There are more pet-friendly hotels than ever before, which is great news for dog parents who couldn’t think of leaving their little one behind when embarking on a new adventure. Properties are even stepping up their offerings with amenities like dog beds and bowls, treat-filled gift bags, and waived pet fees upon arrival. But for travelers who want to go out and about during a trip, it can be tough to schedule things like museum visits and dinner reservations while also ensuring dogs get enough exercise and social interaction.
That’s why a handful of hotels have started offering dog-sitting services, either on-property or through a local doggie daycare that can escort your pup to and from the facilities. If you’re traveling with your canine companion and want them to enjoy the journey as much as you, these pet-friendly hotels offer some of the best dog sitting services in the country.
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Paséa Hotel & Spa, Huntington Beach, California
Located in the heart of Surf City USA, Paséa Hotel & Spa is a perfect place to unwind with a beautiful beachfront view. There are plenty of amenities to keep furry friends happy, besides the usual dog beds, bowls, and treats.
Paw-séa Pup Play Park is a 1,100 square foot fenced-in play area where dogs can run off-leash, and on-site Tanner’s Restaurant and Treehouse Lounge have dedicated pet menus with items like “puppy parfaits” and protein bowls.
The concierge can arrange for dog sitting or walking while you are out exploring. “Over the last few years, an increasing number of our guests have taken advantage of our pet-friendly offerings,” Paul Maddison, Paséa Hotel & Spa general manager, says. “We know that for many of our guests, bringing along their favorite furry friends can really enhance their stay.”
Nemacolin, Farmington, Pennsylvania
If you can think of it, Nemacolin probably has it. The resort has been welcoming guests since 1987 to enjoy everything from outdoor sports and nature adventures, to art exhibits and shopping, to wine tastings and cooking classes. The dog-friendly property has 2,200 acres for furry companions to explore, and they are treated like royalty at Nemacolin Wooflands Pet Resort & Spa where they can enjoy services like scented facials and paw conditioning.
“Families welcomed new pets during the pandemic, and now that pet owners are back to work and back to travel, Wooflands has seen higher numbers of pets enjoying time in daycare,” Jennifer McDaniel, Nemacolin Business Manager of Animal Life, says. “And even more travelers are looking for pet-friendly options and boarding while vacationing.”
Not only can you drop your dog off at Wooflands for daycare, but Nemacolin also offers pet sitting in guest rooms to accommodate special requests.
Montage Palmetto Bluff, Bluffton, South Carolina
Montage Palmetto Bluff offers a true escape from the ordinary with world-class dining from Chef Daniel Vesey, light-filled fitness and spa facilities, and a 20,000-acre community where you can bike, golf and paddleboard while taking in the great outdoors. Four-legged friends are also treated with five-star service. Upon arrival, they are greeted by name, just like human guests, and also receive a welcome from resident Canine Ambassador, Cauley.
Beds, treats, and bowls are set up in guest rooms prior to check-in, and there’s even a pet cuisine menu with dishes like Angus beef and vegetables.
“We see so many guests that travel with their dogs,” Firoze Nizam, Montage Palmetto Bluff Director of Rooms, says. “Just like humans, having their favorite comforts from home in addition to our welcoming touches make them feel most relaxed.”
The property also offers dog sitting, walking, and grooming services so pets have company while humans take time for themselves.
Hotel Viking, Newport, Rhode Island
Summertime luxury awaits in Newport, and Hotel Viking combines the beauty of the locale’s gilded age with modern comforts and elegance. Guests can enjoy amenities like afternoon tea service, mixology classes, body treatments at Spa Fjör, and an infrared sauna, and they don’t have to worry about leaving their dog alone while enjoying the property.
Through a partnership with Lucky Dog Resort, pups can be pampered with chauffeured dog service to and from the facility, whether for an overnight stay or just a few hours of playtime.
“At Hotel Viking, our partnership with local business, Lucky Dog Resort, is just one of many ways we offer our guests an all-encompassing experience in Newport,” Ellinor Walters, Marketing Manager at Hotel Viking, says. “Allow Lucky Dog to take care of the details for your furry family members while you unlock the city with our robust partnership programs and offerings.”
The Williamsburg Hotel, Brooklyn, New York
Locals and tourists alike love hanging out at The Williamsburg Hotel, which features a rooftop pool with stunning views of the Manhattan skyline and a Water Tower Bar with DJs and live performances. Expect the red carpet to be rolled out for fur babies, who will receive freshly baked treats and a welcome card at check-in.
A specialized KONG filled with peanut butter will be delivered to the room, and pet parents can also pamper their pooch with a dog treats minibar and room service menu.
