookstore Bar & Cafe, business center, complimentary tea and coffee in the morning, nightly happy hour

Pros: A bastion of Pacific Northwest style in downtown Seattle that’s exceedingly pet-friendly with no additional fee. Pet activities are abundant, including a nightly dog-friendly wine reception in the hotel lobby. 

Cons: Lower floors can be noisy from busy downtown traffic, which can be bothersome to both humans and pets.

With its muted color palette, natural detail, and curated local art, Seattle’s Kimpton Alexis Hotel beautifully invokes the approachable luxury of the Pacific Northwest.

I’m always impressed by how Kimpton properties welcome pets with no additional charge, size or weight limit, or deposit needed.

The hotel boasts understated style, friendly staff, and an ideal location a block from the Elliot Bay waterfront downtown. The super-helpful concierge was ready with a list of recommendations for local parks, dog-friendly restaurants and boutiques, and my dog and I both felt right at home. Plus, our room was stocked with a cozy pet bed, food and water bowls, and complimentary poop bags. Neither of us could resist the downstairs “yappy hour,” where the wine was always free, and the dog treats were unlimited.

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The Line LA

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Category: Boutique

Location: Los Angeles, California

Typical starting/peak prices: $185/$324

On-site amenities: Restaurant with poolside dining, fitness center, artist retail store, bikes available to rent, swimming pool

Pros: Cool, unique, and buzzworthy hotel that welcomes pets at no extra charge.

Cons: Rooms might feel small for you and your pup for the price.

The Line LA is one of our top picks for the best hotels in LA, and that’s before you factor in that pets are welcome with no added fee.

Dogs and cats are welcome for free with no weight limits. Front desk staff are eager to help with recommendations on the best neighborhood walks, parks, and animal-friendly restaurants. Plus, the hotel is just cool, with an industrial-chic vibe, a lively pool and bar scene, and rooms regularly priced under $300 per night. If you like the vibe, they also have hotels in DC and Austin with similar perks.

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Bobby Hotel

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Category: Boutique

Location: Nashville, Tennessee

Typical starting/peak prices: $212/$389

On-site amenities: Rooftop pool and lounge, flat-screen Smart TVs with Netflix, 1967 Greyhound party bus on the roof, delicious restaurant

Pros: A hip, stylish hotel in downtown Nashville that caters to canines nearly everywhere on property, from the rooftop lounge to the in-room minibar, and there is no additional pet fee.

Cons: While dogs are permitted in most places, there are not allowed in the pool area or on-site restaurant, The Tavern.

With awards from Conde Nast and the Nashville Scene, the Bobby Hotel is a hip boutique hotel in the heart of downtown with no additional pet fee.

The warm welcome starts with Sasha, the hotel’s pet ambassador who is on hand to greet arriving guests. After check-in, take a walk to Riverfront Dog Park or down Broadway, Nashville’s musical main strip; Bobby’s concierge can give you the down-low on which establishments allow pets.

Like Sasha, canine guests are welcome in most areas of the hotel, including the rooftop lounge which has been transformed into a Nordic village for winter. There and throughout the hotel, canine guests can select their own gourmet meals from a special menu prepared by executive chef Jeff Axline. When it’s time to head back to the room, your pup can choose a treat or toy from the well-stocked minibar.  

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Inn by the Sea

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Category: Luxury

Location: Cape Elizabeth, Maine

Typical starting/peak prices: $312/$732

On-site amenities: Gourmet restaurant, bar and lounge, outdoor pool, private beach, suites with private patios and in-room fireplaces, spa

Pros: This luxury beachside resort treats its canine guests like family, with walking and sitting services, a gourmet dog food menu, and dog-friendly beach. Adoptable shelter dogs are on-site for walks and play with dog-loving guests and there is no additional pet fee.

Cons: Dogs are only allowed on the beach outside the hotel in the off-season, from October through March. Prices can soar on peak summer weekends.

This classic resort on the spectacular Maine coast is a love letter to New England beachside towns. Suites have private outdoor patios, stunning views, gas-burning fireplaces, and soaking tubs. The Inn by the Sea has also been a leader in pet-friendly hospitality for over 20 years. 

Four-legged guests are welcomed with cozy blankets, beach towels, water bowls, and signature treats at turndown service, and all of it for no extra pet fee. There is also a gourmet pet food, dog walking and sitting services, and a pet-friendly state beach right outside that allows dogs from October through March (the rest of the year, the concierge can recommend other local dog-friendly beaches).

For dog lovers that arrive pet-free (or with friendly pups), an adoptable shelter dog is always on-site and ready for walks and playtime with guests. Around 45 lucky dogs each year find their forever families with the inn’s help.

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Nick's Cove

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Category: Luxury

Location: Marshall, California

Typical starting/peak prices: $365/$875

On-site amenities: Included breakfast delivered to each room daily, casual but gourmet seafood restaurant, in-room spa services available, boathouse, private beach area  

Pros: This Tomales Bay location is truly tranquil, as are the rustic-chic cottages, and private beach. Luxury perks pamper both dog and human, especially in April. Breakfast is included.

Cons: This hotel is expensive and the rooms might not be as upscale as you’re expecting for the price. The rate also doesn’t include the $50 cleaning fee per pet.

Nick’s Cove is a collection of rustically opulent cottages on the tranquil shores of Tomales Bay, just 60 miles north of San Francisco and pets are warmly welcomed.

