The Best Pet-Friendly Hotels to Book in Melbourne

QT Melbourne is close to all the buzz of the big city
QT Melbourne is close to all the buzz of the big city | © QT Melbourne / Expedia
Adejoke Adeboyejo

Melbourne is the second-largest metropolis in Australia and there are many, many attractions to discover here. If you have a pet you want to bring along, there are plenty of pet-friendly hotels to choose from. There are also places you can explore with your four-legged friend, including parks and beaches. Here are the best pet-friendly places to stay in Melbourne – where you and your hound will get the best hospitality Melbourne has to offer – bookable on Culture Trip.

1. Best Western Melbourne City, for affordable comfort


Room at the Best Western Melbourne City hotel in Melbourne
© Best Western / Expedia

Famously the first pet-friendly hotel in Melbourne, Best Western is located at Spencer Street in the heart of the CBD. The hotel is a perfect balance between affordability and luxury, and there’s a whole range of comfortable rooms to choose from. Get the leash on – staying here, you’re within walking distance of major attractions including Marvel Stadium and Melbourne Convention and Exhibition Centre. Animal-friendly services are on offer – ask about places to walk dogs, waste facilities and recommendations for pet-friendly parks, stores and even restaurants.

2. Zagame's House, to bring your raccoon

Boutique Hotel

Room at Zagames House hotel in Melbourne
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Right in the heart of the historic Carlton district, this is one of the most luxurious hotels in the city. Check in here for a genuine Melbourne neighbourhood feel and cosy rooms with warm, welcoming interiors. There’s a gym, a wine shop and a bar, as well as fine-dining options. You can come with all kinds of furry friends: dogs, sloths, raccoons, chipmunks, pandas and quokkas. There is also an exclusive in-room dining menu for pets, and you’ll get a bag of goodies. Grooming services are also provided.

3. Ovolo Laneways Hotel, for a central location

Boutique Hotel, Hotel

Terrace at Ovolo Laneways Hotel in Melbourne
© Ovolo Laneways Hotel / Expedia

Ovolo Laneways Hotel majors in luxury dog-friendly accommodation, with various amenities and treats for your pal. Count on details such as a doggy bed, food bowl, a bag with treats and a handy mat. There are also animal-magic staff on hand to help you with whatever you need. The spacious rooms and suites have a wonderfully comfortable ambience, and with its position in central Little Bourke Street, this place is a boon – you can easily access plenty of attractions in the city, taking your pet with you.

4. QT Melbourne, for high ceilings and haute pet cuisine

Boutique Hotel

Night-time view of the bar at the QT Melbourne hotel, Melbourne
© QT Melbourne / Expedia

QT has a great spot in the city centre, on Russell Street, surrounded by shops and great places to eat. Staying here, you’re just a 10-minute walk from Flinders Street station and 15 minutes on foot from the National Gallery of Victoria. Generously dimensioned rooms and lofty ceilings are the design signature here, along with proximity to the city buzz, palpable through the windows. Ask about pet-friendly rooms with fetching features such as a cute minibar packed with treats. Dogs’ dinner menus are available, along with bespoke grooming services to spruce up your pup.

5. Somerset on Elizabeth Melbourne, for spacious apartment living

Serviced Apartment

Lounge space at Somerset on Elizabeth apartments, Melbourne
© Somerset on Elizabeth Melbourne / Expedia

This group of serviced apartments is hidden in a labyrinth of laneways, restaurants and shopping precincts. There are 135 spacious apartments here: studios and one-, two- and three-bedroom spaces, each with separate living and dining areas and fully equipped kitchens. Somerset on Elizabeth also has a fully equipped gym, jet pool, sauna and outdoor courtyard. Pets are welcome to check in, and furry friends can take advantage of the PAW-cation package, so they’ll have everything they need for a big-city adventure.

6. The Sebel Melbourne Docklands, for sauna and cinema facilities

Hotel, Apartment

Room at the Sebel Melbourne Docklands hotel in Melbourne
© The Sebel Melbourne Docklands / Expedia

Fancy good digs in the city centre? Check in at the Sebel Melbourne Docklands, a quiet and friendly spot in a pleasant setting, with excellent facilities and spacious rooms. You can either stay in the main hotel or serviced apartments. Facilities are impressive, including a sauna, library, barbecue garden and cinema room. Breakfast and lunch are available at the Capri Cafe and Lounge, and the Berth and Cargo restaurants. Pets are also welcome at the Sebel, and dogs can take walks as well as bathroom breaks at the NewQuay Promenade, just behind the building entrance.

7. Citadines on Bourke Melbourne, for pet-perfect extras

Chain Hotel, Apartment

Room at Citadines on Bourke Melbourne hotel in Melbourne
© Citadines on Bourke Melbourne / Expedia

This is a great base in the heart of the city. Step out and everything Melbourne has to offer is on your doorstep. Take a tour around Bourke Street Mall, Emporium Melbourne, Melbourne Cricket Ground and Marvel Stadium, among other attractions. The serviced apartments here have separate living and dining areas, plus equipped kitchenettes and modern amenities. The accommodation is pet-friendly, and the rooms – geared towards animals – include a bed, food and water bowls, a welcome pack and access to the rooftop courtyard.

8. SoYa Apartment Hotel, for proximity to great Melbourne sights


Room at SoYa Apartment Hotel in Melbourne
© SoYa Apartment Hotel / Expedia

This is a busy boutique apartment hotel in the middle of South Yarra, with rooms that are cleverly decorated and exquisitely appointed. Designated pet-friendly rooms include one- and two-bedroom formats. Based here, you’re in a great place – step out and explore key attractions such as the Royal Botanic Gardens and the Olympic Park Stadium, not to mention art galleries, shops and markets. The property is right next to South Yarra train station, mere metres away from the popular Toorak Road and Chapel Street.

On a budget? Check out our pick of cheap hotels in Melbourne, bookable on Culture Trip. For a unique stay in Melbourne, check out our guide to beautiful hotels in Melbourne that guarantee an amazing holiday, bookable on Culture Trip.

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