Canine-friendly hotels abound in San Francisco, but those in the Kimpton chain rate especially high with experienced DogTrekkers. Kimpton kicked off the dog-friendly lodging craze more than a decade ago and pampers pooches with in-room beds, bones, bowls and other amenities at all nine of its San Francisco properties. Some even keep a “director of pet relations” on staff. Best of all, there’s never an extra charge for canine visitors.
If you don’t have the kibble for Kimpton, consider the Ocean Park Motel, a streamline, modern jewel with ship-shape rooms, a grassy courtyard, a romantic hot tub—and free parking. There’s lots of history at this 1936 landmark in the Sunset District, but what’s best for dogs is a location just two blocks from Ocean Beach and adjacent Fort Funston, a leash-free canine playground that ranks as ranks as one of the premier dog hangouts in the city.