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If you’re looking for a highly rated pet friendly hotel in San Francisco, it shouldn’t take long. As one of America’s most popular pet friendly destinations, San Francisco offers several great hotels for you and your furry friend. Nevertheless, like all hotels, some simply are better than others, based upon guest reviews. Be sure to compare rates directly the hotel versus popular hotel booking sites like Expedia, Kayak and Booking.com.
495 Jefferson St.
San Francisco, CA 94109
With a convenient location near Fisherman’s Wharf, the Argonaut Hotel is a great choice for dog lovers. A part of the Noble House collection, the Argonaut has a pet-friendly policy with no size restrictions. A fee of $75 per pet, per stay is charged, while stays over seven days require an additional fee. Nearby, there great spots for dogs, like Aquatic Park and Fort Mason. Additionally, Crissy Field is nearby, a popular spot for dog owners amid spectacular views of Golden Gate Bridge. The Argonaut Hotel has been a AAA Four Diamond Award recipient for 16 consecutive years.
Hyatt Regency San Francisco
5 Embarcadero Center
San Francisco, CA 94111
Hyatt Regency San Francisco is currently reservations for stays beginning September 3. But for pet lovers, it’s worth the wait for one of the city’s iconic hotels. Conveniently close to the Embarcadero for strolling, Hyatt Regency is lauded as very pet friendly. The hotel accepts dogs weighing up to 50 lbs., or two dogs up to 75 lbs. total. Fees for up to six nights is $100, with an additional $100 for longer stays. Visitors and guests will also enjoy the Hyatt Regency San Francisco’s 42,000 sq. ft. lobby, largest in the world.
InterContinental San Francisco
888 Howard St.
San Francisco, CA 94103
InterContinental San Francisco allows up to two dogs weighing up to 50 lbs. The fee is $100 per pet and cats and dogs are allowed. Guests with dogs will stay in designated pet friendly rooms. Also onsite is a fitness center, pool and the Michelin-starred Luce Restaurant. Most dog friendly destinations in the city will require a private vehicle to reach. Suggestions may include Crissy Field, Fort Funston and Golden Gate Park. The latter has a gated dog park, in addition to other parks like Corona Heights and Rincon Hill.
Marines Memorial Club & Hotel
609 Sutter St.
San Francisco, CA 94102
Marine Memorial Club & Hotel is a rare San Francisco hotel with no fees for pets. Located near Union Square, this hotel also offers a VIP (Very Important Pet) package, which includes a pet bed. Front desk staff can make recommendations for pet friendly destinations nearby, like Golden Gate Park. This may also include Baker Beach and Fort Funston. Marine Memorial Club & Hotel also a rare local hotel that does not charge a resort fee. Three resident bulldogs serve as happy hosts to visiting animals. Also onsite is a top floor steakhouse and fitness center. Marines Memorial Club & Hotel is not far from the dog/walk friendly Embarcadero.
580 Geary St.
San Francisco, CA 94102
Opened last year Staypineapple San Francisco quickly established itself as one of the city’s most pet friendly hotels. Part of the appeal are special offers especially geared towards pets of any size. For instance, the Bark and Park package with 50 percent off parking and pet fees. Another attractive package is Pineapple Pup, with 50 percent off pet fees and nice perks like a water bowl, treats and pet bed. Located within a restored Victorian building near Union Square, Staypineapple San Francisco is a short walk from Chinatown. Of course, Union Square itself can make for a nice stroll from the hotel.
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About Kimpton Alton Hotel
Unveiled in May, the Kimpton Alton Hotel is the first Bay Area property opened by Kimpton in six years. Just one block from Fisherman’s Wharf, Kimpton Alton has reinvigorated one of San Francisco’s most famous neighborhoods. The luxury boutique features nicely appointed rooms, upscale dining, fine furnishings and avant-garde artwork. The hotel is similarly family friendly and of course, pet friendly.
Member of IHG
The Alton Hotel and Kimpton Hotels are prominent members of IHG Hotels & Resorts. The award-winning hotel group now represents 16 hotel brands, many of which rank among the world’s finest. This includes InterContinental Hotels & Resorts, Regent and Six Senses. Kimpton Hotels, whose headquarters is in San Francisco, now has nearly 70 hotels in its portfolio. Its two major brands are Hotel Monaco and Hotel Palomar.
Kimpton Alton Hotel is just one block from Fisherman’s Wharf. Within this popular tourist area are several pet friendly attractions. For instance, Pier 39 and Ghirardelli Square allow dogs on leash. You can also see Pier 39’s famous sea lion with your furry friend. Although Alcatraz Island doesn’t allow pets, you can walk along the Embarcadero or even take a peek inside Musée Mécanique. If you desire more open space, Fort Mason is a short walk from Ghirardelli Square. Just a bit further is Crissy Field, arguably the city’s most dog friendly spot.
The Alton is literally an eye blink away from the historic streetcar pick up point. The F- Market & Wharves route provides service to spots like Ferry Building Marketplace and Civic Center. Service operates daily from 7 a.m. to 10 p.m. Regular Muni public buses also operate in the area. However, if you want to ride a cable car to Union Square, the Powell/Mason cable car turnaround is just .2 miles away. The cable car operates daily from 7:30 a.m. to 10:30 p.m. Please know that the streetcars can be full of passengers, especially on weekends. On the other hand, the streetcar is quite convenient due to its proximity to the hotel.
Onsite Services & Amenities
The Kimpton Alton will impress you with its many services and amenities. For starters, there is a hosted evening social hour with complimentary premium wines. There’s also a morning coffee and tea service. You also have a 24-hour fitness center and 20 percent discount towards in-room spa services from Soothe Spa. Additionally, there is valet parking, loaner bikes and Micro Kickboard Scooters.
There will be surprise treats for your furry friend. You’ll also have a water bowl in your room and courtesy dogs. The best surprise is that there are no deposit or cleaning fees charged for your dog! Cats are welcome too! That’s also not to mention no size or weight limit or no limit on the number of pets! What’s more, you’ll have dedicated floors for travelers with pets.
Daily Guest Amenities Fee
A daily guess amenities fee is added to you bill. However this provides a daily food credit, Wi-Fi, retro-styled board games and more. The daily fee also includes complimentary newspapers and magazines via a pressreader and local calls.
The Alton offers 248 guestrooms and specialty suites in eight categories. Room sizes start at 230 square feet for an Essential King or 2 Queens to 635 square feet for a One Bedroom Alcatraz View Suite. If you go, definitely consider getting a room with view of the San Francisco Bay. On the other hand, the city views are pretty impressive as well.
Any guestroom or specialty suite comes with an assortment of fine amenities. For instance, you will have a retro-styled Victrola record player. What’s more, you have an eclectic collection of records in your room or at the front desk. The room is further equipped with luxury robes, Atelier Bloem toiletries and Nespresso machines.