Which Hotels Have the Best Pet Policies?

Which Hotels Have the Best Pet Policies?

Because it's a ruff life for pups — and they need vacations too.

By Karen Gardiner

Jetting off with your best furry friend is all well and good. But what's the use if your pet can't join you at your hotel, or their very presence relegates you both to subpar lodging? It doesn't have to be that way: We've examined the pet policies of a number of luxury and boutique hotels across the country to bring you the best. (Note: "Pet" in most cases means dog — so contact the hotels directly if you are planning to visit with something of a different species.)

1. Kimpton Hotels, Nationwide

Paws down, Kimpton Hotels take the biscuit when it comes to pet-friendly hotel chains. Not only do they welcome any pet that "fits through the door" (not just dogs), with no size or weight restrictions or limit on numbers — they won't even charge you extra. Amenities include plush pet beds, food, water bowls and mats, and hotels also offer a concierge list of nearby pet-friendly restaurants, parks, groomers, and pet boutiques. Best of all, pets are welcome to attend the brand's nightly wine reception. Several of the hotels, including Philadelphia and San Diego, even have their own Directors of Pet Relations: Yes, they are all dogs.

2. Beverly Hills Hotel

The iconic Beverly Hills Hotel — or "the Pink Palace," as it is also known — claims to "love and adore all living creatures, especially dogs." Furry friends, the hotel claims, "are treated like royalty" for the perfectly reasonable rate of $35 per dog of any size, per day. The fee includes bone-shaped doggie cookies, personalized with your dog's name on them, doggie bowls, and the use of a very glamorous pink hotel-branded dog bed.

3. Ace Hotel Seattle

Hipster favorite boutique hotel chain Ace offers no pet-related bells and whistles, just a place to stay. However, the price is good. Most hotels in the chain charge $25 per night for dogs weighing up to 25 pounds, with no charge for additional pets. However, the original Ace Hotel in Seattle goes one better by charging nothing at all and imposing no weight limitations.

4. Park Hyatt New York

Perched on the edge of Central Park, Park Hyatt New York is perfectly located for visiting with a dog — if it is under 50 pounds. Your pooch will find their own bed in the room, as well as a water bowl and treats. At $100 per night, plus an additional "deep-cleaning" fee for stays of seven to 30 nights, it's pricey — but if you can afford to stay at the Park Hyatt, you probably won't even notice.

5. Thompson Chicago

Thompson Chicago welcomes your pets for no additional fee and with no limitations on number or size. The hotel also offers spoiled pups a Very Important Pup package as an upgrade, which includes a branded ceramic food and water bowl to take home, dog toys, a pet bandana, customized dog bones, a dog bed in room, discount passes for 15 percent percent off at Tails in the City pet accessories boutique and a “Pets in the City” guide to Chicago.

6. Rosewood Mansion on Turtle Creek, Dallas

Paying an additional nightly fee to travel with your pet adds up quickly, so we love hotels like Rosewood Mansion on Turtle Creek, which welcomes two pets of any size for a minimum fee of $100 per stay. A reviewer on pet travel booking site BringFido has also highlighted the hotel's outdoor patio dining, where your pet can join you for dinner.

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