Above: Django (@djangothegent) enjoying hotel life!
New York City can be an intimidating place, especially if you're visiting for the first time with your dog. Not sure where to stay next time you visit? There are thousands of hotels in Manhattan alone, and not all are pet-friendly, in a good location, or even well rated!
To make your life easier, Mike and I (Steph) put together a list of the best dog-friendly hotels throughout Manhattan. Our recommended pet-friendly hotels range from trendy to central to luxurious. And although nothing in NYC is cheap, there are a few hotels below that qualify as 'budget'. If you are focused on a particular Manhattan neighborhood, scroll down for our Google Map guide which highlights the location of each dog-friendly hotel.
Leave us a comment below if you have a recommendation we missed or want to share your experience at one of these hotels!
The Standard High Line is a super trendy pet-friendly hotel located in New York City’s Meatpacking District. What do Mike and I love about this hotel? So many things. For one, The Standard did away with pet fees in mid 2016 and, in a generous move, donated all 2015 pet fees to the ASPCA. Dogs and cats now stay for free across all Standard hotels.
The Standard High Line's location is also unbeatable. In addition to being surrounded by some of NYC's best restaurants, bars and retail stores, The Standard High Line is walking distance to Manhattan's West Village and Greenwich Village. It is also a block from Hudson River Park (a beautifully landscaped path along the river where you can walk or run with your pup) and next to the High Line (a beautifully landscaped above-ground walking path for people - dogs are unfortunately not allowed on the High Line). Within the hotel itself is a very popular open-air German beer garden, The Standard Grill restaurant, and a fun rooftop discothèque that gets packed on weekend nights (Le Bain). The hotel is also one block from the Whitney Museum of American Art.
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Mike and I have been to The James New York in Soho several times, always to visit the hotel's contemporary rooftop bar, JIMMY. The hotel itself has a fantastic reputation and was rated one of the 40 top hotels in NYC by Conde Nast Traveler. In addition to providing top tier amenities, The James is very welcoming to pets and provides both complimentary pet amenities and convenient paid-for services (easy access to doggy daycare, dog walkers, etc). The location in Soho is also unbeatable. Soho has tons of fantastic restaurants, bars and shops and is walking distance to TriBeCa, the West Village, Greenwich Village, and Nolita. This is a great option if you want to avoid the touristy parts of NYC (i.e. Times Square) and get to know a more unique and interesting part of the city.
Want to be closer to midtown? The James has a newer location in Manhattan's NoMad neighborhood (Madison and 29th). While Mike and I personally prefer the Soho location, The James - NoMad definitely gives you easier access to midtown, the theater district, Times Square, etc.
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The Bowery Hotel describes itself as "luxurious, oh-so-cool, and quirky", and we'd have to agree on all three. The Bowery Hotel is an awesome hotel in the heart of downtown. The hotel has an old fashioned feel - antiquey decor like old maps, velvet furniture, and tapestries decorate the public areas. There is a great bar in the hotel lobby (The Bowery Lobby) serving creative cocktails and food from next door's Gemma Trattoria. Dogs up to 60lbs are welcome for no extra fee and can even be left in the room unattended. The Bowery Hotel is walking distance to some of our all-time favorite restaurants and bars in the city (restaurant Momofuku Ko and speakeasy Angel Share, to name a few). There's a great dog park just 0.5 miles away in Washington Square Park.
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The Gansevoort Meatpacking is a trendy and pet-friendly hotel in the heart of Manhattan's Meatpacking district and just down the street from The Standard High Line. It is also one of the few NYC hotels with a rooftop pool. The pool is easily the hotel's crown jewel and a great reason to choose Gansevoort over others if you are planning a summer stay. The Gansevoort also has a fancy rooftop bar with amazing views, very expensive cocktails, and a relatively touristy crowd. My roommate and I (Steph) bought a table here for our birthdays when we were 23 :) One thing to keep in mind... the rooftop bar gets very crowded and loud at night, especially on weekends. Hotel guests have recently complained about music thumping late into the night.
