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9 Best Dog-Friendly Hotels in San Diego

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Pets quickly become members of the family, and leaving them behind when you go on vacation can feel wrong. Luckily, there are many pet-friendly hotels in San Diego and plenty of restaurants and cafes where well-behaved pups are welcome. You’ll even find lots of dog parks and beaches where pets can play on- and off-leash. In fact, San Diego has been rated among the most pet-friendly cities in the United States.

The best dog-friendly hotels in San Diego have not only great amenities for human guests, but also plenty of treats for non-human ones. While you soak up the sun, your pet could be relaxing on a luxurious pet bed, snacking on gourmet, locally-made treats, and enjoying room service with special dog- or pet-friendly dishes. Many hotels even provide concierge services just for pets.

I put together this list so your special pet can be a part of your next vacation. Whether your pet will go everywhere you do or mostly relax in your room while you’re out and about, these pet-friendly hotels in San Diego will take great care of everyone in your family.

Hotels in San Diego that Allow Dogs and Other Pets

Hotel del Coronado

Location: Coronado

A yorkie dog sits on a maroon pillow bed that says "Del Dog"
Photo courtesy of Hotel Del Coronado

The iconic Hotel del Coronado allows guests to bring two dogs of up to 40 pounds for an additional fee of $125 per stay in standard rooms or $200 per stay in suites or accommodations at their luxury enclave, Beach Village at The Del.

Your room will be prepared with all the creature comforts (special bedding, a crate if requested, delicious treats, and food and water bowls), and well-behaved dogs are welcome to stay in rooms unattended so you can sightsee solo.

Dog Beach, a popular Coronado beach, is less than one mile from the resort (you can walk). Dog walking, pet sitting, grooming, and veterinary services are close by.

Important reservation tips: If your stay falls between now and May 2020, please book into the Victorian building due to Main Pool renovation work near the Ocean Towers. Or, ideally, consider Beach Village at The Del.

If you’re considering a specialty suite at Hotel del Coronado, take a look at Beach Village at The Del as pricing can be similar.

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Loews Coronado Bay Resort

Location: Coronado

Loews Coronado Bay Resort Bay View Room
Coronado Bay View room

On its blog, Loews Coronado Bay Resort calls itself a pet paradise, and I don’t disagree. Guests can stay with two pets (dogs or cats) up to 40 pounds each for an additional fee of $150 per stay.

While pets can’t be left unattended in rooms, you can book pet sitters through the concierge. Every four-legged guest is welcomed with special gifts, including a signature pet tag, food and water bowls, and special treats.

Upon check-in, you will receive a detailed brochure with the gourmet pet room service menu and local dog-walking routes.

In your room, you’ll find specialized bedding, leashes, collars, rawhide treats, litter boxes (and litter), catnip, scratching posts, pooper scoopers, and everything else your pet needs to have a great time.

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Kimpton Hotel Palomar

Location: Downtown San Diego

The Kimpton Hotel Palomar in Downtown San Diego, like other Kimpton Hotel properties, is as pet-friendly as can be. They welcome not only dogs and cats, but also birds, reptiles, small mammals, and fish — all at no charge, and there’s no limit to how many pets you can bring.

The hotel’s posted pet policy is: “If your pet fits through the door, we’ll welcome them in.” Amenities for pets include plush pet beds, food and water bowls, mats, courtesy bags for walking your dog, and door hangers to let staff know there are pets in the room.

The concierge can provide a list of nearby pet-friendly restaurants, parks, groomers, and pet boutiques, and there’s a nightly wine reception at which pets are welcome.

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Manchester Grand Hyatt

Location: Downtown San Diego

A white fluffy dog laying down on a patio with a Sally's dog bowl nearby

This beautiful waterfront hotel in San Diego’s Marina district is a top choice for business travelers, but it’s also a lovely option for families looking for reasonably-priced pet-friendly hotels in San Diego.

You can bring two dogs with a combined weight of 75 pounds for an additional fee of $100 per 5 nights, and they may be left in the room unattended if they’re well behaved.

The Manchester Grand Hyatt welcomes pets onto its patios and into its signature seafood restaurant, Sally’s Fish House & Bar. There, four-legged guests are treated to a special ‘pupcake’ to help them feel at home.

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Hotel Indigo

Location: Downtown San Diego

This boutique hotel in the Gaslamp Quarter has a great rooftop bar, Aveda bath amenities, stylish rooms, and more — plus amenities for pets. Hotel Indigo welcomes both dogs and cats of any size for no additional fee and will outfit your room with fluffy pet beds, bowls, complementary pet food, and plenty of tasty treats.

When you want to get out and about, there are plenty of nearby restaurants that are dog-friendly, including Bub’s at the Ballpark and Breakfast Republic. 

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Hilton San Diego Bayfront

Location: Downtown San Diego

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This pet-friendly San Diego hotel is close to both the San Diego Zoo and dog-friendly hotspot Balboa Park. There’s also a four-acre park next to the Hilton San Diego Bayfront, which is convenient for early morning or late evening bathroom breaks, and the hotel’s outdoor seating areas are all pet-friendly.

You can bring up to two pets for an additional fee of $75 per stay, and while the hotel’s stated policy is that they must weigh in at less than 75 pounds, they will sometimes accommodate larger dogs if guests contact them in advance. 

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Sheraton San Diego Hotel & Marina

Location: Downtown San Diego

My daughter doing a cartwheel on the hotel lawn

When you’d prefer to stay in one of the dog-friendly hotels in San Diego near to the airport, the Sheraton San Diego makes a great home base. You can bunk with one pet of up to 40 pounds for an additional fee of $35 per day.

