The best pet-friendly hotels in NYC

The best pet-friendly hotels in NYC

Does it even count as a vacation if you don’t have your dog with you? If your answer to that question is a resounding “No!” New York City is your kind of town. New Yorkers are hard-core dog lovers. They take their dogs everywhere–to Barneys, Central Park, outdoor cafés in Chelsea. Even on the subway. (The rule is the canine must be in a bag to board, a regulation that hasn’t stopped New Yorkers from stuffing their Golden Retrievers into those giant Blue Ikea bags and cutting out four holes for their legs.)

Yes, New Yorkers not only love their dogs, but New York  City loves its gays. The metropolis has the highest LGBTQ+ population in America. And many gay folks (not to stereotype but let us go ahead and stereotype for a quick mo’) really love their dogs. So, what better destination can there be for gay people who love their dogs that a city that loves gays and dogs? We venture to say, none. NYC’s official tourism site, nycgo.com, even has a fantastic three-day LGBTQ itinerary and there is a heap of pet-friendly hotels in the city that never sleeps that let you sleep with your dog.

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The High Line Hotel in Chelsea has elevated hospitality for the four-legged to high art. Every single one of their chic 60 rooms is open to dogs. There’s no extra fee for Fido and no weight limit. With the hotel’s vast outdoor area, it’s the place to see and be seen for dogs who come from all over downtown come to hang out there. The scenic setting has even made it a destination-wedding spot for dog nuptials. Two dog parks are within walking distance and treats await your pup in the lobby. Oh, and the rooms all have oversized beds, so there’s plenty of room for you and your pooch to snooze together.

When you and your pet enter your room at Kimpton Hotel Eventi you may find chocolate-covered strawberries on your bed and some dog T-R-E-A-T-S in his private doggie bed. This is all part of the hotel’s VIP (Very Important Pet) program. Another perk is that you are allowed to leave your dog in the room unattended (not that you ever would), which is not always allowed at other hotels. Eventi staff at the hotel, located in NYC’s gay capital, Chelsea, can set up dog-walking services for the day.

Pet-Friendly Hotels In New York City

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Pet-Friendly Hotels In New York City

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Your furry friend will be ensconced in a plush doggie bathrobe and provided with a doggie DVD to keep it from getting bored and lonely when it’s alone

Not only is The Benjamin considered one of the top hotels for pets in the city, but it’s also located right near the NYC Dog Museum (shriek!) The hotel is known for Rest & Renew, a menu of amenities focused on providing guests with everything they need to have the best sleep of their lives. This extends to their “Dream Dogs” program. Yes, your furry friend will be ensconced in a plush doggie bathrobe and provided with a doggie DVD to keep it from getting bored and lonely when it’s alone. There’s a dog room service menu so make sure they don’t wantonly order from it when you’re out to punish you for your absence. Choose the ideal size doggie bed so your BFF can dream of bones and mailmen and wake up refreshed in the morning.

And because Brooklyn is the new Manhattan, if you are your dog want to get your outer borough on, 1 Hotel Brooklyn Bridge understands your dog is family. You and your pooch can take a scenic stroll across the Brooklyn Bridge and then head to the Brooklyn Bridge Dog Run. While dogs are not permitted to be left alone in your room, the concierge has a list of recommended pet sitters and walking services at the ready.

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Pet-Friendly Hotels in NYC

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If your pooch prefers to reside in Soho when it’s weekending in NYC, perhaps it will consider The Mercer

There’s no better place to walk your dog than Central Park, which is why the Arthouse Hotel on the Upper West Side near the park is a good call for you and your bestie. Note there is a $40 + fee and pets cannot be left unattended. (Central Park is dog-friendly. The rule is it can be off leash in certain areas in the early morning and late evening hours and on the leash the rest of the time.)

You might get jealous of how well Tribeca’s Roxy Hotel treats your pup. First-class canine treatment involves organic treats, bedding, food, water bowls and even doggy poop bags. Roxy’s nearby sister property, Soho Grand, built a private dog park open to all the Roxy guests. The wonderland garden for dogs features fire hydrant water stations and bespoke benches. (Many of the World Pride 2019 festivities in May and June will take place in the Tribeca/Soho area so book now!). If your pooch prefers to reside in Soho when it’s weekending in NYC, perhaps it will consider The Mercer. The luxury hotel not only allows dogs, but it also offers dog walking services in case your meeting (or your date) runs long. Amenities for humans aren’t bad either. Choose from private exercise trainers, massage therapists, and yoga lessons. The Mercer allows two pets of any size for a fee of $100 per pet.

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