14 Dog-Friendly Hotels Down the California Coast
Road trippin' down south? Pack your pooch for the Ace Hotel in Downtown Los Angeles. (Courtesy of @acedtla)

14 Dog-Friendly Hotels Down the California Coast


We love a good road trip. The only thing better: hitting the open California road with our furry best friends. But as much as we love our pups, they can make trip planning a challenge. Sure, there's always Airbnb, but sometimes we want just a little more luxury. Luckily, more hotels are recognizing four-legged family members as beloved guests.

We've rounded up the ultimate dog-friendly stays down the coast, from Mendocino to San Diego, only selecting the properties where our pups will get the royal treatment as soon as their paws strut through the lobby. Save this list for your next adventure—and don't forget to pack the treats.

Need to stay closer to home? We've updated this list with San Francisco staycation spots that welcome the whole furry family.

Dog-Friendly Hotels in Northern California

Claremont Club & Spa, Berkeley

Not only will humans greet your dog with enthusiasm when you arrive at the gorgeous and historic Claremont Club & Spa, an inn nestled in the Berkeley Hills, but a cute little playmate will, too. There's no doubt your dog will enjoy the luxury that Claremont has to offer, from high-end dining and panoramic views of the San Francisco Bay. The Bay Area landmark is more than 100 years old, and offers a great homebase for exploring the bay. // $49/day pet fee; 41 Tunnel Rd. (Berkeley), fairmont.com/claremont-berkeley

Little River Inn, Mendocino

Pets are more than welcome at this historic, family-run hotel on the Mendocino Coast, complete with on-leash walking areas, special areas where you can dine with your pup, and many dog-friendly rooms with ocean views and fireplaces, including one of the property's most luxurious suites, Rosie's Cottage. While the hotel doesn't allow you to leave your pet in the room unattended, Mendocino is as dog-friendly as you can get. Don't miss Noyo Beach's off-leash dog area. If you do need to go it on your own, you'll find pet sitting at At Last Farm Dog Day Camp, a nearby working, organic farm in Mendocino. // $30 fee per pet, per night. Maximum of two pets per room. 7751 CA-1 (Little River), littleriverinn.com

Portola Hotel & Spa, Monterey

This well-located hotel in the heart of downtown Monterey, near Fisherman's Wharf, prides itself on welcoming furry family members and making their stay as relaxing as your own. Upon arrival, you'll receive a slew of welcome amenities, and your pup is sure to enjoy the luxurious beds. While dogs aren't allowed in rooms alone, you can bring them with you to dine on the patio at Jacks Monterey and Peter B's Brewpub, both of which offer gourmet "Bark Bowls" made just for them. The hotel also provides a complete list of pet-friendly activities on the peninsula, including Monterey State Beach and Del Monte Beach nearby. // $50 per pet per night ($150 max); 2 Portola Plaza (Monterey), portolahotel.com

Carmel Valley Ranch, Carmel Valley

There are 500 acres for Rover to explore at Carmel Valley Ranch, a luxurious resort in the heart of Carmel Valley. Dogs can enjoy room service—with items like a beef marrow bone, chicken and rice, and ground beef with mashed potatoes—as well as provided dog beds. Humans will also enjoy the resort's amenities, including on-site golf, numerous pools, a honey bee program, and hilltop yoga. Miles of hiking trails nearby will be fun for the whole family. // $150 pet fee; 1 Old Ranch Rd (Carmel-by-the-Sea), carmelvalleyranch.com

Cypress Inn, Carmel-by-the-Sea

Cypress Inn, in quaint-as-can-be Carmel-by-the-Sea, is arguably the most iconic of the dog-friendly hotels along the California coast. Located just a short walk to Carmel Beach—where pups can run free—this elegant hotel is a historic landmark that opened in 1929 and was co-owned by the late Doris Day and Dennis Levett for more than 30 years. The hotel goes above and beyond to care for pets, and though you can't leave them in the room, they provides a list of approved sitters you can call any time. // $30/night pet fee for one pet, $50/night for two pets, $70/night for three pets ; Lincoln & 7th St (Carmel), cypress-inn.com

Cambria Shores Inn, Cambria

Situated in the charming seaside village of Cambria in San Luis Obispo County, Cambria Shores Inn is the perfect place for you and your canine companion to explore the beauty of the Central Coast. The modern property gives special attention to puppy guests, including a doggy welcome basket, recommendations for dog-friendly restaurants, and proximity to endless outdoor activities and the lovely Moonstone Beach Boardwalk (dogs must be on leash) just next to the hotel. // $20/night fee per dog; 6276 Moonstone Beach Dr. (Cambria), cambriashores.com

