10 Dog-Friendly Hotels Across the Country with Pup-specific Amenities

Not only are dogs part of the family, but at these dog-friendly hotels, they'll get access to special amenities to make it a trip to remember for them, too.

Two lines of drool are descending from both sides of Bobbi’s mouth as she sits patiently, ears perked, big brown eyes intensely focused on the servers walking towards us with platters of covered food. Duke is nowhere near as composed, all 100 muscular pounds of him bouncing up and down.

I can feel everyone staring from the surrounding dining tables in this swanky hotel lounge. But I’m used to the extra attention considering that both Duke and Bobbi are rescue pit bull mixes.

“I have two salmon scrambles and a Little Nell omelette,” the server says.

“Just in time,” I respond. “Duke was ready to tackle you.”

Some hotels, like the Little Nell in Aspen, Colorado, sure know how to love on their canine guests. Many hotels accept dogs these days, but not all are created equal when it comes to pampering. From massage therapy to psychic readings and doggy beer, these 10 dog-friendly hotels across the country go gaga when it comes to travelers with a pup.

Sedona, Arizona

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Worried that your pup’s energy might need an alignment? Book a room at the Hilton Sedona Resort at Bell Rock and you can get that taken care of with a pet energy alignment therapy session. It’s just one of many pet-focused amenities at this upscale adventure resort at the base of Sedona’s famed red rocks. Upon check-in, your pup is certain to sniff out the lobby grab-and-go treat station, which the hotel says “guarantees the start of a delicious stay.” He’ll also get a custom bandana, name tag, and pet-friendly hiking trail map.

If you need to leave your pup behind for an afternoon, however, don’t worry. The Hilton provides guests free dog-sitting services, whether you want your pup walked around the resort grounds or someone to play with them in your room.

Come dinner time, book a table with your pup on the outdoor porch at the signature restaurant ShowdowRock Tap + Table. Try the namesake burger, which comes as either a single or double charred steakhouse patty topped with American cheese, lettuce, tomato, red onion, and a secret sauce.

Hilton Sedona Resort at Bell Rock

Sedona, 7.5 miles to Oak Creek Canyon
8.1 Very good (3404 reviews)
Excellent Cleanliness 8.7 / 10
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Huntington Beach, California

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All dogs can acquire angel status at the Pasea Hotel & Spa, an oceanfront property in Huntington Beach. The hotel recently opened an interactive pup play park called The Paw-Séa. It features a wall mural by a local artist with dog angel wings for coveted Instagram shots. The enclosed play area also has a lifeguard station dog house and is only open to hotel guests. If your pup is craving some Pacific Ocean swim time, the famed Huntington Dog Beach is just a mile from the hotel.

The hotel also offers a Paw-Sea Pet Package add-on for canines that includes three hours of pet sitting with the Top Dog Barkery, a doggie spa treatment, and keepsake food and water bowls, dog toy, and leash. Also keep an eye on the hotel website for upcoming Dogcation Weekends, which are designed especially for holidays with four-legged family members and include pup-friendly receptions with live music and doggie influencers, shuttles to Huntington Dog Beach, a charity fashion show, and dinner served on the restaurant’s patio so you can dine with your pup.

Pasea Hotel & Spa

Top rated
Huntington Beach, 0.9 miles to Huntington
8.9 Excellent (1118 reviews)
Excellent Cleanliness 9.4 / 10
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Aspen, Colorado

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The dog-friendly menu served in the lobby bar (so you don’t have to leave your pup behind to dine) is just the beginning of the extra special services Aspen’s only five-star, five-diamond property, The Little Nell, doles up for its canine guests. Gourmet biscuits are handed out liberally and staff take care to take note of a dog’s diet. (In other words, how much they can spoil them with gourmet biscuits.)

