Put your paws up at these pet-friendly boutique hotels around the world
From doggy afternoon tea, pet-friendly room service, and personalised bedding, toys and treats, to in-room grooming and dog walking maps, well-behaved pooches are welcome to stay at more than 150 of our four-legged friend loving boutique hotels. To celebrate International Dog Day, we’re sharing our pick of the luxury litter, where dedicated dog-friendly teams will be at your bark and call.
BEST DOG-FRIENDLY HOTELS IN THE UK…
Rothay Manor, Lake District – England
Well-behaved dogs are warmly welcomed at Rothay Manor, a charming country retreat in the heart of the Lake District. With several dog-friendly rooms ranging from the Classic Scandale and Kirkstone rooms to the Luxury Suites Red Screes and Fairfield, plus the brand new Pavilion Garden Suites, your four-legged friend is set to enjoy the hotel’s creature comforts as much as you.
What’s more, the surrounding fells, lakes and tarns make the perfect canine playground. Take to the hills, then rinse off muddy paws in the hotel’s dedicated dog washroom before drying your pooch with Ruff and Tumble dressing gowns. Dogs are welcome in the drawing room, and in the snug Brathay Room if you’d like their company for dinner – before cuddling up on a luxury orthopaedic George Barclay dog bed.
The Mitre Hotel, Hampton Court – England
Your canine companions can expect the royal treatment at The Mitre Hotel, an eclectically styled riverside retreat just a stick’s throw from historic Hampton Court. Well-behaved dogs are made to feel at home with a welcome pack of treats in nine dog-friendly rooms on the ground floor of the hotel, which have direct access to an outdoor terrace. Work up an appetite with walkies galore in nearby Bushy Park and The River Path, before sitting down for breakfast, lunch or dinner with your dog at Coppernose, the hotel’s stylish all-day café and wine bar.
Paws for thought: There is a £20 per night charge per dog, and a maximum of two dogs per room. Dogs cannot be left in the room unattended, and are not allowed to dine in 1665 Brasserie. Dogs must be kept on leads during deer birthing (May to July) and rutting (September to October) seasons in Bushy Park.
Photographs by Claire Menary
The Farncombe Estate, Cotswolds – England
An eclectic village-style assortment of houses, huts and hideaways set within the picturesque grounds of the Farncombe Estate, The Fish Hotel barks up all the right trees (and treehouses). Welcoming medium sized, well-behaved pooches to their cosy selection of dog-friendly rooms, which are located on the hillside and spread throughout various individual buildings in the grounds. Be sure to book one of the Medium Rooms, Veranda Rooms, Small Suites, and Big Suites if you’re planning to bring your pup along, or one of the magical treetop cabin-style suites complete with underfloor heating, wrap-around decking with heated tubs, and woodland views. These rooms have wooden floors and easy access to your car along with 400 acres of Cotswold countryside on your doorstep for those all-important dog walks.
Every doggy desire has been catered for throughout the estate, including dog hydration stations, a ‘dunk your dog’ bath tub (with canine shampoo and conditioner), a dedicated dog agility course, and doggy afternoon tea – luxury tit-bits from the likes of Woof & Brew and The Barking Bakery feature on the menu. An easy ramble from The Fish is the honey-hued Dormy House, which also welcomes dogs in their Danish Court rooms, including Rose Cottage, Courtyard Suites, and Comfy Rooms, all a short walk from the main farmhouse.
Paws for thought: A charge of £30 per dog per stay applies and includes a cosy dog bed in the room, two dog bowls, some lovely doggie treats, and a dog towel. You are welcome to relax in the bar and lounge with your pooch and you can dine from the bar menu, but note that dogs should not be taken into the main restaurant at The Fish. Dogs are welcome to dine with their owners in The Potting Shed at Dormy House.
