Travel Goes to the Dogs with These Pet-Friendly Toronto Hotels



As you are packing your suitcase, you might find that it gets heavier from time to time. Your pets sit on top, forcing you to deduct that they absolutely know the way the universe works. At the very least, they know that you are leaving. And they don't like it.

Although it may not be possible for every trip, traveling to Toronto does not require that you break the bond between you and your furry companions. Individual hotels vary, but these 10 would be more than happy to have you rest your head beside the true love of your life. Your pet will most definitely appreciate the high thread count sheets.

Some are very clear with the types of animals that they are happy to host. For example, Alt Hotel near the airport is willing to take well-behaved and well-trained dogs. I am sure they feel the same way about humans, but it's not as socially acceptable to put that statement in writing.

The Novotel Toronto Centre offers what they call a Royal Canine Welcome Kit, with treats, a frisbee, a leash and more. They have some perks for you as well, but it is nice to know that they treat your family with the respect that they deserve, even if your family is fascinated by the glory of their own tails.

Don't leave the love of your life behind. It is time to travel as a family again.

 

 

 



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The Fairmont Royal York
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Toronto has grown up around this regal hotel, built in 1929 and considered one of the finest landmarks in the city. Stay across from Union station and travel with your small dog or cat (up to 20 pounds), who can stay in style for an additional fee of $25 per day. They ask that you don't leave your pet alone in the room and place it on a leash or in a kennel in all common areas. Deluxe rooms are recommended if your pet is over 20 pounds. As pets are not allowed on every floor (there are some hypoallergenic floors) it is best to inquire in advance of availability. The location is ideal for a short stay in Toronto - you will be connected to the Underground Path and within walking distance of all the downtown attractions. Your dog's ears probably perked up with the words "walking distance."


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InterContinental Toronto Centre
Photo courtesy of InterContinental Hotel Facebook page

 

Check into this downtown hotel with your pooch and be close to all the live theatre in the Theatre District (although we can't guarantee that you can bring your dog to the theatre). Pets up to 50 pounds are welcome for an additional $50 per day charge plus a $50 one-time cleaning fee. The hotel has complimentary bag with dog treats, leash, brush, doggie towel and compostable bags. There is a pet-sitting service available as dogs cannot be unattended in guest rooms. Your pooch also has to stay on its leash throughout the hotel. The Intercontinental offers rooms that are fresh and modern, done up with luxurious bed linens and decor in neutral colours for a soothing ambience. There is also an excellent day spa and the elegant Azure serving excellent cuisine.


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The Delta Toronto is a hotel that is sandwiched between Toronto's Harbourfront and the hustle and bustle of downtown. Even though it is large (567 rooms), it feels like a little escape where you can take a breath and watch Lake Ontario from an unparalleled view. Directly connected to Toronto Convention Station, Union Station and the underground PATH, it is a downtown dweller's dream location. 2 pets are welcome to stay (max 23 kilograms each) and are asked to not be left unattended. A $30 additional cleaning fee will be added to your bill. Make sure to contact the hotel for details prior to your stay.


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Toronto Marriott City Centre Hotel
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If you like your baseball up-close and personal and you plan on seeing a Major League Baseball game, you must stay at the Marriott City Centre Hotel. The hotel was built into the Rogers Centre (formerly SkyDome), North America's first stadium with a motorized, fully retractable roof and home to the Toronto Blue Jays. Of the hotel's 348 rooms, 70 feature large opening windows that overlook the playing field at Rogers Centre, giving guests a bird's eye view of the game or concert taking place below. An added bonus is that this hotel allows your furry companions to enjoy the game as well. Pets are allowed for a charge of $50. Walk your dog around the Skydome. Keep your own health up with the attached gym and indoor pool. Two must-see Toronto attractions, the CN Tower and St. John Roundhouse/Steamwhistle Brewery are located just steps from the hotel.


