The best travel buddy you’ll ever have is your pet. They love long car rides, they never complain, and they’re always excited to be invited. The only downside: Some hotels don’t allow your four-legged friend to stay — no matter how well-trained they are when you say, “Stay!”
But Austin is going to the dogs! Our hotels have gotten the message that people want to travel with their pets, and this city has a plethora of pet-friendly hotels where your best friend is welcome to sit, stay, and play.
We’ve rounded up our favorite cat and dog-friendly places to stay on your Austin vacay. From familiar hotel brands to boutique hotels to budget stays, these are the best pet-friendly hotels Austin has to offer.
The 9 Best Pet-Friendly Hotels Austin Has in Every Neighborhood
Get ready for a VIP (Very Important Pet) experience. Austin’s best cat and dog-friendly hotels know how to make your four-legged friend feel welcome. But, their pet policies vary, and they often have weight limits and pet fees. Make sure to check the fine print before you book a room with your furry friend.
1. Aloft Austin Downtown
109 E 7th St.
This Marriott hotel is located in the 6th Street Entertainment District with a patio looking out on bustling Congress Ave. It’s a perfect location for pet parents who want to stay downtown with their doggo.
The Arf Program at Aloft Austin ensures your furry friend is not only welcome at the hotel, but is in for a VIP experience. When you and your pup check in, your room will be set up with a dog bed, bowl, and doggie bag filled with toys and treats. Your furry friend can even join you for Yappy Hour at the rooftop restaurant, which features a doggie menu, plus plenty of options for the humans.
According to Aloft’s pet policy, they allow dogs up to 40 pounds, but you can call the front desk to see if your bigger bestie qualifies for a waiver.
2. Archer Hotel Austin
3121 Palm Way
Located at Domain Northside, just steps away from The Domain, Archer Hotel Austin is a luxury boutique hotel for you and your pup under 50 pounds. The hotel charges a pet fee of $150 USD in addition to your room rate. But once you arrive, your canine companion will be greeted with a dog biscuit, and you’ll get a dog bed, treats, poo bags, and two stainless steel bowls to make your pet’s stay more comfortable.
Archer Hotel also provides information on the best places for Austin pets, including nearby dog parks and Austin veterinarians. Their attention to your pet’s needs makes this one of the most pet-friendly hotels Austin has. For the humans in your group, they offer the amenities you’d expect from a luxury hotel, including free Wi-Fi, a concierge service, a fitness studio, a spa, and a restaurant.
3. Aiden by Best Western @ Austin City Hotel
2200 S Interstate 35
With a location right off the highway, this Austin hotel makes it easy to access the whole city. In under 15 minutes, you can reach the South Congress shopping district, Downtown Austin, the University of Texas, Barton Springs, and much more.
Aiden @Austin City Hotel is one of the best budget stays for you and your furry friend. The amenities include a free breakfast buffet, free parking, and a pool with a hot tub.
4. The Driskill
604 Brazos St.
Historic and dog-friendly don’t typically go together — unless you’re at The Driskill. Currently owned by Hyatt, this iconic Downtown Austin hotel is more than 130 years old and has long been recognized as one of the best hotels in Austin.
The hotel has historic architectural features with updated guest rooms and three different bars and restaurants (plus room service, of course). Located in the 6th Street Entertainment District, you’ll be steps away from some of the best live music in Austin.
Your furry friend is welcome to join you at The Driskill for a $100 pet fee. You can bring up to two pets per room (for an additional fee), as long as they don’t weigh more than 75 pounds combined. For individual dogs, the weight limit is 50 pounds. Check out The Driskill’s pet policy for more information.
5. Hilton Austin
Another dog-friendly hotel in Downtown Austin, the Hilton Austin is located between the Rainy Street Historic District and the Red River Cultural District. It’s also just two blocks away from the 6th Street Entertainment District, so you’ll be able to walk to many of the best things to do in Austin (and if there’s one thing furry friends love to do, it’s walk!).
The hotel allows pets up to 75 pounds and has a low pet fee of just $50. During your stay, you can also take advantage of the hotel’s fitness center, outdoor swimming pool, and restaurant.
6. Kimpton Hotel Van Zandt
605 Davis St.
One of the best boutique hotels in Austin, TX, the Kimpton Hotel van Zandt is located in the Rainy Street Historic District, just steps away from Town Lake. And if you want to do more splashing around, their rooftop pool is one of the best hotel pools in Austin. (Pups aren’t allowed to use it, but the humans in your group will be glad it’s there!)
The Kimpton Hotel Van Zandt might be the most pet-friendly hotel Austin has to offer. Not only do they allow furry guests, they also have no weight or height restriction — so grab your Great Dane and head on down!
7. La Quinta Inn & Suites by Wyndham Austin Southwest
7625 E Ben White Blvd.
Located just off the MoPac Expressway, the La Quinta Inn and Suites Austin is a budget stay that makes it easy to access Austin’s best attractions. It’s just a short drive to Zilker Park and the South Congress shopping district, and you’ll be close to some incredible South Austin restaurants.
The hotel is dog-friendly, and offers free parking, free Wi-Fi, free breakfast, and a swimming pool. If you’re only passing through Austin for a couple nights, the Wyndham Austin Airport location is also pet-friendly.
8. Staybridge Suites Austin North
13000 N Interstate Hwy 35
Staybridge Suites Austin North is an IHG Hotel located in Austin’s technology corridor near many of the best companies to work for in Austin. This hotel is a convenient stay for anyone traveling on business. And if you’re traveling on vacation, it’s just a short drive to The Arboretum, The Domain, and Lake Travis.
The suites include full kitchens, so you can whip up a meal for you and your furry friend. They also offer self-service laundry facilities, as well as free breakfast and free Wi-Fi. According to the hotel’s pet policy, they have an 80 pound weight limit per pet, and they allow up to two pets. The pet fee varies based on the length of your stay, so double check before you book.
9. The Westin Austin at The Domain
11301 Domain Dr.
Another top Austin hotel run by the Marriott, The Westin Austin at The Domain offers a luxurious stay for you and your canine companion. Your best friend will get their own dog bed, bowl, waste bags, and treats at check-in, and you’ll get easy access to everything The Domain has to offer.
As one of Austin’s coolest areas, the shops, nightlife, and restaurants at The Domain are among the best in the city. And when you stay at this Westin location, they’re right outside your door. You’ll also be just 10 minutes drive from the Arboretum, which offers some of the best shopping in Austin. But if you prefer a hotel closer to Downtown, The Westin’s Downtown location is also dog-friendly.
Bring Your Best Friend
Austin is an incredibly dog-friendly city. All over this town, you’ll find people and places of business that want to welcome your furry friend with open arms and tasty treats.
After you decide which pet-friendly hotel in Austin will have the pleasure of hosting you and your best buddy, you can start planning the rest of your trip. There are attractions all over Austin that you can enjoy with your pet.
Explore some of the best dog-friendly restaurants in Austin. Head out on one of Austin’s best hikes. Or check out one of the best parks in Austin. As long as you bring your best friend, you’re sure to have the Best. Day. Ever.