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Avalon Palm Springs

Oh, Palm Springs.

For Angelenos, Palm Springs is the place that immediately springs to mind when you’re looking for hot sun, sparkling pools and a fun (or relaxing) escape. Only 100 miles east (make sure to stop at the Desert Hills outlets on the way for Gucci, Balenciaga, Barneys, Alice & Olivia, Frette outlets + 145 more), arrive in this city filled with old cinema charm, mid-century architecture and picturesque desert land. Read our full Palm Springs Getaway Guide here

For our most recent stay, we chose the Avalon (also a location in Beverly Hills) and we loved it! This boutique hotel offers 67 suites and private bungalow villas but don’t be fooled by the word “boutique”, the Avalon has 3 outdoor pool areas and lush garden areas with a view of the nearby San Jacinto mountains—plenty of space for dogs to sniff around and explore! Dogs are even allowed with you at the pool (as long as they are on a leash). 

The contemporary rooms are all-white and so chic—accents of silvery chrome, mirror and black here and there. We were upgraded to a 2-bedroom Bungalow Villa and wow! We felt so peaceful the second we walked in with all the plush white, our very own fireplace and private patio. 

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Pet fee is $75 flat for your entire stay with a portion of the pet fee donated to Best Friends Animal Society. How lovely is that? Casper dog bed, food + water bowls and local treats provided in-room. 

We wished we could’ve stayed longer to use the full-service kitchen and gorgeous dining room! 

 

 

 

After we checked out, we headed to Chi Chi restaurant at the hotel for a nice outdoor brunch pool-side. The open space makes you feel like you’re at a really swank garden party. The menu offers a delicious selection of fresh Californian dishes, including healthy cold-pressed juices, colorful acai bowls and fresh coconuts (why not add rum?). Weston + Fira enjoyed a couple blueberries and we spent the rest of the day by the pool with a book in hand and a few rounds of ping-pong. Weston, of course, caught a couple foul balls—definitely the highlight of his day!

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Updated November 28, 2018.

The great thing about Palm Springs is that everyone seems to welcome dogs and it is only 107 miles from LA, making it a no-brainer for a fantastic dog-friendly weekend getaway. Weston and I stopped here on our way east during our road trip and we rounded up the best things to do and see with your pooch!

Formerly the Viceroy, this boutique hotel Avalon is walking distance to downtown and has 2 beautiful pools. The rooms were extra cute. ($75 dog fee per stay. Dog walking, grooming and pet reflexology available. Rooms start at $200.) Read our full review here


Other dog-friendly hotels worth mentioning:

Hip, artsy hotel Ace Hotel & Swim Club includes outdoor fireplaces, poolside yurts all with a vintage feel. Rooms start at $150.

Or stay at the adorable rainbow-colored Saguaro Hotel (known for its legendary pool parties). Rooms start at $169.

Head immediately to the bar–that’s where check-in is at Arrive Hotel. Rooms start at $170.

Beautiful 13 acre property, the upscale Parker Palm Springs, decor by designer Jonathan Adler. Gorgeous. Rooms start at $339.

Where to eat? Well, Cheeky’s is legendary. We were running late so we skipped brunch since the wait was so long. It must be good if the wait is always 45 minutes minimum. I hear they have something called the Bacon Flight (5 strips of bacon in different flavors).

Lulu’s: a modern bistro with a huge outdoor patio. Juniper Table at the newly opened Kimpton Rowan hotel: fresh Mediterranean-inspired share plates with local, organic ingredients. The food was delicious and the outdoor patio practically sprawling. It’s right off the main strip so some shopping after lunch is necessary! Workshop: inventive New-American eatery with a stylish outdoor patio. La Azucar at the La Serena Villas hotel: modern mexican food with a rooftop patio and Instagram-friendly decor.

Now my favorite… Norma’s at Parker Palm Springs. Wait, can we just talk about the hotel? When I walked in, my eyes couldn’t even take in all of it at once. It is one of the most beautifully textured hotels I’ve been to in my life. There is color, mid century galore and art made of varied materials and yarn adorned everywhere–it is lush. The outdoor grounds are just enchanting—tall greenery with maze-like pathways. Read my Parker Palm Springs Hotel Guide here. Back to Norma’s. Brunch was yummy–they promptly came with ice water for Weston and a daily fresh baked treat!