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As a New Yorker, I absolutely love The NoMad Hotel and have been here on many occasions - dining at NoMad Restaurant, coffee meetups in the Atrium, cocktails at NoMad Bar. This hotel is grandiose and trendy, and it never disappoints. It's one of my top recommendations for friends and family that are visiting the city and/or looking for a place to eat or grab cocktails.
In addition to being centrally located in Manhattan, the NoMad Hotel is exquisite and welcomes dogs at no extra cost. Per The NoMad's website, "NoMad New York is housed in a turn of the century Beaux-Arts building that has been fully restored to its original grandeur...". Room amenities and decor like freestanding clawfoot bathtubs, faded Persian rugs, velvet paravents, and embossed leather headboards give every suite a high class and old New York feel. If I didn't have an apartment in NYC, I might stay here every time I visited the city.
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Soho Grand is another great hotel in Soho just around the corner from The James New York with no pet fee and the amazing Soho Grand Dog Park which is open to hotel guests and members only.
Similar to other hotels on this list, Mike and I have been here for drinks on several occasions, both with and without Django. In addition to being welcome in hotel rooms, dogs are welcome in Soho Grand's lounge area where a full cocktail and food menu is available (side note: here are more dog-friendly restaurants, bars, parks, and beaches in NYC!)
Soho Grand's rooms are cozy, stylish, and spacious, with most offering a stunning view of downtown Manhattan. And just like The James New York, the location of the Soho Grand is unbeatable. Soho has tons of fantastic restaurants, bars and shops and is walking distance to TriBeCa, the West Village, Greenwich Village, and Nolita. This is a great option if you want to avoid the touristy parts of NYC (i.e. Times Square) and get to know a more unique and interesting part of the city.
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Hotel on Rivington is a modern and trendy hotel in the Lower East Side. The hotel is central to all downtown neighborhoods and is walking distance to Soho, Nolita, Little Italy, Tribeca, and the East Village. Most rooms have floor-to-ceiling windows, offering stunning 180 degree city views of midtown Manhattan. Pets are welcome, but a one-time cleaning fee of $65 applies per reservation.
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Crosby Street Hotel is an elegant and pricey boutique hotel in Soho welcoming dogs under 40 lbs for no additional cost. The hotel is part of the Firmdale Hotels group, a London-based company with 10 hotels and 8 bars and restaurants in London and New York. The hotel definitely has an English flair to it given its UK roots. Whimsical and modern decor adorns the public areas and guest rooms, and the hotel is known for its popular (and expensive) Afternoon Tea. The location of Crosby Street Hotel is fantastic. The hotel is situated on a quiet cobblestone street in Soho but just one block from Broadway, a very popular shopping street in Soho with a boutique Bloomingdales and other high end stores.
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Refinery Hotel is a central, stylish, and popular hotel in the heart of Manhattan's Garment District. The hotel is "the imaginative reinterpretation of the Colony Arcade—a former hat factory and Prohibition-era tea room". Guests love the hotel's loft-style, high-ceilinged rooms, and NYC residents (myself included) frequent the hotel's Refinery Rooftop bar which offers views of midtown in an trendy yet unpretentious setting. Dogs and cats under 40 lbs are welcome for no extra cost. With that said, Refinery Hotel requires a $200 credit card authorization upon check in to cover any unexpected pet accidents or damages.
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Ace Hotel is a centrally located, vintage-inspired, and "hip" hotel in Manhattan's NoMad neighborhood. Dogs up to 25 lbs are welcome for an additional $25 per night. The hotel is home to popular gastropub The Breslin (it was unfortunately stripped of its Michelin star in 2019), Ace Bar, and Stumptown Coffee. Rooms are clean and not too pricey when compared to other hotels on ur list.
Ace Hotel seems to try a little too hard to be hipster, as noted by many guests - some rooms are "bunk bed style" and loud music in the lobby bar often drifts up to guest rooms on lower floors. Many reviews suggest you bring earplugs as a result... Overall though, Ace Hotel is a great option if you're looking to be in the heart of Manhattan, don't mind a little weekend noise, and need to stay within a budget. Rooms are also relatively inexpensive (<$200) compared to other hotels on our list.
