Best Hotels for Pets in North America

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When your pets are considered part of the family, it seems almost cruel to jet off on vacation without them. Luckily, petcations are becoming more and more popular. Here, we reveal the best hotels for pets in North America, no matter what type of vacation you seek.

Best Hotels for Pets for All Sorts of Vacation Styles

Best Hotel for Pets for a Golf Getaway

Predator Ridge Resort – Vernon, British Columbia

Set on a golf course in British Columbia's famed Okanagan Valley, domesticated animal friends are welcome in the lodge and cottages at Predator Ridge Resort. Better still, this is one of the few North American golf courses that allows owners to hit the links with their dogs by their sides.

My husband and I experienced this resort firsthand with our dog, Buddy. The two of us humans regret not exploring all the many miles of maintained walking trails. We were too busy wine touring! Meanwhile, Buddy loved his large balcony and sat patiently at the pet-friendly stations peppered along the property while we nipped in for a few groceries or a drink.

Predator Ridge Resort ~ Best Hotels for Pets

Dogs wait patiently in the pet parking area at Predator Ridge Resort (Photo credit: Jody Robbins)

Best for Hotel for Pets in the City

Kimpton Monaco Portland – Portland, Oregon

You’ve gotta love hotels for pets that don't charge extra for your animal companion. Better still, there’s no restriction on weight or breed here. That’s right, lizards are welcome, too! Steps away from Pioneer Court Square, you can’t beat the downtown Portland location at Kimpton Monaco Portland.

Jen Dotson of the Thrifty Northwest Mom blog says, “This hotel is very pet-friendly, with a sign in the lobby welcoming the pets by name, dog treats at the front desk, and a resident dog in the lobby. They provided us with food and water bowls and a dog bed in our room for free.”

City slickers and their dogs will love Kimpton Monaco Portland ~ Best Hotels for Pets in North America

City slickers and their dogs will love Kimpton Monaco Portland (Photo credit: Kimpton Monaco Portland)

Best Hotel for Pets in a Village Setting

Cypress Inn – Carmel-by-the-Sea, California

In researching the best hotels for pets, I knew I had to include Cypress Inn. Remember Doris Day? The perky blonde actress at is alive and well (at 93-years-old!), and running one of the best pet hotels in the country: Cypress Inn in darling Carmel-by-the-Sea, California.

Staying at the historic property is an elegant affair with dog blankets, bowls and treats supplied. Be sure to hit the 35 acres of trails at Mission Trail Park and the fabulous Carmel Wine Walk by-the-Sea. Dogs run free on Carmel Beach, and this resort offers a pet specific spot to wash them off before returning to your room. I bet my furry pal, Buddy, would love it here!

Carmel has become a haven for pet lovers, with all sorts of hotels for pets to choose from. Read The Travel Mama's review of Carmel's Hofsas House Inn for another pet-friendly option.

Cypress Inn ~ Best Hotels for Pets

If you're headed to California with your pet, bookmark the Cypress Inn (Photo credit: Visit Carmel)

Best Hotels for Volunteering with Pets

Best Friends Animal Sanctuary Cottages and Cabins – Kanab, Utah

While most of these hotels for pets cater to traveling dogs and cats, animal lovers need not be pet owners to get some cuddles during their travels. Situated in Kanab, Utah, Best Friends Animal Sanctuary Cottages and Cabins is the nation's largest no-kill animal shelter. It's also located in a beautiful canyon with hiking trails and wildlife. There’s plenty of lodging nearby with cottages and cabins to rent in addition to RV spots. Some even offer discounts to those who volunteer at the sanctuary.

Tips for Family Trips Editor Allison Laypath says, “This place is a nirvana for animal lovers and a great activity for families. It was my kids' favorite part of one spring break trip. Sign up for a volunteer shift or free kids camp to make the most of your visit. My kids loved volunteering with the cats for a whole afternoon. We played with them, pet the kitties, and even read to them. Then we took the cats on walks in special strollers.”

Allison continues, “One of our favorite cats was named Bill. He was disabled and loved to hobble around in the dirt and sunshine outside. Our job was to keep him out of trouble. We were excited to learn on a recent Best Friends Animal Shelter tour that Bill has since been adopted.”

Volunteering with pets is the focus of a stay at Best Friends Animal Sanctuary Cottages and Cabins ~ Best Hotels for Pets

Volunteering with pets is the focus of a stay at Best Friends Animal Sanctuary Cottages and Cabins (Photo from BestFriends.org)

Best Hotel for Pets on a Country Estate

Azuridge Estate Hotel – Calgary, Canada

Perched in the rolling foothills with epic views of the Canadian Rockies, the Spielberg clan regularly beds down at Azuridge Estate Hotel. You need not rent out the entire rambling estate set on 13 acres of rambling countryside, either. Any of the 14 guest rooms, each named and themed after a gemstone, will do.

My family didn’t need to bring a thing for our beloved Buddy when we visited Azuridge. All pet guests are provided with a bed, water bowl and food. Butler service is offered to all guests, two- or four-legged. You can ask the butler to walk your dog or draw a bubble bath. If you’re just dipping a paw into pet travel, this resort makes it super easy.

