One of the most difficult things about staying at a hotel with your dog is figuring out where they can go potty. DogFriendlyTravel.com pack members Louie and Lawrence will go just about anywhere, but Madame Coco doesn’t like to pee while on a leash. She needs grass and a little privacy when nature calls. Fortunately, many California hotels are answering these needs by adding designated areas where dogs can take care of business. Here are our favorite California hotels with dog parks!
A Poo With a View
In a busy city like San Francisco, it’s sometimes hard to find a quiet, grassy area for your dog to go to the bathroom. Thankfully, Hotel Nikko San Francisco has a rooftop pet terrace just a short elevator ride from your room. The fenced dog park has synthetic grass and an Instagram-worthy mini cable car for your pup to play on. There are also comfy outdoor couches and a fire pit where you can hang out with canine friends. The fifth-floor pet terrace is accessible by key card from 6:00 am to 10:00 pm.
Another impressive rooftop potty area is available to dogs at Hotel Indigo Gaslamp Quarter, San Diego. While not separated by fencing, the raised grassy area is conveniently located in the Level 9 Rooftop Bar corner. You can take in the view over Petco Park or sit and enjoy a cocktail while your pup poops!. The potty area is open during the bar’s normal business hours or by request at the front desk.
Direct Access Hotel Dog Parks
Have a pup that needs to potty in the middle of the night? How about a hotel where you can stay in your PJs to let them out? In Fort Bragg, California, the Beachcomber Hotel has several suites with doggie doors that open into a private pen just for your pup. All other guests of the hotel can visit a larger fenced dog park complete with natural grass. Louie never mastered the steep ramp to our suite’s private pen, but he seemed happy with the larger park. He didn’t even mind my taking him there while still in my PJs.
San Diego’s Ocean Villa Inn has a similar set-up to The Beachcomber. Select rooms at Ocean Villa open directly into a communal hotel dog park. While not as private, the location is hard to beat. The Inn is located right next to California’s original off-leash dog beach! After your pup goes for a swim, it’s easy to clean the salt and sand off their fur at the hotel’s well-stocked dog wash area.
Other Noteworthy Hotels With Dog Parks
If your plans include Orange County, I highly recommend the luxurious Paséa Hotel & Spa in dog friendly Huntington Beach. The hotel’s private 1,100 sq foot “Paw-séa Pup Play Park” features a doggie lifeguard station and is decorated with local artwork.
On the other end of the spectrum, both geographically and financially, there is the Redwood Riverwalk Hotel in Humboldt County. The motel-style rooms are nothing extraordinary, but the large, natural grass and stone dog park make it worth the trip. It’s a great, budget-friendly place to stay while visiting the Redwoods in Northern California.
Have you stayed at another California hotel with a dog park that belongs on our DogFriendlyTravel.com list? Please leave a comment below or send us a message with the info!