Pendry San Diego / Photo: Danielle Kogan
So…your pup is coming with you to San Diego and you need a pet-friendly place to stay, preferably one with quick exits to the outdoors for you-know-what. There’s no end of choices in San Diego, whether you prefer to stay in the historic Gaslamp Quarter or somewhere closer to the beach.
On the no-fee end of the scale: Hotel Indigo in the red-hot Gaslamp Quarter is a Kimpton brand that never charges extra for pets. Elevator up to the Level 9 Rooftop Bar for cocktails with a view, ask about pet packages before you go and request a dog-friendly hiking/acitivties/attraction guide at the front desk.
The Kimpton Solamar and Kimpton Hotel Palomar likewise roll out the canine red carpet with no fees. Add to the no-fee list The Pendry, well located in the Gaslamp Quarter close to dog-friendly parks, restaurants and breweries; and the Hotel Andaz, billing itself as a “lifestyle boutique for the creative and progressive traveler.
At Hotel Republic San Diego, a new boutique property decorated in “California cool” style, dogs are welcome 24/7, while on Thursdays, you and yours can enjoy Yappy Hour with dog treats and homemade broth they call “puppy beer.” Ask about “pooch packages” with amenities for four-legged guests. Also centrally located, the Westin, Manchester Grand Hyatt and Hilton San Diego Gaslamp Quarter also welcome pets for a fee.
Looking for something a little more budget-friendly? No problem, dog-lovers. Tails wag happily at many Best Western, La Quinta, Hampton Inn, Comfort Inn, Hampton Inn, Motel 6 and other chain properties. Find DogTrekker.com’s listings here.
One suggestions for overnight travel with your pet: If you’re driving, BYO bedding and/or crate so your dog will feel more at home than she would sleeping on a provided dog bed loaded with unfamiliar smells. And if your dog is allowed on beds and furniture, please, please BYO sheet (or ask for one) to save deep-cleaning fees.