Epic Hotel Rating: 4.0 Pearls
The Epic is a pro at pampering -- doggie mats, bowls, and Yip-Yap breath mints come standard in the rooms booked for guests traveling with dogs. Pets can also get pedicures, a shampoo, toys, and one-hour daily walks as part of the Epic Pet Getaway package. Like all other Kimpton Group hotels, there is no cleaning deposit required, no hidden fees, and no restrictions on weight, size, or even type of pet -- cats, birds, turtles, and snakes are all welcome. Best of all, there are no off-limit areas for pets in the resort -- feel free to take Precious to the pool.
Loews Miami Beach Hotel Rating: 4.0 Pearls
Offering pet tags, bowls, and gourmet room-service treats -- for both pets and humans -- the Loews is an especially pet-friendly hotel. Leashes, collars, beds, scratching posts, pooper-scoopers, litter boxes, catnip, and rawhide bones are also available by request (and for a price). Located directly on the beach, the location is also perfect for walks on the boardwalk. There are no weight restrictions on pets -- unlike at most hotels -- but there is a one-time $25 fee, a two-pet maximum, and some off-limit areas around the hotel pool. Third-party pet-walking and -sitting information is provided at check-in.
The Westin Colonnade, Coral Gables Rating: 4.0 Pearls
To complement the Westin's coma-inducing Heavenly Beds, the hotel also provides the "Heavenly Dog Bed." In addition, the Westin has a welcome kit that includes food, water bowls, and floor mats. There's no fee to bring a pet, but you can't bring your pet to food and beverage areas, and pets must weigh less than 40 pounds.
Mayfair Hotel & Spa Rating: 4.0 Pearls
A pet-friendly hotel that targets couples, the Mayfair's Very Important Pets program provides pets with beds, lounging mats, cookies, and water bowls with bottled water. The fee is $25, or $50 if you bring more than two pets, and the weight limit is 50 pounds. The rooftop lounge next to the pool is off-limits, but the concierge can arrange pet-sitting services.
Mandarin Oriental, Miami Rating: 5.0 Pearls
The Mandarin offers dog bowls, water bowls, and pet beds, but restricts all animals to 25 pounds and requires a $200 deposit, although there are no fees. Specialized packages can include a date with a certified dog trainer, a playdate with a pet butler, or a copy of the book Marley & Me by Josh Grogan (which was filmed in Miami).
W South Beach Rating: 5.0 Pearls
Like all other W hotels, the W South Beach participates in the P.A.W. (Pets Are Welcome) program, which offers some great perks, including a pet tag, toy, and special pet snacks. There's even a pets' room service menu. The hotel's Whatever/Whenever requests can apply to pets as well as humans, and Wee-Wee pads, litter boxes, leashes, Bow Ow first-aid boxes and more can be requested day or night. However, this all comes at a price--there's a $25 per day fee on top of the one-time $100 cleaning fee (and pets must be under 40 pounds).