The Best Pet Friendly Hotels to Book in Indianapolis

Bottleworks Hotel plies a roaring trade in hip vintage charm
Bottleworks Hotel plies a roaring trade in hip vintage charm | Courtesy of Bottleworks Hotel / Expedia
Claire O'Brien

Beyond the tourist-friendly downtown, the capital of Indiana has tons of cultural attractions, hip neighborhoods and a thriving restaurant and brewery scene to explore. But best of all, laid-back Indy is paw-sitively dog friendly. Where else can you find Petit Chou, a French restaurant that offers a decadent pet menu just for pups? Or Metazoa Brewing, with a pet-friendly taproom, next door Puppy Park, and a commitment to donating five percent of their profits to animal welfare organizations? Check out our selection of the best pet-friendly hotels in Indianapolis and get planning your next trip to the Circle City.

1. Ironworks Hotel Indy – for cool cats and stylish dogs


Ironworks Hotel Indy bar area with leather sofas, wooden furniture and industrial vibes
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If your idea of a stylish stay is all moody industrial charm, then the Ironworks Hotel Indy is your kind of place. Located on Indianapolis’ North Side, this sleek hotel pairs modern flair with a homage to Indy’s iron-worker history, complete with brick accent walls and rustic wood furniture. To make your stay even more special, book the Legacy Terrace room complete with a private terrace and outdoor firepit. From fine dining at the upscale Provision, creative rolls at Blue Sushi Sake Grill, or a round of local brews in the Daredevil Hall taproom, the roster of on-site restaurants will satisfy every foodie’s cravings. This boutique hotel is also one of the most fiercely pet-friendly hotels in Indianapolis: upon check-in, your pup will be issued his own dog bowl, an Ironworks-branded mat and a welcome cookie!

2. Bottleworks Hotel – for a historic hotel


Bottleworks Hotel lobby with marble floors and art deco style decor
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On your next trip to America’s Heartland, why not stay in a piece of American history? The former Coca-Cola Bottling Company of Indianapolis has been reborn as the luxurious Bottleworks Hotel. Original antique finishes like terrazzo tiles have been preserved throughout and the spectacularly appointed guest rooms include decadent white marble bathrooms. The hotel is positioned alongside the Garage Food Hall, which anchors the trendy Bottlework District as Indy’s latest in place to eat, drink and play. And best of all, the Bottleworks hotel is super dog-friendly! Upon check-in, traveling pups will receive their custom-made sweet treats and a placemat from the Indy-local City Dogs Grocery.

3. Conrad Indianapolis – for cultured canines


Conrad Indianapolis room in classic style with carpet, oak furniture and city view window
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The Conrad Indianapolis is the place to stay for a carefree, yet cultured trip to Indy with your pups. The downtown location makes for easy sightseeing and is directly adjacent to the Soldiers & Sailors Monument. The elegant rooms feature city views, along with Conrad’s signature luxury bedding, marble-floored bathroom, and designer toiletry products. But what sets this Conrad location apart is the world-class art that adorns the walls of both the public and guest spaces. The Gallery Suite, for example, features artwork by masters like Warhol and Picasso. Visiting pets receive their own Conrad Indy bandana, and for their owners, a dog-friendly guide to point them to all the best sniffing spots nearby.

4. The Westin Indianapolis – for an oasis in the heart of downtown


The Westin Indianapolis suite with minimal decor and art on the walls, oak furniture
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This full-service hotel is located across the street from the Indiana Convention Center and offers views of the Indiana Statehouse. A skywalk even connects the hotel to Circle Centre Mall for upscale shopping and dining without having to repark your car. In your pet-friendly room, you’ll find a mini-fridge, contemporary art and upscale neutral colors designed to soothe even the most frazzled travelers. After a rest, check out Hudnut Commons, a tidy little city park right next door, perfect for a walk in the fresh air with your pet, and the chance to scope out dozens of nearby restaurants. But if you want to keep it easy, Nourish, the on-site bar and restaurant features an upscale American menu that’s sure to please.

5. Omni Severin Hotel – for foodies (and their pets)


Omni Severin Hotel with classic decor like pattern carpet, wooden headboards and city views
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This landmark is the longest-operating hotel in Indianapolis and embodies the grandeur of the early 1900s. For over 100 years, guests have been dazzled by the Severin Ballroom Lobby’s immense crystal chandelier and original marble staircase. Today’s visitors can even mail their postcards from the original 1913 mailbox, which is still in operation! The commitment to historic preservation is continued at 1913, the on-site farm-to-table restaurant, with a menu re-creating Midwestern recipes of the early 20th century. Signature dishes include the root beer-cured pork chop and sugar cream pie. After dinner, you and your furry friend can retire in your elegant room. If you’re lucky, you’ve scored one with a furnished patio with spectacular views of the city. Pets up to 25lbs (11kg) are welcome.

6. Hilton Indianapolis Hotel & Suites – for big dogs


Hilton Indianapolis Hotel & Suites room with clean decor and city view window, oak headboard and flatscreen tv
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Sometimes it’s hard to find an upscale hotel that’s both centrally located and allows large-breed dogs. Enter the Hilton Indianapolis Hotel & Suites. The downtown hotel is a quick walk from Hilbert Circle Theatre, Indiana Convention Center and the Circle Centre Mall. If you don’t feel like going out, head over to the on-site West Bar & Grill for happy hour, followed by a meal at McCormick and Schmickt which offers a sustainable seafood menu. Pets up to 75 lbs (33kg) are welcome to stay in each room. Make sure to include the Three Dogs Bakery on the walk itinerary – a 14-minute stroll from the hotel, this local gem is the world’s first bakery for dogs and specializes in all-natural, made-from-scratch yummy treats. And after your walk, while the pups snooze, treat yourself to a dip in the heated pool.

7. Le Méridien Indianapolis – for a touch of class


Le Méridien Indianapolis with wooden parquet floor, bare brick walls and unique art on walls
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Another stylish downtown option is the Le Méridien Indianapolis. This historic building has a special feel about it, so you’ll love this sophisticated pet-friendly Indianapolis hotel. The bright, modern rooms feature a polished gray and white color palette. The communal lounge, nestled behind a secret door, boasts curated artistic decor and a modern, open-sided fireplace. The fantastic central location means you’ll be walking (or should we say walkies) distance to the best restaurants in the city. But if you want to stay in, Spoke & Steele, the highly-rated on-site bar and restaurant, is the spot to sample custom cocktails or the innovative weekend brunch menu. Pets up to 40lbs (18kg) are allowed, subject to a $125 cleaning fee.

8. Best Western Plus Indianapolis North at Pyramids – for your fur family


Best Western Plus Indianapolis North at Pyramids twin with art on walls, desk and carpets
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If your travels are taking you and your pet through northwest Indianapolis, check out this Best Western Plus, just off I-465. You’ll love how this family-friendly hotel features a coffee maker, microwave and refrigerator in each room. Kids will relish the free hot breakfast and outdoor pool. And the pups will be pleased that two dogs, up to 80lbs (36kg) each, are welcome to stay. Several casual sit-down restaurants are within walking distance from the hotel for added convenience. And if you need to burn more of the wiggles out of the kids — both two-legged and four-legged variety — burn some energy over at local favorite, Starkey Park, an 11-minute drive from the hotel.

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