Homewood, Bath – England
Each and every one of the countrified rooms at Homewood is dog-friendly, with an ‘access-all-areas’ approach to hosting well-behaved furry friends. Bedrooms feature velvet sofas, cashmere mattresses and thoughtful touches like Dyson hairdryers and homemade biscuits (for you, not your pooch), while a specially prepared Woof Box awaits your companion, filled with Lily’s Kitchen food, treats and a ball – comfy dog beds and bowls are also provided, all for just an extra £25. Dogs are welcome to dine with you in the Mediterranean-inspired Olio Restaurant, and there is even a dedicated doggy menu – expect dairy-free ‘puppucino’, farm-fresh veggie bakes, and chicken liver treats washed down with a glass of ‘cham-paws.’
If your pet is in need of some pampering while you’re relaxing in the spa, the Homewood canine concierge can even organise an appointment at nearby groomers, Dog House. Outdoors, there are walkies galore in the 20 acres of charming hotel grounds, and the rolling hills of Somerset as your backdrop.
The Franklin, London – England
The luxury stores and world-renowned museums of Knightsbridge are just a hop, skip and jump from The Franklin’s front door, and this grand English townhouse is a most welcome refuge from the hustle and bustle of London life. With high ceilings and full-height windows looking out onto the lovely Egerton Gardens, the elegantly styled Garden Suites are oases within an oasis, where relaxation reigns from the snug library to the Hempel-designed hammam. The service here is ultra-personalised thanks to Les Clefs d’Or Concierge and 24-hour room service team, who are on hand to help with whatever takes your fancy. Four-legged friends will also be given top notch treatment at this pet-friendly property, where small, well-behaved dogs are welcomed with luxury dog beds and bowls.
Great Fosters, Surrey – England
Surrounded by 50 acres of stunningly landscaped gardens, England’s green and pleasant scenery greets you from the moment you arrive at Great Fosters. Small and medium dogs will be treated to a comfy bed and stylish bowls to dine from along with delicious treats from The Dog House. Sure to delight cultural dogs with a keen interest in history and a penchant for luxury, the indulgent dog-friendly rooms at Great Fosters are mainly set in the Cloisters and the Coach House, and come furnished with stylish fittings, wooden floors and easy access to the great outdoors.
From picturesque summer picnics to crisp winter walks (Barbour wellies are available on request) around the Great Fosters estate, you can fill your stay with as much – or as little – activity as you like. And when it’s time to cosy up with a cocktail in the evening, there are dedicated dog-friendly zones on the ground floor of the Main House.
Bishopstrow Hotel & Spa, Wiltshire – England
A honeyed-stone haven nestled in rural Wiltshire, Bishopstrow Hotel & Spa gives canine companions a waggy-tailed welcome. Rolltop baths, sink-into-sofas and wraparound views make each individually designed bedroom a space pup-parents won’t want to leave, while doggie beds, bowls, and a specially prepared Woof Box filled with Lily’s Kitchen treats await your pooch. Well-behaved dogs are welcome almost everywhere in the hotel, including the sitting rooms and bar, with walkies galore both within the hotel grounds and further afield.
Ashdown Park Hotel & Country Club, East Sussex – England
A listed 19th-century mansion set in 186 acres of landscaped parkland, Ashdown Park Hotel & Country Club puts the natural beauty of Ashdown Forest at your feet. Book one of the dog-friendly Fairway Junior Suites, with French doors that open directly out onto the parkland, complete with a private terrace and outdoor furniture. Four-legged guests at Ashdown Park can expect the royal treatment, with their own dog basket, blanket and bowls provided along with dinner and a goodie bag from Arden Grange, a family-run business that has been developing superior, premium food for animals since 1996. Be sure to ask the concierge for a map of nearby dog walking trails, along with their recommendations for dog-friendly pubs in the area.
Paws for thought: A supplementary charge of £30 per dog, per room, will be charged in addition to the room rates. Dogs are regrettably not permitted in the Main House.
The Nare, Cornwall – England
Flanked by colourful gardens and overlooking the gentle waves of Gerrans Bay, The Nare has all the exclusivity of a dog-friendly private island. The Nare’s beachside position puts Cornwall’s captivating coast at your feet, and with the newly-kitted out country house boot room courtesy of partners The Original Muckboot Company, guests can borrow a pair of comfortable wellies for strolls along the sandy beach or coastal footpaths. Well-behaved dogs are welcome in all the rooms and gardens at The Nare, with dinner from the dogs’ table d’hôte menu included in the daily dog charge.
