Not all "pet friendly" hotels are created equal. While some just allow pets, others set themselves apart by really putting "friendly" in pet friendly. We've done some digging to uncover the best of the best for pet friendly hotels in North Carolina. Among the things we looked at were pet fees, number and types of pets allowed, pet amenities, and overall pet friendly vibe.
1. Atlantis Lodge at Atlantic Beach
Overlooking the Atlantic Ocean, Atlantis Lodge allows guests to experience the sights, sounds, (and smells) of the majestic seas with their pets by their sides. Atlantis Lodge in Atlantic Beach is a pet's paradise! They don't just allow pets, they welcome them with open arms. Both dogs and cats are welcome with no weight limits or breed restrictions! Up to 2 pets/suite are allowed and the pet fees are low - $15/pet night. Also, the pet amenities are off the charts, including pet sheets, cookies, poop scoops and bags, as well as a dedicated dog park. However, the best pet amenity is Atlantis Lodge's breathtaking (dog friendly) beach. And it gets better! After romping in the sea and sand, pet guests can get cleaned up at the on-site pet washing station.
2. Kimpton Tryon Park Hotel in Charlotte
Experience an urban retreat with your pet at the pet-centric Kimpton Tryon Park Hotel in Charlotte. Just steps away from the plethora of pet friendly shops, breweries, and restaurants in downtown Charlotte, this hotel delivers just as much pet friendly-ness within its four walls. This boutique hotel is known for its exceptional pet program: At the Kimpton Tryon Park Hotel, pets always stay free, there is no pet deposit, and any number of pets are welcome regardless of how many, how large, what type kind and what type. Their motto is, "if your pet fits through the door, we'll welcome them in." When it comes to their pet amenities, they don't disappoint! Pet extras include plush pet-bed loaners in guest rooms, food, water bowls, and mats, as well as a concierge list of nearby pet friendly restaurants, parks, groomers and pet boutiques. In addition, they provide door hangers to alert other hotel guests and staff that your cat, dog, or other beloved pet is in the room. Courtesy bags are also provided for guests who are walking their dogs. Plus, there's a nightly wine reception where pets are welcome to join the party!
3. Kimpton Cardinal Hotel in Winston-Salem
The extraordinarily pet welcoming Kimpton Cardinal Hotel resides in the historic R.J. Reynolds building, which was inspired by the Empire State Building. Its vibe is best described as a combination of southern manners with a modern flair. Step outside and you and your furry sidekick can explore downtown Winston-Salem’s thriving arts scene, as well as many shops and outdoor restaurants that welcome furry visitors. Just like all other pet-centric Kimpton hotels, the Cardinal Hotel rolls out the red carpet for its pet guests. There is no pet fee, no breed or weight restrictions, and any number and type of pets are welcome. And once again, in true Kimpton form, pet amenities abound! Snuggly pet beds, pet bowls and mats, dog waste bags, and “pet in room” door hangers are provided for pet guests. Upon check-in guests are given a concierge list of nearby pet friendly places and services. In addition, in the afternoons, your pet can join you in the lavish lobby for sweet tea and cheese straws, and in the evenings, enjoy wine hour with your pet by your side.
4. DoubleTree by Hilton Asheville - Biltmore in Asheville
Guests will find the DoubleTree by Hilton Asheville - Biltmore is perfectly situated in the historic district and located right across the street from the bustling Biltmore Village, with its many pet friendly shops and restaurants. Hiking trails for sniffing and exploring are also nearby, along with the Blue Ridge Parkway in Asheville, which provides an up-close view of the southern mountains. At the DoubleTree by Hilton Asheville - Biltmore, large pets are welcome, up to 75 pounds each, and they receive a special treat at check-in. There are also special dog walking areas on the property, which are perfect places for your pup to stretch his legs and do his business. The accommodations include suites with separate bedrooms and more of the amenities that guests want to make them feel right at home. Many travelers find these options to be essential when they need a place to stay with their pooch for an extended time. All in all, the hotel has a modern, contemporary vibe in the center of a truly historic area.
5. Aloft Hotel in Raleigh
Catering to hip and trendy travelers and their pets, the Aloft Hotel in Raleigh is located directly across from the infamous Memorial Belltower, in the heart of North Carolina State University's campus. Another plus when it comes to location: it is also within walking distance to downtown Raleigh, with its many outdoor cafes, shops, and sightseeing tours where dogs can walk along and explore the area. Aloft hotels are known for their modern and vibrant atmosphere with a tech savvy flair, and this hotel lives up to that vibe. When it comes to pets, they are super dog friendly and are known for their Animals R Fun (ARF) programs, which allows dogs to stay free! Their pup guests can accompany their pet parents to the modern and stylish lobby, and they are greeted with a special bed, bowl, a bag of treats and complimentary toys for use during their stay. And, for fun off-site activities, the hotel's concierge provides a list of the dog friendly things to do in the area surrounding the hotel and in downtown Raleigh.
When you're in North Carolina, treat yourself and your pet to a great stay at any of these pet friendly hotels. You and your furry sidekick will be glad you did!