The Best Pet-Friendly Southern Hotels
Dexter The Dog and I love to take dog-friendly vacations in the South. When we think of the Southern United States, Southern Hospitality always comes to mind. That’s the kind of positive attitude we enjoy and appreciate.
When I’m looking for a pet-friendly hotel, whether it’s a dog-friendly luxury boutique resort or a budget hotel, the staff’s kindness, or lack of, makes it or breaks it for us. When you are booking your next luxury dog-friendly hotel in one of the Southern states, check out one of these top pet-friendly hotels.
Dog-Friendly Luxury Hotels in Florida
Hyatt Centric South Beach Miami– The boutique-style hotel, perfectly located right on the famed Collins Avenue in Miami Beach just opened the first rooftop dog park in the South Beach area called Wooftop Park. It’s an adorable space where furry ones can roam free without a leash to mingle and play with other pups. The hotel also welcomes guests and their four-legged friends with open arms – pups get their own bed, water bowl and treat so staying here is a breeze! As one of the very few pet-friendly hotels in South Beach, the property is the perfect home base for the ultimate doggie adventure. Miami, Florida
Sirata Beach Resort– Sirata Beach Resort goes above and beyond offering a typical pet-friendly stay. The resort has just finished the renovation of their pet-friendly guestrooms and launched a new set of “pet-themed” amenities that are focused on creating an even better experience for both guests and their furry friends. The new amenities and pet program include A dedicated welcome area that includes the pet’s name on a chalkboard at the front check-in desk, goodie bag full of a dog mat, food and water bowl, pet waste bag holder with flashlight and guide of nearby pet-friendly restaurants and attractions. Dedicated outdoor walking areas and special dining sections at the resort’s outdoor beachfront bars and restaurants. Don’t miss the resort’s Yappy Hour, where pets and owners alike will be able to enjoy drinks and treats for a reduced rate. St. Pete Beach, Florida
The Brazilian Court Hotel-The Brazilian Court takes pet amenities over the top with the ultimate pooch-pampering package – “Bark Butler,” Offering daily dog walking and spa services, to a boat ride aboard “The Casablanca,” “Bark Butler” at Brazilian Court pulls out all the stops when it comes to amenities for your pooch. If you’re looking to travel with your pet though without spoiling them to the point of no return, no need to worry – there’s something for your fur child as well. Brazilian Court’s basic “Pet Package” includes a complimentary amenity, nightly turndown service and town car service to Pucci and Catana Luxury Pet Boutique. Palm Beach, Florida
The Ritz-Carlton Bal Harbour, Miami -recently unveiled a picturesque dog park situated just outside of the ocean-front hotel. Beautifully landscaped with a winding pathway and plenty of grass and palm trees for shade, this coastal sanctuary offers impressive ocean views for guests and their dogs to enjoy during their time at the hotel. Along with the dog park, the property has launched several new pet amenities, including their very own welcome amenity consisting of Ritz-Carlton food and water bowls, a welcome placemat, a Ritz-Carlton doggie bag dispenser with a built-in light and more. The property has also introduced a pet-friendly concierge that can assist guests with any pet needs, including booking a dog walker, pet sitter, grooming appointment or vet visit. Lastly, for those who like to indulge with their pet, the property will soon be launching a gourmet menu, curated for dogs. Guests can order a delicious, refreshing mocktail for their pooch to sip alongside them, such as a watermelon cocktail and mocktail duo. Miami, Florida
W Fort Lauderdale –All the fur parents out there looking to escape in style can soak up the sun with their pup by their side at W Fort Lauderdale. With the Paw-Fect Getaway package, pups can join in on the fun and receive a limited edition W Fort Lauderdale Dog Bandana, food and water doggie bowls, tinkle turf pad for the balcony, as well as a plush in-room doggie bed to curl up and relax on during their dream and winter-less vacation. The package also includes a few doggie pick up bags, as well as a Bark Box filled with a variety of new toys and treats for the pup to play with. Pups aren’t left out on the gourmet dining and can order some seriously tasty meals off of the resort’s pet menu. A few menu options that pups can chow down on include a hamburger patty with diced pineapple, salmon filet with steamed asparagus, kosher beef hotdog with broccoli, steamed edamame and more. For the pup that spoils you with kisses every day, why not return the favor and spoil with a glamorous and sun-filled holiday escape? Fort Lauderdale, Florida
