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Bring Fido to these Dog-Friendly South Florida Hotels

Skip getting a dog sitter—whether you’re vacationing in South Florida or enjoying a weekend getaway in your city, plenty of hotels will welcome your four-legged love with open arms.

Palm Beach County

Boca Resort

For the creme de la creme of dog-friendly hotels, there’s the iconic Boca Resort. Dogs are welcomed by the property’s “canine director,” Hays, a black lab rescued by the resort’s president and managing director. A welcome note from Hays awaits in the room, as well as a dog bed and food and bottled water bowls. There’s also an in-house veterinarian, spa treatments, dining options, dog park and daycare. Dogs are welcome with a $150 one-time fee, no weight restrictions. 501 E Camino Real, Boca Raton; 561/447-3000;

Waddie, left and Canine Director Hays at the Boca Raton Resort

Tideline Ocean Resort

If your dog is 25 pounds or lighter, they’re more than welcome to join you on your stay. The staff is known for being dog friendly and armed with treats, with accommodations like dog bowls ready in your room. Unfortunately, your pup is not allowed to go on the beach, per county law. The hotel charges $75 extra per night for the accommodation, and a refundable $250 deposit for damages. Guide dogs are welcome to stay at the hotel at no charge. 2842 South Ocean Blvd., Palm Beach; 561/540-6440;

The Colony

A historic hotel, you might be surprised to find that not only do they allow pets, but they will pamper them, too! Upon arrival in your room, your dog will be greeted with homemade dog treats, a bed, and a welcome note. There’s an area for dogs to play, as well as in-house dog walking and grooming services. Pet fees are $100 per night for a room and $150 per night for a villa. 155 Hammon Ave., Palm Beach; 561/655-5430;

The Colony Hotel

Broward County

W Fort Lauderdale

Upon arrival, pups will find a hotel bandanna, dog bed, pick-up bags, and a Bark Box filled with toys and treats. If the hassle of going down the elevator to go to the bathroom isn’t for you, you’ll find a Tinkle Turf Pad on the balcony for their convenience. For dinner time, choose dishes from a specialty dog menu. 401 N Fort Lauderdale Beach Blvd, Fort Lauderdale; 954/414-8200;

Atlantic Hotel & Spa

This oceanfront, boutique property welcomes dogs to participate in its Very Important Dog program, including a designated check-in area, welcome bag, a dog bowl and mat (pet beds and a ramp available for rent), a pet relief area, concierge service, and items from the Bark Bite menu. Hotel does not allow “aggressive breeds” and dogs must be 60 pounds or lighter. One-time $150 fee. 601 Ft. Lauderdale Beach Blvd., Fort Lauderdale; 954/567-8020;

CIRC Hotel

Finding a place to stay with a bigger dog can be a challenge—until now. At the CIRC, dogs of all sizes are welcome for a $50 flat fee. Tell Clifford to jump in the car, we’re off to Hollywood! 1780 Polk St., Hollywood; 954/500-1780;

Miami-Dade County

Aloft Miami Aventura

This newer hotel greets canine companions with a dog bed, bowl, and a bag of treats and toys. Dog 40 pounds and lighter can stay at no extra charge. 2910 NE 207th St., Aventura; 786/509-5150;

W South Beach

Take advantage of the Pets Are Welcome (PAW) Program, featuring a pet toy, treats, a W Hotels pet tag, clean-up bags, food and water bowls, pet bed, and Whatever/Whenever pet services. 2201 Collins Ave, Miami Beach; 305/938-3000;

Christiana Lilly
Christiana Lilly
Christiana Lilly is the editor in chief of at Boca magazine, where she enjoys putting a spotlight on the Boca Raton and Palm Beach County community through both print and digital. Previously, she was the company's web editor. An award-winning journalist, she is the past president of the Society of Professional Journalists Florida chapter and a proud graduate of the University of Florida.

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