Pampered pooches are well attended to at these pet-friendly hotels around California | © dpa picture alliance / Alamy Stock Photo
7 December 2020
There’s a difference between allowing dogs into a hotel and truly being pet-friendly. Any hotel can charge you a fee, but the genuinely welcoming ones make pets part of the family, with curated amenities and thoughtful touches, such as bowls and beds, home-made treats, in-house dog parks – even dedicated doggy room-service menus, with options such as salmon and organic rice bowls, naturally. Here are the best pet-friendly hotels in California – bookable on Culture Trip – that will make you and your furry friend feel right at home.
Carmel Valley Ranch, Carmel-by-the-Sea
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The all-suite Carmel Valley Ranch – home to a Pete Dye-designed golf course – treats dogs like kings. The California pet-friendly hotel has comfortable medium and large dog beds. There’s even a doggy room-service menu, featuring beef bone marrow and a salmon bowl with organic brown rice and local carrots. The hotel charges a fee per pet, and dogs, which must be kept on a leash, can’t go to the swimming pool, organic garden or spa – so no manicures for them, sadly. Imperfect paws aside, there’s plenty for them to sniff out. The 500-acre (200ha) estate, planted with oak trees and lavender bushes, has miles of trails to explore.
Monterey Tides, Monterey
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The beachfront getaway Monterey Tides allows two dogs weighing in at up to 50lbs (23kg) a piece – which covers all but the largest hounds. Guests with pets can choose between ocean or inland views in their guest room. Dogs can stretch their legs on walking trails along whale-roamed Monterey Bay, and there are many dog-friendly beaches in the area, too.
Ace Hotel and Swim Club, Palm Springs
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Small dogs are welcome to stay with their pup parents at the Ace Hotel and Swim Club in Palm Springs, a mid-century retreat with two swimming pools, a vintage photo booth and communal fireplaces. While bowls are provided, bring your own dog bed. However, this dog-friendly hotel in California does offer a small dog park with grass and bowls of water on the hotel property.
Kimpton Shorebreak Huntington Beach Resort
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When hotels say “pet-friendly,” they usually mean dog-friendly, but not the Shorebreak, a surfer-inspired retreat in Huntington Beach where furry, feathery or scaly family members are all welcome. Size also isn’t an issue. The hotel keeps plenty of pet bowls, beds and treats on hand, and it’s about a 30-minute walk to Huntington Dog Beach – the stretch of prime beachfront between Seapoint Ave and 21st Street that’s heaven for dogs who love to run and splash in the waves.
Meritage Resort and Spa, Napa
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The reasonable pet fee at Meritage Resort and Spa in Napa Valley includes plenty of perks, such as a branded dog bed, a bowl to take home and an amenity bag, with treats and pick-up bags. Pets can’t be left unattended in rooms, but the concierge can help arrange pet-sitting and dog-walking services. With nine tasting rooms at this wine-country stay and a spa with treatment rooms in an underground cave, you may want to take advantage of time with (or without) your furry friends.
NoMad Los Angeles
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The NoMad, a grand property in a 1920s former bank in Downtown Los Angeles, doesn’t look like the typical pet-friendly hotel in California. But, trust us – it puts four-legged friends front and center. Two dogs of any size can stay for no fee, and staff can set up pet bowls and beds before your arrival. There’s a public park a block away, and the Jacques Garcia-designed hotel has plenty of human perks to tempt you back inside, such as a rooftop pool and a Venetian-style coffee shop with Murano-glass chandeliers.
Santa Monica Proper
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The Santa Monica Proper rolls out the red carpet for pet companions. Pooch-friendly rooms come with house-made dog treats, dog beds, and food and water bowls. While it charges a pet fee, a percentage goes to the Best Friends Animal Society, whose mission is to eradicate pet homelessness (a nice touch). Dogs are also welcome to cuddle up with you on your queen- or king-size bed, layered with Egyptian cotton sheets and custom blankets. The Herb Katz Dog Park, with off-leash areas and different zones for dogs of all sizes, is a mile (1.6km) away.
Gaige House + Ryokan, Glen Ellen
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The Gaige House + Ryokan rolls out Japanese hospitality for dogs and their pet parents. When you book the Pampered Pet Package, choose between a Japanese watermelon-slice bed or a soft bed by Lion + Wolf. Food, water bowls and a small bento box with a sushi-inspired dog toy and two edible treats are also included. The icing on the cake? Staff provides a listing of dog-friendly wineries, restaurants and parks to explore around Sonoma, so furry companions can stay firmly by your side.