Zota Beach Resort – Located near cultural Sarasota along the Gulf of Mexico, the contemporary Zota Beach Resort offers furry friends and their owners beachside bliss as part of the Opal Paws program, providing treats, plush pet beds and doggie waste bags upon arrival. Once checked in, guests are given a welcome letter with recommended area veterinarians, grooming spots, pet-friendly restaurants and nearby nature activities – one being the popular Bayfront Dog Park down the road from the resort. For some quick salty air exercise, Zota Beach Resort’s South Tower presents a dog walking area along the side with a doggie bag post should a stop be necessary. Longboat Key, Florida
Dog-Friendly Five Star Hotels in Georgia
Loews Atlanta Hotel– At Loews Atlanta, you have everything you need to feel right at home with your beloved pets. The Loews Loves Pets program treats four-legged friends like VIPs (Very Important Pets), providing amenities that include a special pet room-service menu, a welcome letter from the general manager, along with a list of local pet services, pet toys, bedding and more. Gourmet room service menus for dogs prepared by the culinary team. All pet meals are served on appropriate pet ware and accompanied by bottled water, as well as a special treat for each one of the hotel’s special guests. Creature comforts like specialized bedding, leashes, collars are available as well as helpful amenities such as dog-walking route maps, pet placemats, water bowls, treats, doggie pick-up bags and more. Loews Atlanta is just steps from the large, lovely grassy areas of Piedmont Park to walk your four-legged family members. Atlanta, Georgia
The Best Pet-Friendly Hotels in Louisiana
La Galerie Hotel– is a perfect dog-friendly hotel in New Orleans. If you are looking for dining out, exploring historic landmarks, visiting breweries, or just walking around New Orleans, their staff’s concierge service can help. La Galerie Hotel is a destination for your whole family, including your pets! New Orleans, Louisiana
The Top Dog-Friendly Hotels in Mississippi
The Roost-Named Mississippi’s Most Beautiful Hotel by Architectural Digest, The Roost is a dog-friendly boutique hotel located in a beautifully restored historic building within walking distance of the beach and all that downtown Ocean Springs has to offer. From maintaining the majestic 200-year-old oak trees to salvaging the original wood, which is showcased throughout the building, its mission is to illuminate this incredibly significant part of Ocean Springs’ history. The Roost offers locally-made all-natural gourmet pet treats to guests with their furry friend at check-in. Ocean Springs, Mississippi
Pet-Friendly Luxury Hotels in South Carolina
Anchorage 1770– is a seaside pet paradise! This luxury boutique inn and waterfront retreat in Beaufort, South Carolina is perfect for pet pampering. The Sea Dog Program, named after the Elizabethan-era Caribbean pirates that frequented Beaufort during its early history, has everything you and your four-legged friend need for a luxurious stay. Homemade biscuits by the inn’s pastry chef, a menu offering three choices of dog food, deluxe dog beds, concierge service for local grooming, dog walkers and vet care. Proximity to Spanish Moss Trail for scenic walks, as well as Hunting Island Beach, a perennially top ten ranked state park in the U.S., perfect for off-leash fun! Walking distance to Beaufort’s Henry C. Chambers Waterfront Park, and many restaurants with pet-friendly patio seating and water bowls. Beaufort, South Carolina
Graduate, Columbia– is a whimsical retreat for any traveler and their four-legged friends. A step above dog-friendly, the Graduate brand prides themselves on being a “dog-enthusiastic” company. A Bark Box will be delivered to all canine guests upon check-in. Food and water dishes, as well as blankets, are also available to either rent or purchase should the need arise. Columbia, South Carolina
