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No Ruff-Housing it on Vacation in Savannah: The City's Pet-Friendly Hotels Offer Luxurious Digs for Four-Legged Traveling Companions



Savannah is known as the “Hostess City of the South,” and nowhere is that motto more evident than in the way the city treats its four-legged friends. From the constant stream of dogs frolicking in Forsyth Park to the many restaurants that welcome pets in their outdoor dining areas, Savannah is a city that prizes its pets. Even many of the city’s hotels open their doors to furry visitors, providing their animal guests with special accommodations. Planning ahead is essential when booking a pet-friendly Savannah hotel. Many hotels have a limited number of rooms designated for pets, and some require vaccination information upon arrival. With a little pre-planning, your pet will enjoy his or her vacation accommodations just as much as you. The ultra hip and affordable Thunderbird Inn is one of the most pet-friendly hotels in the city, boasting special beds and other goodies for visiting pets. The Kimpton Brice Hotel also greets its animal guests with a host of goodies to make their stay special. Those traveling with big dogs may want to consider the Staybridge Suites Historic District, which accepts pets up to 80 pounds. If you and your pet are looking for quaint accommodations, then be sure to check out the city’s pet-friendly bed and breakfasts, including the Foley House Inn, the Forsyth Park Inn and the Catherine Ward House. Several hotels outside the Historic District also have liberal pet policies, among them the Homewood Suites by Hilton Savannah and the La Quinta Inn Savannah Midtown.

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The Homewood Suites by Hilton Savannah is the perfect choice for travelers looking for pet-friendly accommodations outside the Historic District. The hotel allows pets up to 50 pounds in its spacious suites for a nonrefundable fee. Located just 4 miles from Downtown Savannah, the Homewood Suites features 106 apartment-style, one- and two-bedroom suites that boast separate living rooms and fully equipped kitchens, among other amenities. The hotel is located in the heart of Midtown Savannah and is a short walk or drive to a grocery store that sells pet food and supplies. If you're unable to make it to the supermarket, the hotel even offers a complimentary grocery shopping service.

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If your dog likes a room with a view, then indulge him or her with a stay at the Bohemian Hotel Savannah Riverfront. Many of the hotel's rooms overlook the Savannah River, and the Bohemian has easy access to River Street, the perfect spot for an afternoon walk. The hotel permits dogs up to 60 pounds for a nonrefundable fee; the fee is waived for service dogs. The Bohemian's pet policy isn't the only reason why guests love the chic hotel. The hotel boasts tailor-made furnishings, comfortable pillow-top mattresses, flat-screen LCD high-definition televisions and wifi. The lobby and dining areas feature eye-catching wooden elements and brickwork, along with stunning artwork. The hotel's bar, Rocks on the Roof, has one of the best views in town and is the perfect spot to grab a drink and watch the sun set.

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The Westin Savannah Harbor Golf Resort & Spa
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Golfers and spa-goers aren't the only guests who will enjoy their stay at the Westin Savannah Harbor. Dogs under 40 pounds can also enjoy the resort's many amenities. For a nonrefundable fee, the Westin accommodates dogs in select rooms and even provides their four-legged guests with a Westin Heavenly Dog Bed, pet welcome kit, and food bowl and mat upon request. The resort, which boasts an unobstructed view of Downtown Savannah, an 18-hole golf course and an award-winning spa, is just a short drive or ferry ride from the Historic District. While pets will be right at home in their luxurious digs, their human companions will appreciate the Westin's signature Heavenly Beds and Baths, 42" flat panel LCD televisions and high-speed internet access. When it's time for a walk, guests can simply head outside and exercise their pooch on the resort's beautiful riverfront grounds.

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So your dog's a little big boned? No need to worry about finding a room to accommodate him or her. The Staybridge Suites Historic District accepts pets up to 80 pounds for a nonrefundable fee (the rate depends on the number of days you're staying). The hotel's studio suites are perfect for pet owners who need a little extra room for their four-legged friends. Each suite features a full kitchen, along with wired and wireless internet service, an ergonomic work desk and a 32-inch flat screen TV. Restless dogs will appreciate the hotel's proximity to Emmet Park, an expansive green space overlooking the Savannah River.

