The Best Pet-Friendly Hotels in California, USA

Pampered pooches are well attended to at these pet-friendly hotels around California
Pampered pooches are well attended to at these pet-friendly hotels around California | © dpa picture alliance / Alamy Stock Photo
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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, like bowls and beds, homemade treats, in-house dog parks – even dedicated doggy room-service menus, with options like salmon and organic rice bowls, naturally. We’ve hounded down the best California hotels that make you and your furry friend feel right at home.

Carmel Valley Ranch

Chain Hotel, Resort
4.5/5 (732 Reviews)
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Courtesy of Carmel Valley Ranch – The Unbound Collection by Hyatt / Expedia
The all-suite Carmel Valley Ranch – home to a Pete Dye-designed golf course – treats dogs like kings. The 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.
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At a Glance

Free Wifi
Full-service spa
Business Centre
Concierge Service
24 Hour Front Desk
Fitness Facilities
Laundry Facilities
Multilingual Staff

Monterey Tides

Hotel
Map View
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Courtesy of Monterey Tides / Expedia
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

Hotel
4.3/5 (965 Reviews)
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Courtesy of Ace Hotel and Swim Club / Expedia
Small dogs are welcome to stay with their pup parents at the Ace Hotel & Swim Club in Palm Springs, a mid-century retreat with two swimming pools, a vintage photo booth and communal fireplaces. Bowls are provided, but it’s BYOB when it comes to dog beds. However, the Ace does offer a small dog park with grass and bowls of water on the hotel property.
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At a Glance

Free Wifi
Full-service spa
Business Centre
24 Hour Front Desk
Laundry Facilities
Multilingual Staff

Shorebreak Hotel

Chain Hotel
4.7/5 (922 Reviews)
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Courtesy of Kimpton Shorebreak Huntington Beach Resort / Expedia
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.
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At a Glance

Free Wifi
Restaurant
Concierge Service
24 Hour Front Desk
Fitness Facilities
Laundry Facilities
Multilingual Staff
Bar/Lounge

Meritage Resort and Spa

Independent Hotel, Spa Hotel
4.1/5 (942 Reviews)
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Courtesy of the Meritage Resort and Spa / Expedia
The reasonable pet fee at Meritage Resort and Spa in Napa Valley includes plenty of perks, like 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, guests may want to take advantage of time with (or without) their furry friends.
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At a Glance

Free Wifi
Full-service spa
Wheelchair accessible (may have limitations)
Business Centre
Concierge Service
24 Hour Front Desk
Fitness Facilities
Laundry Facilities
Multilingual Staff

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  • NoMad Los Angeles

    Luxury
    4.6/5 (719 Reviews)
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    Courtesy of the NoMad Hotel Los Angeles / Expedia
    The NoMad, a grand hotel in a 1920s former bank in Downtown Los Angeles, doesn’t look like the typical pet-friendly property. 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, like a rooftop pool and a Venetian-style coffee shop, with Murano-glass chandeliers.
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    At a Glance

    Free Wifi
    Outdoor pool
    Restaurant
    Full-service spa
    Concierge Service
    24 Hour Front Desk
    Fitness Facilities
    Laundry Facilities
    Bar/Lounge

    Santa Monica Proper

    Chain Hotel, Luxury
    4.3/5 (129 Reviews)
    Courtesy of Santa Monica Proper / Booking.com
    The Santa Monica Proper rolls out the red carpet for pet companions. Pooch-friendly rooms come with made-in-house dog treats, dog beds and food and water bowls. While the Proper 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-sized 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.
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    At a Glance

    Free Wifi
    Outdoor pool
    Full-service spa
    Concierge Service
    24 Hour Front Desk
    Fitness Facilities
    Laundry Facilities
    Multilingual Staff

    Gaige House + Ryokan

    Hotel
    4.7/5 (597 Reviews)
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    Courtesy of Gaige House + Ryokan / Expedia
    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 and 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 provide a listing of dog-friendly wineries, restaurants and parks to explore around Sonoma, so furry companions can stay firmly by your side.
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    At a Glance

    Free Wifi
    Outdoor pool
    Full-service spa
    Concierge Service
    Multilingual Staff

    Hotel Milo

    Hotel
    4/5 (920 Reviews)
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    Courtesy of Hotel Milo Santa Barbara / Expedia
    Santa Barbara’s 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 like Kunin Wines, Lafond and Pali Wine Co, which keep a stash of dog treats out back.
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    At a Glance

    Free Wifi
    Concierge Service
    24 Hour Front Desk
    Laundry Facilities
    Multilingual Staff
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