Paws for thought: As with all guests at The Nare those with special dietary requirements and desires are well looked after. The dogs’ à la carte menu has a wider choice. Outdoorsy types and working dogs that don’t need to come into the hotel may prefer instead to stay in the working dogs’ kennels on self-catering terms, for which there is no charge.
The Roseate Edinburgh, Edinburgh – Scotland
Catering to road trippers and staycationers eager to travel with their four-legged friends in tow, The Roseate Edinburgh offers a dog-friendly package in selected rooms at Hampton House, the second of two sumptuously furnished Victorian townhouses in striking distance of Edinburgh’s Old Town. This includes an in-room doggy bed, bowl and treats, along with a glass of paw-secco on arrival. Your canine companion can dine with you in the Hampton conservatory, a beautifully styled space with cosy throws and blankets, in addition to the garden seating in front of Dunstane House. Edinburgh itself is brimming with green spaces and dog-friendly cafés, from Princes Street Gardens to Arthur’s Seat and along the Water of Leith.
Paws for thought: Only a designated few of Hampton House’s Cosy Wee Doubles and Luxury Kings allow dogs, so be sure to book well in advance to avoid disappointment. There is a £30 supplement for dogs per night, and dogs must not be left alone in the room.
Crossbasket Castle, High Blantyre – Scotland
Steeped in history, Crossbasket Castle is a landmark Scottish retreat. Michelin-star chef Albert Roux has created a special menu for man’s best friend, featuring a a selection of salmon, mackerel, spinach and brown rice risotto, turkey and sweet potato stew and meatloaf with chicken jelly. Each item on the ‘dog’s dinner’ costs £10.50 and is available to order via room service, so you can treat yourself to a cosy night in. If you need to walk off all the night’s indulgence, the castle grounds include a large woodland area, extensive nature walks and a beautiful stretch of river with majestic waterfalls.
Grove of Narberth, Pembrokeshire – Wales
Posh pooches staying at the Grove of Narberth, a wonderfully rustic retreat which started life as a traditional Welsh longhouse, will be greeted by the hotel’s Labradoodle Bronwen, who is very friendly and enthusiastic about visiting dogs and their owners. Welcoming touches include upcycled doggy towels, blanket and very special doggy treats, while a doggy dining menu by Burns Real Dog Food is also available upon request. Perfectly positioned on a hillside overlooking rolling Pembrokeshire countryside, there are plenty of scenic countryside walks on your doorstep – not to mention within the Grove’s beautifully kept 26 acre estate. Choose from six dog-friendly rooms with interiors curated by Martin Hulbert Design, including the Sorrel or Sage Garden Suites, Byre, Cwtch, Elderflower or Bramble.
BEST DOG-FRIENDLY HOTELS IN THE USA…
The Roundtree, Amagansett – USA
Set on two acres of idyllic grounds in the Hamptons, The Roundtree effortlessly creates a home away from home feeling housed within a centuries-old barn. Sweeping lawns set the scene for lazy days on sun loungers and games with your four-legged friend. Add to this the hotel’s easy access to the Hamptons’ beautiful beaches, and you might just have everything you need for an easy-going escape. You’ll be provided with dog beds, water bowls, a welcome doggy treat, and a doggy towel to clean their paws after a day exploring the area’s many sandy beaches, from Atlantic Avenue to Ditch Plains.
Wentworth Mansion, Charleston – USA
An architectural gem in historic Charleston, Wentworth Mansion is brimming with period features wrapped within colourful gardens. Treat your four-legged friend to the mansion’s ‘A Dog’s World’ two-night package, which includes welcome treats on arrival, easy access to the lawn, $40 credit to use in pet-friendly neighbourhood brunch spot 60 Bull Café, and $30 to spend in Woof Gang Bakery & Grooming, a full-service dog spa and boutique which sells all-natural, freshly-prepared pet food.
