While Washington, D.C. may attract throngs of tourists to its many historical monuments, free Smithsonian museums and political roots, that doesn’t mean you shouldn’t bring your dog.
Why not bring Fido along to parks like Lafayette Square, monuments easily accessible by foot, the National Mall and rows of outdoor shopping? Below is our list of the best pet-friendly hotels in Washington, D.C.
Be warned… Some of these have so many pet amenities it’ll be hard to get your dog to leave.
Kimpton Hotel Palomar D.C.
Address: 2121 P Street NW, Washington, D.C. 20037 | DETAILS
Located in downtown Washington by Embassy Row and Georgetown, Kimpton is by far one of the most pet-friendly D.C. hotel lines in the metro area.
A posh, urban boutique-style hotel, the Kimpton Hotel Palomar offers modern interior design accompanied by numerous onsite amenities like an Italian restaurant, Urbana, and an in-room spa service.
The hotel’s most significant amenity for pet lovers is its attention to detail regarding its pet guests. Kimpton offers plush pet-bed loaners, food and water bowls, mats, courtesy bags for walking your dog, and a concierge list of nearby pet-friendly restaurants, parks and groomers. There are no additional charges for pets, no size or weight limits and no limit on the number of pets per room.
Don’t have a pet of your own? Don’t worry, there is a hotel fish you can borrow with fishbowl and fish food provided. Just make sure you reserve him (or her?) in advance. The fish program is very popular with business travelers who miss their furry/scaly loved ones back home. Need another option? The Kimpton Hotel Monaco is another favorite.
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Avenue Suites Georgetown
- Address: 2500 Pennsylvania Ave NW, Washington, D.C. 20037
With views of the Potomac waterfront, large spacious suites and just a short jaunt from Georgetown’s shopping, restaurants and nightlife, the Avenue Suites boasts a luxurious and relaxing stay.
The hotel also offers accommodations for its furry guests. Check in with Guest Services to borrow leashes, food bowls and other pet necessities.
The hotel does request that you keep your pet on a leash at all times when walking around the property, and that you notify Guest Services when housekeeping can service your room without interfering with your pet.
There are no additional fees or restrictions on pet sizes.
- Address: 2224 F Street NW, Washington, D.C. 20037
This modern micro hotel is located near George Washington University and the Kennedy Center. It offers curated and airy interior designs, and many rooms have authentic exposed brick.
Pets stay for free. However, the hotel does request that guests who bring pets alert the front desk and that pets are not left in rooms unattended.
You should also check the size of your room when booking to ensure that your pet has enough room: not every room is the same size.
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Capitol Hill Hotel Washington D.C.
- Address: 200 C Street SE, Washington, D.C. 20003
This boutique hotel is located within walking distance of the Capitol Building, the Supreme Court and the National Mall.
It offers a “Pawlitical Landscape” package that includes personalized dog bowls and embroidered dog beds for your dog to use throughout your stay as well as a trip to the pet spa. If you don’t purchase the package, the hotel is still open to your pet, but requires a $150 pet fee for each pet per stay.
The hotel requests you report all pets upon arrival and be aware that housekeeping will not service rooms while pets are in the room.
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The Ven at Embassy Row
- Address: 2015 Massachusetts Avenue NW, Washington, D.C. 20036
This hotel has the flair and mix of modern and classic architecture of downtown Washington. It’s near a Metro station in the Dupont Circle neighborhood and close to the many sights of the city, like the Phillips Collection and the National Geographic Museum. The Embassy Row Hotel offers a 24-hour chef’s pantry for constant snacking and a seasonal rooftop lounge with a pool that has views of the city’s impressive skyline.
The hotel is dog friendly and they even stay for free. There are special amenities for dogs with the pet-friendly package, which I recommend you inquire about at the front desk.
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The Darcy Hotel, Washington D.C.
- Address: Rhode Island Avenue NW, Washington, D.C. 20005
This chic boutique-style hotel is located in downtown Washington, D.C., half a mile from Dupont Circle and the historic Logan Circle. The hotel has numerous upscale amenities: custom tailoring, a semi-monthly pop-up flower shop and a guest wardrobe of high-end men’s accessories available for borrow or purchase.
