Our Local Experts' Top Pet-Friendly B&B's, Hotels, and Guesthouses in Key West

For a nation of pet-lovers, it certainly can be difficult to find a landlord what allows pets - let alone a place to stay when you’re traveling. Luckily, Key West knows that pets are part of the family, and the island is very pet-friendly. Restaurants like Blue Heaven, nine-one-five, Schooner Wharf, and Pepe’s all allow animals to join owners as they dine. However, a recent city ordinance may require restaurants to obtain a permit to do so. When Fido needs to get some exercise, head over to Higgs Beach or the Key West Dog Park, and when you’re looking for a place to bunker down, several hotels on the island are pet-friendly.

While some of the luxury hotels charge hefty deposit fees, there are a handful of hotels that welcome pets at no extra charge. Be aware that many will have guests sign a damage waiver and require that animals remain on a leash, and limitations on the size and number of furry friends permitted are fairly common. Hotels that welcome man’s best friend run the gamut – from high-end resorts to budget inns, charming B&B’s and guesthouses. Our local editors’ have outlined the 10 best lodging choices on the island for you and your pet.



As one of the cheapest digs in town, the Caribbean House is no-frills accommodations, but that doesn't mean it isn't a welcoming place to stay. It's pet-friendly, the brightly-colored rooms are tiny but very clean (each opens to a balcony), the...  Read More

Chelsea House Hotel - Key West


As one of the historic inns of Key West, the Chelsea House provides a charming, B&B stay for both humans and canines. Pet-friendly rooms are available with advance notice, but are subject to a $20 fee (a reasonable rate considering other hotels'...  Read More

Banana Bay Resort and Marina
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As one of the few lower-priced resort options on the island, Banana Bay is a popular choice among budget travelers seeking an upscale, tropical experience. It is one of the few, adults-only lodgings in Key West. All 34 guestrooms and one-bedroom...  Read More

Sheraton Suites Key West


This recently revitalized, all-suite hotel is located across the street from Smather's Beach, a popular place for water sports and recreation and a complimentary shuttle whisks guests away to Duval Street. Each suite is now furnished with...  Read More

Ambrosia Key West


This luxurious, yet affordable B&B offers both themed guestrooms and suites with private entrances to gardens and verandahs. Several room options are available including two-bedroom suites, cottages, and town homes with private patios and garden...  Read More

The Palms Hotel


The Palms Hotel is a landmark in the historic old town district of Key West, Florida and is surrounded by Conch architecture. The main house - built in 1889 - features lace-like gingerbread trim and large wraparound verandahs with...  Read More



At the Hyatt Key West Resort and Spa, all 118 rooms sport private balconies, flat screen televisions, and mini fridges, plus several hypo-allergenic rooms are available so allergy sufferers can get a good night's rest. Dine at the award-winning...  Read More



If Fido enjoys the lap of luxury, he will feel right at home at the four-diamond Westin Key West Resort & Marina. The resort welcomes dogs up to 40 pounds, so inform the staff in advance and they will provide a dog bed, food bowl and mat,...  Read More



This casual, yet upscale property boasts one of the larger stretches of sand in Key West, and a picturesque pier extending over the Atlantic. In-room amenities at The Reach, A Waldorf Astoria Resort include wireless Internet access, satellite...  Read More

DoubleTree Resort by Hilton Grand Key - Key West
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Although a short ways from the action, the Green Lodging-certified Double Tree Grand (a Hilton Resort) caters to guests by providing free transportation to and from the beach, Duval Street and the airport. There are 216 rooms at this resort with...  Read More


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