The Best Pet-Friendly Hotels to Book in Lexington, Kentucky

Get a taste of the American outdoors at Manchester Farm, Lexington
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14 December 2021
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Lexington is known for its horses, but it’s also geared up for four-legged visitors of a smaller variety. While you’re sure to love the second largest city in Kentucky for its culture, nightlife and fantastic street food, why should you have all the fun? Bring your furry friend along to enjoy the dog-friendly breweries, cafes, botanical gardens and parks. Ready for your visit, we’ve fetched up the best pet-friendly hotels in Lexington, Kentucky, all bookable with Culture Trip.

DoubleTree Suites by Hilton Hotel Lexington

Swimming pool outside of DoubleTree Suites by Hilton Hotel Lexington
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You’re always greeted with a warm cookie when you check into a Doubletree, though we can’t guarantee a dog biscuit too. When you’re not out exploring the University of Kentucky, downtown Lexington, and Rupp Arena, all 10 minutes from the hotel, enjoy regional specialities at the colorful onsite restaurant or the gazebo lounge in the hotel atrium. There’s also a fitness center and pool where you can practice your doggy paddle.

Lexington Griffin Gate Marriott Golf Resort & Spa

Swimming pool at Lexington Griffin Gate Marriott Golf Resort & Spa
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This sleek, modern golf resort can be found less than 4mi (6.4km) from the Mary Todd Lincoln House museum, and just over 5mi (8km) from the Kentucky Horse Park. Once you’ve sniffed out the green surroundings, relax at the full-service spa, putt around the 18-hole golf course, take a dip in the pool complex or work out at the gym. Tastefully furnished with a cool modernist feel, the patio rooms are ideal for giving your pup direct lawn access.

21c Museum Hotel Lexington

Living room at 21c Museum Hotel Lexington with green and beige sofa and flowers on table
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Rated one of the top 10 hotels in the southern states by Conde Nast Traveler, this quirky boutique offering is not only a pet-friendly hotel, but a contemporary art museum and cultural center. It’s also home to the renowned Lockbox Restaurant, where you can try creative twists on Kentucky favorites, like the char-grilled pork loin with “dirty” grits, mushroom and trotter demi. Featuring original artwork, designer furniture and floor-to-ceiling windows, the bright and airy rooms are a sight to behold.

Embassy Suites by Hilton Lexington Green

Double bedroom with orange wall at Embassy Suites by Hilton Lexington Green
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5mi (8km) from the University of Kentucky, and just over 8mi (12.8km) from Blue Grass Airport, this contemporary, all-suite hotel is connected to the Lexington Green Mall via a walkway, so you can shop and then immediately drop into your cozy bed before Rover even notices you’ve been gone. Once you’ve had a lie down, there’s a heated outdoor pool, a free cooked-to-order breakfast, a complimentary evening social, a minimart, and a well-equipped fitness center to enjoy.

Embassy Suites by Hilton Lexington/UK Coldstream

Outdoor view at Embassy Suites by Hilton Lexington/UK Coldstream with lawn and fountain
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As you enter the cavernous atrium of this sprawling ‘80s-style property, keep eyes on your pup lest it dive into the giant water feature. When you fancy a dip, you can always head to the indoor pool. North of Lexington off Interstate 75, this all-suite hotel is within easy reach of Kentucky Horse Park, 6mi (9.6km) away. Be sure to save a doggy bag from the casual onsite grill – Fido will never forgive you if he doesn’t get to sample the steak and burgers.

Origin Lexington, a Wyndham Hotel

Stylish and cosy seating area with views over the town
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This stylish offering from Wyndham is conveniently located near the shops and restaurants of the Summit at Fritz Farm and just 7mi (11.2km) from Blue Grass Airport (LEX). The elegant rooms are understated and modernist, with quirky pops of avocado green, and you can request extras like a tent and sleeping bags for the kids, or dog treats, bowls and a bed for your pup – meaning you can pack light.

Clarion Hotel Conference Center - North

Double bedroom at Clarion Hotel Conference Center - North with green carpet and a large wooden headboard
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Looking like a grand southern frat house, this white-columed hotel is a 10-minute car ride from the dog-friendly Masterson Station Park. With the Bourbon Trail’s Town Branch distillery just two minutes beyond that, you’ll want to bring someone along to be designated driver. Once you’re suitably sozzled, head back to mingle with conference goers at the all-American bourbon bar and grill or relax in the indoor pool, sauna and hot tub.

GLo Best Western Lexington

Lobby at GLo Best Western Lexington with cost lighting and colourful lightshades
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Found just off Interstate 64, this trendy, design-led offshoot of the Best Western brand will impress you and your pooch with its arty lighting and pops of primary color. The hotel is under 5mi (8km) from both downtown and the Kentucky Horse Park, so you can easily see the sights or meet the horses after fueling up on the complimentary breakfast.

Residence Inn Lexington South/Hamburg Place

Swimming pool outside Residence Inn Lexington South:Hamburg Place
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In town for an extended period? Both the studios and suites at this long-stay hotel come with kitchens, so you can make Fido his favorite home-cooked meal. If you don’t feel like cheffing in the mornings, set yourself up with a complimentary breakfast. Located directly off I-75, the property is around a 15-minutes drive from downtown, the University of Kentucky, Rupp Arena and the Kentucky Horse Park.

SpringHill Suites by Marriott Lexington Near the University of Kentucky

Lobby at SpringHill Suites Lexington Near the University of Kentucky
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With views of Red Mile racecourse, this all-suite hotel provides modern comfort in the heart of downtown Lexington. Relax in your sleek suite until you’re ready to explore all the bars, restaurants and attractions that the buzzy student center of Lexington has to offer. Hotel facilities include a pool, hot tub and complimentary breakfast, plus a gym for when you’re done with all those restaurants.

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