Dogs can’t be left unaccompanied in rooms at the Sheraton San Diego, but there are plenty of dog-friendly restaurants, pubs, and walking routes nearby. 

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Hilton San Diego Resort

Location: Mission Bay

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The Hilton San Diego Resort gives dog owners easy access to the running and walking paths all around Mission Bay Park.

The resort welcomes two dogs of up to 75 pounds in select rooms for a non-refundable pet charge of $100 for up to three days and then $25 for each additional night.

When you stay here with your pooch, you’ll be close to some of San Diego’s best-loved dog-friendly beaches, parks, restaurants, and cafes.  

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Empress Hotel

Location: La Jolla

Our rescued pit bull relaxing in a double room at Empress Hotel.

The Empress Hotel La Jolla is one of the best hotels in La Jolla from a value perspective, and they happily welcome two pets of up to 60 pounds each for an additional fee of $75 per stay. We have stayed here with our dog.

When you reserve a pet package, your room will be readied with a soft dog bed, bowls, a bag of treats, a Muttropolis gift card, access to Green Paw self-service dog wash, and a special welcome treat.

You’ll also be able to book dog walkers for daily 30-minute walks via, though there are many lovely places around the hotel where you can take a stroll with your dog on your own. 

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La Valencia

Location: La Jolla

Classic King Ocean Room at La Valencia Hotel and Spa La Jolla

Known as The Pink Lady, this iconic four-diamond La Jolla hotel has hosted Hollywood stars… and their pets. Guests may bring two pets — dogs or cats — of up to 40 pounds for an additional fee of $50 per night, and all furry guests are welcomed with soft pet beds, bowls, and treats.

La Valencia treats every pet like a VIP, but you can book the Very Important Pet experience if you want to give your pet some extra pampering. You’ll be able to dine outdoors with your pup with a $25 al fresco dining credit, and you’ll receive a welcome tote bag, a leash, a lightweight foldable dog water dish, a stylish VIP collar tag, and more.

Pets may be left unattended as long as the ‘Do Not Disturb’ sign is hung on the door.

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Estancia La Jolla

Location: La Jolla

All the rooms at the Estancia La Jolla are dog-friendly, and you can bring two dogs of any size or breed for an additional fee of $50 per stay.

The pet package at this popular La Jolla hotel includes a cushy dog bed and locally made grain-free Mutt Munchers peanut-butter treats from Muttropolis, and you can order in organic treats and other pet-friendly fare like scrambled eggs and steak tartare.

Estancia La Jolla is less than nine miles from Del Mar North Beach where dogs can romp off-leash. When you want to sightsee without your pup, the concierge can help you book pet sitting or walking services. 

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Park Hyatt Aviara

Location: Carlsbad

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This Carlsbad hotel, about 40 minutes north of La Jolla, offers five-star luxury for both people and pets. Park Hyatt Aviara allows guests to bring two dogs with a combined weight of up to 75 pounds for an additional fee of $150 per stay up to six nights.

First-floor rooms open out onto private patios that offer lawn access, which makes early morning and late-night puppy potty outings easier.

Request a dog welcome kit when you book, and your room will be outfitted with pet amenities like beds and bowls. Note that reservations including pets must be made at least three days in advance. 

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Four Seasons Residence Club Aviara, North San Diego

Location: Carlsbad

Spacious villas make Four Seasons Aviara one of the best San Diego family hotels.

This pet-friendly luxury San Diego hotel in the relaxed coastal neighborhood of Carlsbad offers guests the best in luxury living and welcomes both dogs and cats.

Four Seasons Residence Club Aviara allows guests to travel with one pet up to 75 pounds for an additional fee of $85 per stay in studios, $110 per stay in residences, or $195 per stay in two-bedroom units. Your pet will be welcomed with treats, beds, and bowls, and the pre-arrival concierge can stock your room with your pet’s favorite foods.

Reservations: Cadence is a Four Seasons Preferred Partner agency which means that we can book you in with additional value-added amenities and services. (I lived in a Four Seasons hotel, stay in them regularly, have written for Four Seasons Magazine, and can tell you in detail about nearly every property in their portfolio. This is how I book my own hotels.)

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West Inn and Suites

Location: Carlsbad

West Inn and Suites Carlsbad Hotel Dogs

This relaxed boutique hotel doesn’t have a weight limit for visiting pets, and guests traveling with pets are automatically placed in rooms on the ground floor. For an additional fee of $75 for one night or $150 for stays of two nights or more, West Inn and Suites welcomes both dogs and cats.

When you arrive, your pet’s name will be on the lobby’s welcome board, and your room will be outfitted with beds and bowls. There is a special Canine Cuisine room service menu with everything from burgers to shepherd’s pie prepared by the Bistro West restaurant (which has dog-friendly premises as well, should you want to dine out with your pooch).

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The most important thing you can do when booking a room at one of the pet-friendly hotels in San Diego is call ahead to confirm the availability of pet-friendly rooms during your stay. Most of the best dog-friendly hotels in San Diego do accept same-day bookings, but it’s best to pre-book. 

You probably noticed that most of the pet-friendly San Diego hotels on this list have policies that specifically mention dogs and sometimes cats, but not other pets. If you’re traveling with a bird, reptile, small mammal, or another type of pet, call the hotel directly to ask if they’ll welcome your pet. Some hotels are willing to make exceptions for caged pets.

Which are your favorite dog-friendly hotels in San Diego?

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