The iconic Trina Turk stores (for women, men & home).

If you’re looking for a relaxed activity to do with your pup and you’re really into cactus like me, check out the Moorten Botanical Garden’s. It’s a short 20 minute stroll through all different species of cactus and succulents. They also sell some cute ceramic plant holders and inexpensive succulents! Admission $5. Dogs: $0.

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5 Dog Friendly Hotel Restaurants Not To Miss in Los Angeles

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5 Dog Friendly Hotel Restaurants Not To Miss in Los Angeles

There’s something about hotel restaurants that I just LOVE. Walking through a hotel lobby to get to your table just feels more chic. In Los Angeles, there are plenty of restaurants that offer outdoor patios with a spectacular, sunny view but which ones allow pups?

Well, we recently did a little food tour with Watson & Walls to scope out the best dog friendly restaurants in Los Angeles—all inside beautiful dog friendly hotels with gorgeous decor.

Viviane at Avalon Beverly Hills

The Avalon is tucked away like a hidden gem in the residential neighborhood of Beverly Hills—and what a gem! Step into the world of the 1950s to a hourglass-shaped pool, mid-century meets modern vibes (designed by famed Kelly Wearstler) and old school California cool.

Grab your sunglasses because Viviane‘s outdoor patio is poolside. We loved the California-inspired cuisine and the matching backdrop! The food was yummy with Mediterranean-inspired dishes like hummus, olives and herbed carrots dressed with tahini. By the way, if you decide to book a night with your dog at the hotel, the Avalon welcomes two pets up to 40 lbs for an additional fee of $100 per pet, per stay.

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FIG at Fairmont Miramar Santa Monica

The Fairmont is the hotel you choose if you want to be oceansideFIG is located inside the hotel with a beautiful patio facing the beach. Locals know this spot all too well, as the Happy Hour is legendary! From 5-6pm, get a table at the FIG for 50% off the menu (even bottles!) and enjoy the beautiful view.

We love this spot for all the reasons above, including the delicious food. Did you know you can even order some dishes for the pups? Try the Tail Wagger (beef tenderloin, sweet potato + green beans), Rise & Fido (scrambled eggs, carrots + brown rice) or the Bow Wow (organic chicken, potato + peas).

If you’re looking to stay, the Fairmont just introduced their new Dog Be With You program which offers free charge for pets, all natural dog treats, a fluffy dog bed, dog toys and daily in-room breakfast for both you and your furry one!

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Cattle & Claw at Sofitel Los Angeles

Cattle & Claw has become one of our favorites in town. Why? SO MUCH LOBSTER. Lobster pizza, lobster rolls, lobster tacos, lobster & waffles, lobster Bloody Mary’s. Yeah, that’s a thing. Alongside all of that are huge, juicy burgers (hence the name Cattle) and perfect french fries. 

The outdoor patio is also a good one–blocked off from the traffic of Beverly Blvd (the hotel is located right across the street from the Beverly Center) with spacious grounds so you don’t feel like you’re disturbing your neighbor. 

The Sofitel hotel is also dog-friendly with no extra charge for pets–cheers to that!

Mardi at Palihouse West Hollywood

Step inside the Palihouse to Mardi and it’s like you’ve walked into a garden jungalow party! We loved sitting at our marble table in this gorgeous oasis with an aperol spritz in hand.

Such a great little place to escape in the heart of West Hollywood. I could see myself coming back with the pups and working away in a cozy corner on my laptop.

By the way, Palihouse West Hollywood welcomes one pet of any size $150 per stay. They also offer Pet Packages that include locally sourced PLATO treats, Max-Bone dog beds, ceramic dog bowls and complimentary waste bags for walks.

Nelson’s at Terranea Rancho Palos Verdes

One of the biggest resorts in Southern California, Terranea boasts 102 acres and is perched atop cliffs alongside the Pacific Ocean. The views are just spectacular

Enjoy a getaway (for Angelenos, it’s only a 30 minute drive from LAX and feels like you are worlds away from LA) with tons of room and plenty of hikes with your pup. Hungry? Grab a bite at dog-friendly Nelson’s and take in the sunset.

