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Take Your Best Friend On A Staycation, These Are The Fanciest Dog-Friendly Hotels In Sydney

By Jessica Best
18th Sep 2020

Here's the thing. Sydney is a glorious city with even more glorious hotels. And the only thing more glorious than its swanky hotel offering? The dog-friendly packages it has to match.

Gone are the days where it was weird to ask if lil' fluffy Fido could join in on the suite life. These days, the dog-friendly hotel game is pretty damn sweet with dog butlers on hand, dog menus, complimentary toys, gift bags, personalised collars and leads, and hey, even dog photoshoots.

Here are the best dog-friendly hotels in Sydney.

Pier One

Walsh Bay

Pier One welcomes all four-legged companions with open arms. This ultimate dog-friendly hotel offers up one hell of a “Puppy Package”, which will see your dog receive a doggy welcome amenity on arrival, use of a premium Furf food bowl and water bowl in your room, a luxury and eco-friendly P.L.A.Y dog bed, direct access to the pier from your room, a doggy minibar and a dog-friendly in-room dining menu.

You’ll also be more than welcome to bring your pooch to The Gantry Restaurant for a “Doggy Degustation” in the outdoor dining area. Book here.

dog on bed in pier one

Little Albion

Surry Hills

Little Albion is one of the coolest boutique hotels in Sydney—built into a former convent, the jaw-dropping property's many design details and mini rooftop terrace are all major wins. 

For you, there’s a 24-hour honour bar system, meaning you can mix your own cocktails, grab a bottle of wine or some snacks, kick back in the bar or head to the secluded rooftop whenever you please.

For your four-legged mate, where do we even begin? The puppy staycation package here includes Mimi & Munch doggie bakery treats and eats on arrival, a personalised collar and lead from The Daily Edited, a fitting with an actual DOGUE doggie stylist, a personal doggie butler, and yes, there’s a whole slew of chew toys to go around too.

If you’re keen to get a little R&R from your furry friend, you can also leave them in the hands of the team at Dogs @ Play. Book here.

The Langham

CBD

The Langham is one of Sydney’s only pet-friendly gems among Sydney’s set of five-star hotels, so get ready to soak up some serious luxury vibes here.

Not only is this beauty one of the best places to delve into some traditional high tea, but The Pampered Pets Staycation package at The Langham is also pretty next level and includes a pet afternoon tea welcome amenity, breakfast in bed for you and your furry mate, a Pawesome Pet gift bag and a three-hour pet sitting (so you can hit the lavish underground day spa or dapple in some fine-dining at Kitchens On Kent).

There’s also a big line-up of “add-ons” if you’re keen to make your stay extra special, including a dedicated pet afternoon tea, an in-room pet photoshoot and a pet paw-dicure, facial or grooming. Book here.

The Hughenden Hotel

Woollahra

Dog hotel or human hotel? To be honest, who knows. This boutique sensation nestled in the back streets of Woollahra is scoring 10/10 on both fronts anyway. The Hughenden Hotel spawns a whole heap of avant-garde rooms (none styled the same), a spacious terrace and quaint bar for maximum cosy vibes.

The hotel features four “Queen” rooms which are pet-friendly, and some have a private courtyard or closed verandah. The team here can also cater for your dog with doggy high teas and dog birthday cakes, all available provided you give enough notice. Book here.

Medusa Hotel

Darlinghurst

Located on a leafy section of Darlinghurst Road, Medusa will make you feel a little like you’re in the middle of Soho.

All courtyard rooms at this hotel are dog-friendly (and have bi-folding plantation shutters you can open out towards the pool area) you’ll find some pretty awesome mixtures of exotic timber for all those old theatre feels. You’ll also cop some sweet amenities like Aesop toiletries, Lindt chocolate and pure wool blankets, and premium towelling and bed linen. Book here.

Larmont Sydney

Potts Point

While you’re scoring free access to fitness studios and morning yoga, and ordering epic feeds on the in-room iPad, you can rest assured that your doggo will be well catered for (especially if he or she loves a good view of Sydney). At the Larmont Sydney, there are four Courtyard Rooms or Terrace Rooms for anyone bringing along a pooch, with treats, food, water and a bed all on hand (or paw) for them.

You’ll also want to make sure you refuel at Penny’s Lane, located on-site at the Larmont Sydney. The breakfast (opening as early as 6am on weekdays) and lunch menu here goes off with the triple pork and egg panini always a solid standout and the gooey chocolate brownie an absolute must if you’re on the run. Book here.

Ovolo Hotel

Woolloomooloo

There’s no better place to stay in Sydney for a bit of heritage and dog-friendly love than Ovolo Hotel. Rooms here are incredibly spacious and there’s an indoor pool, restaurant, bar and fitness centre to bring a touch of wholesomeness to your stay.

If you’re bringing your furry friend, you’ll want to scope out the "V.I.Pooch" package, which gives you all the hassle-free and stress-free holiday accommodation for you and your dog. You’ll be provided with a doggy bed where your lil’ buddy can snuggle and relax like a real boss, an eating and drinking mat, a food bowl, a doggy bag with specially designed toys and treats, and dog-friendly staff on hand to provide any assistance when you need. Book here.

The Old Clare

Chippendale

The Old Clare is easily Sydney's most charming, most trendy boutique hotel. If your pooch is a fan of design, this is definitely a choice they will adore. Built into a set of heritage-listed buildings that were once upon a time a part of the Carlton United Brewery, this spot is a super cool mix of old meets new, and its smack-bang in the middle of one of Sydney's best eat streets: Spice Alley. 

On the dog-friendly side of things, the Kent Room or Abercrombie Room are your best options. Your dog will get a mini retro-style lounge, handmade Motion Ceramics bowls, plush toys and complimentary in-room dining. Book here.

InterContinental Double Bay

Double Bay

By far one of the most beautiful hotels in Sydney, the InterContinental Double Bay bears some serious elegance in every meaning of the word. This award-winning five-star hotel is located in the well-heeled harbourside suburb of Double Bay, and the rooftop pool here boasts the best view in Sydney, and there are all the cabanas, fluffy towels, iced mineral water and wait staff you could need.

As for the pet stay here, your pup will be living in real royalty with a new dog bed set-up in your room’s lounge area and water and food bowls in the bathroom. There’s also in-room dining available for your furry best friend. Fido will be able to feast on anything from a farmhouse chook with carrots to steamed salmon, fresh peas and sweet potato. Book here.

Plus, here are the best dog-friendly stays in NSW.

Image credit: Little Albion, Pier One, Little Albion, Robert Nickson, Sebastian Coman Travel, Robert Nickson, The Old Clare Hotel

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