The World's Best Dog-Friendly Hotels
As an freelance travel writer and hotel lover, I enjoy trying out new hotels on a monthly basis. Over the past six months, I’ve noticed a growing trend in the world of hospitality: more and more hotels are dog-friendly. In fact, many upscale hotels are offering special programs and packages that are geared toward pampering pooches. There are also luxury hotels that have their own mascot, a hotel dog who warmly greets guests upon arrival and who roams the grounds searching for mischief. From yappy hours to custom-designed dog linens, here is an inside look at the jet-setting pet trend.
Nestled into Vail Mountain, The Ritz-Carlton Bachelor Gulch has two resident mascots. There’s the adorable Saint Bernard puppy, Bachelor, and his female sidekick, Belle, a Bernese mountain dog. The pet-friendly resort offers a “Bachelor’s Pack” for four-legged guests, inspired by the dog Bachelor. Furry friends will be treated to all-natural pet food, room service, special treat deliveries, and doggie massages and bath treatments presented by the Bachelor Gulch Spa. Overstuffed beds, premium dog bowls, toys, and a guide to local dog parks and canine-friendly restaurants are also included in the package.
A well-known boutique hotel in Carmel, California, the Cypress Inn dates back to 1929. Old-world charm meets modern comfort at this wildly dog-friendly hotel. The hotel has a director of pet relations, Sadie, a beloved black-and-white Chihuahua who often sports a stylish red turtleneck sweater. Sadie can provide a pet’s owner with nearby points of interest—restaurants, beaches, and shops that open their doors to dogs. At the hotel, pets are welcome in the cosy living room for afternoon tea or in the charming courtyard for breakfast and evening appetizers. Nothing makes a dog happier after a ruff day, than yappy hour, which is at the Cypress Inn’s restaurant and lounge, Terry’s, daily from 4:30 to 6:30 p.m.
The Park Hyatt New York, or should I say, Bark Hyatt, has a VIP—that’s very important pooch—package for the travelling dog. Amanda Hearst and Friends of Finn developed the package that offers a customised collection of services that cater to your dog’s needs. Book the VIP treatment and you’ll receive Amanda Hearst’s NYC Doggie Guide, exclusive access to seasonal pup fashions curated by Barneys Fashion Office and Love Thy Beast, canine treats from Nesbits, and an I.D. tag with the hotel’s name and phone number. There’s also a dog bed, food and water bowl, rain gear, paw wipes, waste bag dispenser, and a Kong classic treat-dispensing toy with all-natural almond butter. The Park Hyatt donates $100 USD of each package to the Humane Society.
In the heart of Paris is The Peninsula Paris, a sophisticated and modern hotel housed in a historical landmark building that dates back to 1908. Opened in 2014, the Peninsula welcomes four-legged friends who are under 13 pounds, so you’ll have to leave your great Dane at home. However, multiple small dogs are allowed, and there is no fee to bring your pup to stay. A special basket will await your pup’s arrival at the room. In it, you’ll find dog food, a water dish, a bottle of Evian—because your distinguished doggie can’t drink tap water!—toy and tag. Book a garden and terrace suite and there will be plenty of room for your dog to roam around. Each suite has a private outdoor rooftop garden or terrace, and large living space with expansive marble bathrooms and spectacular views of the city.
Located on the picturesque Italian coast, the Belmond Hotel Splendido in Portofino provides dog guests with the cutest miniature dog robes. The stylish retreat, which overlooks a beautiful harbor, offers dog massages, a special canine room service menu, grooming appointments, and a dog walker. Guests can also request in-room poochie amenities to help make their pup feel at home, including water and food bowls, toys, and kennels.
With its stunning vineyards and plenty of biking and hiking trails, Napa Valley is a destination that is best celebrated in the outdoors. If you want to bring your pup to wine country, book your stay at the Westin Verasa Napa. Located in the Oxbow District of downtown Napa, the hotel is within walking distance of a dog park, a riverfront path, and several other trails. Let the staff know that you’re traveling with Fido and your room will be stocked with a custom-designed luxurious dog bed with a special duvet cover and dog bedding and Eloise Pet accessories. The concierge is well-versed in all things dogs, so if you want to visit wineries where your pooch will be welcomed with open-arms, the Westin staff can provide you with a list of dog-friendly tasting rooms, restaurants, and more.
The Rome Cavalieri also has a VIP—very important pet—package. This Waldorf Astoria resort has both food and spa menus geared toward four-legged clientele. There are 15 acres of parkland on property with dog-walking and dog-sitting services, so you can snap selfies on the Spanish Steps while your pet runs free at the hotel. A doggie spa is nearby, and hotel staff is happy to accompany your pooch to the spa for a skin treatment, styling appointment, or shampoo. Call ahead to order a personalised cashmere jumper with your pet’s name embroidered on the side.
One of Switzerland’s most glamorous hotels, the Gstaad Palace, warmly welcomes discerning international clientele and their four-legged companions. The resort has breath-taking views of the Swiss Alps, five restaurants, indoor and outdoor pools, tennis courts, and a famous nightclub. The Palace’s pet package includes two water bowls, a pillow, and a personalised welcome card. Dry food and à la carte options like carrots, rice, chicken, or beef are also available. There is a 24-hour complimentary dog-walking service and dog-sitters available by request.
Although the name sounds like it should be located in Hawaii, the Kona Kai Resort and Spa is on Shelter Island in San Diego, California. Pay a small fee and your dog—of any shape or size—can stay with you in your room. The Kona Kai has a private oceanside beach, and it’s the only beach in California where alcohol can be consumed openly by the public. There’s also a pool, paddle boarding, dockside dining, and a spa.
Dream of staying in a grand English countryside house similar to Downton Abbey? Well, you can at Cliveden House in Berkshire, England. This famous British house is known for hosting 300 years of parties for many of the monarchy’s most prominent players. Today, the five-star hotel is 100% luxury. Fine dining is the thing at Cliveden, and your pooch is invited to a culinary experience as well. Select your Yorkie’s dinner from Michelin-starred chef André Garrett’s canine menu; then head to the restaurant to enjoy his cuisine on your own.
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Do you travel with your dog? What is your favourite pet-friendly hotel?