For hotel stays, Terranea welcomes two pets of any size for a $150 fee.

 

Jeremy Hotel

The Newest Hotel on Sunset…

Jeremy Hotel just opened late last year, which makes it one of the newest, hottest spots on Sunset Strip—and it doesn’t disappoint. The location is great (La Cienega + Sunset), the views are massive (panoramic views of Los Angeles) and the building itself is architecturally a thing of beauty.

It’s so big that when I walked in I thought I had walked into the wrong building and was in a museum/art gallery of some sort. It is sleek and clean with neutral tones of white oak, light woods and cement. Installations here and there dot the entrance and as you walk down the stairs, you think you’ve walked into HD Buttercup’s sister store (HD Buttercup is the mecca of interior/furniture stores—the best of LA).

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Supposedly, Jeremy Hotel is just a temporary placeholder until renovations can begin again and it’ll join the family of 1 Hotels (modern, high-end hotels/residences located in NYC, Brooklyn, Miami, etc).

I cannot wait for this! 1 Hotels are just dreamy along with eco-friendly living and architecture inspired by nature. Think creamy linens, natural woods, exposed cement and moss-covered walls.

The Skyline 1 Bedroom Suite…

We got upgraded to this 1 bdr suite (almost 1000 sq ft) on the top floor overlooking the city and omg—I wanted to move in. We instantly felt relaxed the moment we walked in and made ourselves home. Because the building sits atop Hollywood, the sun shines wonderfully airy light.

Dogs are welcome (up to two) for $100/stay. They are treated with pet beds from Shinola, homemade snacks (like bacon + treats!) and bowls.

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dog friendly hotels in hollywood

7 San Francisco Hotels with No Pet Fees

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It’s always a score when you find hotels with no pet fees as traveling with your pet can add up quickly. Airline fees, transportation, food and just the added shuffle of taking them to and from. I recently flew to San Francisco with the pups and came across quite a few hotels that allow dogs in hotels for free and wanted to share them here!

Galleria Park Hotel. This Joie de Vivre hotel was recently remodeled and feels light and modern. Complimentary Wi-Fi, a 7-minute walk to Union Square and a walking track on the outdoor terrace. Dogs of any size! Rooms start at $200.

Hotel Carlton. Another Joie de Vivre hotel, this boutique hotel is contemporary and located in lower Nob Hill. Dogs under 50 lbs. Rooms start at $125.

Clift Hotel. Located near Union Square, open the doors to this historic 372-room Art Deco building designed by Philippe Starck for a truly opulant experience. Elegant rooms, 24/7 gym + the famous Redwood Bar. Read our full review here. Pets under 20 lbs. Rooms start at $200.

Sir Francis Drake. Walking distance to Union Square, this hotel  blends gothic and Art Deco design. Crystal chandeliers, spiral staircases and gold leaf ceilings. Free happy hour wine. Pets any size. Rooms start at $200.

Le Meredien. Just steps away from the Embarcadero (Financial District), high-rise hotel welcomes two pets up to 30 lbs. Rooms start at $250.

The Marker. Steps from Union Square, this beaux arts building features rooms with a fun retro vibe. Yoga mat in every room, free bike rentals, free happy hour wine. Any size pets. Rooms start at $180.

Hotel Kabuki. Stylish hotel located in Japantown near the Fillmore with a koi pond. All rooms feature a Japanese furo tub and you can even order a “Bath Butler,” who will draw a bath with salts and tranquil music. Free passes to Kabuki Springs + Baths two blocks away. Two pets of any size. Rooms start at $160.

 

Alise #StayPineapple Hotel

The Alise is a 93-room boutique hotel a short walk from Union Square. Alise is part of a group of Stay Pineapple hotels located around the country with various locations in Seattle, Portland, San Diego and Chicago.

