The Best Pet-Friendly Hotels to Book in the Pocono Mountains of Pennsylvania

The Pocono Mountains are an ideal spot to enjoy the great outdoors with your four-legged friend
The Pocono Mountains are an ideal spot to enjoy the great outdoors with your four-legged friend | © Colin Xu / Alamy Stock Photo
Nick Dauk

Head off on hikes with your hound through the lake-laced Pocono Mountains region, then return to one of these dog-pleasing resorts and paw-approved places to stay – bookable on Culture Trip.

Where better in Penn’s Woods to bring your dog than the Pocono Mountains? Miles of trails lead to forests, lakes and valleys with plenty of fascinating scents for your dog to sniff out. The skiing, shopping and dining around this eastern Pennsylvania region are sure to send you venturing down a few new paths, too. Whether you’re looking to trial a new trail with Spot or take Rover to a resort, these pet-friendly places to stay in the Poconos are worth rolling over for.

1. The Woodlands Inn

Resort, Chain Hotel, Hotel

River rushes between trees and a bar terrace with various seating options just outside the Woodlands Inn
Courtesy of the Woodlands Inn / Expedia

Staying at the Woodlands Inn isn’t a dice roll for your purse, or your pets. Close to the Mohegan Sun casino, the Woodlands hands you a royal flush with its on-site spa, salon, outdoor deck bar and state-of-the-art nightclub. There are at least a dozen groomers in the area where your dogs will feel as if they hit the jackpot, too. To score extra points with your pooch, drive up to Kingston Dog Park on the shores of the Susquehanna.

2. Echo Valley Cottages

Hotel, Resort

Garden with tree, bench seating and four bushes on a small lawn outside a lodge at Valley Cottages
Courtesy of Echo Valley Cottages / Expedia

The simple life in the mountains you’ve craved is available for rent at Echo Valley Cottages. Rent Pond Cottage and spend every afternoon sitting on the deck, watching the fish jump from the water until nightfall, moving only to light the fire pit. If the bliss of waking up to do it all again the next day starts to fade, a 2mi (3km) drive down to the Delaware Water Gap National Recreation Area will give you a change of scenery that’s just as serene.

3. Staybridge Suites East Stroudsburg

Hotel, Chain Hotel

Large bed, two stools, a sofa, desk, desk chair and kitchenette in suite at Staybridge Suites East Stroudsburg
Courtesy of Staybridge Suites East Stroudsburg / Expedia

Your pet is free to snuggle up with you in your suite at Staybridge Suites, nibbling on snacks dutifully prepared by you in the fully equipped kitchen. You’ll be taken care of, too, with a free breakfast buffet and free drinks, and hors d’oeuvres at the weekday evening reception – it’s probably one of the tastiest places to stay in the Poconos.

4. Comfort Inn Pocono Lakes Region

Hotel, Chain Hotel

Double bed with wooden headboard in carpeted ensuite room with chair and beside lamp at Comfort Inn Pocono Lakes Region
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Comfort Inn is ready to host you, your family, your cat and your dog during your time in the Poconos. Speaking of the animal kingdom, Claws ‘N’ Paws Wild Animal Park is within pouncing distance, if you feel like petting and feeding giraffes, deer, alpacas and more. Comfort Inn cannot accommodate those particular beasts, though, no matter how hard you try to convince staff that a Bengal tiger is just a large tabby cat.

5. Radisson Lackawanna Station Hotel Scranton

Hotel, Chain Hotel

The grand, grey-brick exterior of Radisson Lackawanna Station Hotel Scranton, lit up around its central clockface at dusk
Courtesy of Radisson Lackawanna Station Hotel Scranton / Expedia

There are loads of reasons to bring your dogs along for an overnight stay at Radisson Lackawanna Station. Their pet-friendly suites are cozy places to cuddle up after a day on the slopes, and the dog-friendly patio allows you to sample the world-tour menu at restaurant Carmen’s 2.0 while Fido hoovers up any crumbs. The hotel is also within walking distance of the University of Scranton and the Steamtown National Historic Site.

6. Best Western Inn at Blakeslee-Pocono

Hotel, Chain Hotel

Handrails and steps lead to a small indoor pool with several chairs beside it at Best Western Inn at Blakeslee-Pocono
Courtesy of Best Western Inn at Blakeslee-Pocono / Expedia

Best Western Inn at Blakeslee lets you invite your pets in to share the comfort of your suite. Wake up rested in your king-size bed, then chow down on a free breakfast in the lobby. Walk yourself and your pets a half-mile up the road and you will find yourself in the Austin T Blakeslee Natural Area. After a hike and a little four-legged splashing at Tobyhanna Falls, you can take a dip in the indoor pool while your four-legged friend gets some shut-eye in the room.

7. Best Western Inn at Hunt's Landing

Hotel, Chain Hotel

Trees partially obscure the flat-roofed exterior of the riverside Best Western Inn at Hunts Landing, on a grassy hill
Courtesy of Best Western Inn at Hunt's Landing / Expedia

Best Western Inn at Hunt’s Landing provides pet-friendly lodging in Matamoras, with the Delaware Bark Park and Matamoras Dog Park within two minutes of your suite and even more dog parks across the Delaware River, running along the state lines of New York and New Jersey. Your suite has room for two dogs, though your cat, bird or even hamster can also stay overnight here – when we talk about pet-friendly places to stay in the Poconos, the possibilities are vast.

8. Hotel Fauchere

Boutique Hotel, Hotel

Cream, wood-panelled exterior of Hotel Fauchere on the corner of a road; there are six steps to the entrance
Courtesy of Hotel Fauchere / Expedia

Hotel Fauchere welcomes your furry friends; why not treat them to the upscale Pennsylvanian blue-stone bathroom and private balcony of the premium rooms? You can reserve a crate so that you can leave your pet in your room during dinner, or they are welcome to dine with you on the porch. Take an afternoon walk through the Milford Knob – a 3.5mi (6km) trail that laces through wildflower meadows and welcomes dogs year-round.

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