Sonesta Resort Hilton Head Island– The Sonesta Resort in Hilton Head Island offers dog-friendly rooms, conveniently located on the first floor. Pet waste stations are located near the patio of the designated pet rooms. Located at the luxurious Sonesta Resort on Hilton Head Island, Heyward’s Restaurant serves tasty breakfast and dinner dishes with a Southern spin in a stylish, contemporary setting with dog-friendly outside tables. In the area, there are plenty of options to go on a hike or walk including The Sea Pines Forest Reserve where you can explore the low country flora and fauna with your dog. Hilton Head Island, South Carolina
The Willcox– Upon arrival, four-legged guests of the Willcox receive a welcome hand-baked treat and a bag containing a map of the Hitchcock Woods walking trails, The Willcox’s Pet Cuisine menu, clean up bags, and a reference sheet with details for pet shops, pet friendly restaurants, veterinarians, and pet wellness facilities in the area. Pet Guests also get to wear Willcox pet tags to ensure their safe return, should they stray. Every creature comfort is afforded for The Willcox’s four-legged guests including a plush pet bed and a water bowl with fresh water. Additional amenities include turkey jerky turndown, hand-baked treats, and made-to-order meals, pet sitting and pet walking services, pet photography, off-site grooming, daycare, and pool play. Aiken, South Carolina
Luxury Pet-Friendly Hotels in Tennessee
Hotel Indigo Nashville can also help make your pet feel like the rock star they are and help ease a load off your packing list by offering a dog treat and VIP amenities such as a leash, dog bowl and more. The property, located in the famed Printer’s Alley, offers travertine floors, a library and speakeasy lounge perfect for you and your poodle! Nashville, Tennessee
Hotel Preston– Lay your head at Hotel Preston, a pet-friendly hotel with rock ‘n’ roll vibes and stylish décor. The 196-room hotel features pillow-top mattresses, Terra Pure bath products, plush robes, free parking, streamed online workouts and pet-welcoming amenities that include a toy, treat, pet-friendly room service menu, a bed, bowls and more. Hotel Preston even has a new Fetch Dog Park. Nashville welcomes travelers’ furry friends with open arms as the city has a variety of pet-friendly restaurants, shops and trails. Nashville, Tennessee
Noelle Hotel Nashville– Noelle is a reimagined luxury boutique hotel located on historic Printers Alley in Nashville that opened December 2017. The property is very pet-friendly. The hotel also features complimentary water stations on each floor so both humans and their four-legged friends can have access to unlimited, complimentary water during their stay. Dog water bowels and pet beds are available. Nashville, Tennessee
The Tennessean– This dog-friendly AAA Four-Diamond Hotel offers an authentic East Tennessee experience from the imaginative contemporary décor to the spirit of Southern Hospitality that imbues the professional staff. The hotel’s interior design reflects the flow of the nearby Tennessee River. The hotel’s 82 luxurious guest rooms and suites are spacious and equipped with luxury services such as turndown service, robe and slippers, in-room safe as well as hotel essentials such as workstation desk, Illy coffee makers. Knoxville, Tennessee
Five Star Dog-Friendly Hotels in Texas
Four Seasons Hotel Austin– Despite being located in the very heart of downtown Austin, Four Seasons boasts a unique resort-like setting with greenbelts, gardens and manicured lawns sloping down to Lady Bird Lake, the city’s crown jewel. Dogs can frolic to their hearts’ content on our sprawling lawn, or take a longer trek on the 10-mile Lady Bird Lake Hike & Bike Trail that’s accessible from the hotel’s backyard. Four Seasons Hotel Austin offers a variety of complimentary add-ons, from plush bedding and a Four Seasons banana to food bowls filled with their house-made gourmet dog biscuits. Dogs are allowed to dine at the restaurant’s outdoor patio, where they’re given bowls of water and our house-made dog biscuits. For pets who prefer to dine in the comfort of their room, the hotel offers a special room service menu with fun items such as hearty “Hungry Like a Wolf” entree. Austin, Texas
Hotel Crescent Court -Situated in the heart of Uptown Dallas within the flourishing 11-acre Crescent Complex lies Hotel Crescent Court, a Lone Start landmark mirroring its stylish surroundings. Crescent Canines at Hotel Crescent Court Includes: gourmet doggie delights menu, plush doggie bed, in-room food/water bowls, take home collapsible water bowl, complimentary toy, branded doggy bandana, “Do the business” bags, “S-paw” service menu with services provided by a local groomer. Dallas, Texas
