Traveling with your pooch is easy with these pet-friendly hotels
By Sarah Sekula
Traveling with your pet can become a truly enjoyable experience at any of the pet friendly hotels Orlando has to offer. No more expensive kennel reservations, no more worrying if your pet is getting the attention and care that they need when you stay at pet-friendly hotel. Take for example Universal’s Loews Royal Pacific Resort, its property is magnificent and guests feel as if they are staying on a beautiful island in the South Pacific surrounded by lush tropical landscaping. Relax by the lake or explore every inch of the grounds by taking Fido for a walk. To enjoy a more VIP vacation with your pooch, check out the Hard Rock Hotel. Here pets and their humans are placed in special pet-friendly rooms to ensure your miniature love has everything they could need. Also, certain services are set up for your comfort such as the daily room cleaning. Spend a day outside on the ample grounds of the Vista Cay Resort. These townhouse offer plenty of indoor space and the property has numerous outdoor places to play. For a stress-free and pet-friendly property, book a room at the Wyndham Resort Orlando. Let your furry friend lounging in the sun on the grassy areas or take a stroll around the lagoon running through the property. The pet friendly hotels in Orlando have everything you and your pet need for a comfortable stay. The next time you book a vacation remind you dont have to leave your pets behind.
10 Westgate Lakes Resort & Spa
The Westgate Lakes Resort & Spa Orlando is a home away from home. They provide guests all of the comforts of a fully furnished home with accommodations ranging from studios to large four-bedroom suites. If you are looking for family friendly activities check out their tennis, basketball and volleyball courts or pick up a round of miniature golf hotel course. Rent bicycles to glide around the property or hit up the action packed game room. There hotel also offers a complete spa, seven outdoor pools, and several dining options. Pets under 60 lbs. are allowed at the Westgate Lakes Resort & Spa.
9 Holiday Inn Resort Orlando - The Castle
Holiday Inn Resort The Castle Orlando is located on International Drive, in the heart of Orlando's shopping, entertainment, and dining district. This Orlando accommodation has much to offer, from gourmet in-house dining to access to local activities like golf, tennis, horseback riding, canoeing, water skiing, and kayaking. Guests at Holiday Inn Resort The Castle Orlando are provided air conditioning, cable TV, a work desk, a phone with voicemail, coffeemakers, hairdryers, an iron and ironing board, and movies on demand. Guests enjoy an outdoor swimming pool, a fitness center, an ATM, laundry facilities, business services, a multilingual staff, and babysitting services. Restaurants nearby include The Caf-- Tu Tu Tango which cooks up Latin, American, Asian, and Caribbean cuisine, while Vito's Chop House cooks steaks and the Castle Caf-- makes breakfast. Small pets are allowed for a US$75 non-refundable fee. Oh, and did we mention this hotel is shaped like a castle?
8 Rosen Inn at Pointe Orlando
Wonderfully affordable, the popular Rosen Inn at Pointe Orlando is considered a "value" level Universal Partner hotel with easy access to all the theme parks (there's complimentary service to Universal, SeaWorld, Wet N' Wild and the Rosen Shingle Creek Golf Course) and all the entertainment, dining and shopping of the Pointe Orlando complex so "close to home," you may not even need to rent a car. Wondering if you should save the leftovers from your meal the night before? No problem. Each room boasts a mini-fridge and microwave, plus a coffeemaker to help get you out the door for early park admission if necessary.
7 Doubletree Resort International Drive Orlando
The Doubletree Resort International Drive Orlando is set up on 28 acres of greenery and tropical gardens. Not only is does it boast beautiful scenery but it is also conveniently located, being near Orlando powerhouses like Walt Disney World, Universal Studios and the Orange County Convention Center. Amenities for the hotel include 60,000 square feet of conferencing or banqueting space, as well as a lagoon/waterfall pool, a swimming pool, fitness room and spa center. The on-site restaurant is called the Bamboo Grille and there are two drinking establishments, known as Bangli and the Red Parrot Pool. Medium pets up to 25 lbs are allowed to enjoy this incredible hotel with their owners for a US$75 non-refundable fee.
6 Wyndham Orlando Resort
The Wyndham Resort Orlando offers family-friendly services and amenities including a complimentary shuttle to and from Universal Studios and Sea World theme parks. There is a jogging path on property, three swimming pools and a state of the art fitness center. The Wyndham aims to provide every guest with a stress-free stay by offering amenities such as same-day dry cleaning, valet laundry and computer rentals.
