The Best for Pets: Traveling Made Easy in Dog-Loving Seattle



Traveling with your pet can be a hassle at times, but touching down in a canine-crazy city like Seattle should come as a welcome surprise to weary travelers simply wanting a place to crash with their pooch. With the pet-positive attitude here, it’s easy to find an enjoyable, low-stress experience at many of Seattle's welcomin hotels. (Forget about securing expensive kennel reservations and worrying about whether your pets will get the attention and care they need.)

A couple of low-frills, near-airport examples include the Residence Inn Seattle South / Tukwila and the Homestead Studio Suites Seattle South center Tukwila. More lavish digs accepting of pets include all the Kimpton Hotels, the Sorrento Hotel downtown or the waterfront Edgewater Hotel. Any of these and numerous other pet-friendly hotels offer everything you and your pet need for a comfortable stay. Many offer services such as pet sitting and dog walking, while some even provide directions to parks and trails on their websites, as well as recommendations for nearby boutique treats.

The Kimpton Hotels are famously accepting of furry friends; many even have their own four-legged "Directors of Pet Relations" who greet guests at the front door. Other perks range from pets being able to join the nightly complimentary wine reception to hotels providing amenities and extras like plush pet-bed loaners for the guest room, plus food, water bowls and mats.



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The Charter Hotel Seattle
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A brand-new downtown hotel encourages guests "to adventure, to go forth and explore" by offering maps and curated itineraries as suggested by "Seattle's most in-the-know tastemakers." Highlights at The Charter Hotel Seattle, Curio Collection by Hilton, include luxury guest rooms, an indoor-outdoor rooftop lounge (Fog Room) and Argentine-inspired restaurant Patagōn. The Charter Hotel allows pets up to 75 pounds and provides pet beds, bowls and mats. (The front desk also keeps information sheets featuring local dog parks, pet supplies, dog-walking services and dog-friendly restaurants. There is also a pet fee of $75 per stay and guests are asked to sign a form outlining the hotel's policies.)


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Sheraton Grand Seattle


 

The 35-story-tall Sheraton Grand Seattle hotel, located within blocks of iconic Pike Place Market and the Seattle Waterfront, recently underwent a dazzling revamp. The redesign spans from the central hotel's guest rooms to the 32nd-floor Sheraton Club Lounge (which has doubled in size and features a panoramic view of the city and Puget Sound). Nestled within the newly renovated lobby of the hotel, find a modern Starbucks experience that celebrates the best of the Emerald City, described as "an intimate, lounge-like atmosphere [serving] up handcrafted, elevated coffees, including nitro taps and pour-overs." In addition, discover a chic Northwest beer and wine bar, fresh grab-and-go items, healthy snacks and Seattle-specific retail, along with other perks and amenities that celebrate the city that the hotel calls home. Guests love the top-level fitness center and pool, both boasting dazzling city views. Pets are welcome here, too (maximum one per room, weight restriction: 80 pounds).


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Care to emerge yourself in Seattle art without leaving your hotel? Hotel Max is your spot. There are more than 350 original works of art throughout this modern and hip boutique hotel. Of course, you'll want to head out at some point. A short walk takes guests either up to eclectic nightlife in the Capitol Hill neighborhood or to downtown landmarks and destinations. In addition to its art, Hotel Max is known for sincere and friendly service. Amenities include high-speed wireless internet, a 24-hour fitness center and room service provided by hotel restaurant Miller's Guild. Luxurious bedding comes complete with a pillow menu. The hotel is pet-friendly, with a maximum weight limit of 75 pounds and a fee of $45. Guests who arrive with furry friends, find their room amped up with a pet bed and bowls, plus other pampering perks and resources.


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Kimpton Hotel Vintage Seattle
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The hotel's beautifully redesigned boutique hotel accommodations have been transformed into urban havens "finessed with the style and substance of Washington wine country." Inspired by some of the region's most notable wineries, guestrooms combine vineyard hues of burgundy, taupe and green with sleek, contemporary furnishings. Despite any design changes, this Kimpton outpost continues to showcase an award-winning boutique ambiance and attentive service. Guests can still expect all the extras and amenities that enhance any Kimpton experience; expect pampering perks like complimentary coffee and a daily paper, access to 24-hour in-room dining and the latest in-room technologies such as flat-screen TV's and Wifi, yoga mats for you to use, such comforts of home as hairdryers, irons and ironing boards, 100%-cotton, oversized bath towels and a hosted wine reception every evening in the lobby, too.


