Jump to main content
white dog on lead in a hotel corridor

The six most pet-friendly hotels in the world

Thanks to a boom in cat and dog adoption over the last year, hotels across the globe are creatively upping their pet-welcoming game. From five-star gastronomy for pussy cats in Paris to Hong Kong photoshoots for hounds, Isabella Noble shares six pioneering properties that put four-pawed companions front and centre stage

Hotels and their restaurants may currently be shut due to local Covid restrictions. Please check individual websites


01/06/2021

It’s a dog’s life at El Palace, Barcelona (Zurita)

El Palace, Barcelona

Until recently, Spain was no pet-holiday powerhouse, but things are changing. Now, small dogs (under 8kg) can soak up the all-out, Versailles-inspired opulence at one of Barcelona’s most celebrated properties. Just off Passeig de Gràcia, where architect Antoni Gaudí crafted Modernista wonders, the dazzling El Palace was founded back in 1919 as a Ritz. For its new-in-2021 pet-stay package, an adorable chocolate-brown dachshund, Lulu, greets her guests with personalised notes, treats, bowls, toys and beds. Dogs can join owners on the dreamy rooftop garden, where a slew of activities take place – from pop-up cinemas to seasonal Catalonia-rooted meals courtesy of chef Daniel Padró.

Take off to Spain


The Stable Suite at Artist Residence Oxfordshire, where pets will appreciate the cosy seating area with a log burner

Artist Residence Oxfordshire

Some of the UK’s most original pet-friendly stays await in the gold-tinged, trail-threaded Cotswolds. On the eastern fringes, the Artist Residence Oxfordshire creatively recasts a 16th-century farmhouse as a nine-room, pooch-perfect address. The brand’s boho-boutique stamp is everywhere (wooden floors, vintage furniture, Morris & Co fabrics), and the six dog-hosting rooms include the art-filled Stable Suites with roll-top baths. Paw-friendly bookings come with Lily’s Kitchen treats, rattan-style beds and Chow Bella bowls, while pets can pad alongside at the Oxfordshire-fuelled Mason Arms pub.

Discover the UK and Ireland

Fa-Raon, pictured with her ‘staff’, rules the roost at Le Bristol, Paris

Le Bristol, Paris

Cats and dogs receive a purrfectly regal welcome at this ultra-decadent icon of Parisian luxury, on Rue du Faubourg Saint-Honoré, which was elegantly revamped in 2018. Overnighting paw-pattering friends at the 1925 ‘Palace’ are spoilt with homemade biscuits, luxury beds, a set of bowls and mini-carpets embroidered with their names. Though pets might miss out on Le Bristol’s exceptional restaurants (which include Éric Fréchon’s three-Michelin-star Épicure), gourmet menus cater to their culinary tastes, with local-produce dishes on offer, including steamed fish and succulent carrots. Dogwalking services keep four-legged companions content while owners savour the retro-feel indoor rooftop pool and La Prairie spa, and Le Bristol’s resident Burmese cat Fa-Raon (above) is often spotted patrolling the orange-blossom-scented gardens.

Take off to France


Creature comforts at the Rosewood Hong Kong (also opening image)

Rosewood Hong Kong

Hong Kong’s staycation boom means pooch pampering at its famously luxe hotels is on the up – and Kowloon’s five-star Tony Chi-designed Rosewood Hong Kong, which landed in 2019, is at the forefront. The Four-Legged Friends programme covers owner-and-pet yoga, an in-room afternoon tea and ProVet chew toys, along with beds, treats and litter trays. Cats and dogs get gourmet menus (perhaps a four-rice risotto with salmon?), local area guides spotlight pet-friendly parks and restaurants and every booking donates to Hong Kong’s SPCA. While pets enjoy training, grooming and photoshoots, laze in the infinity pool and Asaya spa and drink in the unbelievably beautiful Victoria Harbour views.

Take off to Hong Kong

Medium King room at Ace Hotel New York, where small sleeping dogs can lie 

Ace Hotel New York

Treat your loyal floofball to an awesome stay at the NoMad outpost of this game-changing boutique brand, where uber-lively public spaces, Stumptown espresso and April Bloomfield’s season-fired cooking shine. Dogs under 11kg can snooze overnight at the Ace Hotel New York in the retro-chic rooms by Roman and Williams (other pets on request). As with all Ace properties, treats are on hand and furry friends are free to tag along for cold-brew martinis in the vintage-vibe, creative-crowd lobby bar. Keep an eye out for the recurring Go Fetch package, with custom-designed dog ropes and collapsible bowls.

Take off to New York

Elly and Ella provide a warm welcome at Fairmont Hotel Vancouver

Fairmont Hotel Vancouver, Canada

Fairmont is known for welcoming canine and feline companions like old friends at its luxe North American properties, most of which have furry-family ambassadors. At Vancouver’s 82-year-old Downtown ‘Castle in the City’ – which is looking fabulously fresh after emerging from a head-to-toe makeover in 2019 – two much-loved Labradors called Elly and Ella (both former trainee guide dogs) fuss over guests. This grand railway hotel’s pet-friendly package takes in homemade bone-shaped treats, FirstMate food, beds, bowls, and tips on exploring Vancouver with wagging tails in tow – whether you’re racing around Stanley Park or dining at Cameron Ballendine’s Notch8. 

Take off to Canada

Honourable Mentions

Our runner-up properties in the hotel pet packages stakes

From the UK, British Airways partners with PetAir UK, which is run and owned by fully-qualified veterinary surgeons and has been flying pets all over the world since 2004, to offer BA customers a safe, comfortable and convenient way to export their pets from the UK

Learn more about travelling with your pet