Hotel Milo Santa Barbara
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The California pet-friendly Hotel Milo presents dogs and owners with treats on arrival, but the biggest perk is the beach just outside the hotel’s doors. Stroll along West Beach with your dog on a leash, or drive north 10 minutes to Henry’s Beach for some off-leash time. Santa Barbara has dozens of pet-friendly wineries and tasting rooms, such as Kunin Wines, Lafond and Pali Wine Co, which keep a stash of dog treats in the back.
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We are happy to welcome dogs of all sizes. There is a non-refundable one-time $200 pet cleaning fee. Can I take photos on property? Yes.
Get a ground floor room: it makes bathroom trips easier, elevators can stress dogs out, and if they're antsy they won't bother the neighbors below. Bring a familiar sheet or blanket for the bed or couch. If possible, bring other comforts: crate, toys, and usual treats.
Although some hotels have dog beds on hand, it's always a good idea to crate a dog for its safety and that of any staff needing to enter the room, so make sure you have both brushed up on your crate training beforehand. Hargis also suggests bringing pet bowls and your dog's regular food.
Today the term “Pet Friendly Hotel” is a vastly encompassing term and ill-defined in the hospitality space. For instance, this could mean allowing pets into the compound garden and garage and nowhere else or could mean unrestricted access (including the rooms) to your buddy.
It largely depends on your dog and the hotel. Some won't allow you to leave your dog alone in the room at all, whereas others might ask you to leave them in a crate to prevent them possibly damaging furniture or going to the toilet in the room.
Do not leave your pets alone until they've acclimated to the hotel room. Take time to establish the hotel room as “home” in your dog's mind, so he understands that when you leave, you'll be right back. This might mean not leaving your dog until after you spend a night sleeping in the room.
If you get caught, you will be asked to leave and possibly face fees or charges. Most pet-friendly hotels have a guest pet agreement that must be signed on check-in.
- Arrive at the Hotel in a Calm State.
- Exercise, Exercise, Exercise.
- Bring a Scent of Home.
- Turn on White Noise.
- Maintain Your Schedule.
Dr. Sarah Wooten, DVM and veterinary expert for Pumpkin Pet Insurance, says generally, most dogs can tolerate two to four weeks of boarding. “It really depends on the individual dog. Some dogs start to react negatively after two weeks, others can stay for months and not be fazed,” says Dr.
Many accommodations require you to crate your critter if you leave them alone, while some places do not allow pets to be left solo at all, crated or otherwise. Your pet will be happiest with you, of course, so if you can take them on your outings, so much the better.
Go ahead and sleep with your dog—it's perfectly safe, as long as you are both healthy. In fact, sharing your bedroom with your canine companion—as long as he isn't under the covers—may actually improve your sleep, according to recent research published by Mayo Clinic Proceedings.
Offering a pet-friendly amenities lets you stand out from your competitors. Best of all, it can also help you stay booked year-round, even after your area's tourism season ends. Another benefit for hoteliers offering accommodations that welcome pets is that it inspires brand loyalty.
For years, it was common to see pet friendly hotels charging a pet fee of $10 to $20 per night to allow the staff additional time to clean the room. But recently that model has changed, and some hotels appear to be relying on pet fees to boost their bottom line.
Setting up a pet-friendly space
Pet-friendly furniture covers. Plenty of designated towels to wipe off paws at the door. Scratching post and litter box (the cardboard kind will do) Extra cleaning supplies.
If possible, dogs older than 6 months should not be left alone for longer than 4 hours at a time. If this is difficult, the absolute maximum time for them to be alone is 8 hours, but this is only recommended if your dog has a way to get outside for a bathroom break.
- Double Check It's Pet-Friendly. ...
- Check for Any Pet Restrictions. ...
- Find Out the Pet Fee. ...
- Book a Pet-Friendly Room. ...
- Pack Your Pet's Bed, Bowls and Food. ...
- Let the Receptionist Know You Have a Dog. ...
- Follow the Rules of the Hotel. ...
- Leaving Your Pet in Your Room.
Many people worry that as well as missing them when they're in kennels, their dog will even forget them eventually. Whilst this is a natural concern if you'll be gone for weeks, it's not something you need to fear. The truth is that your dog will almost always remember you, however long you've been apart.
"First of all, don't try to sneak a dog into a hotel. We will always know," she said. While you may think that you can get your dog in and out undetected in order to avoid paying the fee, rest assured that the hotel staff will know, and it's not a pleasant conversation.
As long as your dog doesn't disrupt your sleep or doesn't get into any trouble around the house, there really aren't any wrong choices. The choice also depends on your dog. All dogs are different and they have different needs. If your dog gets into trouble at night it might be best to keep him in the bedroom or crate.
If your dog gets overly excited when a guest is in your home, give him a time out. Put him in his crate in a back room away from the noise and confusion. Give him something to chew on, or at least a few treats, when you put him in his crate. This time out is not punishment; he's done nothing wrong.