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Your pet deserves nothing but the best, so why not book a room for him or her at Savannah's chicest hotel, the Mansion on Forsyth Park? The hotel, which is housed in a converted Victorian Romanesque mansion, accepts pets up to 40 pounds for a nonrefundable fee. You and your pet will be given accommodations on the hotel's first floor, which allows for easy access to Forsyth Park, a dog-friendly, 30-acre park just across the street. While your dog enjoys living in the lap of luxury, you can relax and take advantage of the hotel's full-service spa, outstanding restaurant, swanky bar, swimming pool and fitness center. The hotel's 126 rooms boast luxurious bedding, flat screen televisions, wifi and upscale furnishings, making it the perfect spot for discerning pet owners.

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Well-behaved dogs are invited to join their human companions at the Catherine Ward House, a historic inn in the city's Victorian District. For a small, nonrefundable fee, guests and their pets may stay in the inn's Hibernian Room or Jessica Room, two beautifully appointed rooms that have their own bathrooms and fireplaces. The inn receives high marks for its hearty, complimentary breakfast, which is served each morning in the dining room, and its innkeeper and staff , who go out of their way to make guests and their pets feel at home. The inn is located just half a block from Forsyth Park, a dog-friendly, 30-acre park that's always teeming with four-legged playmates for your pooch.

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Forsyth Park Inn


The Forsyth Park Inn is the perfect spot for pet owners looking for privacy in a lovely setting. The inn has special accommodations for guests and their pets in the Courtyard Garden Cottage, which features a bedroom with a queen-sized bed, bathroom, living room, kitchen and private deck. Up to three pets of any weight can stay in the cottage for a small, nonrefundable fee. The inn faces Forsyth Park, a 30-acre park with plenty of green space for dogs who like to frolic. The inn itself, housed in an 1893 Queen Anne Victorian mansion, features beautiful woodwork and parquetry flooring, high ceilings and a grand staircase. The inn offers a delicious complimentary breakfast in the mornings and hors d'oeuvres in the evenings.

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The Kimpton Brice Hotel


Your pets will enjoy staying at the Kimpton Brice Hotel just as much as you do. The charming, historic 145-room hotel, located in Downtown Savannah, allows pets to stay free. Upon your arrival, pets receive their very own beds and food dishes, along with a complimentary organic treat and dispenser. The hotel is located right next to Emmet Park and Washington Square, two nice, grassy areas that are perfect for dog walks. Pet owners will also enjoy their stay, which offers amenities such as 32" LCD televisions, wifi and work desks.

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Savannah's hippest hotel is also the most pet friendly. Upon arrival, pets and their owners are provided with custom Thunderbird Inn pet beds, stainless steel dishes and a mat, bottled water, gourmet pet treats, a souvenir Thunderbird Inn pet tag and a supply of "Doggie Business Bags," along with maps of Downtown Savannah that include designated pet-friendly restaurants, cafes and comfort areas. Pet guests are charged a small, nonrefundable fee, and the maximum allowed weight is 50 pounds per pet. Human guests will enjoy the Thunderbird Inn's spacious rooms and suites, which boast TVs with HBO, black-out drapes, spacious bathrooms with spa-quality personal care amenities, kitchenettes or kitchen areas with a refrigerator, high-speed internet and more. The affordable hotel is convenient to all pet-friendly attractions in the Historic District.

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Can't find a hotel that will accept your extra large four-legged friend? The Foley House Inn, a romantic bed and breakfast located in the heart of the Historic District, has a liberal pet policy and takes pets of all sizes for a small, nonrefundable fee. The Foley House Inn staff goes out of its way to help pet owners navigate their vacations, providing special accommodations for pets in the inn's carriage house rooms and garden-level rooms. Pets aren't the only ones who receive royal treatment at the Foley House. Guests receive a complimentary Southern-style breakfast each morning, along with pastries throughout the day and appetizers and wine tastings in the evenings. The historic inn, which is housed in two adjoining 19th-century mansions and faces Chippewa Square, boasts 19 spacious rooms with elegant furnishings, large flat screen LCD high definition televisions, in-room fireplaces and wifi.

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