Dog Friendly Key West Lodging

by Nannie Kate

Visitors come to the laid-back tropical playground of Key West to escape the everyday routine, and many bring their dogs. A dog-friendly vacation spot, Key West boasts a number of venues that welcome your pooch. Count among these the open air, patio-style restaurants where your dog can sit outside with you while you eat. Many of Key West's hotels and resorts will happily accommodate your dog as long as you agree to observe the property's rules.

Sheraton Suites Key West

You will have no trouble locating the vivid yellow Sheraton Suites in Key West. This brightly-decorated hotel with waterfall pool welcomes your dog as long as it weighs 40 pounds or less. All you have to do is register your pet when you check in and sign a damage waiver -- no deposit is required. Enjoy breakfast, lunch or dinner at the Sheraton's Coral Crab Café, or opt for a lighter meal at the poolside Cabana Bar. If you want to include your pet at mealtime, try one of the nearby patio restaurants in Key West such as Croissants de France on Duvall Street or the Eat-N-Grinn on Simonton. As with all Sheratons, this hotel is smoke free.

Westin Key West Resort & Marina

The Westin Key West Resort & Marina on Front Street places you in the thick of Key West tourist excitement, where you can take part in a time-honored local tradition by walking to nearby Mallory Square to watch the sunset each evening. Your dog -- up to 40 pounds -- is may stay with you. At the Westin you are a block away from Duvall Street where much of the Key West action is. Take your pet with you for a quick meal at dog-friendly Harpoon Harry's close by. For a romp in the park, consider Higgs Beach Dog Park, an enclosed facility where pets can run leash-free.

Doubletree Grand Resort

Doubletree Grand Resort accepts pets up to 75 pounds. A non-refundable charge applies. This hotel offers standard rooms and suites, all with Internet access. Doubletree also maintains a certain number of rooms where smoking is permitted. While you are out exploring all that Key West has to offer, don't hesitate to take your pet with you to the Tropical Forest & Botanical Garden where you will both enjoy the birds, butterflies and tropical plants along the four nature trails. For a little exercise, let your dog play on the beach at Key West Dog Beach. Afterward, enjoy an outdoor meal with your pet at Louie's Backyard, next to the Dog Beach.

Orchid Key Inn

Located on popular Duvall Street, the Orchid Key Inn offers selected rooms for visitors with pets, but these must be requested in advance. All rooms are non-smoking, but outdoor areas are available for smoking. The Orchid Bar has light bar fare, but for a more substantial meal try pet-friendly Salsa Loca for Mexican food close to the Orchid Key Inn. Your pet is also welcome at nearby Nine One Five, a bistro and wine bar. All rooms and suites at Orchid Key Inn are non-smoking, and are decorated with original tropical paintings by a local artist.

About the Author

In 2007 Nannie Kate discovered that the words she had been writing all her life had an actual cash value. She's been writing professionally through brokers ever since. With an English major background she creates articles and ebooks on a wide variety of subjects.