The Plymouth South Beach, Miami – USA
This four-storey luxury hotel is a peach-and-cream Art Deco icon with a contemporary twist, where you’ll never have to leave your best friend behind. Spend days beneath a pastel parasol by the pool or private beach at The Plymouth South Beach with an expertly-crafted cocktail in hand, and your pooch by your side – with personalised Plymouth doggy bowls included in every canine booking. Watch the famous South Beach sunrises as you snuggle up to your pup, before enjoying one of the hotel’s doggy brunches and a sun-soaked walk in the Miami Beach Botanical Gardens or the Collins Park, located just around the corner from this Art Moderne masterpiece.
The Adelphi Hotel, Saratoga Springs – USA
When you first walk through the impressive entrance of The Adelphi Hotel, it’s easy to cast yourself back to the old world grace and grandeur of the 19th-century New York social set. Welcoming pets of all sizes for a one-time fee of $75, dogs are allowed practically everywhere in The Adelphi – from all guest rooms, the lobby, all common areas to all three of the hotel restaurant patios overlooking Broadway. With especially designed canine amenities, including cosy beds, food and water bowls, leashes and collars, The Adelphi keeps its four-legged family front of mind.
BEST DOG-FRIENDLY HOTELS IN FRANCE…
Hôtel Crillon le Brave, Provence – France
A quintessentially French bolthole that fuses the charms of a 17th-century hamlet with contemporary luxury, Hôtel Crillon le Brave is simply Provençal perfection. The hotel’s nine stone houses possess all the charm of French countryside living, with terracotta tiles, colourful throws and handpicked antique furniture. If you can bring yourself to leave this hilltop hideaway, take a tour of the nearby vineyards and wineries or wander the fragrant lavender fields of Sault.
Paws for thought: Be sure to book one of the Prestige Rooms if you’re planning to travel with your pooch, as pet-friendly rooms must be requested in advance. Small dogs (weighing under 10kg) are welcome to stay at Hôtel Crillon le Brave for a charge of €30 per night.
Château La Chenèviere Hotel, Normandy – France
An elegant 18th-century château surrounded by attractive gardens and parkland, Château La Chenevière Hotel combines the feel of an English country house with classical French style. Every pastel tinted room has a garden view, making it the perfect place to enjoy the countryside charm of Normandy with your chien in tow. Explore the 12 acres of parkland with your pooch, with secluded walled gardens and a heated outdoor swimming pool (which is open from May-September). Or venture outside the hotel on one of the hotel’s bicycles (if your pup is basket-sized!) for a day trip to Omaha Beach or historic Bayeux.
Althoff Villa Belrose, Gassin – France
Boasting some of the best views in the South of France, Althoff Villa Belrose makes quite the first impression from its hill-hugging position. As soon as you step onto the sun-drenched terrace, a vision of endless blue sea stretching all the way to Saint-Tropez greets you, drawing you down towards the pool below encircled by pine forest and rose-filled landscaped gardens. For an additional charge of €50 per night, your pooch will be pampered with goodies from luxury canine brand Lila Loves It, including doggy pillow spray.
BEST DOG-FRIENDLY HOTELS IN ITALY…
Susafa, Sicily – Italy
Immersing guests in Sicilian rural life, Susafa is a 200-year-old family-run farmhouse which celebrates the beauty of its natural surroundings in every way. The rustically styled suites are all garden facing, and the ground floor rooms have direct access to a bucolic landscape of cherry trees and a lagoon-like pool set in the green Mediterranean scrub. Four-legged guests will be greeted by Bruno the resident Weimaraner, who can be seen roaming the grounds and standing guard at the organically-stocked pantry.
Villa La Madonna, Piedmont – Italy
Verdant hills, vineyards, and terracotta roofs – Villa La Madonna overlooks the Bormida Valley in Piedmont, north-western Italy where guests are guaranteed to get a taste for rural life. Run by Swedish couple Helen and Mikael (with their adorable dog Stella), your pup will keep good canine company at Villa La Madonna, which is also the seasonal home to some truffle hunting hounds in the autumn months. If you can tear yourself away, the Alps are only two hours to the north, and the Italian Riviera one hour to the south – with plenty of picturesque walks for you and your cane to enjoy.
