A team of Oyster reporters spent weeks exploring 52 top hotels in and around Los Angeles, including Beverly Hills, Hollywood, and Santa Monica. We slept in the beds, lounged by the pools, ate in the restaurants, and even sampled the nightlife, all with an eye toward selecting the most distinguished properties. Here’s a list of our favorite pet-friendly hotels, where the four-legged are treated as well, if not better, than their two-legged masters.
At Hotel Palomar — part of the pet-friendly Kimpton chain — all types, shapes, and sizes of pets are welcome, and at no additional cost (some L.A. hotels tack on as much as $150 to the bill). Water bowls sit outside the front door, and pets can roam freely (though the restaurant and bar are off limits). Guests can order bowls and beds for the room, and the concierge can arrange just about any pet service, from a vet visit to a pet massage.
Peninsula is one of the best hotels in the city for pets as well as humans. The daily fee is low for Los Angeles, and dogs are provided with plush beds, monogrammed towels, water and treats. Dog walking, pet spa treatments, and pet room service (the pet menu includes a doggie burger made with half a pound of beef and vegetables) is available for an extra fee. There's no weight limit, so even bigger dogs can come to stay.
Under the Loews Loves Pets program, guests can bring any animal on vacation — a staffer claims a guest once brought a tiger — for an extremely minimal per stay fee. A tag, treat, and bowl of Fiji water greet visiting pooches in the room. The concerige can provide beds, leashes, collars, rawhide bones, catnip, litter boxes, pooper scoopers, and scratch poles for free. The pet room service menu includes chopped beef with eggs and brown rice, and the hotel suggests nearby walking routes, vets, and groomers.
The Fairmont, like the Palomar, doesn't charge for checking in with a cat or dog. A pet bed and water bowl will be waiting in your room, and doggie day care and pet massages can be arranged. Forget Purina. The pet room service menu includes New Zealand venison dog food and an 8-ounce filet of beef. For dessert? Peanut butter petits fours, organic frozen yogurt, and handmade truffles. Then head to the nearby Santa Monica Pier to walk off those extra calories.
Your pooch can eat better than you do at tony L'Ermitage, which has the most lavish — some might say ludicrous — room service menu we've seen. Choices include: tuna tartar, fois gras, and Osetra caviar with hard poached eggs. Toys, treats, bowls, litter boxes, and dog walking are all included in the one-time fee. Oh, your pet is picky about food? The hotel will have the brand of your choice waiting. As a rule, the hotel allows just cats and dogs, but exceptions can be made for other furry friends.
Pups will love the off-the-leash dog park next door to Sunset Tower. Guests may be less crazy about the $100 cleaning fee. Still, the hotel provides beds, bowls, treats, and a guide to good walks in the area. The pet room service menu includes a chopped sirloin cheeseburger with carrots, grilled boneless chicken, and New York strip steak served rare (and oh yeah, dog food). The hotel welcomes only dogs and cats as a rule, but they'll make exceptions if you ask in advance — like for the penguins from the San Diego Zoo that were Emmy presenters.
At this all-suites hotel, guests can bring multiple pets for a one-time fee, and no weight limits apply. Furry guests will have a bottle of "dog beer" (really beef broth in a bottle) waiting for them in their room. The hotel keeps water bowls at different entrances, and in-room bowls and treats are available upon request.
Dogs and cats no bigger than 30 pounds are welcome for free (one pet per guest), though guests have to put down a hefty deposit at check-in. Housekeeping can provide a sleeping mat, bowl, and cookies for pets, and room service offers pet goodies like Purina Kitten Chow dry cat food and filet mignon, braised beef, or grilled-chicken flavored dog food, reasonably priced and down-to-earth compared to the Osetra caviar on the pet room service menu at L'Ermitage.