The Best Pet Friendly Hotels to Book in Waco, Texas

Up to two pets are welcome at contemporary and colorful hotel Aloft Waco Baylor
Up to two pets are welcome at contemporary and colorful hotel Aloft Waco Baylor | Courtesy of Aloft Waco Baylor /
Photo of Lilly Graves
11 November 2021

Midway between Austin and Dallas, the city of Waco is a popular stopover for road trippers and their pets, thanks to Baylor University and the ever-growing Magnolia Market at the Silos. Dog-friendly hotels in Waco can be hard to find, but we’ve compiled a list that you and your pooch will love, all bookable via Culture Trip.

Hotel Indigo Waco - Baylor, for relaxing rooms near the Magnolia Market

A stylish guestroom at the Hotel Indigo Waco - Baylor with a double bed and tv
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Pet owners will love the downtown location in the Warehouse District, within dog walking distance to attractions and parks along the Brazos River. From entry-level to suites with balconies, colorful rooms come with dark wooden floors and framed art. Dine all day in the relaxed bistro and bar, dishing burgers and charcuterie plates (room service is available). There’s also a covered outdoor pool and hot tub, as well as a fitness center with yoga mats for perfecting your downward-facing dog.

Aloft Waco Baylor, for cool social spaces near Baylor University

A vibrant common area at Aloft Waco Baylor with brightly colored chairs and cushions
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Contemporary and colorful rooms with city skyline views reflected in above-bed murals blend blues and oranges. Sip craft beers in the lobby with a cozy two-sided gas fireplace, then take a dip in the outdoor pool and hang out on the sun terrace with firepits and more games. Up to two pets per room are welcome; walk them around the neighborhood before you ride the courtesy shuttle to nearby attractions such as the Texas Ranger Hall of Fame and Museum, under a mile away.

1700 South, for campus comfort near BSR Cable Park

A cosy bedroom at 1700 South with wooden falls and a full-length mirror
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Looking for home comforts? Just across the street from Baylor University, these two-bedroom, two-bathroom condos come with sleek kitchens, cozy but contemporary living areas, and cheerful bedrooms with bamboo flooring. Sip your morning coffee al fresco with fido in tow on the outdoor patio shaded by Live Oak shade trees before a stroll through campus and along the Brazos River for beautiful views.

Home2 Suites by Hilton Waco, for self-service suites close to the Mayborn Museum Complex

A simple yet functional guestroom at Home2 Suites by Hilton Waco with a kitchenette, desk and dining table
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A quick drive from downtown, this all-suite option welcomes pets with surrounding outdoor space to keep their tails wagging. Whisk up your favorite breakfast omelet in your colorful kitchenette before lengths in the outdoor saltwater pool or iron pump in the fitness center. Pick up essentials in the market and spend more time outside on the terrace with barbecues and fire pits. If you fancy a break from cooking, dine at Magnolia Table, a quick drive from the hotel.

Tru By Hilton Waco South, for laid-back living near the Waco ISD Stadium

A cosy yet stylish bedroom at Tru By Hilton Waco South with a double bed and geometric art on the wall
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Attached to the Central Texas Marketplace, Waco’s biggest shopping mecca, this pet-friendly hotel sets the scene from the get-go with an inviting blue and yellow facade hinting at the rainbow of colors in the welcoming lobby with cozy spots for reading or socializing. Pretty blue feature walls and wooden-floored rooms almost feel coastal. Children will love the kids club and vending machines peddling drinks and snacks. Shoot some pool by the attractive mural of famous Waco sights before deciding which you’ll walk to with your four-legged guest.

TownePlace Suites by Marriott Waco South, for home comforts near McLane Stadium

A romantic outside seating area at TownePlace Suites by Marriott Waco South with an open firepit
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If you don’t want to leave, that’s by design. These long-stay suites cocoon with kitchenettes, sink-into sofas, and big, bouncy beds. You’ll linger in the seasonal outdoor pool, bask on the sun terrace, and may well run miles in the fitness center after overusing the 24/7 market for late-night chocolate bar runs. Chill outside with your furry friend on the terrace with barbecues – an area that turns atmospheric after dark when the string lights and firepits come on.

Staybridge Suites Waco South Woodway, for stylish suites near the Panther Stadium

A studio-style bedroom at Staybridge Suites Waco South Woodway
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Sleek suites in the suburbs close to shopping and golf courses have an almost mid-century feel with wood, leather, and pleasing curves. Each comes with a full kitchen – and up to two pets are welcome. With Waco’s balmy weather, you’ll love splashing in the outdoor pool before lounging on the streamlined terrace, beer in hand by the fire pits and barbecues. Sports fans love dribbling on the basketball court.

Springhill Suites by Marriott Waco, for eco-friendly stays near Lade Brazos Park

A family suite at Springhill Suites by Marriott Waco with two double beds and separate seating space
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This prime downtown location provides easy access to the riverfront for long walks with your four-legged friend. Soft and soothing tones and contemporary furnishings combine to create home-from-home suites, while the best come with balconies and verdant views of Baylor University. Linger in the lobby spaces with self-serve coffee, and there’s also a 24/7 market for snacks. Soak up some morning sunshine as you eat your breakfast bagels on the outdoor terrace. Other perks include an outdoor pool, fitness center, and charging stations for electric vehicles.

Candlewood Suites Waco, for easy going suites near Magnolia Table

A cosy bedroom at Candlewood Suites Waco with a doublebed and soft-looking armchair
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Homey, traditionally styled suites in earthy shades of brown and green come with well-thought-out kitchens – although with Magnolia Table a five-minute drive away, yours may not get much use. Other perks include a fitness center, outdoor pool, convenience store, and barbecues under a shade-giving pavilion. Bring your pet along, and join the Pets Are Welcome (PAW) Community designed for all pet lovers, safe in the knowledge you’re conveniently close to a small park with pleasing green space.

La Quinta Inn & Suites by Wyndham Woodway - Waco South, for terracotta tones near Cameron Park Zoo

A guest suite at La Quinta Inn & Suites - Waco South with a double bed and jacuzzi tub
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A 10-minute walk to Magnolia Market at the Silos and surrounded by restaurants, this relaxing hotel loves terracotta, using it liberally on the lobby and suite walls, bedcovers, chairs, and sofas. After your morning fix of eggs, waffles, and fresh fruit, keep yourself fit in the gym before an indulgent soak in the curved indoor pool and bubbling hot tub. Pet-friendly rooms ensure your family favorite won’t get left at home while you see the sights of Waco.

These recommendations were updated on November 11, 2021 to keep your travel plans fresh.

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