Vibrant, youthful and smart, College Station takes its name from Texas A&M University – the state’s first public institution of higher education when it opened in 1876. It’s also the hometown of the American football team – the Texas A&M Aggies – as well as an impressive array of art galleries and museums. Here are the best pet-friendly hotels in Aggieland if you’re visiting with a four-legged companion – bookable with Culture Trip.
All rooms at this designer boutique – including those on the first floor that accommodate two dogs – feature treat-packed Smeg fridges, retro leather headboards and black-and-white bathrooms accessed by sliding pinewood doors. You’re also guaranteed a large balcony, on which your canine comrade can tuck into the complimentary doggie ice cream given out by reception. Spend lazy afternoons in the poolside cabanas before heading to the Canteen for live music, cocktails and Southern fare – topped off with a game of ping pong.
Aggie culture pervades every corner of this hotel – from huge black-and-white photos of the football team in the guest rooms to a restaurant terrace with views of the home stadium, Kyle Field. Expect views of the sports ground from the pooch-friendly third and fourth-floor doubles – as well as from the rooftop pool deck with its half-submerged loungers. At Texan eatery, Brazos, the signature dish is braised short ribs with cheesy mash, buttered baby carrots and a red wine reduction.
Bag a ground floor Cabana Room at this high-rise Hilton and you’ll have a balcony overlooking the resort-style pool deck – complete with tropical shrubbery, a waterfall and a whirlpool. Start the morning with a Starbucks coffee and fresh bagel from the lobby cafe and have dinner at the Bell Ranch – specialists in spicy Southwestern dishes and prime Texan beef. Other perks include a gym, parking spaces and a free shuttle service to take you and the hound around town.
This Aggie-owned hotel is the only one in town with its own dog park, featuring plenty of space and obstacles to keep your furry friend entertained. Meet other animal-lovers during the complimentary wine and canapes reception – held every evening under the poolside, wisteria-covered arbor. Views of this Tuscan-style sanctuary also come as standard in all the suites – along with fully-equipped kitchens and a warm, classical decor complemented by dark wood antiques. The campus is a 20-minute walk away.
Both budget and dog friendly, this three-star Wyndham offers motel-style rooms with cook-in facilities to help you save dollars – including refrigerators, microwaves and stove-top hobs, upon request. For those long Texan summer evenings, head onto the patio, complete with barbecue grills and picnic tables. Come morning, there’s a complimentary Breakfast Corner – stocked full with cold eats and hot drinks. It’s a two-minute stroll to downtown Bryan and a 10-minute drive to College Station.
The first full-service independent hotel in College Station welcomes collar-wearing guests with water bowls and treats. Rooms and suites feature hardwood floors, upholstered headboards and picture windows that live-stream the Lake Walk recreation area – it’s a picturesque setting for sunset walks with your faithful friend. You can also rent complimentary paddleboards or bikes from reception or participate in lakeside yoga classes. The four-sided gastronomic aspect stars Hershel’s – a live music joint with one of the best bourbon menus in town.
Dogs, cats and most other kinds of pets are accommodated at this modern Best Western – although prior approval is required for non-canines. Rooms feature one king-sized or two queen-sized beds and all include a breakfast bonanza that ranges from muffins and cereal to sausages and Texan waffles. Ideal for a festive family vacation, it’s situated a 10-minute drive north of Santa’s Wonderland – the largest Christmas attraction in Texas. Free parking is available on-site, opposite the outdoor pool.
Travel back in time with a stay at La Salle – built in 1928 – which boasts a sultry basement bar modeled on a Prohibition-era speakeasy. Treat your furry mate to a stay in the Luxury King Parlour corner double – where chunky sash windows let in downtown views. Start the evening at the on-site New Orleans-inspired cocktail bar, enjoying live music in the courtyard before a dinner of gourmet Cajun creations – such as crawfish mac ‘n’ cheese and jambalaya risotto.
Dressed in ethereal whites and businessy browns, all rooms at this downtown Hyatt have Cosy Corners separated from the sleeping area – where you and the pooch can relax on the sofa in front of a 42″ TV. An indoor pool area with a whirlpool and floor-to-ceiling garden views enables you to swim regardless of the season. There’s also a cafe and bar on-site for breakfast, drinks and light bites. Alternatively, grab something to go from the in-house bakery or sundry store.
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