The Driskill– With 189 well-appointed guestrooms, three top-notch food and beverage outlets, storied spaces and matchless service, The Driskill is THE place to stay in Austin. Guests are steps away from the best music venues and culinary delights within the downtown Austin area– and just a 10-minute walk to the riverfront where travelers can run/walk/kayak/SUP with their furry friends. The grande dame of Austin has the Pampered Pets Program, inviting pups to indulge in a range of amenities, including pet bed, dishes and mat, dog treats, bottled spring water, a supply of doggie business bags, map of Austin with designated pet-friendly areas. Austin, Texas
The Joule -One of the top hotels in Dallas, The Joule caters to all pups with open arms. Dogs are more than welcome to join their owners at the sophisticated hotel. If guests are not sure where to go for a bite, they can ask at the concierge for a map that shows the pet-friendly dining and recreation areas in the neighborhood. Pups often get lucky too with yummy dog treats from the valet! Dallas, Texas
The Post Oak Hotel at Uptown Houston- At the Post Oak Hotel, four-legged visitors are treated to the same first-class service and experiences as their owners. Pampered pooch amenities include plush pet beds, bowls and dishware in addition to a pet-friendly in-room dining menu featuring chef-crafted Roasted Chopped Filet Mignon from Texas’ only Mastro’s Steakhouse found on property, Salmon & Eggs Scramble and Banana “a la Bark”. Houston, Texas
The Woodlands Resort– You and your pooch can get pampered at The Woodlands Resort with the Pampered Pup Package, which includes deluxe accommodations for you and your four-legged friend, dog toys and treats upon arrival, special dog bed, collapsible keepsake bowl, and a $10 donation to the Montgomery Country Animal Shelter on the traveler’s behalf. The ultimate indulgence for traveling canine companions, the new menus feature lip-lickin’ fresh and tasty Doggie Meals and Biscuits – created with quality ingredients by Executive Chef David Morris. Every Friday night from 4:00 PM – 8:00 PM at the award-winning Robard’s Steakhouse, furry friends and travelers alike can sit back in the Texan sun and enjoy “Yappy Hour” – humans can sip on bespoke garden-to-glass cocktails and pups can sink their paws into delectable dishes. Whether enjoyed in-room or at Robard’s Steakhouse, each delectable bite will have man’s best friend barking for more. The Woodlands, Texas
W Austin– situated in the heart of an extremely pet-friendly city, goes above and beyond to cater to its pet-loving guests and furry friends. Just a stone’s throw from the beloved Lady Bird Lake, its hike & bike trails, and dog park, the hotel keeps the fun going in-house with their PETS are Welcome! (PAWS Program). Pets are welcome to stay the night but beyond that, W Austin makes and provides house-made doggie treats, doggie ice cream and a special PAWS room service menu with items ranging from Niman Ranch Dog Meals to an in-room dog massage. W Austin ensures that dogs are not only taken care of but that they are pampered as well. From providing litter boxes to grooming services to special treats at turndown, pets are a fixture at the hotel and love TRACE’s beautiful outdoor patio as well. Austin, Texas
Luxury Pet-Friendly Hotels in Virginia
Craddock Terry Hotel at Bluffwalk Center –In addition to being a historical property that was once a turn-of-the-century shoe factory, Craddock Terry Hotel located in Lynchburg, Virginia, boasts abundant pet perks and that are ideal for guests traveling with their furry friends. Earlier this year, the hotel announced the appointment of Wire Fox Terrier Penny Loafer as its Official Greeter and Concierge. Upon check-in, guests can receive toys, a dog bed and bowl for their pets. More recently, with the introduction of Penny Loafer’s Pampered Pet Package, pups staying at Craddock Terry are treated to even finer services, including a spa day at Lynchburg’s Fur Kidz Pet Boutique complete with shampooing, grooming and pampering. The offer further includes two complimentary bike rentals with special carriers, complimentary welcome treats, upscale accommodations. Paying homage to Craddock Terry Hotel’s past as a turn-of-the-century shoe factory, a complimentary breakfast for two is also included in the offering and will be delivered to guests’ room in old-fashioned wooden shoeshine boxes. Lynchburg, Virginia