The Little Nell is at the base of Aspen Mountain with the Silver Queen Gondola just outside your front door, so whether you’re visiting to ski in the winter or hike in the summer, there’s plenty to do. And while your pup won’t be able to ride in winter, come summer, a number of the gondola cars become dog-friendly (just look for the paw print) so canine family members can join you for hiking adventures at the summit. If you need to leave your pup in the room, however, no worries. Staff is more than happy to walk them or simply stop in for a little in-room playtime while you’re gone.

The Little Nell

Top rated
Aspen, 0.4 miles to Paepcke Park
9.2 Excellent (221 reviews)
Excellent Cleanliness 9.5 / 10
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Denver, Colorado

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If your pup’s paw pads are rough and her nails scratchy, she may be calling out for a pawdicure. Let her release her inner doggie diva with a stay at the Hotel Teatro in Denver’s vibrant downtown music and theater district. The luxury boutique property can book a treatment for rough paws at a nearby pet spa. If sore muscles are the problem, these can also be addressed in a session with a certified canine massage therapist at a clinic near the hotel. Several massage styles are available including a calming relaxation and post-injury massage.

At the Hotel Teatro, all dogs stay free and there are no breed or weight restrictions. The rooms and suites here are beautifully maintained and feature a contemporary look in a historic structure (the building dates back to 1911). Denver-style perks include a Craft Beer Concierge onsite that will help you plan your adventures around the Mile High City’s breweries, many of which are dog-friendly.

Hotel Teatro

Top rated
Denver, 0.4 miles to 16th Street Mall
8.9 Excellent (2988 reviews)
Excellent Location 9.4 / 10
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Washington, D.C.

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If your dog is a history buff, he’ll want to check into The Jefferson in the nation’s capital, which is stumbling distance from The White House. Just make sure you ask the concierge about the dog-focused, self-guided walking tour called “Famous Dogs and Animals in American History” that leads your pup to memorable canine historic sites around the city. And after a day of sightseeing, your dog will appreciate an afternoon snooze in the comfy bed provided in your room. There are also homemade dog treats and filtered water available.

For humans, the service is just as noteworthy. Butlers attend to your every whim and rooms include indulgent amenities like free-standing deep soaking tubs made from hand-cut Italian stone and marble. Plume is the onsite Michelin-starred restaurant, but if you’d rather just dine with your pup, room service is offered 24 hours a day. Or ask the concierge for a dog-friendly patio recommendation.

The Jefferson, Washington, DC

Top rated
Washington D.C., 27.2 miles to Baltimore–Washington International Airport
9.3 Excellent (927 reviews)
Excellent Cleanliness 9.6 / 10
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Key West, Florida

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No dog is too big or too small to stay at the “pet-obsessed” Perry Hotel in Key West. The hotel loves all pups and caters to them with two well-maintained dog parks onsite. They also feature ground floor rooms with unique outdoor dog showers so your pup can rinse off before coming into the beautifully-appointed and spacious rooms.

One of the top reasons to choose the Perry for a vacation with pup involves their ability to facilitate human/canine bonding in the great outdoors. The hotel partners with a local company to offer dog-focused watery excursions like SUP and kayaking that appeal to active-minded families. These excursions leave right from the hotel’s dock, and when you return, you can grab a cocktail with your dog at the canine-friendly hotel bar to discuss the day’s adventure.

The Perry Key West

Top rated
Key West, 4.1 miles to A&B Marina
8.9 Excellent (728 reviews)
Excellent Cleanliness 9.4 / 10
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Boise, Idaho

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When pups dine off the doggy menu at Inn at 500 Capitol in Boise, Idaho, they can rest assured knowing their Grilled Kobe Beef Burger is being prepared in a James Beard nominated chef’s kitchen. For human guests, the onsite Richard’s Restaurant, by chef Richard Langston, is known for creative modern Italian fare that makes use of local ingredients (try the Idaho Red Trout Fillet).

