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.

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After traveling through 27 states with his pup, the author’s new favorite spot for a road-tripping hound is the recently revamped Baker’s Cay, where dogs are allowed almost everywhere. Photography by Laure Joliet

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.

Key Largo
305-852-5553
bakerscay.com

1 HOTEL SOUTH BEACH

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.

Miami Beach
305-604-1000
1hotels.com/south-beach

The Alfond Inn offers a pet photo session; Photography courtesy Alfond Inn

ALFOND INN

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.

Winter Park
407-326-2623
thealfondinn.com

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.

St. Augustine
904-824-4301
bayfrontmarinhouse.com

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.

Vero Beach
772-562-9919
costadeste.com

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.

at Walt Disney World Resort
407-313-7777
fourseasons.com/orlando

Couple in beachwear takes photo of their English bulldog on the beach. Surfboard and Cabana in the background.
 There’s only a small price to pay for a big weekend with your BFF at Solé Miami. Photography courtesy of Solé Miami

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.

Palm Beach
561-582-2800
fourseasons.com/palmbeach

HOTEL COLONNADE

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.

Coral Gables
305-441-2600
hotelcolonnade.com

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.

Miami
305-424-5226
epichotel.com

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.

Amelia Island
904-261-6161
omnihotels.com

THE SETAI

This trendy South Beach property caters more to purse puppies, with a 20-pound weight restriction and rules against pets in common areas.

Miami Beach
305-704-7817
thesetaihotels.com

SOLÉ  MIAMI

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.

Sunny Isles Beach
786-923-9300
solemiami.com

MARRIOTT STANTON

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.

South Beach
305-536-7700
marriott.com/miamb

Image of a lounge at a modern hotel that overlooks the ocean.
The W Fort Lauderdale offers a pet paradise. Photography courtesy of W Hotels

W HOTEL

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.

Fort Lauderdale
954-414-8200
wfortlauderdale.com

THE WESTIN

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.

Tampa Bay
813-281-0000
marriott.com