Pets under 75 pounds are welcome with no additional fee.
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Hyatt House Washington D.C./ The Wharf
- Address: 725 Wharf Street SW, Washington, D.C. 20024
Located along the Potomac River in the bustling neighborhood of The Wharf, this hotel is within walking distance of many Washington tourist spots, like the National Museum of African American History and the Washington Monument. Dogs weighing 50 lbs and under are allowed at the hotel as long as they are housebroken.
For a one to six night stay there is an additional fee of $75 for bringing a pet. For 7-30 nights, there is an additional $100 cleaning fee.
Fairmont Washington D.C. Georgetown
- Address: 2401 M Street NW, Washington, D.C. 20037
This contemporary-style hotel is located in Washington’s fashionable West End and is adjacent to Georgetown. Dog lovers will appreciate this hotel’s commitment to pets. With purchase of the Puppy Love Package, every time a guest checks in with a dog, the hotel donates $25 to Guiding Eyes for the Blind.
The package also includes handmade dog treats from the hotel’s pastry team and a walking map of dog parks in the area.
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Willard InterContinental Washington
- Address: 1401 Pennsylvania Avenue NW, Washington, D.C. 20004
This luxurious and historic hotel is located just two blocks from the White House and the National Mall. It also features the famous Round Robin bar which was a favorite of Walt Whitman and has been around since the days of Abraham Lincoln.
Dogs of all sizes are allowed with an additional pet fee of $200 per pet per stay.
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Sofitel Washington D.C. Lafayette Square
- Address: 806 15th Street NW, Washington, D.C. 20005
Inspired by the French Renaissance, this hotel is filled with beautiful interior design and is located within walking distance of the White House and Lafayette Square. Traditional French fare is offered at the hotel’s restaurant, Opaline Bar & Brasserie.
The hotel is pet friendly, but please call to inform the hotel staff that you will be checking in with a dog, cat or other animal before your visit.
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Washington, D.C. Travel Resources
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Where to Stay in Washington, D.C.
Budget: When it comes to Washington, D.C. budget hotels, prices vary depending on the season. In the middle of October, a four-star hotel could be under $150, while in December it may be over $400. At any given time of year, though, Hotel Hive is a safe bet for value when it comes to resting your head. If you are looking for a hostel, Hi Washington D.C. Downtown is well located for exploring all of the D.C. museums, restaurants and bars at the fraction of the price of a hotel. Check rates and availability here.
Mid-range: Every USA hotel chain can be found in Washington, D.C., but stay at the St. Gregory Hotel when you want a local touch. The modern, light-filled rooms will welcome you to the city, whether you are in a studio or suite with wraparound terrace. The hotel is walking distance to Georgetown, the National Mall and Embassy Row, making it easy to explore without a rental car. Check rates and availability here.
Luxury: You are spoiled for choice when it comes to luxury hotels in Washington, D.C. We love cozying up at the Graham Georgetown, a sweet little boutique hotel in one of the hottest neighborhoods in the city. Check rates and availability here. Major hotel brands like The Fairmont, Mandarin Oriental, Ritz-Carlton, Four Seasons Hotel Washington D.C. and St. Regis Washington D.C. all have outposts here as well. If you want something a bit more historic, we recommend The Jefferson, Washington D.C. Ninety-nine rooms in this luxury boutique hotel bring together an attentive staff, petite spa, and the Michelin-starred Plume restaurant with all of the history you could hope for when you are in the nation’s capital. Check rates and availability here.
Family-friendly: We always gravitate towards the Kimpton hotels whenever we are traveling with kids. Kimpton Hotel Monaco Washington D.C., once the General Post Office building, is located in the Penn Quarter neighborhood just four blocks off the National Mall near the National Gallery of Art. Price point is mid-range, depending on the time of year you visit. Parents will love the nightly wine events and evening nightcap perks as well as complimentary coffee and a tea bar each morning. Kids will love that they can borrow a fish friend for their stay, and that there is always a treat on hand that they can enjoy, and the robes are just their size. Kimpton also has adult and child-size bikes to borrow so you can cruise around town during your stay. Check rates and availability here.
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