This post first appeared on Hipmunks Tailwind blog on Dec. 22nd 2015
Booking hotels can be tedious enough without having to worry about whether Fido or Fifi will have anywhere to sleep. And too often, finding pet-friendly accommodations means compromising on quality, cleanliness, or location. But no more. Travel with pets—and in style—by scheduling a stay at any of these pet-friendly luxury hotels.
1. Aloft Minneapolis, Minneapolis, MN
Situated in Minneapolis’ trendy Mill district, Aloft offers direct access to hip arts venues such as the Minneapolis Institute of Arts, Walker Art Center, and Weisman Art Museum. The hotel itself serves as the center of a mini nightlife scene that includes the Re:mix Lounge and W XYZ Bar. If bars aren’t your thing, then head to the indoor pool or Re:charge, the hotel’s 24-hour fitness facility. The guest rooms are bright, spacious, and decked out with large windows, walk-in showers, and free Wi-Fi.
2. Fairmont Pittsburgh, Pittsburgh, PA
With a location that’s near attractions like Heinz Hall, Heinz Field, and PNC Park, the 4.5-star Fairmont Pittsburgh offers relaxing accommodations in the heart of Pittsburgh. Guests enjoy access to the hotel’s on-site restaurants, health club, sauna, steam room, and spa services. Or simply unwind in your 430-square-foot room, which boasts a minibar, plush bathrobes, and LCD TV. Up to two cats or dogs are allowed per room, so bring along the whole furry family.
3. Hotel Arts Barcelona, Barcelona, Spain
Unless you’re willing to sleep in the sand, you won’t find accommodations closer to the Mediterranean Sea than at the five-star Hotel Arts Barcelona. The 44-story skyscraper offers guests fine dining, relaxing amenities (think an outdoor pool and hot tub, spa services, a cocktail lounge, and stunning views), and immersion in Spanish and Catalan culture. Can’t get enough? Nearby are several Michelin-star restaurants that serve Catalan cuisine.
4. Hotel Durham, Durham, NC
Those looking for luxury-like accommodations on a budget will find a great choice in three-star Hotel Durham. Rooms are tastefully decorated and functional for anyone traveling on business or pleasure; a 24-hour business center, dry cleaning service, and luggage storage room round out the list of accommodations. If you don’t feel like being cooped up, head to the large indoor pool, which overlooks the hotel’s gardens. The on-site Lobby Bar and Bel Gusto Restaurant will satisfy any cravings.
5. Hotel Monaco Baltimore, Baltimore, MD
At Hotel Monaco, unusual amenities take center stage—think an in-room Xbox, yoga mats, animal-print robes, a fully stocked bar, personalized wake-up calls, and even spa services. Outside of the rooms, the hotel’s interior features marble stairs, chandeliers, vaulted ceilings, and stained glass. Enjoy a complimentary glass of wine by the lobby’s fireplace before retiring to your room. Pets stay free (and without restrictions on size).
6. Hyatt at the Bellevue, Philadelphia, PA
Come to the Hyatt for its proximity to the theater, stay for the luxury amenities. The hotel is situated within Philly’s theater district and sits just two blocks from the Kimmel Center for the Performing Arts. (It’s also only five blocks away from Rittenhouse Square.) The hotel itself is as great as its location: Rooms feature city views, marble baths, and large TVs, while the massive fitness center includes an indoor running track and basketball court.
7. Hyatt Regency Maui Resort Spa, Lahaina, HI
It’s easy to see why this hotel has “resort” in its name—the centerpiece of the establishment is a 750,000-gallon pool complex featuring grottos, waterfalls, and a 150-foot slide. And then, of course, there’s the spa, where guests can relax and unwind before grabbing dinner at any of the resort’s five restaurants or enjoying some Polynesian entertainment. Retire for the night in a room featuring signature Hyatt Grand Beds, marble-topped vanities, and flat-screen TVs. Fido will never want to leave.
8. London NYC, New York, NY
London NYC’s reputation precedes it: It’s been labeled one of the “Best Hotels of 2015” by US News and World Report. The hotel is located in the heart of downtown Manhattan—it’s steps from Central Park, the Metropolitan Museum of Art (MoMa), and Fifth Avenue shopping. Or you can while away the hours in the hotel’s fitness center, bar, or your room, where an oversized shower and luxury Italian linens await each guest. Whenever you get hungry, head to the London’s restaurant, MAZE. Led by Gordon Ramsay, the restaurant offers a chic-yet-casual dining experience for lunch and dinner every day.
9. Omni Barton Creek Resort & Spa, Austin, TX
You and your pets will never want to leave Omni Barton Creek Resort & Spa, where guests can choose to enjoy any and every kind of amenity—from tennis courts to golf courses, spa services, a massive fitness center, two pools, and kid-friendly activities. The resort is also a mere 30-minute drive to downtown Austin. The spacious rooms will accommodate children both human and furred, and you’ll wake up every morning to beautiful views of Texas hill country.
10. The Omni Richmond Hotel, Richmond, VA
You and your furry companions will sleep like royalty at the Omni Richmond, where beds in the Southern-style rooms feature premium bedding, pillow-top mattresses, and Egyptian-cotton sheets. The hotel is especially friendly to business travelers—it offers a business center, 14 meeting rooms, a conference center, and a large conference space.
11. Radisson Blu Agua, Chicago, IL
Sleek, modern, spacious, and blessed with stunning views of the Windy City—you may never want to leave your room at the Radisson Blu Agua. Upgrade to a Business Class room or suite, and you’ll also get to enjoy access to the Business Lounge and fresh fruit delivered to your room each day. Whenever you’re ready to leave your comfortable lodgings, you’ll find yourself minutes from many of Chicago’s most popular attractions. The location—and the service—is virtually unbeatable.
12. Sheraton Seattle Hotel, Seattle, WA
Located in the heart of downtown Seattle, the Sheraton makes a perfect starting point for any urban adventure. The Washington State Convention Center, 5th Avenue Theater, Pike Place Market, Westlake Center, and other popular attractions are all within minutes of the hotel. Once you’ve exhausted yourself exploring the city, retire to your comfortable room with panoramic city views and premium bedding. The hotel also boasts a fitness center, massage services, indoor lap pool, business center, bar lounge, and restaurant. You’ll need to leave the cat at home, but one dog (weighing less than 80 pounds) is welcome.
13. Sheraton Salt Lake City Hotel, Salt Lake City, UT
The Sheraton Salt Lake City is near it all: Salt Lake City’s main airport, bustling city life, daytime and night-time entertainment, shopping, restaurants and eateries, and world-class ski slopes. It’s even accessible to the world’s largest dinosaur exhibit at the Museum of Ancient Life. The lodgings themselves range from simple to luxurious—guests can choose from eight different room types (one of which includes a Jacuzzi!). A business center and fitness center are also on site.
After you’ve booked your overnight accommodations, read up on how to make your pet’s hotel stay a positive experience. Armed with that knowledge and secure in any of these hotels, you and your fur babies are sure to rest easy.