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If you're looking to stay away from the hustle and bustle of midtown Manhattan but still want to be centrally located, consider Hyatt Union Square New York. I (Steph) lived one block from here for 5 years and absolutely love this neighborhood. Yes, Union Square is busy, crowded, and occasionally loud... but it's also walking distance to arguably the best neighborhoods in downtown Manhattan: Greenwich Village, Soho, the West Village, Nolita, Chelsea, Gramercy... Here you are surrounded by incredible restaurants, stores, and coffee shops. You're a stone's throw from the Union Square Dog Run, NYU, beautiful tree-lined brownstone streets, and Washington Square Park (which has two great dog parks of its own). You also have access to numerous subway lines that will take you almost anywhere you need to go.
The Hyatt Union Square hotel itself is comfortable and clean, and the staff is incredibly accommodating. Pets up to 50lbs are welcome for a one-time fee of $150.
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The Westin New York at Times Square is a great pet-friendly hotel to consider if you want to be in the hustle and bustle of New York City and/or plan to see a lot of shows while you're here. Located just one avenue west of Times Square, this Westin is in the heart of the Theater District and surrounded by everything touristy. It is also a 20-minute walk (or 5-10 minute drive) to the southwest corner Central Park. Like most Westin hotels, service here is friendly and consistent, the rooms are clean, and the beds are comfortable. Dogs up to 40 lbs stay for no extra charge.
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Kimpton Muse Hotel is another fantastic pet-friendly option in the heart of New York City, located just a half block from Times Square. Recent hotel guests rave about Kimpton Muse's incredibly accommodating and friendly staff as well as clean, well-maintained rooms and amenities. Kimpton Muse is definitely one of the most pet-friendly hotels on our list, welcoming ALL pets (not just dogs) of all sizes for no additional charge. Need someone to look after your pup while you're out to dinner or seeing a show? The concierge can arrange dog walking or sitting.
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Loews Regency New York is a beautiful and modern hotel situated on Park Avenue between 61st and 62nd streets. The property is a quick 4 minute walk to Central Park — perfectly located if you want to take advantage of the park's early morning off leash hours. This is a wonderful, high quality option if you want to be centrally located but removed from Times Square, Rockefeller Plaza, and the other touristy and hectic Manhattan blocks.
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Renaissance is a Marriott-brand boutique and modern hotel located in the heart of Times Square and Manhattan's theater district. The hotel boasts soundproof windows, comfortable beds, and recently renovated rooms and suites. Dogs and cats are welcome for a one-time, non-refundable fee of $100.
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Similar to Renaissance New York, the W New York Times Square is a sleek hotel located in the Theater District and just steps from the New Year's Eve ball drop. It's also a 2 minute walk from the 49th Street subway station and a 12-minute to from the Museum of Modern Art. Every room is modern and clean, and a selection of upgraded ones have amazing views of Times Square. Pets are welcome for a one-time fee of $100 plus tax.
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If you are looking for a modern pet-friendly hotel in downtown Manhattan, consider the Financial District's W New York. This downtown W property is just minutes from the Statue of Liberty ferry, Wall Street and the New York Stock Exchange, 1 World Trade Center, and other sights and attractions. It's also a short walk to Battery Park and the beautiful promenade along the Hudson River which is home to several nice dog runs.
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Mandarin Oriental New York is a 5-star luxury hotel located on Columbus Circle and the southwest corner of Central Park. The hotel overlooks Central Park and offers walking distance to Fifth Avenue, the Theater District, and Lincoln Center. It is also part of the Time Warner Center which is home to Whole Foods, many retail shops, and a handful of casual and high-end restaurants. The hotel itself is stunning, modern and classy. Some of the nicest amenities include a 75-foot naturally-lit lap pool, private yoga classes, and a state-of-the-art fitness center. Mandarin Oriental New York accepts up to 2 dogs under 25 lbs per reservation. There is a one-time cleaning fee of $250 charged upon departure.
