The Best Pet-Friendly Hotels in North Carolina

North Carolina might be famous for its active pursuits, but don't forget to slow down and take it all in
North Carolina might be famous for its active pursuits, but don't forget to slow down and take it all in | Courtesy of The Omni Grove Park Inn / Expedia
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31 January 2021

A trip to North Carolina doesn’t have to mean leaving Rover at home. Instead book one of these pet-friendly hotels, some of which roll out the red carpet with doggy beds, bowls and treats.

Fondly known as Tar Heel, or Old North State, North Carolina is where Pepsi and Krispy Kreme were founded, the Wright brothers took their world-changing 12-second flight and Michael Jordan played college basketball. Fido will care little for that, but will love the verdant parklands, towering peaks and many lakes, plus these pet-friendly hotels.

The Omni Grove Park Inn

Resort, Inn, Spa Hotel
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The Omni Grove Park Inn
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Treat yourself and your furry friend to a five-star stay at the Omni, where dog-friendly rooms are found on the second and third floors of the contemporary Vanderbilt Wing. When you’re not looking after Fido, relax at the huge spa where you’ll discover mineral-rich pools, inhalation rooms, and eucalyptus-infused steam rooms, plus a lap pool with underwater music. There’s also a Donald Ross-designed championship golf course, multiple tennis courts, two retail precincts and four high-end restaurants.

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Aloft Raleigh

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Aloft Raleigh
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Part of the pet-friendly Aloft hotel collection, this Raleigh outpost allows one dog of up to 40lbs (18kg) per room. During the day, use the no-charge cycle hire available at the hotel and take your dog for a bike ride or a stroll around Pullen Park, which lies opposite. Alternatively, if you’ve got an electric car, charge up on site and head to one of the nearby dog parks. Cap your day back at the hotel bar, which hosts regular live DJs and locally renowned trivia nights.

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Grand Bohemian Hotel Asheville

Chain Hotel, Boutique Hotel
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Grand Bohemian Hotel Asheville
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Originally a 19th-century hunting lodge, this quirky-yet-classic hotel now has a bold and sensuous design paired with luxury amenities. And it’s not just the human guests who get the royal treatment – dogs receive treats and bowls, and there’s ample greenery for toileting purposes. There are no size or weight restrictions for your pet – great if your dog is on the larger side – but cats aren’t permitted.

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Black Walnut B&B

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The Black Walnut B & B Inn
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This bijou hotel, built in 1899 in the residential district of Montford, has eight guest rooms with working fireplaces. Those with pets can stay in the luxe Magnolia and Camellia rooms with no canine fee; explore the grounds and take breakfast on the front porch together. Afternoon tea – including home baking and hors d’oeuvres – is served in a choice of public areas.

21c Museum Hotel Durham

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Housed in a multi-venue art museum and exhibition space, this on-trend boutique hotel harnesses the art deco glamor of the listed building in which it sits. All guest rooms have high ceilings, oversized windows, a bespoke decor designed by Deborah Berke Partners and original artworks, while ensuite bathrooms come with Malin + Goetz bath products. The hotel will provide food, water and beds for your furry friend.
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  • Hotel Indigo Asheville Downtown

    Boutique Hotel, Chain Hotel
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    Hotel Indigo Asheville Downtown
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    Book the Pet Friendly Package at this Hotel Indigo for a luxurious getaway with your pooch. The offer comes with a welcome treat bag, comfy pet bed, food bowl and covers your pet fee. Elsewhere, you’ll find a bar and kitchen serving small plates made from locally sourced fresh ingredients, plus a gallery-worthy collection of work from local artists.

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    The Umstead Hotel and Spa

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    The Umstead Hotel and Spa
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    The Umstead Hotel and Spa, situated in Cary, is surrounded by 12 acres (5ha) of woodland with a private lake. Best of all, the five-star retreat has a fenced-off area for dogs, called DogWoods, home to playground equipment and the odd treat. For you, bedrooms are equipped with minibars, Nespresso machines, exclusively curated art collections and marble bathrooms. For an extra special treat, take afternoon tea in the lounge accompanied by a harpist.
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    The Siena Hotel, Autograph Collection

    Chain Hotel, Boutique Hotel
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    The Siena Hotel, Autograph Collection
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    Enjoy an Italian getaway in Chapel Hill with a stay at the Siena, which is part of the Autograph Collection. It has a farm-to-fork Mediterranean restaurant and free parking, while your pet-friendly room comes with a Keurig coffee maker and french doors opening onto a Juliet balcony. And with golf courses, a spa, children’s activities and sightseeing tours close by, there’s plenty to inspire the whole family.

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    The Westin Charlotte

    Resort, Business Hotel, Hotel
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    The Westin Charlotte
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    This gleaming glass skyscraper soars above uptown Charlotte, and contains a gym, pool, car park, eatery, bars, lounges and an outdoor terrace. Like much of the Marriott portfolio, this hotel welcomes pets with open arms. You can bring up to two with you, and you’ll be allocated a room on the 12th floor, along with a dog bed, feeding bowl, mat and a pet welcome kit.
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    Aloft Asheville

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    Aloft Asheville
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    Enjoy a mountain- or city-view suite when checking into this loft-style hotel. In a central location, walking distance from the city action, it benefits from an outdoor pool, parking, a restaurant and lively in-house bar. Added extras for furry guests are free treats and canine beds – and you can bring both dogs and cats of any size (up to two per room).

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