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The Edgewater - A Noble House Hotel
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Seattle's only true waterfront hotel, this rustic-modern lodge on Elliot Bay was named "Best Hotel in Seattle" by CNBC in 2010. A favorite of traveling international rock bands playing Seattle in the 1960s and 1970s, the hotel actually juts over Elliot Bay on piers, and the Beatles fished right from its windows. Roughly half of the hotel's 223 rooms have stunning Olympic Mountain and sunset views; the remainder face the iconic Seattle skyline. Each room has its own gas fireplace and custom luxury bedding. Eco- and pet-friendly, the hotel has a boutique feel featuring eco-chic Pacific Northwest inspired items. While animals are welcome (with a weight max of 120 pounds), please note that a travel kennel will be required to house your pet. Other amenities include 24-hour fitness and business centers, room service, laundry and dry-cleaning services. Dining is available at the hotel's famed seafood restaurant Six Seven.


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Displaying its commitment to the arts, the Alexis Hotel features works of local artists in the masterfully curated "ArtWalk" space, and displays original pieces throughout the hotel. Located in a historic downtown building, the renovated luxury boutique hotel features 121 rooms. Named one of Travel + Leisure's Best 500 Hotels in the World, the Alexis boasts a variety of modern and sophisticated rooms meticulously designed to showcase classic and antique treasures.The hotel art walk is located on the main level of the hotel and features artwork rotated bi-monthly and selected by the adjacent Michael Birawer Gallery. Guests may also make use of the gym (with climbing wall and peloton bike!) or treat themselves to a spa treatment. The renovated Bookstore Bar & Café perfectly combines cozy and chic. Other draws include a nightly wine reception, child-oriented activities and and a pet-friendly policy without fees for size restrictions.


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Pan Pacific Seattle
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The Pan Pacific Seattle is one of the highest rated hotels in the city. Located in downtown Seattle, it is within long walking distance of popular attractions like Pike Place Market and the Space Needle as well as thriving South Lake Union and all its Amazon-centric venues. Guests adore the sleek, spacious rooms and bathrooms and praise modern amenities like flat-screen televisions, iPod docks and over-sized European tubs. While some guests find snacks and libations at The Lobby Bar, just as many recommend walking downstairs to eat at the nearby Whole Foods Market (or one of the dozens of neighborhood eateries!). Guests rave about the hotel's fitness center and spa, and enjoy using the convenient valet service, too.


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Palladian
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The newest addition to the Kimpton Seattle line-up, the Palladian hotel finds its home in a renovated, 97-room property located on the edge of Seattle's Belltown neighborhood (2000 2nd Avenue). Inside the historic 1910 building, the transformed hotel boasts "an edgy, masculine style and a touch of whimsy with celebrity-emblazoned lobby art, and a pillow in each room, including the regal-garbed likenesses of David Bowie, Leonardo DiCaprio, Tom Selleck, Dave Grohl and others." On-site culinary gem Shaker + Spear (which seats 65 and has a 12-person bar) features a seafood-centric menu paired with fresh, regional ingredients; items include Northwest favorites. Kimpton's dog-friendly policies and amenities reign here, too, making it a welcoming space for the entire family.


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Financial District


 

The Westin Seattle is a business-friendly hotel located in central Seattle, close to Westlake Center, Washington State Convention & Trade Center and Seattle Public Library. Additional points of interest include Pike Place Market and the recently-revamped Space Needle. Dining options at The Westin Seattle include a restaurant and a coffee shop/cafe. A bar/lounge is open for drinks. Room service is available 24 hours a day. Recreational amenities include an indoor pool, spa tub and fitness facility. This four-star property has a business center and offers small meeting rooms and meeting/conference room. Complimentary wireless Internet access is available in public areas. Find extra comfort draws here like the pillow-top mattresses and premium bedding. The best news for dog lovers? Pets 80 pounds and under are welcome at no charge.


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Kimpton Hotel Monaco Seattle
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Loyal guests laud this downtown boutique hotel where "fun and luxury unite in the heart of Seattle." Hotel Monaco is close to Pike Place Market, the waterfront, theaters, shops and other popular sites. Recognized by Fodor's as a "Top 100 Hotel in the World," Hotel Monaco keeps up the reputation for its "warm Kimpton Hotel hospitality, unique services and a vibrant style." Guests enjoy perks like a daily wine hour and kid-friendly services, plus proximity to the on-site venue Outlier, a vibrant restaurant-bar that features a wall-sized beer-can mural, sun-splashed patio, craft-focused cocktails and delicious, shareable bites. The 100 percent pet-friendly nature of the venue proves another major draw. Hotel Monaco loves its four-legged guests!


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