5 Great Dog-Friendly Hotels in Big Cities

Travelers who have dogs may already understand the frustration of finding a pet sitter when you need to go away. It can turn an otherwise fun planning experience into a dismal one. And sometimes, you want your dogs to join along in the fun, too. After all, for many people, their dogs are a part of the family. However, the majority of hotels aren’t very welcoming to your furry friends, making it difficult to travel with your dog. When you’re traveling to big cities, it’s important to know where to go to give yourself and your pet a great time. With that in mind, here are five great dog-friendly hotels across big cities.

Loews Santa Monica

For a peaceful beach getaway, Loews Santa Monica is a great option. The outdoor pool provides guests with a view of the ocean, while the  on-site Ocean & Vine restaurant serves locally-sourced foods and an ice cream parlor whips up great frozen treats. For those that want to take their social gatherings into the brisk evenings, there are also 13 outdoor fire pits.

What’s in it for your dogs:

Right across the street from the property is the Santa Monica pier, where you can take your dog out for a nice relaxing walk with a beautiful view. Dogs can also feast on a gourmet pet’s menu, which includes items like chopped beef with brown rice and eggs. For just a $25 fee, you can also purchase the “Loews Pet Program” package, which includes litter boxes, water bowls, pet leashes, and other must-haves for your pets. You can also get the same amenities at the Loews Hollywood location.

Avalon NYC

If you’re visiting New York City, the Avalon Hotel offers plenty for both you and your dog. Situated centrally within walking distance of the Empire State Building, this boutique hotel features spacious accommodations—something that’s hard to find without a high price tag in Manhattan. Although it’s in the middle of the city, guests have praised the building’s peacefulness and ability to keep out the NYC noise. The Avalon is ideal for business travelers, too, with a full on-site business center complete with faxing, mailing, and scanning services.

What’s in it for your dogs:

The Avalon offers pet-friendly accommodations, providing comfy dog beds, water and food bowls, special welcome treats, and doggie bags. They also provide discounted services at a premier luxury boarding and pet spa nearby.

Chicago Athletic Association

The Chicago Athletic Association hotel is aptly named after the previous business that housed the hotel of the same name. The interior dates back to the 1890s, with Venetian architecture, and because of its athletic history, designers wanted to maintain a polo club vintage aesthetic. For instance, the night stand’s legs are made of tennis racquet leather grips (with a modern touch—USB outlets), a boxing style robe is ready for wear, and a pommel horse doubles as a bench. And lastly, a Game Room bars sits where there was an original billiards room for the athletic club.

What’s in it for your dogs:

At this location, you’re permitted up to two pets per room. Unlike other hotels, there are no size restrictions or extra fees, making this an ideal location for guests with larger animals or multiple animals. There is also a Shake Shack restaurant on-site, which has a special menu for dogs with burgers and baked items.

The Westin Austin Downtown

Situated in the “Live Music Capital of the World,” the Westin Austin Downtown is located at the center of some of the most popular music venues in the city. All rooms are outfitted with signature Heavenly Beds, coffee makers with Starbucks coffee pods, minibars, and iPhone docking stations. The on-site restaurant here is Stella San Jac, serving up highly-rated Southern cuisine, while guests can also head over to the state-of-the-art fitness center or rooftop pool.

What’s in it for your dogs:

All dogs under 40 pounds are welcome here without a fee. Your pets can also indulge in matching Signature Heavenly Pet beds and bowls, which are available upon request. You’ll also find a handful of small parks within walking distance, which are great for getting your pets some air.

Kimpton Hotel Palomar, Philadelphia

The Kimpton Palomar Hotel is stylish, chic, and trendy. One of the first things guests will notice about the suites are the eye-catching colors like purple and green. In the bathroom, you’ll find Luxury Atelier Bloem bath products and other signature amenities. The on-site restaurant here is Square 1682, which has been lauded for their inventive plates.

What’s in it for your dogs:

There are two Kimpton Hotel locations in Philadelphia, and both are pet-friendly. There are no fees, and pets of all sizes are welcome. The hotel also provides free pet food, pet beds, water bowls, dog walking maps, and disposable bags.