On the Atlantic Coast and north of Miami, Fort Lauderdale’s easygoing atmosphere is amplified by seemingly endless sunshine, intricate canals and miles of glorious beaches. It’s a perfect spot to bring your pet on holiday, and that’s something many hotels in the area appreciate. If you’re looking for a pet-friendly hotel in Fort Lauderdale, then look no further – the best are bookable on Culture Trip.
In the northern suburbs between the airport and Pompano Beach, the Westin welcomes pets with prior notification. Its curiously angular and heated pool deck overlooks the Atlantic Ocean and the leafy surrounding terrace is pleasingly designed as though part of a more substantial tropical resort. The mirrored facade won’t win any beauty awards, but rooms are comfortable and contemporary.
The unexceptional tower-block exterior cloaks a slice of Lauderdale history: its pioneering owner bought a chunk of then-barren coastal strip in the 1950s and built Ocean Manor, the beachfront’s first high-rise hotel. Today’s room decor boasts sleek, efficient design with hardwood or tiled floors but the property’s strength is its embrace of the outdoors. There are private cabanas for pool- or beach-side massages and relaxation, a terrace with an Italian restaurant and a tiki bar with plenty of live entertainment. Providing they follow the rules, it’s ideal for pets that like a bit of a party.
Billed as a boutique hotel, the Fortuna has remodeled its old-school motel look in favor of a fun, almost 1950s vibe with bold colors and monochrome palettes. Two pools plus several room and apartment options cater to a broad clientele, and Lauderdale’s golden sands are barely a skip away. Las Olas, a particularly popular retail (especially the Galleria Mall) and al fresco dining area with a notably lively beach scene, lies just a few minutes south. They love animals, but while this is a pet-friendly hotel in Fort Lauderdale, only cats and dogs are allowed.
This compact budget option stands a mere 328ft (100m) from the beach near Las Olas. Behind its faintly art deco exterior, the two houses have had a Scandinavian-style makeover with wooden floors, clean white lines and splashes of color in the furnishings and beach-inspired posters and prints. Space (and space-saving design) has been thoughtfully configured and accommodation ranges from standard rooms to an apartment and a penthouse. As with its sister, the Fortuna, they love animals, but only cats and dogs are allowed.
Overlooking New River on trendy Las Olas Boulevard, Riverside’s imposing 1930s mansion-block oozes engaging Old Florida style and pizzazz. Along with its more modern executive tower, this is a substantial property with an array of classy, faintly retro-tinged rooms and suites. There’s a heated pool alongside the river and private boat moorings; its Boathouse restaurant occupies an annex amid tropical trees and shrubs. Pets up to 75lb (34kg) are welcome in certain rooms; this might be the place to take your young great dane.
Close to the city’s vital cruise terminal and a major convention center, whatever this imposing modern property lacks in engaging style is balanced by convenience. The smart, functional decor is softened with tropical touches and its pool-garden area more closely resembles that of a destination resort. Two informal restaurants and a cafe neatly skew the Renaissance away from an overly corporate atmosphere – and it certainly earns its space on a list of pet-friendly hotels in Fort Lauderdale. Two pets up to 25lb (11kg) are welcome, subject to advance notice.
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