Dog-Friendly Hotels in Southern California

Kimpton Goodland, Goleta

You can never go wrong at a Kimpton hotel, among the most dog-friendly chains around. In Goleta, the boutique Goodland hotel offers over-the-top treatment of furry guests. Unlike most hotels, there's never an extra charge for a pet to stay. The Goodland, a picturesque SoCal stay is a treat for humans and dogs with poolside cocktails, beach-chic accommodations, and free beer and wine during the daily social hour. Rent longboards for the day—Goleta Beach and Stearns Wharf are just a short drive away. // 5650 Calle Real (Goleta), thegoodland.com

Ace Hotel, Los Angeles

If you want to take the pooch to one of the hottest hotels in Southern California, look no further than the Ace Hotel in downtown Los Angeles. Opened in 2014 in the United Artists building which was built in 1927, the property has been completely restored to uphold its historic beauty while offering the trendiest modern amenities. The Ace, which has been central to the revitalization of the downtown area, is proudly dog-friendly, making it an apt choice to explore the city with pup in tow. And it's not just the lobby and rooms that are pet-approved, the Ace takes it a rare step further to allow them on the rooftop, where you can indulge in cocktails and and snacks at the bar. // $25/nightpet fee (2 pets max); 929 South Broadway (L.A.), acehotel.com/los-angeles

Loews Coronado Bay Resort, San Diego

The Loews Coronado Bay Resort is situated on a private 15-acre peninsula offering views of the ocean, luxury rooms, three heated pools, and a hot tub spa. Featured in National Geographic's The Dog Lover's Guide to Travel, the Coronado gives each dog a goodie bag—including a shiny new tag, bowl, and a treat—and offers guides to dog walking route as well as extra creature comforts (bedding, leashes, collars, and even gourmet room service menus). // $150 pet fee per stay, 2 dog per room limit ; 4000 Coronado Bay Rd (Coronado), loewshotels.com/coronado-bay-resort

Dog-Friendly Hotels in San Francisco

Hotel Nikko

This popular, modern hotel has its very own puppers, Buster and Beau, who fulfill the role of COO (Canine Operating Officer), greeting guests upon arrival. You can even call the front desk anytime and see if they're free to hang out with you. That's right, puppy cuddles on demand. He's also available to play with traveling dogs who need to get their energy out—including on the hotel's rooftop grassy dog run. // $50/night pet fee for dogs 50 pounds and under, $150 refundable cleaning deposti for all guests with pets; 222 Mason St. (Union Square), hotelnikkosf.com

Inn at the Presidio and Lodge at Presidio

Both the 26-room Inn at the Presidio and the Lodge at the Presidio are dog-friendly. The sister properties, formerly officer barracks at the end of the 19th century, welcome pups for a fee of just $40. Your dog can have the run of the property (except the breakfast room), including the picturesque porch with rocking chairs. The best part of this stunning location? Its proximity to Crissy Field, where happy dogs run free on the beach. // $40 pet fee; 42 Moraga Ave (Presidio), presidiolodging.com

Hotel Kabuki

Hotel Kabuki in Japantown is a lovely stay for the traveling pup. Located within fetching distance of the dog-friendly Fillmore District's shops and dining and midway between twin parks Lafayette and Alamo Square, this is an ideal homebase for not just Fido, but the whole family. // $75 pet fee; one 30lb or under dog per room; 1625 Post St (Japantown), jdvhotels.com

The Buchanan

This trendy boutique hotel in Japantown rolls out the red carpet for doggos, never charging a pet deposit or extra fee and always making sure to greet them by name. In addition to giving out food bowls and dog beds, they can coordinate dog walkers and vet services. Several parks are nearby if you're looking to take a stroll. //1800 Sutter St. (Japantown), thebuchananhotel.com [Note: Hotel Buchanan remains temporarily closed due to Covid-19.]

Argonaut Hotel

The Argonaut has been a classic SF stay since it was constructed in 1907, thanks to its proximity to Fisherman's Wharf and its views of the Golden Gate Bridge. It's a hotel fit for the whole family, even Rover. Given the Argonaut's location near Pier 39, this is a great spot to situate yourself for exploring the city and taking your furry friend on nearby adventures at the SF Maritime National Historical Park and Fort Mason. // $75 pet fee, $100 cleaning fee for stays seven days and longer;495 Jefferson St (Fisherman's Wharf), argonauthotel.com

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