Harper Hotels That Pamper Your Pets

By Andrew Harper

The Harper Way | February 2, 2012

Every year, our Travel Office receives a number of member requests for Harper-recommended hotels that not only allow pets, but also provide top-tier luxury service for their four-legged companions. Offering amenities such as gourmet pet menus, eco-friendly beds and personalized identification tags, many hotels now welcome pets as important members of the family. Owners can now avoid the stress of kenneling their pets or having to find sitters.

Below is a list of a few of our favorites.

Hotel Saint Cecilia 

Location: Austin, Texas

From Andrew Harper: "Stylish contemporary boutique hotel of 14 suites, poolside bungalows and studios centered on a renovated 1880s Victorian house located on a tranquil, wooded estate in Austin’s South Congress District."

Pet perks: Amenities include doggie towel, bed, food and water bowls, and treats. Close to dog parks, Lady Bird Lake and outdoor pet-friendly restaurants and bars.

Rates/restrictions:  Maximum of two dogs per guest room for a nightly fee of $25 per dog, per day. Pet deposit may be required.

Rancho Valencia 

Location: Rancho Santa Fe, California

From Andrew Harper: "Sophisticated resort enclave in a Spanish hacienda style 30 minutes north of San Diego in Rancho Santa Fe, an upscale residential community near Del Mar and La Jolla. Lush grounds contain 49 casita suites with cathedral ceilings, fireplaces, colorfully tiled baths and private garden patios; request an extra-spacious One Bedroom Suite with Garden Patio unit with a separate living room or one of the One Bedroom Suite with Outdoor Spa casitas with private patio Jacuzzis and grand luxury baths."

Pet perks: Special gifts await each pup: a nylon portable water bowl, a tennis ball on a rope and Greenie chew bones. Pet menu selections and room service available. Pet sitters may be arranged through the concierge.

Rates/restrictions:  There is a 40-pound maximum weight limit on pets. A $75 one-time non-refundable cleaning fee is due at time of reservation. A pet policy letter provided at check-in summarizes dog-friendly areas.

Keswick Hall 

Location: Keswick, Virginia

From Andrew Harper: "The 600-acre estate is centered on a golf course dotted with ponds and woodlands and private fairway homes. An imposing Tuscan-style villa contains 48 guest quarters, the preferred State Rooms offering more spacious sitting areas (particularly those that open onto balconies overlooking the golf course). Log fires warm the antique-furnished Great Hall and several richly decorated lounges. The formal candlelit dining room (with summer terrace) has glorious pastoral views."

Pet perks: Welcome treats, food and water bowls, chef-prepared meals upon request, dog beds and available pet sitter services. Menu selections and a full list of services can be found on its website here.

Rates/restrictions:  "Please note that the pet program is limited to pets who are under 75 pounds, mature, well-mannered, and who are unobtrusive in nature." A $75 one-time non-refundable cleaning fee is due at time of reservation. Pets are not to be left unattended.

The Little Nell 

Location: Aspen, Colorado

From Andrew Harper: "Sophisticated all-season resort (92 rooms) situated at the base of Aspen Mountain. The ski-in/ski-out property sits adjacent to the Silver Queen gondola. All of the guest lodgings are enhanced by gas fireplaces and marble baths. Request a Premium Mountain Side room, particularly fourth-floor room #72, #74, #86 or #88 with vaulted ceilings and a gabled balcony looking out onto the mountain."

Pet perks: Gourmet dog biscuits, food and water bowls, pet menu selections, a “petiquette” handbook with guidelines for pets and pet owners; also a list of recommended local groomers, veterinarians and dog parks. A selection of dog bed sizes is offered. Dog walking and sitting services are available upon request. See a full list of pet services here.

Rates/restrictions: A $125 initial fee and $25 per additional night. Dogs should be crated when unattended and on a leash at all times outside of the room. Damage waiver required upon check-in.

The Lowell

Location: New York, New York

From Andrew Harper: “Refined 72-room hotel with a serene residential atmosphere set along a tree-lined street between Madison and Park avenues, close to many of the city’s most notable museums, galleries and shops. The 23 rooms are a little on the small side (400 square feet), but the 49 suites are among the finest in the city: 33 have woodburning fires; 14 come with private terraces; and nearly all are equipped with kitchens.”

Pet perks:  Pet Room Service Menu available with a choice of meals, snacks, amenities and accessories for canine guests. Dog sitting and walking services may be arranged through the concierge.

Rates/restrictions: Pets up to 50 pounds are welcome. A $200 pet deposit is required per stay.

Before you consider taking your pet on your next vacation, be sure to check with your airline for its rules and regulations for transporting a pet. If traveling internationally, some countries may require your pet to have certain vaccinations before being allowed into the country. To avoid added stress for you or your pet, begin planning as far ahead as possible and follow Cesar Milan’s list of travel tips to ensure the best travel experience possible for you and your pet. To start planning your pet-friendly vacation, call the Andrew Harper Travel Office at (800) 375-4685 in the U.S., +1 (630) 734-4610 internationally, or email

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Andrew Harper Photo Andrew Harper is the editor of The Hideaway Report, a luxury travel newsletter that first appeared in 1979. He travels anonymously and pays his own expenses in pursuit of unique properties that offer unusually high levels of personal service. Hotels have no idea who he is, so he is treated exactly as you might be.


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