by Eric Barton | June 11, 2019
The Best Dog Friendly Hotels and Resorts in Florida, Where Pooches Get Pampered
Spa-like gift bags and exorbitantly comfy dog beds greet dog owners at these fine Florida spots.
BAKER’S CAY RESORT
Newly refurbished and reopened earlier this year, Baker’s Cay splays out along 13 acres of beach and lush groves along Florida Bay. The lobby and rooms have a decidedly clean, modern look, as do the two restaurants and two bars. Except for the pool area, the entire resort is open to dogs, which can partake in a “Paw Happy Hour” with treats and cocktails for the pups. There’s also pooch life jackets, beach-side tiki huts for the pups, a husky who serves as the director of pet relations and marriage ceremonies designed to include fur babies.
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Only dogs under 25 pounds are allowed, but those who make the cut experience red-carpet treatment from concierges, who received special training on helping pet owners find groomers, dog parks and pet treats.
Located in a city known for its pet-friendly lifestyle, the Alfond gives pets the same curated service as it does its other guests, offering a “Photography Session with your BFF” package that comes with matted pictures to take home.
BAYFRONT MARIN HOUSE BED & BREAKFAST
A location in historic St. Augustine and not far from the beach provides a fine escape for up to two dogs under 75 pounds, with a lengthy list of dog-friendly restaurants nearby.
COSTA D’ESTE BEACH RESORT & SPA
With no weight limits or extra fees, the Costa is extra friendly. There’s even a “Party Like a Pup” package including a dog bed and treats and toys from a local boutique.
Read how contributing editor, Eric Barton, travels the state in style with his dog Lucky.
FOUR SEASONS RESORT ORLANDO
Ranked the top Disney-area resort by U.S. News, the Four Seasons has an 18-hole golf course, a rooftop steakhouse and a generous small pet policy—dogs and cats are free, as long as they weigh under 25 lbs.
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FOUR SEASONS RESORT
You’ll pay an extra $100 to bring your pup, but the reward is lavish accommodations, among the finest on an island full of luxury options.
Pets get the four-star treatment at the Colonnade, including mats and food bowls, but owners pay a one-time fee of $75 for up to two pets.
KIMPTON EPIC HOTEL
Guests aren’t limited on the number of pets and there’s no weight restriction at the Kimpton EPIC, which also provides loaner food bowls and pet beds.
OMNI AMELIA ISLAND PLANTATION RESORT
The resort charges a steep $175 cleaning fee for guests bringing up to two pets of under 50 pounds each, but that allows for access to a sprawling beach perfect for early morning walks.
This trendy South Beach property caters more to purse puppies, with a 20-pound weight restriction and rules against pets in common areas.
This gorgeous boutique hotel, located not far from the Bal Harbour shops, allows small dogs full-access to the property, apart from the beach, for only $25 a night.
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Dogs under 25 pounds are welcome at the Stanton, where you can order Puppuccinos in the attached Starbucks. In addition to the pet bed, water bowl and doggie bag at check-in, a summer staycation package waives the $150 pet fee.
You’ll pay a $100 deposit and $25 extra per night for dogs up to 40 pounds, but there’s a VIP pet suite package that includes the fee along with a Bark Box, tinkle turf pad, limited edition bandana and more.
There’s no fee for dogs under 45 pounds at the Westin, which offers a doggie welcome kit, provides “Heavenly Dog Beds” and allows pups to accompany their owners to the outdoor areas of the restaurant overlooking Tampa Bay.