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 Castle Hotel
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 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
Located on International Drive, the Rosen Inn at Pointe Orlando offers easy access to theme parks, restaurants, shops and movie theaters. Complimentary shuttle services are offered to an array of theme park attractions, as well as the Rosen Shingle Creek Golf Course. The 1,020 rooms at the Rosen Inn at Pointe Orlando provide standard amenities like a high-speed Internet access, mini fridge, microwave, coffeemaker, alarm clock, hair dryer and 32-inch television. Late-night snackers will find the Little-Bite Mini-Market and Deli's 24-7 hours an especially nice convenience. Travelers with pets will be happy to know Fido can tag along, as well, for a small, additional fee.
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. The hotel offers complimentary airport and theme park shuttles to most major attractions. 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. The Wyndham Resort understands that your furry friends are a part of the family, and strives to be as pet friendly as possible, so that you never have to leave them behind.
5 Vista Cay Resort Orlando
With its high quality rental accommodations, resort style leisure amenities, and superb location, the Vista Cay Resort is the first choice for many of Orlando's repeat visitors. This exciting resort is situated just off International Drive on Universal Boulevard in the heart of the Orlando tourist area with the Orlando Convention Center within easy walking distance. A stunningly attractive Tuscan-themed gated community, it is set in over 1,500 landscaped tropical acres adjacent to beautiful Lake Cay, near enough to the action and yet far enough away to offer peace, quiet and a more refined and relaxed stay for visitors to Orlando. Pets are welcome at the Vista Cay Resort, with no additional fees.
4 Loews Portofino Bay Hotel at Universal Orlando
The Loews Portofino Bay Hotel offers its guests an extravagant European(-style) vacation without the hassle of transatlantic flights. And with far more roller coasters than you'll find on the Italian Riviera. This Four Diamond hotel boasts the luxurious, full-service Mandara Spa, myriad dining options and a water taxi that will to take you directly to Universal Studios as well as its nearby sister properties. Not enough perks? Guests receive a free Universal Express pass that makes waiting on lines a non-issue. With eight restaurants, three pools, an art gallery and many lovely boutiques, there's plenty to occupy your leisure time.
3 Hard Rock Hotel at Universal Orlando
Universal's Hard Rock Hotel is located close to Universal Studios, Islands of Adventure, and Wet N' Wild. A four star facility, the hotel has a variety of options for the discerning guest, and offers free theme park shuttle services. The Hard Rock Hotel complex has multiple dining and lounge options, including a poolside bar. After a long day at the parks, the Hard Rock's recreational amenities can be just the thing to relax. The hotel offers an outdoor pool, a children's pool, a health club, and full service spa. Complimentary wireless Internet access is available in public areas. Guests with pets are welcome, fees are US$ 25 per stay.
2 Loews Royal Pacific Resort at Universal Orlando
The Royal Pacific Resort Universal is in close proximity to some of the nation's most exciting attractions, including Universal Studios, the Magic Kingdom, Epcot Center, Animal Kingdom, Sea World, and Silver Springs. Guests of the hotel will enjoy many amenities, including special benefits at Universal Studios, such as priority seating at restaurants and the ability to bypass long lines. The hotel also features an outdoor swimming pool, a poolside bar and grill, a restaurant, a children's club, and a weekly luau. A very pet friendly hotel, the Royal Pacific charges a simple fee of US$ 25 per stay for guests with furry family members.
1 Hyatt Regency Grand Cypress
The Hyatt Regency Grand Cypress goes above and beyond when it comes to pets. With a lovely modern decor and extremely comfortable rooms, the Hyatt Place Hotel Orlando is sure to please any owner, and your four legged friend will enjoy specially designed pet beds and treats upon arrival. Take advantage of the endless selection of on-site activities including 45 holes of Jack Nicklaus Signature Design golf, a tennis and racquet club, a 21 acre lake with water sports, a 1/2 acre lagoon swimming pool with waterfalls and waterslides, and a children's programs with babysitting services. Guests intending to bring pets should contact the hotel at least 2 days in advance to make arrangements.
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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