Azuridge Estate Hotel - Best Hotels for Pets

Dogs are treated like royality at Azuridge in the Canadian Rocky Mountains (Photo credit: Azuridge Estate Hotel)

Best Hotel for Pets for Water Lovers

Inn by the Sea  – Cape Elizabeth, Maine

This oceanfront resort welcomes pets at no extra charge. Animals receive their own special perks at Inn by the Sea, such as welcome amenities and gourmet pet menus. Dog walking and doggie daycare are available in addition to (get this!) pet massages. Nearby are pet-friendly beaches and free range parks.

Robin Hutson of Luxe Recess says, “The Inn by the Sea has taken pet-friendly to a different level. It’s crazy about dogs. If your family has a dog this place may treat your fur baby so well that your kids may get jealous of the pet welcome amenities.”

Maine's Inn by the Sea ~ Best Hotels for Pets

Children can take other pups for walks at Maine's Inn by the Sea (Photo credit: Robin Hutson)

Best Hotel for Pets on a Nature Vacation

Suncadia Resort – Cle Elum, Washington

Located 80 miles east of Seattle, this year-round resort offers a spa, three championship golf courses, plus miles of hiking and biking trails. An off-leash park is the icing on the cake at Suncadia Resort.

About Suncadia, Wild Tales Of Author Kate Spiller says,I was blown away by the friendliness of the staff toward our dog. When we were checking in, the staff made sure they knew his name, and of course offered treats. Along with all the trails and pathways that are pet-friendly, there's also a designated dog park.”

Dogs love Suncadia Resort ~ Best Hotels for Pets

Dogs love Suncadia Resort in Cle Elum, Washington (Photo from DestinationHotels.com)

Best Best & Breakfast for Pets

Domaine Summum – Quebec, Canada

B&B means bed and biscuits when staying overnight at this luxurious nature retreat. Set on 200-acres in Quebec’s stunning Laurentian valley, Domaine Summum property lies mere minutes away from Mount Tremblant.

So many people in eastern Canada have recommended this resort to me. In fact, there’s so much dog information on their website, I had to call and ask if they accept human guests! (They do.) You get a total break from being a pet owner here – if you want it. They offer doggie day camps, grooming services and chef-made meals delivered to your room, or five-bedroom cabin.

Pets enjoy bed & biscuits and long walks at the Domaine Summum B&B ~ Best Hotels for Pets

Pets enjoy bed & biscuits and long walks at the Domaine Summum B&B (Photo from DomaineSummum.com)

With this incredible selection of hotels for pets, there's no reason not to pack up the kibble and hit the road with your furry friend! Before you go, read our tips for traveling with pets to ensure your petcation is a success.

Which of these hotels for pets would your family like most? Have you stayed at any other incredible hotels for pets? Let us know in the comments below!

Cat image at top by bzyxx, Depositphotos.com.

About Jody Robbins, The Saucy Travel Mama

After a career in international marketing and a few years spent living the high life as an expat, Jody now resides with her family in Calgary, Canada. Figuring travel writing was a good way to combine her wanderlust and parental duties, she’s spent the past few years working with both print and online media, contributing to the Calgary Herald Travel and Real Life sections and blogging about her adventures at Travels with Baggage (JodyRobbins.com). When not circling the globe with her precocious children (one daughter, one husband, one dog), she can usually be found snowboarding or pretending to enjoy hiking. Find Jody on Twitter at @Jody_Robbins.

Comments

  1. Stacie @ Divine Lifestyle says:

    Thank you so much for sharing this! We have two dogs, and they are definitely like family to us. We’re always looking for pet-friendly hotels when we travel so we don’t have to board our babies.

  2. I love that hotels are becoming more and more pet friendly. It makes it easier for us to take a vacation because we don’t need to look for somebody to take care of the dogs when we want to go. I will definitely take note of all these hotels.

  3. Your list is very comprehensive. Thanks for the info.

  4. I love being able to travel with our dog. It makes me so sad when we go away for extended periods of time. What a great resource.

  5. I think it’s wonderful that people can bring their pets long without having to worry about good accommodations. Love this list of hotels.

  6. Such a great post and great hotels. We have two dogs and have a hard time traveling at times because hotels won’t accept pets!

    • Jody Robbins, The Saucy Travel Mama says:

      Facetime the manager or send them a YouTube video of your well behaved pets. Exceptions can happen….

  7. People love to travel with their pets! These sound like wonderful places to stay with your furry companion.

  8. What a great list! I know many people who travel with their pets and are always looking for hotels that will accommodate animals.

  9. I love that their are hotels for pets. I wish more would do this too. This is a wonderful list.

  10. Amy Desrosiers says:

    I never thought to bring my dog with me on vacation. I think it is really neat though that some hotels accommodate dogs.

  11. There are so many places that accommodate pets nowadays … I’ll have to consider traveling with my dog one of these days.

    • Jody Robbins, The Saucy Travel Mama says:

      There are so many. I”m always annoyed when I arrange for a dog sitter and then go to a place that’s pet friendly. Happens a lot to me.

  12. The Cypress Inn sounds like such a great place. I really like how far they go to make pets comfortable! All of these places sound nice!

  13. What a great list. So very cool

  14. susan5minutesformom says:

    What a fun list! So many people like to travel with their furry friends, that this is great information to have.

  15. What an awesome list! This is perfect for people that travel with their pets. I’ll be saving this!

  16. Toni | Boulder Locavore says:

    These are awesome! Thanks for this list! Will be sharing this with my friends traveling with pets.

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