I adore this historic property where you can frolic with your pup on the private beach or snuggle up to the outdoor firepit with a box of gourmet s’mores. Nick’s features interesting amenities for adults, like a Merlot wine that comes from a collaboration with a local winery, while rooms have well-appointed kitchens, plush bathrobes, and heated tile floors. I loved dining at the on-site restaurant, where vegetables and herbs are sourced from the hotel’s hillside farm. Nick’s has mastered the balance between luxury and humility.

It’s also a favorite for traveling with dogs thanks to house-baked dog treats, dog towels for wiping muddy puppy feet, and a map of nearby dog-friendly trails. Every dog seems just as thrilled about their stay as I was, especially in April when pooches are pampered with a canine massage, their own dog toys, and a stylish bandana Pet Appreciation Month. While Nick’s is the most expensive of our list, the extra cost is well worth the idyllic location and superior hospitality for both you and your pet.

COVID-19 procedures are available here.

The Cottages at Nantucket Boat Basin

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Category: Luxury

Location: Nantucket, Massachusettes

Typical starting/peak prices: $365/$920

On-site amenities: Kitchenettes in rooms, complimentary Wi-Fi, free beach towels, chairs, and umbrellas, ferry pick-up/drop off and beach bus

Pros: This property is the closest you can get to feeling like you’re staying on a boat without actually being on one thanks to its right-on-the-docks location. Standalone cottages with private entrances and full kitchens are ideal for social distancing.

Cons: This property is only open seasonally and is closed from November to April. As is to be expected in Nantucket, peak summer weekends are very expensive.

The Cottages in Nantucket have a special set of accommodations just for those traveling with four-legged friends aptly called the Woof Cottages.

Visitors to The Cottages will love the feeling the property inspires of being on a boat. The multi-bedroom cottages are perched right on the docks at the foot of town and include gorgeous water views. Especially ideal in the age of social distancing, all accommodations on the property are standalone and offer private entrances. 

The Woof Cottages are tastefully decorated with a gentle nod towards the nautical theme in a blue and white color palette. They feature large sitting areas, multiple bedrooms, full kitchens, brick fireplaces for getting cozy, and private porches right on the water.

Guests traveling with pets receive a welcome bag of nautical chew toys and treats, a dog bed, food and water bowls, and personalized pet tags. Doggie turndown service is also included by request. There’s even a special pet concierge, helmed by the property’s beloved golden retriever, Bailey. Though there’s certainly a focus on dogs, all types of animals are welcome and the property has been known to host pets from rabbits to well-trained pigs in the past.  

COVID-19 procedures are available here.

Hotel Columbia

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Category: Luxury

Location: Telluride, Colorado

Typical starting/peak prices: $378/$510

On-site amenities: Hiking trails, room with fireplaces, buffet breakfast, restaurant and bar with seasonal menu, free Wi-Fi

Pros: This boutique hotel does cozy mountain luxury right, thanks to pet-friendly perks and access to outdoor activities your dog will love. Breakfast is included.

Cons: The hotel can be noisy due to its central location and there is a $30 per day pet fee.

Located directly across the street from the gondola that takes skiers (and in warmer months, hikers) up the mountain, the boutique Hotel Columbia does comfortable luxury effortlessly well with in-room fireplaces, rustic furnishings, and plush linens. 

The staff welcomes dogs with enthusiasm, and furry friends are treated to gourmet elk jerky and a cozy bed of their own. But what your pup may enjoy most is Telluride’s wide selection of dog-friendly hiking trails and walking paths, two of which — the Bear Creek Trail and Sneffels Highline Trail — are just a stone’s throw from the lobby. The concierge can also connect guests to groomers, pet-supply shops, and a variety of local essentials.

COVID-19 procedures are available here.

Our methodology for selecting hotels

In addition to the criteria listed above, we considered these factors:

Price: We looked for starting room rates in low season under $400 per night and rates under $900 per night even during the most expensive peak seasons.

Reviews: We visited and stayed at many of the hotels on this list for first-hand review experience. Those we didn’t still met all our strict criteria and had excellent reviews on Trip Advisor, Booking.com, and other trusted traveler sites.

Pet policies: For this list, we paid particular attention to the pet policies to ensure a warm welcome for any four-legged friends. 

Amenities: We looked for hotels that had great amenities for both people and pets. We took into account well-appointed rooms, good locations, attractive on-site amenities, plus exceptional pet amenities from dog beds to pet-friendly menus at on-site restaurants.

COVID-19 safety: We selected hotels that prioritize the health and safety of guests with new strict new cleaning policies in light of COVID-19.

FAQ

Is it safe to stay in a hotel?

The CDC has stated that fully vaccinated people can safely travel domestically.

Hotels are open during COVID-19 and while there’s a greater chance of encountering other people during your stay in common spaces such as lobbies, restaurants, pools, or elevators, experts say that with proper precautions, it is safe to stay in a hotel. 

We always recommend following CDC guidelines and wearing a mask in public, using hand sanitizer, and following social distancing.

What to consider when bringing your pet to a hotel

Before traveling with your pet, always ensure they’re up to date on their vaccines and tick and flea-free. It may even be a good idea to bring a copy of vet records with you just in case.

Keep in mind proper pet etiquette when bringing a furry friend with you. Always respect hotel rules and keep pets away from any restricted areas and on a leash in public areas.  

Be aware that many pet-friendly hotels still have additional pet fees, cleaning fees, or size and weight limits, so be sure to confirm all details with the hotel prior to your stay and budget for any additional potential expenses. And, don’t forget to pack for your pet as thoroughly as you do yourself. Bring along food and water bowls, extra food, necessary leashes and carriers, and maybe even a favorite toy or blanket to help them feel more at home.

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