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Pet-friendly Philadelphia, plan your purr-fect getaway with a helpful hotel

Did you know? According to Visit Philly, "Pet lovers are crazy about their animal companions and spend $61 billion a year in the U.S. on pet services and accouterments to prove it."

Rittenhouse Square is popular with sunbathers, readers, families, artists and even dogs.
Photo by R. Kennedy for Visit Philadelphia

It's a known fact that most pet lovers enjoy spoiling their pet and hate to leave him behind while traveling, the Philadelphia region proves to be the “purr-fect” getaway.

You should know that pet-friendly hotels welcome visitors and their animals in all sections of the city and its suburbs. With canine-friendly parks to VIP (Very Important Pet) hotel programs, it’s convenient to bring furry friends along for the travel rip.

Here’s a few Four-“Bone” hotels in Philadelphia as listed on press specs emailed to me from Visit Philly reps:

  • At the Four Seasons Hotel Philadelphia, dogs or cats weighing 15 pounds or less can bed down for the night at no extra charge. The hotel provides homemade dog treats at check-in and offers bowls, pet beds and even high-end bottled water. The hotel’s location offers ample dog-walking space and grass for pets and their people to enjoy along the museum-lined Benjamin Franklin Parkway. Pets should not be left unattended.
  • Pet lovers can stay at Kimpton’s Hotel Monaco Philadelphia at no extra charge for their furry friends. Plus, there is no limit on the number of pets, as well as no restrictions on their size or weight. All visitors receive a Very Important Pet gift in the room. Food bowls, beds and leashes are also provided.
  • Another Kimpton, the Hotel Palomar Philadelphia welcomes pets of all kinds, with no limit on size or weight. Animals are offered a VIP amenity upon arrival, bowls and beds in the room, as well as leashes and plastic bags. Pet sitting, walking and grooming services can be arranged via the Department of Pet Relations; the staff can also offer advice about nearby parks and pet-friendly dining.
  • Animals get the royal treatment at the Loews Philadelphia Hotel with its Loews Loves Pets program and VIP menu of services, as well as treats upon check-in. Not only does the hotel provide dogs and cats with loaner beds, bowls, litter boxes, leashes and collars, but they also offer a map of dog-walking routes, veterinarians, pet shops and other resources. The cost is $35 per reservation (two pets maximum per room), with pet-friendly rooms located on the sixth and seventh floors. Pet walking and sitting services are available for an extra fee.
  • The Residence Inn Center City welcomes pets, with no size or weight restrictions; however, the property does require that owners keep pets leashed while on the premises. Guests must pay a $250 non-refundable fee to cover the cost of an outside cleaning service.
  • At The Rittenhouse, pets of all shapes and sizes are invited to stay, and they receive water, food bowls and treats upon arrival. A $150 nonrefundable pet fee applies. While pets cannot be left unattended, the concierge is happy to make arrangements for a sitter for $15 per hour for one pet, $24 per hour for two. 210 W. Rittenhouse Square, (215) 546-9000,
  • Dogs can put on the ritz at The Ritz-Carlton, Philadelphia, where pups under 30 pounds make themselves right at home for a non-refundable fee of $250 per pet, per reservation. The hotel asks guests to provide advance notice that a pet will be joining them on their trip. And, while on the premises, animals must be accompanied by their human companions at all times.
  • The Sheraton Society Hill Hotel welcomes dogs weighing less than 40 pounds at no extra charge and simply asks that guests sign a waiver stating that the dog will not be left alone. Conveniently located close to walking paths along the Delaware River, the property offers Suite Sleeper dog beds.
  • The Sofitel Philadelphia stays true to its French roots by welcoming pets to stay for no additional fee. Pet amenities like bowls, beds, treats and a room-service pet menu are also available. There is a policy of no more than two pets per room.
  • The Westin Philadelphia welcomes canine companions as long as the pet weighs 40 pounds or less. A $50 non-refundable fee and signed waiver are required. Dogs are not allowed in the room unattended when housekeepers are cleaning. Dog pillows and doggy bowls provided upon check-in.
  • Delaware County’s Brandywine River Hotel welcomes dogs in pet-friendly rooms for a $25-per-dog-per-night fee for those 20 pounds or lighter and a $45 fee for bigger pooches. Dogs must be crated when guests are not in the room.
  • In Montgomery County, the Comfort Inn and Suites Pottstown is an award-winning hotel where pets can stay for a $20 (plus tax) charge per pet, per night as long as they’re crated while unattended in the room.