California’s Top Dog-Friendly Hotels That Cater To Dogs
April 10, 20207 min read
Having a dog in the family should never make traveling more difficult or less frequent because you’re worried you won’t find a dog-friendly place to stay. Luckily, more and more hotels have changed their pet policies, recognizing their guests are often traveling with their dogs.
For the people who absolutely do not feel comfortable leaving their dog at a pet boarding facility while traveling, a dog-friendly hotel is usually the next option. Hotels have even started to provide amenities specifically for dogs to feel welcomed \when they get to stay with their owners.
Pros Of Staying At A Dog-Friendly Hotel
- Keep an eye out on your dog while traveling - Less worry about leaving them at home or with a family member - A fun bonding experience - Get your dog out of their comfort zone - Make lasting memories
Cons Of Staying At A Pet-Friendly Hotel
- The dog may be unfamiliar/scared of the environment
- Hotels may ask for a pet fee
-Worries about leaving your pet in a room for too long
Be mindful that a pet-friendly hotel is a place to bring your dog with you while traveling, not just to leave them cooped up inside the room. Hotels that do allow animals to stay usually do a good job of providing amenities that would benefit the owner and the employees as well. That being said, be sure to include your pets in your vacation plans whether you dine at local restaurants, go to the dog beach, or to the shops downtown!
The Top Hotels In California That Allow Dogs
The Inn at Laguna Beach
This luxury boutique hotel offers cliffside ocean views and steps directly to the beach to dip your toes. They encourage you to bring your dog along on your trip to a very dog-friendly city. They do charge a dog fee of $100 non-refundable deposit and your dog must be under 40 lbs to be eligible to stay. Be sure to bring your leashed four-legged friend to Heisler Park where you can enjoy the fresh ocean air.
Dogs that stay here like to refer to this hotel as the Paw-sea and is extremely accommodating for pets. They offer services like pet sitting, doggie spa treatments, even a 1,100 sq ft. play park located outside the hotel! For pet rooms, there is an in-room doggie bed, water, and food bowls, as well as a pillow treat for your dog to feel welcomed. Since a two-night minimum is required for pet rooms, Paw-sea was sure to waive the $150 deposit fee.
For the dogs that don’t prefer beach getaways, there are dog-friendly cabins that are available as well. These cabins fit between 4-6 people including your pet or pets (up to 2 dogs) so the whole family can tag along.
Sleepy Forest is centrally located by Big Bear Lake and can be reserved in advance during the warm summer months or snowy winter holidays. A pet deposit of $50 per dog is required and must be accompanied by the owner at all times. Your dog will be ecstatic to stay with you in this authentic cabin in the woods surrounded by nature!
Love to try out new adventures and visit Catalina? Hermosa Hotel is the spot to go with your pup. At the heart of Avalon and near many activities, you can think of such as tastings, adventure tours, hiking, and lots more.
Whether you want to travel by yourself or with a group, Hermosa Hotel has you covered. They offer adjoining rooms, a kitchenette unit, plenty of storage for any gear you bring, and did we already mention? Dog-Friendly!
For a little more glitz and glam, be sure to stay at the first national hotel chain to launch a pet program called Loews Loves Pets (2000). They pride themselves in not only taking care of their human guests but their VIPs (Very Important Pets) as well! Amenities include pet room services menus, pet walking/sitting, doggie pick up bags, and dog walking routes too. Loews Hollywood charges $100 per stay, dogs under 75 lbs, and a maximum of 2 per room. Loews also has locations in San Diego and Santa Monica as well!
This hip and trendy hotel keeps up with modern standards by also allowing pets into their beautifully designed suites and lobbies. When they say “pets” they really mean dogs but they are willing to accommodate more exotic pets to make it work, as stated in their FAQs.
Less than one mile away from LA landmarks like MOCA, Staples Center, and the Grammy Museum, you and your dog will have a nice stroll and plenty of photo-ops! They charge $25 per night or $50 per stay with 2 pets max per guest room.
Don’t forget the dog! This Carlsbad resort believes a pet is part of the family and deserves a spot in their suites. Rooms are spacious enough for your pup to sniff around along with kitchenettes included so you can keep your raw dog food refrigerated. Located within walking distance from most shops and restaurants, Carlsbad is considered a pet-friendly area for locals and tourists! Be sure to contact them in advance to inquire about pet deposits or fees.
A Latin-inspired resort with oceanfront views and tropical gardens makes you forget that you’re staying in Long Beach. As one of the few pet-friendly hotels in LB, Hotel Maya encourages you to bring your pet to this getaway.
Although they do not offer too many accommodations for your pet other than a comfortable place to stay, owners can take a stroll on their walking path all the way to the Queen Mary or Downtown. They allow medium-sized dogs up to 50 lbs. and require a $50 pet fee to stay overnight.
Want the accommodations of an island resort but still stay in San Diego? This is your go-to resort for no restrictions on the shape, size, or breed of your four-legged family member! They do offer grass areas throughout the outdoor parts of the resort, just don’t forget to pick up after them! They require a $150 pet service fee per stay which includes the clean-up/deposit fee so you don’t have to worry about the rest.
The name of the hotel says it all and you won’t fall short of desired amenities here, including letting your pets stay with you! Luxe City Center offers complimentary accommodations for dogs, with no pet fee or deposit required. Their destination fee includes everything you need for your stay and nothing you don’t so you get your money’s worth. Take advantage of their central downtown location with your pet and check out pet-friendly shops all of LA has to offer.
Here’s another quaint beachside hotel with stunning views of the ocean. Even better, they allow pets in “pet designated” rooms so be sure to book accordingly. They will provide the feeding placemats and dog treats for every checked-in pet guest.
Just don’t leave your furry friend unaccompanied in the room. If you need to leave your pet, the front desk will provide local pet sitters and dog walkers for the time that you need. Scripps Inn only allows dogs smaller than 30 lbs and require a $75 cleaning/service fee for them to stay with you.
Heading a little more up north for a few nights? Fort Bragg prides itself as a pet-friendly destination and luckily this motel and spa accommodate a relaxing stay for you and your pet! For just $20/per night for your pet, a welcome kit is included as well as an onsite dog park and easy beach access.
For those staying at the motel and wish they had a dog to accompany them on this trip, ask about their, “Borrow A Buddy” program where you can adopt a dog for a few hours from the Humane Society. Not only is this motel and spa a dog-friendly place to stay, but they also support causes for dogs too!
Going back down the California coast just along the bay by Fisherman’s Wharf, Portola welcomes furry friends with treats and a letter from the pet concierge. Feel free to bring your dog to the club room to dine and even on the patio of the nearby Brewpub. Ask your pet concierge for a list of dog-friendly activities you and your traveling friend can enjoy while visiting Monterey bay. There are no size or breed restrictions here, just a $50/ first night charge and $25/per night after.
Looking for a luxurious resort to spend the weekend with your pooch that deserves to be pampered? This ranch is 500 acres of land to sniff, play, and socialize. Pets are welcomed here with plenty of pets, their own dog bed, and even a pet menu!
So, if you forget your raw dog food on the trip, your dog can choose from beef bone marrow, a pooch patty, or a salmon bowl. What a treat! Although your dog may not be allowed in pool lounge areas, there are hiking trails to explore to burn some energy! Be sure to ask the front desk which trails are pet friendly.
More and more hotels are becoming pet-friendly because they realize families are looking for places that will accommodate their furry family members. With the right creativity, hotels are bound to market amenities that can be considered useful to pet owners and pets themselves! Maybe even a freezer in each room to store the frozen raw dog food you’ve brought on your trip?