Posh Pet-Friendly Hotels

August 18, 2015 | By | Comments (4)
Pet-Friendly Hotels

Illustration: Edwin Fotheringham

These Southern inns treat pets as welcome guests.

Hotel Van Zandt

The Hotel Van Zandt and other Kimpton properties are known for their over-the-top pet friendliness. A special doggy kit provided at check-in includes treats, maps to local dog parks, and a squeaky toy. In the room, you’ll find food bowls and a plush bed with a freshly dry-cleaned cotton cover for your pup. The setting, along Lady Bird Lake, provides 10 miles of trails for morning walks. Furry friends can stay free.

Windsor Court Hotel
(Member of the Southern Living Hotel Collection)

Dogs are greeted by name when checking in to this elegant hotel five minutes from the French Quarter. Dogs sleep in velour-covered beds and get treats at check-in. Two pets max allowed per room with a $150 fee.

Aloft Asheville Downtown

Staffers at this 115-room boutique hotel are dog lovers to the bone. Aloft partners with Charlie’s Angels Animal Rescue to foster rescue dogs at the hotel, and the dogs wear yellow vests that say “Adopt me!” Those who already have a pup in tow will get an “Arf” package at check-in, complete with a dog bed, food and water bowls, toys, and local treats from Three Dog Bakery. Pets stay free.

The Hermitage Hotel
(Member of the Southern Living Hotel Collection)

The Hermitage, a classic built in 1910, rolls out the red carpet: Its Very Important Pets program includes walking and grooming services, a chef-prepared menu, and even massages. The fee? $50 per day.

Barnsley Resort
(Member of the Southern Living Hotel Collection)

In the foothills of the Appalachian Mountains, this European-style resort has 3,300 acres, including hiking trails and gardens, to explore with your pet. Dogs must stay on a leash, but they are welcome in most public areas on-site. The hotel’s Furry Godmother surprises well-behaved pups with toys and treats. Barnsley also has a program that donates the $75 pet fee to PAWS pet adoption in Atlanta.


1. Is there a pet deposit or fee? Is it refundable?
2. Do you have a weight or size limit for dogs?
3. Do you provide dog beds and food bowls?
4. Are there special amenities for pets?
5. What areas of the hotel are off-limits?
6. Can pets be left unattended in the hotel room?


  1. James Stier

    Services at Windsor Court Hotel is at its best. Room are well decorated and maintained.


    March 14, 2017 at 12:39 pm
  2. Anil Rao

    Interesting post, apart USA I also noticed few more cities in India.


    September 29, 2016 at 9:10 am
  3. Anil Rao

    Thanks for the great post, we have pet friendly hotels in India as well in Goa, Mumbai, Darjeeling, Kerala.

    September 29, 2016 at 9:07 am
  4. The Kentucky Gent

    The Hermitage is such a gorgeous space, didn’t know they allowed pets though – even better!

    Josh | The Kentucky Gent

    August 18, 2015 at 1:00 pm

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