August 26 is National Dog Day and hotels are celebrating four-legged friends by giving them a place to lay their heads. We've rounded up some pet-friendly hotels that are offering fun pet-friendly programs ahead of this fun holiday. (Read: Calming Dog - How Your Dog Sees Pet-Friendly Hotels)
THesis Hotel, Miami
Pets are always welcome at THesis Hotel! #THesisPetLife features comfortable beds & cute bowls by Paco & Lucia and little treats by local bakery, Bullie Bites. Small grassy areas along the hotel grounds and an expansive park right across the street, make it super pet friendly. An urban resort with a modern hotel sensibility, THēsis Hotel Miami invites you to discover and embrace your personal THēesis. Amenities include a sun-filled rooftop pool with tropical views and a poolside bar; two on-site restaurants, Mamey and Orno (coming in 2021), led by Food + Wine Best Chef of 2020 winner and James Beard nominee Niven Patel.
The Gabriel Miami
The Gabriel Miami is a 129-key lifestyle hotel in Downtown Miami, offering spacious rooms and suites, a Dermanova Med Spa & Salon, 10,000 sq. ft. of meeting space and views of Biscayne Bay. For pets checking into The Gabriel, they’ll receive a “Doggy Bag'' welcome amenity that includes an assortment of treats and toys. Once they arrive in the guestroom, they’ll be greeted with a branded dog bowl, mat and plush dog bed. For good doggies, the hotel provides pups with a curated turndown service, offering an evening treat bedside. The hotel team has a curated puppy itinerary with suggested off property walking areas including Bicentennial Park located directly across the street. The itinerary also includes pet-friendly dining options in the area. There is a $50 Pet Fee, Per Pet and a 65 lbs weight restriction. The Gabriel Miami offers guests a residential-style layout with plush bedding and expansive living spaces up to 800 sq. ft. featuring calming earth tones of butterscotch, blonde and oak. Select rooms feature balconies with outdoor seating, providing the ultimate venue for watching the sunrise over the Miami skyline.
The Balfour Miami: Sandy Paws Package
Don’t leave Tito behind! At The Balfour Hotel Miami Beach, we understand how important your furry friends are, and are proud to offer dog-friendly accommodations and amenities for your four-legged family members. When you book our Ocean Sandy Paws offer, your furry friend will receive a goodie bag upon arrival with the following: portable water bowl, dog treat, dog toy, doggy bags, and a clip-on doggy bag dispenser. The package also includes a treat for the owner, a waived pet fee of $150 for length of stay. Please note we allow dogs up to 40lbs. Located on the infamous Ocean Drive, the Balfour is a welcomed hideaway from the hustle and bustle. The hotel is open to pets and is located across the street from Ocean Drive’s beachfront parks - the perfect place to let Fido run and play. Known formerly as the Lord Balfour, the South Of Fifth neighborhood hotel recently went under a $3.8 million improvement has renovation, upgrading the guestrooms, bathrooms, corridors, major upgrades to public spaces and the lobby, the remodeling of the courtyard and pool area and the creation of a new fitness and wellness studio.
The Marker Key West Harbor Resort - Pups in Paradise
Celebrate Puppy Love at The Marker Key West Harbor Resort. The property provides the opportunity to show their love to their pooch with a getaway fit for man’s best friend. Upon arrival, pets receive a customized welcome bag loaded with goodies like toys, treats, and a Marker Key West pet tag, in addition to champagne for adults. During their stay, pets are treated to puppy turndown service, and, upon request, walks along Smathers Beach, a spa session at Salty Paws pet spa, and even a beautiful dinner under the stars with a multicourse dog food menu. The phrase “doggie paddle” takes on new meaning when you embark on an excursion with Lazy Dog. The adventure company welcomes four-legged adventurers on its paddle boards, kayaks and pontoon boats. To finish out the trip, take in Key West’s magnificent sunset with your pooch. *Package available based on availability
MIRAMAR BEACH, FL
At Hotel Effie, pets are an extension of the family and are welcomed on your vacation at the hotel. Dog guests at Hotel Effie receive a dog bed, dog bowl, doggy bags, a ball, a toy and treats by Einstein Pets. Please note that there is a $150 + tax per stay fee that will be added to your folio. This fee will not apply to guide dogs or assistive dogs. The property has an exclusive partnership Goochie Poochie Doggie Resort & Spa and What’s up Dog for off site pet sitting. Hotel Effie, situated on Florida’s Emerald Coast, features 250 guest rooms and suites, four culinary concepts by acclaimed Chef Hugh Acheson, a luxury spa, state-of-the-art fitness center, and the only rooftop pool on Florida’s Emerald Coast.