Hotel Laurance, located in the heart of Luray, Virginia, an area known for its amazing underground caves, majestic mountains and Shenandoah River adventures.Dogs are welcome in one of the four outside rooms. This provides direct access into the rooms so that nervous dogs don’t have to worry about meeting other guests (or dogs). Each dog receives a bone upon check-in and a treat. There are added services like dog washing and dog walks that can be arranged with the front desk in advance. Luray, Virginia
Hotel Weyanoke, a luxury retreat in the heart of downtown Farmville, VA, is quickly becoming the perfect destination for a relaxing, dog-friendly getaway! From pet-friendly amenities including a rooftop wine bar and coal-fired pizza cafe (treats for fido also offered during your stay) to a High Bridge Trail for a walk around downtown Farmville, this historic Boutique Hotel is one of Virginia’s most under-the-radar places guests and their furry friends (think a mini version of Charlottesville!). Farmville, Virginia
Morrison House– Old Town Alexandria is the perfect place for a zero-stress getaway for the entire family, including your four-legged friends. With endless opportunities for pet-friendly fun in and around the nation’s capital the Morrison House is the perfect hotel to enjoy everything Old-Town Alexandria has to offer. Guests staying at either hotel don’t worry about packing the pet essentials, instead they can pamper their pup with luxury pet-friendly amenities. Pups can enjoy in-room food and water bowls, assorted treats and toys, a plush dog bed, a curated list of Alexandria’s favorite dog-parks, plus, a special puppy pop served at check-in. Alexandria, Virginia
The Alexandrian Hotel– Travelers and their furry companions can expect a warm welcome from a dedicated ‘Canine Concierge’ at The Alexandrian Hotel, a 241-room hotel destination in historic Old Town Alexandria, who are readily available to curate an unforgettable experience that is sure to please even the most discerning pup. The property offers the following over-the-top selection of pet-friendly offerings: Woof-Worthy Welcome Package which includes a plush dog bed, blanket, bowl, doggy walk bags, a map with local dog-friendly walks, two dog biscuits, bottled water and special offers for local pet stores. Maps of dog-friendly local spots and trails. Yappy Hour every Thursday offering pup-tinis and complimentary treats. Alexandria, Virginia
The Kimpton Lorien Hotel & Spa welcomes all dogs. In addition to plush pet pillows and Wash’n Zip pet beds, the hotel provides food and water bowls and mats, courtesy bags for dog walking, and special door hangers so you can alert the staff when your pet is in the room. Alexandria, VA isn’t just known as one of the nation’s oldest port cities with great dining, shopping and cultural offerings, but it also has a history as one of the most dog-friendly cities in the nation. Alexandria, Virginia
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20 thoughts on “Top Dog-Friendly Resorts and Luxury Pet-Friendly Hotels in the South”
Love that you can bring your dog with you when traveling. I love the dogs pjs!
Isn’t that just an adorable photo? 🙂
So fun! I don’t typically travel with my dogs because they’re insane but I like having this in my pocket just in case. You’re awesome!
This is a great post. It’s a good thing to have pet-friendly hotels. My dog Zeus would love it. Thanks for sharing.
I’m happy to share. I hope Zeus enjoys one of these great destinations.
Wow thank you for this post — great recommendations! My brother has two dogs so I will pass this along to him.
Thank you so much for sharing. I appreciate that.
Wow I have to say you have been to so many wonderful places !! I am trying to convince my husband to take our dog to one of these hotels !!
🙂 I wish I’ve been to all of these great spots! We’re working on it.
Hyatt Centric South Beach Miami and Ritz Carlton look so inviting. I wanna plan a vacation right away! I’d love to book these properties for sure! The best thing, I can take my pets along with me. wohooo
🙂 Those two look like a lot of fun!
I love this list! Even though, most people see me traveling with my children…hence the name Family Palate. What they do not know, is we travel with our dogs too. I will be referring to this list. Thanks for sharing!
Thank you! I really appreciate that.
These hotels look amazing wow!!! The rooms are spacious and so clean..Def my kinda hotel and it is pet friendly.
They really are spectacular!
I’m so excited about this list.. it’s so hard to find hotels/accommodations that take fur babies
I’m so glad to share. 🙂
Wow! This is awesome for dog lovers. Now, they can travel freely and bring their best bud with them.
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