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The Ritz-Carlton, Toronto
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The first Toronto entry from this luxury global hotel chain opened in February 2011 on the western edge of the financial district, offering guests an ideal base to explore both the city's downtown core and theatres. Pets are not excluded from the luxury: all rooms are potentially pet-friendly for an additional $150 per stay. In case you were thinking of bring your boa constrictor or snapping turtle, pets are limited to cats and dogs up to 30 pounds. Both residents and hotel guests at the Ritz have access to a wealth of luxurious human-friendly amenities while your pet enjoys the view from the room. The fifth-floor spa and fitness centre offer body treatments and training sessions, yoga, as well as professional hair and makeup services and a lap pool surrounded by views of the city. For even more luxury, club-level guests have access to a lounge where complimentary food and beverages are offered throughout the day.


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This 1400-room downtown hotel is extremely downtown. Meaning that if you are in the heart of the city you are never far from your new home. The centrepiece within the hotel is its indoor-outdoor pool, which gives families visiting Toronto the opportunity to enjoy a swim no matter the weather. A seasonal pool bar and comfortable lounge chairs invite guests to linger around the water. Comfortable suites provide space for families to spread out, with separate sleeping and living areas. Bring your dog, too. Pooches up to 40 pounds are welcome, and will be treated to a welcome pack and Sweet Sleeper doggy bed. Need a dog sitter? The hotel can help to connect you. When it's time to venture outside the hotel, families will appreciate winter skating at Nathan Phillips Square and many great restaurants at your doorstep.


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Alt Hotel Toronto Airport
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Admit it: when you are staying in an airport hotel, you are anticipating a little bit of drabness in the name of convenience. Alt Hotels' chic decor challenges that expectation and turns it on its head. If you have a long flight ahead of you with your canine companion, Alt Hotel is more than willing to help you to rest both of your heads. Dogs are welcome, as long as they are well-behaved and well-trained, for $30 per animal. Alt will provide a pet bed, water bowl and food bowl, as well as a leash (if required). Alt requires that your pet is fully supervised, so grab a gourmet meal in the lobby and watch All Dogs Go To Heaven in the room. Set your alarm clock to ensure you don't miss your flight the next day (if the call of nature doesn't wake up your travel companion before then).


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This European style hotel is perfectly situated for any business traveller staying in Toronto. It is also perfectly equipped for the dogs or cats in your life, and will permit 1 animal per room without any additional fees. There are perks as well: your dog will receive a Royal Canine welcome kit with treats, a Frisbee, food and water bowls, leash and scoop bags. Your cat will be greeted with the Novotel Pet Welcome Kit. You can leave your dog in the room and put up a "Friendly Pet Asleep" sign on the door to notify housekeeping (which might be wise if your dog takes the title of guard dog much too seriously). This hotel is ideally located near a parkette and within walking distance of the St. Lawrence Market, Harbourfront and Toronto Islands (a doggie playground). It is a fantastic value for an exceptionally comfortable hotel.


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Shangri-la hotel Toronto
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There is a whimsical look to the Shangri-La that warrants a second glance, even amidst the commotion of the busy location. University and King is one of the hubs of activity in Toronto and the Shangri-La keeps up, making their attention to detail appear effortless. Expect luxurious classiness at every corner, with everything from high tea to a Turkish fitness centre available onsite. The Shangri-La is excellent at providing top-notch service, such as nightly live music in the lobby to decadent chocolates in your room. It also provides opulence to four legged friends under 50 pounds. They do charge an extra $125 for cleaning fees. Pets must be in a crate when the cleaning staff comes by and on a leash in the hotel's common areas. If you need to leave your pet alone, ask the concierge for pet-sitting services.


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This twin-tower Lakeside hotel welcomes two dogs per guest up to 40 pounds for no additional fee. Larger dogs require pre-approval by management. Luckily, there is no weight requirement for humans. Upon entering this decadent lakeside hotel, you'll have to sign a pet waiver and keep your dog on its leash at all times. Rooms are done up with marble bathrooms and decadently comfortable beds, flat screen TVs and windows overlooking sparking Lake Ontario. Your dog may even get their own Westin Heavenly Dog Bed on request, as well as a complimentary doggie welcome kit filled with pet-friendly treats. A five minute walk brings you to Harbourfront and all its amenities. If your dog needs a good run, catch the ferry for Toronto Island where there are plenty of trails and green spaces.


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