The Best Pet-Friendly Hotels in Lake Tahoe

Bring your furry friend on a getaway to Lake Tahoe with a stay at one of these pet-friendly hotels
Bring your furry friend on a getaway to Lake Tahoe with a stay at one of these pet-friendly hotels | Courtesy of Deerfield Lodge at Heavenly / Expedia
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7 December 2020

There are dog walks, and then there’s hiking through the Sierra Nevada with your furry friends. Finding somewhere in the vicinity of Lake Tahoe that is pet-friendly, however, can be somewhat challenging – whether you’re visiting the California or Nevada side. It may seem like many hotels don’t allow pets, but in reality there are plenty of high-quality options that are well outfitted with amenities to comfort your creatures.

Basecamp South Lake Tahoe

Hotel
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As the name suggests, Basecamp South Lake Tahoe is very much targeted towards skiers, snowboarders and hikers. It also has a very eco-friendly bent, with upcycled furniture, an outdoor terrace built around a tree, and a rooftop hot tub with a fire pit and great views of the mountains. There are 73 rooms, varying in size with TVs (or projector screens) and kitchenettes. Pets are allowed with no additional fee, and there’s a big open bar and restaurant on site.

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Hotel Azure

Resort, Independent Hotel
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For those who want an equal pick between relaxing on the shores of Lake Tahoe and carving fresh powder in the upper reaches of the Sierra Nevada Mountains, the Hotel Azure offers easy access to both. Heavenly Mountain ski resort is a short drive away, and the lakeside beach is even closer. The 99 rooms are spacious, with microwaves and modern furniture. As far as your four-legged friends go, there is a fee, but dog bowls, beds and treats are offered on arrival. The hotel also has a gym, pool, spa and restaurant, and various activities are bookable on site, including dog-friendly mountain biking.

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The Landing Resort and Spa

Boutique Hotel, Resort, Spa Hotel
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Landing Resort
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Just on the California side of the state line, the Landing is equally popular among outdoorsy types and those wishing to head further into Nevada for a spot of gambling. In either case, guests will appreciate the spacious rooms with their fireplaces and stunning views out towards the mountains. There’s a heated pool and a large restaurant, and pet owners can expect a fee per dog for their stay, with a grass area to give them some exercise. Dogs can be left unattended, but only if they’re crated first.

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Heavenly Valley Lodge

Independent Hotel, Bed and Breakfast
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Those wishing for a cozier, more intimate lodging experience would be wise to try Heavenly Valley Lodge. Just below the world-famous slopes, the property includes an acre of woodland that is great for exploring and cabin-style suites with big fireplaces and kitchenettes. Dogs can stay for a $35-a-day fee, and crated dogs can be left unattended. There are plenty of great walking routes in the surrounding area that are easily accessible on foot, and while the hotel is light on amenities, you can expect to wake up to a delicious breakfast with the hot dish changing daily.

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  • The Coachman Hotel

    Budget Hotel, Independent Hotel, Hotel
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    Just over the California side of the border in South Lake Tahoe, yards from the shore of the lakeside beach and marina, the Coachman Hotel is an ideal place to stay if you want to spend most of your time on or near the water. Likewise, your pooches can enjoy the experience for a $50 fee, provided they are always attended. They will be well looked after, though, with goodie bags on arrival and water points throughout the hotel. The rooms come complete with big flatscreen TVs, fridges and mini-bars, and you can grab a coffee at the café or a beer and a hearty meal in the bar/lounge area.

    Fireside Lodge

    Bed and Breakfast, Hotel
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    Backing almost directly onto the National Forest, Fireside Lodge is everything an avid hiker (and their dog) could dream of. As well as being able to pick up info on the best routes, rent snowshoes, bikes and skis, the hotel features an arcade, self-serve bar and a spa with a sauna. Bowls, beds and treats for dogs can be provided, and well-behaved pooches can even be left unattended as long as contact information is provided at the front desk. The Fireside has a prevailing reputation as a dog-friendly hotel, so you’ll likely meet many more pet owners during your stay.

    The Deerfield Lodge at Heavenly

    Independent Hotel, Guesthouse
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    As the name suggests, the Deerfield Lodge at Heavenly has direct links to the Heavenly Mountain ski resort. The rooms take a homey approach, with fireplaces and kitchenettes, so you can be almost completely self-reliant. For pets, there’s a designated outdoor area, and waste bags are provided to deal with the inevitable, well, waste. Because this location is so geared towards skiers, hikers and lake enthusiasts, there are few on-site activities, but guest can enjoy a hearty continental breakfast every morning.

    These recommendations were updated on December 7, 2020 to keep your travel plans fresh.

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