Dogs are part of the family, and as that group dynamic has evolved, it’s only natural that our vacationing style has too. More of us are traveling with pets, and to meet this demand, hotels around the world are not only catering to this market, but they’re also creating a whole new genre of doggy-lux. Embroidered blankets at Le Meurice in Paris, designer leashes and collars at London’s exclusive Rosewood Hotel, and an entire VIP dog floor at Hotel Nikko in San Francisco have raised the bar in dog-friendly hospitality. Instead of spending on a kennel, owners can splash out on the VIP treatment and make memories with the whole family. So if your best mate deserves a vacation as much as you, we’ve rounded up 12 of the best hotels around the world for you and your dog.
1. The Dog House, Bruges, Belgium
English ex-pats Susie and Nick, and their pups Dexter and Roxy, have created The Dog House, a welcoming B&B for dogs, their owners, and anyone who wants to hang out with their pups. With sophisticated open-plan rooms without extra cleaning fees, dog treats and bowls, a welcome pack highlighting local dog spots, and even some local Belgian dog beer in the fridge, this is a great place to settle in for a few nights.
Cost: From $340, two-night minimum
Where: Verversdijk 4, Brugge, Belgium
2. Hotel Grimming, Rauris, Austria
You must have a dog to stay at this chalet-style Austrian hotel set high in the alps. Not only are all the rooms set up for dogs with large beds and over 130 types of dog food, but there’s also a huge fenced outdoor play area and doggy pool. After your pup has played outside all day, get them cleaned up for in the dog bath complete with brushes, hairdryers, and dog shampoo. And to top it off, in winter you can leave your dog with the in-house sitter while you hit the ski slopes.
Cost: From $190 per night
Where: Marktstrasse 25, Rauris, Austria
3. Hotel Wolf, Oberammergau, Germany
In the tiny town of Oberammergau in southern Germany, dogs truly are the guests of honor. Absolutely nothing a dog could want has been forgotten. Included in the nightly price is access to three large sports halls, underwater treadmills, a dog swimming pool, fridges, beds and bowls, showers, and towels all for your pup. Plus you can book on-site physiotherapy, massages, and agility sessions for your pup. Human needs haven’t been ignored, with spa treatments, massages and saunas available, bike hire, plus a four-course evening meal served in the dining room.
Cost: From $160 per night
Where: Dorfstraße 1, Oberammergau, Germany
4. Le Meurice, Paris, France
The godfather of dog-friendly hotels, the palatial Le Meurice has been welcoming pets for over a century, even playing host to Salvador Dali and his ocelots on occasion. These days all dog guests receive an engraved dog tag, a plush blanket with their name embroidered on it, plus the standard treats, bowls, beds and dog menu. The concierge is also on standby to walk your dog through the nearby Tuileries Garden.
Cost: From $1157 per night
Where: 228 Rue de Rivoli, Paris, France
5. Pineapple hotels, United States
At the ultra-trendy Pineapple hotels, any size of pets can stay for a fee of $25 per night. If you choose to upgrade to the pup pack, comprised of a dog bed, treats, food bowls, and waste dispenser, the daily fee is only $12.50. They have hotels sprinkled throughout the US in New York, Chicago, San Francisco and Boston, Seattle, Portland, and San Diego.
Cost: From $235 per night
6. Rosewood London, London, England
At Rosewood in central London, it’s all about five-star luxury for you and your pet. The hotel has been welcoming pets since 2013 with comfy beds, treats, and no extra charges. And they’ve recently taken it to the next level, creating a bespoke one-night Canine Package that includes a designer Barbour bed, collar and leash, homemade ethical dog food, dog-grooming from celebrity groomer Jamie Griffen, concierge dog-sitting, and a comprehensive dogs guide to London.