5 Vista Cay Resort Orlando
Stay in a multi room unit and save! Vista Cay Resort by Universal Studios, is Orlandos newest luxury, lake front all-suite resort. Enjoy two and three bedroom executive suites and town homes with all the comforts of home in a resort setting. Units range from 1,500 to over 2,300 sq. ft. and come fully equipped with separate dining area, living room and full kitchen. Vista Cay Resort by Universal Studios is conveniently located on Universal Blvd less than two miles from Sea World, four miles from Universal Studios, adjacent to the Orlando Convention Center, and 13 miles from the Orlando International Airport. Discover the finest Orlando has to offer from designer shopping, world class dining, tennis courts and championship golf less than a five minute drive away. Resort amenities include large resort pool, spa, children's splash pool overlooking Lake Cay, a state of the art club house with billiards and video game room, private movie theatre, brand new fitness center with LCD TV's on cardio equipment, free parking, room service, business center with desk top computers and free wireless high speed Internet access
4 Loews Portofino Bay Hotel at Universal Orlando
Loews Portifino Bay Hotel is the definition of a stay-cation. Pay a fraction of the price for an extravagant European vacation but get an authentic escape to the Italian Riveria with the Italian accents, picturesque Mediterranean views and intimate vibe. This Four Diamond hotel boasts the luxurious, full-service Mandara Spa, golf course and a water boat to take you directly to Universal Studios. Not enough perks? You'll get a free Universal Express pass that will let you skip all the lines. With eight restaurants, three pools, an art gallery and boutiques scattered around, you'll never get bored during your stay. TIP: Try and swing for a room near the harbor or you're looking at a long walk to the main lobby.
3 Hard Rock Hotel at Universal Orlando
This gorgeous property -- its opulent exterior was inspired by the manse on the cover of the Eagles' "Hotel California" album -- has an absolutely phenomenal pool. Its Velvet Bar makes a killer cocktail. It is home to both the Kitchen (imagine an intimate meal in a music legend's home….) and the Orlando outpost of the Palm steakhouse. And, oh yeah, world-famous acts play there regularly. Add to this all the perks of staying at a Universal deluxe on-site, not the least of which include early park admission and Universal Express Unlimited ride access, which means you can jump to the front of the lines as many times as you like, and you may well be sold on the "party like a rock star" way of vacationing.
2 Loews Royal Pacific Resort at Universal Orlando
Like all of Universal Orlando Resort's deluxe on-site properties, guests at the Loews Royal Pacific enjoy early park admission to the Wizarding World of Harry Potter every day -- and just about any Universal regular or local will tell you: early admission really counts! Additionally, water taxi service to CityWalk is both convenient and relaxing. You may also take the transport to any of the other deluxe properties to explore and enjoy their dining options. Immersive Polynesian is likely to lower you blood pressure on sight. If not, cocktails at the Orchid Court Lounge & Sushi Bar will get you all the way there.
1 Hyatt Regency Grand Cypress
Lake views, Disney convenience, 45 holes of golf and a 21-acre lake with all kinds of watersports make this Hyatt property the sort that goes from business to pleasure in as much time as it takes for you to trade sensible shoes and a Bluetooth for Mickey ears and flip-flops. Expert on-site meeting planners will make any hotel-driven functions flow smoothly and sustainable practices will make the boss and bottom line happy, as well. Group rates for golf and other activities make team-building affordable and a full-service FedEx Office business center and complimentary wireless high-speed Internet access mean neither hard copy nor email will escape the business traveler's grasp.
About Sarah Sekula
When Sarah's not zigzagging around the planet — swimming with sea lions in the Galapagos Islands, scaling glaciers in Iceland or roaming through remote jungles in India — she's writing about her adventures, the environment, fitness, health/wellness, extraordinary people and social injustice issues.
Sarah's written for USA Today, ISLANDS, Sherman’s Travel, Caribbean Travel & Life, Cayman Airways Skies, American Eagle Latitudes, Orlando Sentinel, abcnews.com, Where Orlando, Where First Coast, nileguide.com, tripatlas.com, Upscale and Wild Blue Yonder.
She's also an editor and photographer, and has a strong background in public relations. She has a real knack for rounding up facts, making deadlines, project-juggling, storytelling, and wiggling her ears (which she claims hasn’t come in handy yet).
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