The Best Pet-Friendly Hotels to Book in Nashville, Tennessee

Sit back and relax after a long day of sightseeing, secure in the knowledge that your pet is well taken care of at the Hutton Hotel
Sit back and relax after a long day of sightseeing, secure in the knowledge that your pet is well taken care of at the Hutton Hotel | © Hutton Hotel / Expedia

Every big country music star has a loyal four-legged companion by his or her side – so, you can rest assured that pet-friendly hotels in Nashville got the memo. This means that you, too, can bring your beloved pet to explore Music City by staying at one of these critter-comfy places.

1. The Hermitage Hotel, for organic animal treats

Boutique Hotel, Spa Hotel, Hotel

Grand lobby with marble columns, vaulted ceilings, chandeliers, a large fireplace and plush couches at The Hermitage Hotel
© The Hermitage Hotel / Expedia

The timeline of this pet-friendly hotel in Nashville stretches back to 1910; rooms still feature striking period features like high ceilings and dark wood furniture. Pets staying at the hotel, which is a five-minute walk from the Tennessee State Capitol, get special bedding, welcome treats, and a personal pack of organic pet food. Owners who want to really spoil their animals can also order food from a special pet dinner menu and organize pet excursions and massages.

2. The Joseph, for Italian dining

Hotel, Luxury

Modern dining area at The Joseph featuring a wine-rack wall, grey couches and chairs and dark wood tables
© The Joseph / Expedia

The Joseph is one of the plushest pet-friendly hotels in Nashville. As well as welcoming four-legged friends, the hotel is home to a rooftop bar that serves seasonal cocktails, an a la carte restaurant where the menu is described as a “love letter to Italy”, and a spa that’s set 21 stories above the city. The hotel has clinched a great location, too – it’s less than a 10-minute walk from the Honkey Tonk Highway.

3. Hutton Hotel, for socializing with other dog lovers

Suite Hotel, Spa Hotel

Lounge area at the Hutton Hotel featuring a brown leather sofa, a panelled wood wall with picture hung up and small coffee tables dotted among the chairs
© Hutton Hotel / Expedia

This Nashville pet-friendly hotel runs a Paws-itively Perfect Program. Animals are welcomed to the hotel with treats, and there’s a special area of the hotel where the rooms are designated to owners and pets. Water and food bowls, toys, and leashes are all available. When it comes to treats for the humans in the party, the hotel offers a Fender guitar-playing experience and a library of vinyl records that can be played on the in-room record players.

4. Kimpton Aertson Hotel, for free perks


Outdoor, rooftop lounge and dining area at the Kimpton Aertson Hotel featuring a fire pit and interesting wire-designed chairs
© Kimpton Aertson Hotel / Expedia

From its Midtown perch, this 180-room hotel next to the Vanderbilt University campus offers an eye-popping art collection and a modern, curated approach to hotel life. Plenty of perks are at your fingertips when you stay here, including free bike rentals and free coffee and tea in the lobby, which is referred to as the living room (and, decorated like your living room would be if you lived in a magazine). The red carpet will be rolled out for your pooch: pet beds and water bowls will be waiting in your room, while you get to enjoy the views from your open-air balcony.

5. Hotel Indigo Nashville, for the whimsical dog house

Boutique Hotel, Hotel

Dark wooden beams on the ceiling in a bright room with a couch, a light blue armchair, a writing desk and a pale green carpet at Hotel Indigo Nashville
© Hotel Indigo Nashville / Expedia
The historical American Trust and Nashville Trust building was resurrected for life as a funky hotel on the north side of downtown – a very convenient location. Here, you are within walking distance of the Tennessee Performing Arts Center, the courthouse, and Printers Alley. The on-site restaurant and bar are popular with locals who find it a reliable stage for singer-songwriters. A whimsical dog house in the lobby makes the hotel’s pet-friendliness clear to everyone who walks through its historic doors.

6. Homewood Suites by Hilton Nashville Downtown, for longer stays

Suite Hotel

Interior courtyard-style lounge area featuring grey couches, colorful pillows, green chairs, a large bouquet of flowers on the coffee table and hanging light installations at Homewood Suites by Hilton Nashville
© Homewood Suites by Hilton Nashville / Expedia

You know you’re in for undemandingly comfy interiors with this brand. With its reliable formula of in-room kitchens and seating sections, in addition to the sleeping area, Homewood Suites makes it easy to turn a trip to downtown Nashville into an extended stay. The hotel’s exterior is vintage, but the inside is updated with new standard furnishings. Take your dog for a walk in several nearby green spaces, including Riverfront Park along the Cumberland River.

7. Margaritaville Hotel Nashville, for complimentary dog treats


Outdoor pool and lounge chairs at Margaritaville Hotel Nashville
© Margaritaville Hotel Nashville / Expedia

This laid-back hotel is the Margaritaville Hotels and Resort group’s first true urban location. From this SoBro (south of Broadway) home base, you’ll be close to Ascend Amphitheater, the Country Music Hall of Fame Museum, and plenty more tourist attractions. Bright colors adorn spacious guest rooms, which include amenities such as colored fridges for holding dog treats. Thanks to the room design, there is plenty of space for you, your pets, and your luggage.

8. Thompson Nashville, for celebrity-approved stays

Boutique Hotel, Hotel

Outdoor dining area at night overlooking the Nashville skyline at the Thompson Nashville
© Thompson Nashville / Expedia
This place is made for famous faces, with its grade-A rooms with rain showers and hardwood floors, as well as its zingy indoor-outdoor rooftop bar, LA Jackson. A-listers travel with their pets, of course. So, it stands to reason that the upscale Gulch neighborhood’s most popular hotel for celebs is hands-down pet-friendly (within reason, of course) and even happy to allow more than one at a time. Pet bowls and beds will be provided on check-in. Grab the leash, and take your pup on a tour of the surrounding Gulch, stopping at its many murals for photo ops.

9. Hyatt House Nashville at Vanderbilt, for proximity to parks


H Bar at the Hyatt House Nashville featuring a large white marble bar, grey bar chairs, colorful carpets and sitting arrangements
© Hyatt House Nashville / Expedia

Near Midtown’s Rock Block, the big-brand shiny Hyatt House is within walking distance of some pretty great bars and restaurants, as well as two destinations your pet will pant for: the scenic Vanderbilt University campus (which, in fact, is an arboretum) and the Centennial Park. The new-construction hotel is designed for long stays, with separate bedrooms and living areas, plus kitchenettes – so you have all the comforts of home, including Fido.

10. Graduate Nashville, for dog-friendly walking tours


Pink-themed bar at the Graduate Nashville featuring plush pink sofas, pink velvet chairs, pink bar chairs and lavish chandeliers
© Graduate Nashville / Expedia

Have your camera ready as you arrive at the Graduate, as there’s no detail that isn’t worth a second look. Custom artwork has been designed specifically for this location, such as a piece that catalogs every plant in the nearby Vanderbilt University arboretum and lots of Dolly Parton-themed pieces. You’ll be given a bowl and blanket for your four-legged companion on check-in, and, for an extra fee, you can get a box with treats and a map for a dog-friendly walking tour.

Sarah Holt contributed additional reporting to this article.

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