Dogs are man’s best friends. (Unless you’re a cat person!) Most dog owners consider their pup to be part of the family, and therefore want to travel with them when they have business or pleasure to attend to. It’s an unfortunate fact that many hotels have pet fees if they accept dogs at all, but this of course is due to other guests having allergies and the need to deep-clean a room after a pet has been in it. However – surprise! – there are a number of upscale hotels in Center City that are dog-friendly with no fees. Just add that to the list of why Philadelphia is a great place to visit. And stay at one of these venues if you are traveling with your furry friend.
Situated in a historic building at Liberty Place, this hotel is scenic and also boasts proximity to major tourist draws like the Liberty Bell and City Hall. It is also super pet-friendly. Every room comes with the offer of a complimentary doggie bed, dog food, and a water bowl for your pooch! There’s a grass-covered spot on property where your dog can walk and relieve itself… make sure you stop by the front desk for free baggies and a handful of treats before you go exploring the city!
Within trotting distance of the Philadelphia Museum of Art, Aloft Philadelphia is a work of art itself, situated in the historic, meticulously-restored Liberty Title & Trust Company building. You will find this a most welcoming vacation rest stop for you and your dog, who will be greeted by pup-loving staff and the complimentary “Arf Package” that includes pet-specific bedding (appropriate for your dog’s size), gratis food and treats, and a water bowl. Aloft Philadelphia also has grass surrounding it so you won’t be walking miles to find a place for your dog to go potty.
The Independent is a small (24 rooms!) hotel in Midtown Village, one of the hottest locii in Center City for proximity to boutiques, art galleries, independent coffee breweries, and more. It describes itself as “a haven for the urban explorer.” It can also be considered a haven for the urban explorer’s beloved pet. Enjoy embroidered dog beds that are the last word in comfort, personalized bowls for food and water left on the room, and an abundant supply of must-have necessities like baggies that you’ll need as you get to know the city.
It doesn’t get much more elegant than the Kimpton, which is one of two sister properties in Center City – the other, Hotel Palomar, is also pet-friendly. Each of the 200+ “pretty and witty” rooms is designed in an upbeat, luxuriant fashion that will make you feel properly indulged… and your dog will feel the same way, thanks to plush beds, bowls, and food furnished at no cost for pups of all sizes and breeds. You and Fido will fall in love with the quaint charms of Old City, where you can feel history more deeply than anywhere else in Philadelphia.
French elegance and American style marry joyfully in the ultra-luxe Sofitel, located in Center City’s plushest neighborhood. French art de vivre is the inspiration for the hotel’s stylish and ritzy feel, while guests staying in each of the hand-accessorized rooms feel like royalty. This feeling will be shared by your furry companion. Luxury service is the byword here, and your pet will be pampered with a bed and food/water bowls. For that extra touch, the room-service menu also has a menu for pets! Rittenhouse Square park is minutes away, so your dog will have ample space to play, walk, and do its business. There is a pet fee of $300, but it is refunded at check-out as long as the room is intact.
With so many options, there is no reason why you and your dog can’t have the vacation (or work trip) of a lifetime in Center City! Thanks to an abundance of pet-friendly hotels that are also upscale and pampering for the human companion, everyone can travel in comfort and style in Philadelphia. Have any other favorite fur-friendly hotspots to add to our list? Let us know!