Cost: From $2700 per night for the Canine Package
Where: 252 High Holborn, Holborn, London, United Kingdom
7. Atholl Arms Hotel, Dunkeld, Scotland
In 2019, the Atholl Arms was voted the #1 Pet-Friendly Hotel of the Year in the Scottish Hotel Awards. Here, dogs are welcomed in the lounge, bar, and meeting place. Not only do they offer doggy welcome packs including mats, towels, bowls, and treats, but they’ve also partnered with local dog groomers and offer dog walks in the surrounding woodlands. Best of all, half of the nightly $20 dog fee is donated to Pepa’s Pet Cancer Foundation, supporting pets struggling with cancer.
Cost: From $100 per night
Where: Bridgehead, Tay Terrace, Dunkeld, United Kingdom
8. Regent, Singapore
For those looking for a staycation with their pup, Regent Hotel in Singapore has created a signature Pet Staycation Package for pets under 15 kilograms. A welcome gift box includes a chew toy, treats, microfibre towel, pet bed, water, pet food, hand sanitizer, and gentle dog shampoo, plus a special pet menu. When it’s time to stretch your legs, the nearby Botanic Gardens offers a range of easy on-leash trails.
Cost: From $230 for the Pet Staycation Package
Where: 1 Cuscaden Rd, Singapore
9. The Twelve Hotel, Galway, Ireland
Recently voted the #1 pet-friendly hotel in Ireland, Twelve Hotel is doggy heaven. You can pack light as they will appoint your suite with everything your pet might need: beds, bowls, leashes, toys, treats, doggy bags, and towels. To top it off, not only can you order room service, but your dog is also offered a dedicated menu. A map of the nearby woods and beaches will ensure your morning walks explore the best the area has to offer. There are no extra charges, but the hotel will take a security deposit, and it limits one dog per room.
From $160 per night
Where: Barna Rd, Freeport, Galway, Ireland
10. Hotel Nikko, San Francisco, US
For those traveling to San Francisco, Hotel Nikko is ready to welcome your dog with open arms with a dedicated VIP (Very Important Pet) floor and a large terrace with a grassy pet run. The nightly $50 fee (for small pets) includes a dog bed, bowl, and treats. Plus, resident mascot Buster is on hand to play with your pup in the best dog-friendly spots in the city.
Cost: From $209 per night
Where: 222 Mason St, San Francisco, United States
11. Loews Hotel Vogue, Montreal, Canada
With a complete pet program, Loews could never be left off this list. Personalized bedding, leashes, collars, water bowls and placemats, dog treats and toys, plus a complete guide to dog-friendly walks and restaurants are all on offer at their Montreal hotel. When it’s time to settle in for the night, you can even call the gourmet room service menu for dogs developed by the hotel’s executive chef.
Cost: From $135 per night
Where: 1425 Rue de la Montagne, Montréal, Canada
12. Pier One Sydney Harbour, Sydney, Australia
At Pier One, you can swing open your doors and begin your morning stroll directly under the Sydney Harbour Bridge. A maximum of two small dogs are allowed in each room, and for $60 per pet, your dog will get a comfy dog bed, food, and water bowls. And if you’re feeling extra generous, splurge on a stocked mini-bar with dog-friendly snacks. After a day exploring Sydney, you can relax on the outdoor terrace at sunset with your pup and take in the magnificent views of the harbor.
Cost: From $590 per night
Where: Walsh Bay, 11 Hickson Rd, Sydney, Australia
13. Fairmont Miramar Hotel and Bungalows, Santa Monica, California
In a city where everyone travels with their dogs at all times, it’s no surprise that even one of the most luxurious hotels in Santa Monica is extremely dog-friendly. At the Fairmont Miramar, you can order the “Dog Be With You” package, which means your dog will get its own bed, a collection of toys, treats, and a dog bowl — which dog owners know is one of the most annoying and messy things to pack. Best of all, your dog can get in on room service with you. Choose between chicken, beef, or salmon entrees, featuring other healthy ingredients like organic brown rice, free-range scrambled eggs, potatoes, peas, and carrots. You can even get a luxury dog tag made at the Atelier jeweler downstairs if you want to give your pooch the true LA treatment.
Cost: $549 a night
Where: 101 Wilshire Blvd, Santa Monica, CA 90401