Dog Friendly Hotels in Oahu, Hawaii

by Joy Uyeno

There are just a handful of dog-friendly hotels in Hawaii, since pets must go through quarantine in order to enter the state, which means travelers typically don't have their four-legged friends with them. However, locals looking for a weekend away will find a few options for dog-friendly lodging, from the affordable to the upscale.

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Doubletree Alana Hotel Waikiki

The Doubletree Alana is a five-minute walk from Waikiki Beach and within easy access to downtown Honolulu and Ala Moana Shopping Center. The hotel allows two medium-sized pets under 75 lb. at a rate of $100 for up to a week. Guestrooms are decorated in a light seafoam green and cream color palette with an aloha print theme. Guests enjoy a heated outdoor pool as well as a poolside fitness center. The Alana Restaurant serves both continental and hot breakfasts, while The Alana Bistro & Wine Bar offers cocktails, beer, wine, appetizers and dinner after 5 p.m.

Kahala Hotel and Resort

The Kahala Hotel and Resort is a luxury establishment, with fine touches that are extended to your beloved pet. According Susan Sims in an article titled "Fido goes Hawaiian" on Dog Time's website, "The Kahala Hotel & Resort understands the importance of pets as part of the family and strives to make the travel experience for both pet and human as enjoyable as possible." Dogs weighing 35 lb. or less are allowed for a one-time $150 fee. Pets are welcomed by name, given personalized biscuits baked by the head chef and given a special bed in the guestroom. Rooms are made up with Frette linens and sumptuous mattresses, and guests are offered complimentary breakfast at the hotel's Plumeria Beach House, as well as free airport transportation and packing/unpacking services.

Hotel Renew

The Hotel Renew, located right on Waikiki Beach, offers elegant accommodations with an Asian flair. Gone are the tiki torches and Hawaiian print fabrics of old Waikiki. Hotel Renew pairs dark, sleek furniture with crisp white linens and pops of red with the friendliness of the Aloha Spirit to give guests a budget-friendly boutique hotel experience. Dogs up to 20 lb. are welcome at a rate of $25 per night, with a $50 deposit. The hotel offers guests complimentary continental breakfast, wireless Internet access and beach towels.

Edition Hotel Waikiki

The 350 rooms at Edition Hotel in Waikiki are light and airy, with a monochromatic white theme set off by vibrant purple blossoms. Edition welcomes dogs at a rate of $250 per pet, per stay. The pool is located just off of the spa, which offers an array of massage, skin and nail treatments using high-quality natural products. The sophisticated Morimoto Waikiki at Edition serves up Chef Masuharu Morimoto's creations that infuse Eastern and Western culinary influences. The Lobby Bar, Bar at Sunrise Pool, Bar at Private Sunset Beach and Crazybox all serve spirits, cocktails, beer and wine.

About the Author

Joy Uyeno has been writing about travel, food, fashion, culture and finance since 2005. For three years she wrote a column for the "Honolulu Star-Bulletin" aimed at young and first-time travelers. Her writing has appeared in several local and national publications, including the 2008 anthology "Honolulu Stories." She holds a Master of Arts in writing and publishing from Emerson College.