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