Check in with the whole fam at Kimpton's Goodland Hotel in Santa Barbara. Courtesy of @thegoodlandsb)

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 and 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.

Northern California

Claremont Club & Spa, Berkeley

Not only will humans will greet your dog with enthusiasm when you arrive at the gorgeous and historic Claremont Club & Spa, a historic inn nestled in the Oakland Hills, but a cute little playmate will, too. Edie, a happy-go-lucky boxer mix, serves as the resort's canine ambassador, greeting fellow pups on weekdays in the lobby. Like the rest of the staff, Edie wears a name tag with her email address where you can get in touch. You can also follow her daily adventures on Instagram. There's no doubt your dog will enjoy the luxury that Claremont has to offer, from high-end dining (including dog biscuits made by the executive chef) and panoramic views of the San Francisco Bay. The Bay Area landmark is more than 100 years old, built during the California Gold Rush, and offers a great homebase for exploring the bay. // $100 pet fee; 41 Tunnel Rd. (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, a welcome basket with gourmet treats, special areas where you can dine with your pup, and many dog-friendly rooms with ocean views and fireplaces, including the property's most luxurious suite, 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 Park, an off-leash dog beach. 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. // $25 fee per pet, per night. Maximum of two pets per room. 7751 CA-1 (Little River),

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 including a housemade treat and a welcome letter from the pet concierge—yep, you read that right—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 in the Club Room and on the heated patio at Peter B's Brewpub. The hotel also provides a complete list of pet-friendly activities on the peninsula, including Monterey State Beach and Del Monte Beach nearby. // $50 first night pet fee, $25 for additional nights ($100 max); 2 Portola Plaza (Monterey),

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 whipped potatoes—as well as dog beds covered with a Microfiber fabric, as well as an on-site friend, Roxie the Ranch Dog. Humans will also enjoy the resort's amenities, including on-site golf, numerous pools, a honey bee program, and mountain-top yoga. Miles of hiking trails nearby will be fun for the whole family. // $150 pet fee; 1 Old Ranch Rd (Carmel-by-the-Sea),

Cypress Inn, Carmel-by-the-Sea

Cypress Inn, in the charming seaside town of 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 has been co-owned by Doris Day and Dennis Levett for more than 20 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 pet fee per night; 407 Mirada Rd. (Half Moon Bay),

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, including a a lovely stroll along the Moonstone Beach Boardwalk (dogs must be on leash) just next to the hotel. // $15 pet fee per night; 6276 Moonstone Beach Dr. (Cambria),

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, including a director of pet relations. Unlike most hotels, you can leave your (well-behaved) Fido in the room unattended, and 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 wine during the daily social hour. Rent longboards for the day—Goleta Beach and Stearns Wharf are just a short jaunt away. // 5650 Calle Real (Goleta),

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. Opening in 2014 in the historic 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 been central to the revitalization of the downtown area, is proudly dog-friendly, making it an apt choice to explore the city with your friend. 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 Upstairs or take a dip in the heated pool. // $25/night per pet under 25lbs; 929 South Broadway (L.A.),

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, bowls, 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). // $100 pet fee per stay for two dogs up to 35lbs; 4000 Coronado Bay Rd (Coronado),

San Francisco

Hotel Nikko

This popular, modern hotel has its very own pupper, Buster, who fulfills the role of COO (Canine Operating Officer), greeting guests upon arrival. You can even call the front desk anytime and see if he's 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. The fee here to bring your pooch (50 pounds or under) is $50 per night. // 222 Mason St. (Union Square),

Inn at the Presidio and Lodge at Presidio

Both the 22-room Inn at the Presidio, opened in 2012, and the newly opened Lodge at the Presidio are dog-friendly. The sister properties, formerly officer barracks at the end of the 20th century, welcome pups for a fee of just $40. Your dog can have the run of the property, 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. // 42 Moraga Ave (Presidio),

Galleria Park Hotel

A historic property run by Joie de Vivre, Galleria Park recently underwent major renovations and has a package fit for the traveling pup. For $75 per stay, your dog will be welcomed with a plush bed, bowls for water and food, Beastro Bones, and a treat collection from Paw Patch Pastries, a boutique SF dog bakery that specializes in all-natural delectables. This hotel also features a dog run on the third floor, meaning you won't have to venture out in the heart of downtown to do the deed. // 191 Sutter St. (Union Square),

The Buchanan

This trendy new 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, there's a pet ambassador available for all their needs. The Kimpton-run property also lets you leave your dog in the room while you're gone so long as they're well-behaved—a major perk—or they can coordinate dog sitters. Several parks are nearby if you're looking to take a stroll. // 1800 Sutter St. (Japantown),

Argonaut Hotel

The Argonaut has been a classic SF stay for tourists since it was constructed in 1907, given 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 (for a fee of $75 per stay). 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. // 495 Jefferson St (Fisherman's Wharf),