“We saw an uptick in people traveling with their pets during the pandemic, and we’ve seen the demand for reliable pet care rise right along with it,” Enrique Cazares, The Williamsburg Hotel Director of Guest Relations, says. “Our front desk is happy to arrange doggie daycare pickup and dropoff services with the expert professionals at nearby Le Doggie Cool, a neighborhood favorite.”
The facility is only a four-minute walk from the hotel and even offers grooming services for pups and a coffee shop for guests.
The Little Nell, Aspen, Colorado
You can ski-in and ski-out in style at The Little Nell, Aspen’s only five-star, Five-Diamond hotel, which features an excellent roster of on-property restaurants and outdoor adventures that cater to every type of preference.
Four-legged companions are welcome with open paws and a Puppy Jet Lag Kit, complete with a Little Nell leash and homemade peanut butter treats.
“We love welcoming our pet guests, and we love how they come in all sizes — from purse-sized pups to Bernese Mountain Dogs,” says Housekeeping Director Gionna Villabrille, who oversees the hotel’s pet program.
Guests can curl up in front of their room’s gas log fireplace and order room service from the pet menu, which has dog-friendly dishes like grilled salmon with scrambled eggs, carrots, and brown rice. While you’re out enjoying snow sports or an apres-ski libation, The Little Nell’s valets and bellmen are standing by to play with your pup in your room or take them for a stroll in the fresh mountain air.
Waldorf Astoria Park City, Park City, Utah
Waldorf Astoria Park City is equal parts cozy and luxurious, with its stunning mountain views, in-room fireplaces, and relaxing spa. In addition to offering impeccable service to human guests, four-legged friends will be treated to the same superior hospitality with its Waldorf Astoria “Bark” City program.
In-room dog bowls and beds are provided, and canines are also treated to a turndown treat service at the end of the day.
“Our concierge is able to make recommendations on everything from the best doggy daycare and babysitting services in the Park City area to fun local pet shops and dog parks in town — including Willow Creek Dog Park, which is located very close to the resort,” Kellie Hanselman, Director of Sales & Marketing, Waldorf Astoria Park City, says.
If you want to escape for a day of exploring, the concierge can arrange an in-room dog sitter so your pooch is kept company while you’re away.
Rosewood Washington, D.C., Washington, D.C.
Situated along the C&O Canal in picturesque Georgetown, Rosewood Washington, D.C. excels with elegant rooms, plush townhouses, restaurants by Wolfgang Puck, a luxurious pool, and in-room spa services so guests can unwind in style. And there’s no need to leave your pup behind when checking in. Dogs are welcome to stay with human guests and greeted upon arrival with a bed, bowls, and welcome amenities.
“As personal and professional pet lovers, Rosewood Washington, D.C. welcomes guests and their furry friends to enjoy a stay in the nation’s capital,” Gabor L. Vida, Managing Director, Rosewood Washington, D.C., says. “To ensure an enjoyable and easy stay for both the pet and owner, we offer customized pet sitting, walks, overnight stays, and more.”
The property works with a nearby service to offer pet sitting on-site while you’re out sightseeing.
Perry Lane Hotel, Savannah, Georgia
There are few places in Savannah that are more charming than the Perry Lane Hotel, and Savannah has a lot of charming places.
Well-behaved furry companions are welcome all over the property, even in The Emporium Kitchen & Wine Market and cocktail bar The Wayward. Beds and bowls are placed in guestrooms, and a welcome amenity with Oliver Bentley treats, a waste bag holder, and a bandana are presented to all pups on arrival.
The property has a partnership with Savannah Pet Sitter, which offers a Pet Taxi for its four-legged clients. “We love welcoming our guests and their pups to Perry Lane Hotel,” Matthew Douzuk, Perry Lane Hotel General Manager, says. “We are excited to be working with Savannah Pet Sitter, a local dog daycare that also offers a Pet Taxi service so guests can relax on vacation and have an outlet for their pups to be cared for.”
The Jefferson, Richmond, Virginia
The Jefferson has been welcoming guests to Richmond for more than a century, and the hotel has become synonymous with impeccable service, world-class dining, and an opulent design. Just as the staff welcomes human guests like one of their family, they go out of their way to meet dog companions, too.
Upon arrival, your pup will be showered with treats, toys, and attention from the staff, and they will personally see to it that your dog is walked or kept company when you’re out and about.
“We have offered pet sitting services for many years, but the pandemic created an opportunity for us to consistently source our sitters from our roster of trusted Jefferson Hotel team members who are also pet enthusiasts,” Jeanita Harris, director of guest services, says. “This provides a unique layer of comfort for our guests knowing that their sitter is well-vetted, following hotel health and safety protocols, and familiar with the hotel, our staff and the neighborhood.”