Sandestin Golf & Beach Resort
At Sandestin® Golf and Beach Resort, four-legged family members can join travelers on vacation. With tons of walking trails and miles of sugar sand beaches, there are lots of options to explore to keep both you and fido entertained. Marina Bar & Grill is pet friendly as well as the Village of Baytowne Wharf. The resort also has a Bark Park, which is a safe, clean environment located near the Treehouse between the Village of Baytowne Wharf and the Baytowne Marina. Sandestin’s own pet resident, feathered friend Maryann the Macaw resides at Marina Bar & Grill. Stop by for a bite at the restaurant and make sure to visit Maryann in her habitat. If you can’t be here in person, visit our webcam at Marina Bar & Grill and say hello! Sandestin® is proud to partner with Alaqua Animal Refuge, a no-kill animal shelter and sanctuary, located in Northwest Florida. As the Southeast’s premier 501(c)3 refuge and sanctuary, Alaqua believes that every abused, neglected and homeless animal deserves a second chance. Since its inception in 2007, Alaqua has become a recognized leader in animal rescue, welfare, cruelty prevention, and advocacy in our region, state and around the country.
Independent Collection® Hotels & Resorts | 24 hotels, 18 US destinations
This Dog Day, the pet-friendly Independent Collection® Hotels & Resorts are coming together to make change in honor of our furry friends. For the week of August 23, Independent Collection will be donating a portion of the profits from their pet fee to local shelters.
Noelle Hotel | Nashville, TN
Noelle understands that pets are a part of the family, so they extend their top-tier hospitality to furry friends of all sizes. Noelle is celebrating National Dog Day by toasting to our furry, four-legged friends with canine inspired cocktails cockTAILS including The Greyhound, The Salty Dog & the Salty Chihuahua while your pup will enjoy homemade doggie treats from our pastry team. A portion of the proceeds will go to the Nashville Humane Society in addition to August pet fees. Noelle’s pet friendly amenities include a luxe dog bed fit for a K9 king, a complimentary in-room water bowl and artisanal CBD treats to make your pet’s stay as warm and welcoming as possible. Music City loves its pups, so guests can find dog-friendly restaurants up and down the city center, as well as visit one of the many dog parks in Nashville.
L’Auberge Del Mar | Del Mar, CA
This luxury resort is a dream for dogs and guests alike. L’Auberge Del Mar’s “Pooch Program'' welcomes any and all pups to the property. For Dog Day, The property’s in-house pastry chef is making customized dog bones with the dog’s name for all Pooch Program bookings. Year-round, upon arrival, pups received branded bandanas, fun dog hangers for people to hang on their door, L’Auberge bowls, and toys at check in. From dog-sitting to grooming, L’Auberge is happy to extend their high-class hospitality to any four-legged friend.
The Rittenhouse | Philadelphia, PA
The Rittenhouse, an Independent Collection® Hotel & Resort, offers some of the largest rooms in the city, making it the best pet-friendly hotel that Philadelphia's Center City has to offer. Upon arrival, VIPs (Very Important Pooches) receive a complimentary personalized pet bowl and dog goodies prepared by our brilliant pastry chef to refresh them after their journey. Dog sitters and walkers can also be arranged through the concierge for a fee. The Rittenhouse also features an in-room pet dining menu that includes gourmet dishes such as Love Bites (chicken jerky) and Puppy Love (bacon cheddar biscuits), Gourmet Selections such as MUTT’za Balls (organic chicken and brown rice balls), Some-PAW-dy Loves Me (filet mignon, rice, steamed carrots).
Hotel Nia | Palo Alto, CA
The most pet-friendly hotel in Palo Alto, Hotel Nia, an Independent Collection® Hotel & Resort, offers a large selection of pooch perks and privileges for pets to enjoy their stay, care-free. This Independent Collection property is more than happy to extend a dog bed, food and water bowls and welcome treats to all four-legged guests. In addition to the property’s luxury Menlo Park pup accommodations, Menlo Park Gateway itself features abundant green space for dogs to run, exercise and enjoy the California sunshine. A favorite, easy walk from Hotel Nia is Bedwell Bayfront Park on the San Francisco Bay where guests can enjoy paved trails for hiking, biking, birding and dog-walking along the waterfront.
The Plaza Hotel Pioneer Park | El Paso, TX
The Plaza Hotel Pioneer Park, an Independent Collection® Hotel & Resort, is perfect for any pup vacation. From gourmet treats to dog beds as plush as your own, treat your pet to a luxurious stay that caters to their every need. Upon arrival, Plaza Pups will receive a commemorative pet bandana, water bowls to use during your stay, a comfy Happy Tails pet bed and Happy Tails toys available for purchase. The Plaza concierge team is happy to extend local fido-friendly activities, parks and restaurants for you and your furry friends to enjoy when visiting El Paso.
The Whitney Hotel | Boston, MA
The Whitney Hotel, an Independent Collection Hotel & Resort® property located in Boston’s Beacon Hill neighborhood, is an urban sanctuary for all the best four-legged friends. Through the Whitney Wags program, the hotel has partnered with leading local artisans who specialize in creating special experiences and products for your pets. From gourmet treats to insanely plush dog beds, pets at the Whitney are treated to a bespoke Beacon Hill stay that caters to their every need.
San Diego Mission Bay Resort | San Diego, CA
With special pet-friendly programming like Dog Days at the Bay and a Yappy Hour set with delicious treats, San Diego Mission Bay is a pooch paradise set alongside beautiful Mission Bay. Upon arrival, pets can see their names on the furry friends board in the lobby and then head out to one of the many local dog beaches nearby where dogs and their owners can enjoy a day splashing in the sun. Aside from hotels, various stores have opened their doors welcoming pets such as dogs. To learn more, visit Petdt.