FORESTIS, Dolomites – Italy
The South Tyrolean mountainscape is a playground for pups and nature lovers alike, with endless forest trails and snow-dusted scenery surrounding FORESTIS – a summit-level sanctuary in the UNESCO Dolomites. You and your pooch will be greeted by resident chocolate Labrador, Amadeus, who can show you all the dog-friendly places to rest your paws. Make the most of the surrounding greenery in the summer, and pick up some snowshoes in the colder months to trek through the high altitude wilderness. This is a boutique escape designed to help you switch off and immerse yourself in the regenerative power of nature.
BEST OF THE REST…
The Nimb, Copenhagen – Denmark
A Moorish-styled palace with a striking Venetian marble façade, all rooms but one at The Nimb have a log fire and view of the Tivoli Gardens. Dogs are welcomed with a hamper of goodies, including toys, turndown treats, luxury bedding, food and water bowls, and a ‘Do Not Disturb – Dog Sleeping’ card. A whole team of doggy dedicated staff are on hand at The Nimb, from dog sitters and walkers, to groomers and a veterinary service, your four-legged friends will hardly need to lift a paw.
Paws for thought: Dogs are not allowed in Tivoli Gardens (except for the annual Dog’s Day in June). Dogs are also not allowed in The Nimb’s restaurants, so be sure to request a pet sitter at least 24 hours in advance.
Verride Palácio de Santa Catarina, Lisbon – Portugal
A former palace turned contemporary retreat, Verride Palácio de Santa Catarina sits at the heart of Lisbon’s old town, with a rooftop bar and swimming pool offering panoramic views of River Tagus and the cityscape. Pets are treated like members of the family at this historic hotel, which provides a comfy bed complete with daily doggy turn-down service, a walking kit, bowls, and homemade treats by the palace’s pastry chef.
Kristiania Lech, Lech am Arlberg – Austria
An exquisitely decorated Alpine retreat with the feel of a private residence rather than a hotel, Kristiania Lech is just a short walk from the centre of the upmarket ski resort of Lech. Dogs are welcome to stay in every single one of the 29 rooms and suites at Kristiania Lech, so both you and your canine companion can enjoy the original pieces of artwork and spectacular views over the pretty village of Lech and towards the Alps. Warm up with some cuddles after a day on the slopes on the hotel’s sun terrace or Kaminzimmer (fireplace), or ask the resident leisure consultant for the best Alpine walks if you’re looking for more mountain air – the hotel would be more than happy to arrange a picnic in the snow for you and your pup.
Paws for thought: A charge of €45 per dog per day applies – well-behaved dogs are allowed everywhere except the restaurant.
Hotel Tannenhof, St. Anton am Arlberg – Austria
Close to pristine, powdery slopes and a picturesque village with traditional Tyrolean lodges and stone farmhouses, historic church and cosy restaurants, Hotel Tannenhof is set within a true winter wonderland. You and your pup will be given a warm welcome by resident black Labradors Emma and Tommy, before settling in to one of just seven elegant, wood-panelled suites. Cuddle up on the hotel’s custom-made beds, or have a post-ski snooze beside one of the open fireplaces.
BERGWELT GRINDELWALD ALPINE DESIGN RESORT, Grindelwald – Switzerland
Alpine adventures, big and small, begin at BERGWELT GRINDELWALD – a sleek ski hotel which also doesn’t discriminate on size when it comes to canine guests. With the Swiss Alps as its backdrop, many of the Swiss wood-crafted suites overlook the north face of the Eiger – best enjoyed from your balcony with bottled water drawn from the glacier to drink after a nature-filled day exploring the Junfrau with your four-legged friend. Look out for the owners’ friendly terriers around the resort, who are often seen sledging down the mountain.
The Sukhothai Bangkok – Thailand
Experience serenity and relaxation in the heart of the city at The Sukhothai Bangkok. Take your pooch for a stroll in the carefully landscaped hotel gardens, before enjoying a dip in the 25-metre infinity pool. Rooms blend traditional details with contemporary flair – you’ll be cocooned by polished teak and the Thai silks, with large flat-screen TVs and Bose audio systems for a modern interlude.
Paws for thought: A charge of 500 TBH per dog is applied to each stay, and dogs must be kept on a leash at all times when on hotel property (except in your room).