Most dogs bark in the hotel room because of sounds they are not familiar with and because they feel anxious being in a new place. As much as dogs love to travel with their owners versus being left in a boarding kennel, they struggle with changes in their routines.
Preparing to leave your pup during a three-day trip won't be too different from leaving for a day or two. You'll find it easiest to recruit someone to stop in a couple times a day to check on food, water, offer plenty of love and provide potty breaks.
- Update your pet's ID. ...
- Keep the goodbye short and sweet. ...
- Consider boarding your pet or hiring a pet sitter. ...
- Leave them with someone they know. ...
- Leave a piece of you behind. ...
- Keep things normal. ...
- Encourage play time.
DON'T stay away too long.
Most experts agree you shouldn't leave your adult dog alone for more than eight to 10 hours, but some dogs (especially ones with small bladders) can't last that long.
How long is it okay to leave a dog in a crate? Adult dogs shouldn't be left in crates for more than 6-8 hours. Puppies of 17 weeks and older can handle up to 4 or 5 hours in a crate at a time. Leaving a dog home alone in a crate longer than this can hurt their mental and physical health.
It is totally fine to crate your dog for that long during the night, especially if he has plenty of activities during the day. Young puppies however won't be able to sleep for that long right away. You should take them to the bathroom halfway through the night to prevent any potty accidents.
It's perfectly normal for dogs to follow you into the bathroom—and perfectly normal if they don't. The only cause for concern would be if your dog gets seriously anxious about being alone while you're in the bathroom, even for a few minutes. It could be a sign of separation anxiety in dogs.
This position usually means your dog is extremely comfortable with you and feels safe with your body warmth. It also allows the dog to hide any potential threat areas that could be exposed if they were not cuddled up with you.
Generally speaking, a healthy dog with a short, smooth coat and no skin problems doesn't need to be bathed often. In most cases, dog baths are more for the benefit of their pet parents than for the dogs themselves. Even so, it's a good idea to bathe your pooch at least once every two to three months.
Under the Americans with Disabilities Act:
You must allow service animals in your hotel or restaurant — even if you have a “no pets” policy or a health code that prohibits animals in restaurants.
Yes. As part of this new pilot program, four out of our 26 resorts, have designated dog-friendly rooms. The four include Disney's Yacht Club Resort, Disney Port Orleans Resort – Riverside and Disney's Art of Animation Resort and the Cabins at Disney's Fort Wilderness Resort & Campground.
- Dog Beach, San Diego.
- Dog Beach, Huntington Beach.
- Carmel Beach, Carmel-By-The Sea.
- Rodeo Beach, Sausalito.
- Kiva Beach, Lake Tahoe.
- Moonstone Beach, Trinidad.
Can a landlord deny an emotional support animal in California? No, a landlord cannot deny an emotional support animal in California if you have a valid ESA letter from a licensed mental health professional in your state.
All Marriott branded Hotels and Resorts in the United States allow service animals.
DON'T leave your dog alone for more than 4-5 hours each time. Again, dogs are social creatures and do not enjoy being by themselves all the time. DON'T expect your dog to “hold it” for more than 8 hrs! It's cruel to expect a dog to hold it for a long time until it's convenient for you to take him or her out.
- Arrive at the Hotel in a Calm State.
- Exercise, Exercise, Exercise.
- Bring a Scent of Home.
- Turn on White Noise.
- Maintain Your Schedule.
Outside of service animals, unfortunately regular pets are not allowed in Disneyland Park. There is a kennel onsite for pets that are not service dogs to spend the day, while their owners enjoy Disneyland Resort.
Rates range from $41 per night per dog for a resort guest using standard services and $97 per night for the deluxe Vacation Villas. If you are staying at one of the Disney World hotels with your dog, he can stay at Doggy Day Camp each day.
Service Animals are welcome in all of our restaurant and merchandise locations, attraction queues and most other locations throughout Universal Studios Hollywood. Please stop by Guest Relations to register your Service Animal and obtain a Riders Guide. Pets however, are prohibited from the Park and CityWalk.
Dr. Mark Hoffer of Long Beach explained the rationale behind the ban: It is not just because of dog bites! Dog hair and even the remains of feces picked up from the ground contain parasitic eggs, which may be dangerous for human beings.
Dogs (and cats) are not allowed on any public beach in Malibu. Whether on or off a leash, dogs are not allowed on any public beaches, including the area of a private beach that is below the mean high tide line. On a private beach, residents may have their dogs on their own property.
Los Angeles is surprisingly lousy when it comes to dog-friendly beaches. So you want to bring your four-legged friend to one the best beaches in L.A.? Well, among the roughly 70 miles of coastline, there's only one off-leash dog beach (in Long Beach) in all of L.A. County.