If you want to learn all about the branding experience, Stay Pineapple does exactly that with its hotels. The design is bright, yellow and cheery—free yellow bike rentals and pineapple-infused water + mini cupcakes during happy hour—even for the pups! Dogs are welcomed with yellow branded food bowls, treats and of course yellow poo bags + dispenser (which are yours to take home). $25 per day; two dogs maximum, no weight restriction.

Although the amenities are lacking (no fitness room), the rooms are updated and feel uber modern. The comforters on the beds are INSANE. They’re “european style” duvet covers. Two individual twin-size blankets–one on the right side and one on the left side so you don’t have to share and fight over a blanket. Sooooo soft and fluffy.

Rooms are affordable and start at $150.

 

 

Fairmont San Francisco

The Historic Fairmont Hotel…

When I made my first trip up to San Francisco for the holidays (well, I went once when I was 18 but that totally doesn’t count), I knew the Fairmont was a must—especially for Christmas!

It’s one of the oldest hotels in SF, opened in 1907, and one of the most grand. With 591 rooms and perched atop Nob Hill, you get the best views of the city and steepest. The location was a breath of fresh compared to all the hotels we were staying in downtown/Union Square. It felt so clean, castle-like and definitely like we were worlds away. Across the street of the hotel is a really nice grassy park—perfect for the pups.

The interior definitely feels like it hasn’t changed much from the early 1900s but it has its own old-world grandeur charm. The holiday festivities were the sweetest, with a gigantic Christmas tree and a walk-through gingerbread house. The room was a decent size with a large walk-in closet—great for longer stays! Pets are $75 per stay. Rooms start at $400.

 

Clift

Clift Hotel was one of my favorite stays in San Francisco, especially knowing it was designed by Philippe Starck. It’s always a treat walking into any Philippe Starck design and the Clift was no exception. Located near Union Square, open the doors to this historic 372-room Art Deco building for a truly opulant experience.

Dark, sexy, overly high ceilings–this bold lobby is filled with surrealist-inspired furniture, including an original table designed by Salvador Dalí. There’s also a giant-size wooden chair in the middle of the room, cozy fireplaces, sitting areas, etc.

The famed Redwood Bar is also located here and I was there almost every night for a Malbec, olives and a charcuterie board. BTW, I highly recommend the charcuterie board for the variety. Highly annoying when other places slap a few slabs of meat and bread on a wooden plate and call it a charcuterie board. NO, I need my pickles, fig jam + more for all my tastebuds–sweet, sour, salty. This one had different cuts of meats, pickles + pickled veggies, grainy mustard, grilled artisan bread and homemade honey (from their rooftop bee farm!!).

The room…

My room (a generously sized 740 sq ft one-bedroom suite) was very clean, airy and gorgeous. Not too much adornment (nothing on the walls, for example) but the very tasteful and chic furniture becomes the statement. I loved all the sunlight pouring in and the pups loved how roomy it was! Oh, did I mention, dogs stay free?! Yes, no charge for a pet (under 20 lbs)!

 

 

Hotel Nikko

An Urban Retreat…

Hotel Nikko features the only rooftop dog run in San Francisco! Walking distance to all the shops in Union Square, this Japanese-inspired zen hotel was the perfect way to start our trip. It’s definitely a large hotel (532 rooms/suites) and with that, it also comes with an indoor glass-enclosed pool and 10,000 sq ft health club.

The features in this hotel really shine, especially their Pet Pride. If you book their Pet Pride package prior to arrival, you save $10/night ($50/night for pets). You are welcomed with doggie bowls, bed, placemat, poo bags, toys + tennis balls. Weight: 60 lbs or less. We loved the doggie run! The hotel is located in Downtown SF which gets pretty busy so it was nice to be able to technically still stay in the hotel when taking them out for a potty etc.

I loooved the Japanese breakfast option! My favorite breakfast ever is a good Japanese one (well, it’s a tie between huevos rancheros)—I even bought a mini rice cooker and started learning how to pickle my own veggies a couple years ago. Their sushi bar at ANZU is suppose to be delicious.

He loved the steam room + sauna and the pups loved the dog run + long hallways. 🙂 Would definitely recommend this spot if you want to be steps away from Union Square, the dog run and almost every amenity you need–gym, pool, rental car, UPS store + more!

 

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