One of the hardest things about staying in a hotel with your dog is figuring out where they can go for a potty. DogFriendlyTravel.com members Louis and Lawrence will go almost anywhere, but Madame Coco doesn’t like to pee while on a leash. It needs grass and a little privacy when nature calls. Fortunately, many California hotels meet these needs by adding certain areas where dogs can take care of the business. Here are our favorite California hotels with dog parks!
Poo with a view
In a busy city like San Francisco, it’s sometimes hard to find a quiet, grassy area where your dog can go to the bathroom. Fortunately, Hotel Nikko San Francisco has a rooftop pet terrace just a short lift ride from your room. The fenced dog park has synthetic grass and an Instagram-worthy minicabel to play with your puppy. There are also comfortable outdoor sofas and a fireplace where you can walk with dog friends. The pet terrace on the fifth floor is accessible with a key card from 06:00 until 22:00.
Another impressive rooftop pot is available to dogs at the Indigo Gaslamp Quarter Hotel, San Diego. Although not separated from fencing, the raised grassy area is conveniently located in the corner of Bar 9 on the roof. You can enjoy the view of Petco Park or sit back and enjoy a cocktail while your puppy gets on! The pot is open during normal bar opening hours or on request at reception.
Hotel parks for direct access
Do you have a puppy that needs to pot in the middle of the night? How about a hotel where you can stay in your PJ to let them out? In Fort Bragg, California, the Beachcomber Hotel has several suites with dog doors that open in a private pen just for your puppy. All other hotel guests can visit the larger fenced dog park, full of natural grass. Louis had never mastered the steep ramp to the private pen of our apartment, but he seemed pleased with the larger park. He didn’t even mind me taking him there while he was still in my PJ.
The Ocean Villa Inn in San Diego is similar to The Beachcomber. Selected rooms at Ocean Villa open directly in the hotel’s shared dog park. Although not so personal, the location is hard to beat. The Inn is located right next to the original California dog beach! Once your puppy is up, it’s easy to clean the salt and sand from your coat in the hotel’s well-stocked dog wash area.
Other notable hotels with dog parks
If your plans include Orange County, I highly recommend the luxurious Paséa Hotel & Spa in dog-friendly Huntington Beach. The hotel’s 1,100-square-foot Paw-séa Pup Play Park has a dog rescue station and is decorated with local artwork.
At the other end of the spectrum, both geographically and financially, is the Redwood Riverwalk Hotel in Humboldt County. The motel-style rooms are not unusual, but the large park with natural grass and stones is well worth the trip. This is a great, budget place to stay while visiting redwoods in Northern California.
Have you stayed at another hotel in California with a dog park that is on our DogFriendlyTravel.com list? Please leave a comment below or send us a message with the information!