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Best Pet-Friendly Hotels in Orlando


Orlando, Florida is considered one of the most pet-friendly locations in the US due to plenty of pet-friendly activities and accommodation available. An article at Booking.com (one of the world's largest and trusted travel planning tools) gives Orlando several high scores in terms of dog-friendly hotels, pet shops, dog-friendly parks, and dog-friendly hikes. Although a certain global health crisis is making traveling difficult at the time of writing, you can find a few recommendations of ours below. The locations listed below were selected based on their pet-friendly policy, activities on offer, and vicinity to frequented tourist attractions.

Walt Disney World Resort

There are four hotels at the resort that accept up to two dogs per guestroom. You will need to show proof of vaccination and guarantee that the dogs are well-behaved. The staff will provide guests with a “Pluto’s Welcome Mat” package. It is a heart-warming gift for you and your pets that includes a mat, food, and water bowls, a pet ID tag, disposable bags to clean after your pooches, puppy pads, a map indicating the best routes for dog owners, and a special “Do Not Disturb” sign that will notify the staff that your dog is inside.

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Caribe Royale Orlando

The establishment is open to cat and dog owners alike. You can bring one pet and it should not be over the 25 pounds weight limit. If you own a big breed you will want to weigh them in advance. Please, carry the pet’s vaccination record that will be requested upon arrival. A single non-refundable fee of 125 USD will have to be paid for the duration of your stay. The Caribe Royale Orlando offers decadently inspired meals and you can enjoy The Loft Lobby Bar with your loved ones and your paw partner.

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Clarion Inn — Lake Buena Vista

Pet owners can have up to two dogs per guestroom and they will need to pay 15 USD per animal, per night. The protocol requires you to show proof of vaccination and you should not leave your pets unattended when you are not in your room. The inn is close to major tourist locations like the Universal Studios, the Convention Center, and the Walt Disney World. Guests can take advantage of their personal coffee maker, tea selection, 42” flat-screen HDTV, and a European-style wardrobe. The Buffet Restaurant allows children ages 5 and under to eat free with a paying adult.

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Holiday Inn Resort Orlando — Lake Buena Vista

The establishment allows guests to have up to two pets with them on their visit. A free gift is provided upon check-in. The Holiday Inn Resort Orlando is a few minutes away from the Disney Springs and has scheduled shuttle service to all the area’s major attractions. The inn is praised for its oversized guest rooms, an outdoor pool area with non-stop recreation, and excellent cuisine. The Holiday Inn Resort Orlando is perfect for family retreats.

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Hyatt Regency Grand Cypress

The resort is situated on an impressive 1,500 acres. The Hyatt Regency Grand Cypress resort offers a luxurious lagoon pool, access to the white sandy beach of Lake Windsong, extensive walking paths for pet owners, and gorgeous sundecks. The staff will need proof of vaccination for your pet. You can have one dog that does not weigh over 50 pounds. If you want to enjoy the plethora of outdoor activities at the Hyatt Regency Grand Cypress resort, you will need to pay 150 USD per stay (a maximum of six nights for the fee) that is non-refundable. The resort prides itself on the Jack Nicklaus Signature Designed Golf, watersports with kayaks, hydro bikes, and biking trails.

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The Ritz-Carlton Orlando

If you are looking for an upscale and truly deluxe experience, you will want to book a stay at The Ritz-Carlton Orlando. The establishment is situated next to the Grande Lakes. The place is perfect for weary travelers looking for a bit of quiet beauty. The resort offers 500 acres of beautiful landscape, renovated guestrooms, a luxurious pool experience, exquisite dining, and Grande Lakes Sports activities. Sadly, you can bring one cat or one dog only per guestroom. If you have the money, you can book another room for your second dog or cat. The pet you decide to take to the Ritz-Carlton Orlando resort should be no more than 25 pounds in weight. Visitors with pets will need to pay a fee of 150 USD for their pets during their stay.

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Sheraton Lake Buena Vista Resort

Pet owners visiting the Sheraton Lake Buena Vista Resort will be happy to hear that there are no extra fees to bring a furry friend along. However, you will be requested to sign a waiver. You can bring one dog that is no more than 40 pounds in weight or you can have two dogs that do not exceed the aforementioned weight limit. The resort offers two crystal-clear pools featuring private cabanas, several water slides, an enhanced fitness center, a yoga area, and a game room. Families can enjoy a full-service spa, an excellently trained service staff, and easy access to the Orlando SeaWorld. The distance to the Walt Disney World is only 4.8 miles.

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Castle Hotel

Dog owners and their favorite paw friends can enjoy the royal treatment at the Castle Hotel situated at 8602 Universal Boulevard, Orlando, Florida. The hotel is easily distinguished by its high spires, snow-white walls, and pool with a blue sapphire color. You and your dog are welcome to enjoy the Bavarian architecture, marble bathrooms, and a heated outdoor pool. The Castle Hotel hosts two restaurants, Palace Ballroom and an inspiring Sky Terrace. The establishment is praised for its flawless service, easy access to the Orlando SeaWorld and the Universal Studios. You can bring one or two dogs with you but the total weight should not exceed 40 pounds. You will need to pay 150 USD for one pet per stay and another 50 USD for a second dog (the fee is not refundable).

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Drury Inn & Suites

The accommodations include free breakfast, an indoor and outdoor pool, a 24-hour fitness center, and a scheduled shuttle to the Universal Studios. The Drury Inn & Suites is a few minutes away from the Orlando SeaWorld. The management has been recognized with the "Highest in Guest Satisfaction Among Upper Midscale Hotel Chains” award for fourteen consecutive years. Guests can bring two dogs or cats per room and will need to pay 35 USD per night per room for their pets. There is a generous weight limit of 80 pounds for pets that is rarely matched by other Orlando-based hotels and resorts.

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If you love outdoor activities, pools and be treated like nobility the establishments above should be on top of your travel list. We wish you and your pet safe travels!