Canines can’t dine in the restaurant, but they can order room service from their own menu that includes the aforementioned burger as well as a popular fresh salmon and scrambled egg combo. There’s even a pumpkin puree served with a locally-made dog biscuit for when pups just want a snack. Beyond the pet menu, Inn at 500 Capitol caters to dogs with their Boise Best Friend Package that includes a waiver on the pet fee, a welcome gift, beer tastings for two humans at a local dog-friendly brewery, and a $10 credit for the pet menu.

Boise is a super dog-friendly city that also loves their craft beer, and most of the breweries welcome pups. Ask upon checking in for a list of where to go. Other pup-focused amenities here include arranging a blueberry dog facial or swim session with one of the hotel’s local partners.

Inn at 500 Capitol

9.0 Excellent (415 reviews)
Excellent Cleanliness 9.6 / 10
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Portland, Oregon

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Kimpton hotels are known for being one of the first brands to take pup pampering to a whole new level, and the flagship Kimpton Hotel Monaco Portland is no exception. From the minute you check in at the Portland, Oregon hotel, your pup will feel like a celebrity with a call-out on the VIP (Very Important Pet) lobby chalkboard. You’ll also notice there are no extra fees for your dog’s stay nor are there breed or weight restrictions.

Once in the room, you’ll find plush beds, food and water bowls, a treat, and a toy as well as some poop bags for the pup. For humans, the rooms and suites are fabulously eclectic with bold colors and patterns from houndstooth chairs to plaid bed skirts and matching pillow shams. Come evening, bring your pup down to the hotel’s nightly wine hour with live music and complimentary pours of local wine and beer for humans and treats for dogs that are baked in-house by the pastry chef.

Kimpton Hotel Monaco Portland

Top rated
Portland, 0.4 miles to Portland Classical Chinese Garden
9.1 Excellent (3579 reviews)
Excellent Service 9.3 / 10
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Nashville, Tennessee

Check your pup in at Holston House Nashville where dogs are treated like country music royalty. Upon checking in to the polished rooms at this downtown property, walking distance from Music Row, you’ll find a selection of homemade biscuits, poop bags, and a plush bed for your pup to lounge on. There’s also a doggy section on the room service menu that features meat and fish selections for discerning canines.

Another reason to book into Holston House with your pup is that 100 percent of the pet fees the hotel collects are donated to country music singer/songwriter Miranda Lambert’s non-profit MuttNation. The organization works to promote and facilitate the adoption of shelter pets. The property is also planning to adopt a rescue pup from MuttNation in the future that will live onsite, so guests who are traveling sans pup will still be able to benefit from the stress relief that dog cuddles provide.

Holston House Nashville - In The Unbound Collection By Hyatt

Nashville, 1.2 miles to Amerigo
8.9 Excellent (680 reviews)
Excellent Location 9.3 / 10
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Austin, Texas

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Austin calls itself the “Live Music Capitol of the World” and The Westin Austin Downtown takes that tile seriously. Here, pups are treated like the rock star they always knew they were from the moment they check in. That’s when they’ll be offered a locally-made biscuit and a bottle of “doggy beer” to sip on — or shotgun in true rockstar style. But before you freak out about being a bad dog parent, know this beverage is non-alcoholic and made from fresh beef with chicken stock as the base.

The Westin brand is known for its signature Heavenly beds, which are an optimal blend of pillowy soft and firm for solid sleep. And when you and your pup check into your room, you’ll find a canine version of the signature bed for him to sleep on. There’ll also be a map of dog-friendly establishments to visit as well as the best parks and walks around Austin.

Should your dog be craving a new look during his holiday, he can paw through the canine wardrobe behind the front desk for a loaner sweater to wear to the weekly “Yappy Hour.” At Yappy Hour, guests are welcome to take their pups over to the patio of house restaurant, Stella San Jac, for food and drink specials for both.

The Westin Austin at The Domain

Top rated
Austin, 8.6 miles to Texas State Capitol
8.9 Excellent (1452 reviews)
Excellent Cleanliness 9.1 / 10
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Feature photo courtesy of Manuel Delgado