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Baccarat Hotel is a sophisticated and elegant 5-star luxury hotel located just off of Fifth Avenue in Midtown Manhattan. It was rated one of the best hotels in the world by Conde Nast Traveler. Rooms are spacious and modern with a Parisian aesthetic and the hotel staff is incredibly warm and accommodating (as you'd expect with any 5-star hotel). Amenities include a heated pool, luxury house car service, Spa de la Mer, and the very glamorous The Bar which serves fancy and high priced cocktails. Dogs up to 20 lbs are welcome for a one-time fee of $250.
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Park Hyatt New York is a sleek 5-star luxury hotel located in Midtown. The hotel is across the street from Carnegie Hall and just two blocks to Central Park South. Rooms are spacious and airy and include rainfall showers, deep-soaking tubs, designer Italian linens, Nespresso machines, and floor-to-ceiling windows offering views of the city. There is also a beautiful, naturally-lit pool on the 25th floor. Pets up to 50 lbs are welcome for a one-time fee of $100 if you're staying for 6 nights. Stays beyond 6-nights require an additional $100 deep-cleaning fee.
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Four Seasons Hotel New York is a beautiful modern-deco hotel located on 57th Street (aka "Billionaires' Row") between Park and Madison. Here you are just steps away from Central Park, Madison Avenue shopping, and the busy Midtown streets. Similar to the other luxury hotels on our list, the guests rooms here are spacious and most offer beautiful city and/or park views. Amenities include an indoor pool and sauna, fitness center, and in-house Rolls-Royce and chauffeur which can take you around the city. Dogs and cats under 25 pounds are welcome at Four Seasons New York for no extra charge.
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Intervertebral Disc Disease (IVDD) is a diagnosis that all dog owners dread. We (Mike and Steph) unfortunately saw our long-haired dachshund Django go through IVDD surgery earlier this year after suffering a serious back injury.
The path to recovery after an IVDD diagnosis is never easy. Dogs with IVDD always need strict crate rest, and many also need complicated and expensive back surgery like our dog Django. While recovering, your dog's movement must be restricted to a crate or pen, and he or she may not be able to walk without support. Your pup may also experience incontinence for several weeks and need help going to the bathroom via bladder expression. In other words, the recovery process can be difficult and daunting for us loving dog parents.
Fortunately, there are dog products on the market that help make your dog's IVDD journey and recovery easier. Here are 10 products that we found helpful and essential throughout Django's IVDD recovery.
DJANGO's Nolita Belt Bag is a modern, functional, and thoughtfully-crafted dog walking fanny pack. With a nod to trendy dog parents, the Nolita Belt Bag has numerous features that upgrade dog walking and outdoor adventures with four-legged family. From sustainably sourced fabrics to premium hardware to meticulous design details, everything about the Nolita Belt Bag is an upgrade from your standard accessory.
Learn more about DJANGO's Nolita Belt Bag here.
The popularity of raw dog food has exploded in recent years. More than ever, experienced dog owners are showing preference for the biologically appropriate, minimally processed, and nutrition-dense dog food. Many point to the health benefits of the diet. To name just a few, raw-fed dogs often have smaller and firmer stools, healthier skin and coats, better digestion, and fewer allergy symptoms.
We've always been incredibly picky when it comes to Django's diet. We only feed our hairy little sausage dog high quality and often organic foods. We tend to favor fresh dog foods and never hesitate to top his dinner bowl with wild alaskan salmon, boiled organic chicken, half an egg, or even fresh organic strawberries (his personal favorite!).
Recently, we decided to try We Feed Raw. This company is one of the more reputable ones in the raw dog food industry. It cuts out mystery ingredients and unpronounceable additives and replaces them with easily digestible, human-grade meat. Unlike other dog food brands whose recipes have endless and often unrecognizable ingredients, you can easily count and identify all We Feed Raw recipe components.
Here is an honest and in-depth review of We Feed Raw dog food. All opinions expressed are solely our own and are based on our personal experience feeding We Feed Raw to Django.