Hotels That Accept Dogs in Washington DC

by Baldwin Ellis

Washington D.C. is home to the country’s most famous residence—the White House – as well as the vibrant Gallery-Place Chinatown district and monuments that rival their Ancient Greek- and Roman- inspirations. The city is also a dog-friendly destination, allowing leashed four-legged companions to enjoy field on the National Mall, public parks and the outdoor patios at several restaurants. Washington D.C. is also home to a range of well-placed, dog-friendly hotels that will keep tails wagging.

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Hotel Monaco

Hotel Monaco offers boutique accommodations in Penn Quarter, near the Gallery Place-Chinatown Metro station, the Verizon Center arena, the National Portrait Gallery and pan-Asian eateries and nightlife in the Gallery Place-Chinatown district. The Hotel Monaco’s historic exterior was designed by architect Robert Mills, whose other works include the Washington Monument. Guest accommodations include a choice of contemporary rooms with CD/DVD players or two-room Jacuzzi suites; complimentary evening wine hour and the Poste-Moderne Brasserie restaurant, which serves escargot, braised rabbit and salmon. The property goes the extra mile for dogs, allowing them to stay for free and without size or weight restrictions. The hotel also provides complimentary pet beds, bowls and Evian water.

Hotel Palomar Washington D.C.

The Hotel Palomar is a trendy choice near the city’s most famous roundabout, Dupont Circle. The hotel is within walking distance of shopping and nightlife in Georgetown, the 27-acre Dumberton Oaks wilderness area, Embassy Row and Dupont Circle Metro Station. Hotel Palomar features a 1930s French-inspired décor and a two-story lobby with marble floors and hand-crafted furnishings. Accommodations consist of contemporary guest rooms, an outdoor lap pool, wine receptions and Urbana, a gourmet eatery that offers an extensive wine list, pastas and grilled seafood. Dogs stay for free and without size or weight restricts. Complimentary dog-friendly amenities include a three-tiered water bar, mats and gourmet treats at turndown.

Residence Inn Washington DC

Residence Inn Washington DC offers apartment-style accommodations in the heart of downtown. The hotel is within walking distance of several prominent sites, including the White House, Capitol Hill, George Washington University and Union Station. Guest rooms consist of one- or two- bedroom suites with fully-equipped kitchens, separate living areas and sofa beds. Hotel amenities include a 24-hour convenience store and complimentary breakfast buffet and evening socials during the week. Dogs are allowed at the hotel for fee; limit three dogs per room.

L'Enfant Plaza Hotel

L’Enfant Plaza Hotel is nestled within the L’Enfant Plaza government complex, which also offers an underground shopping mall and a Metro subway station. Notable sites near the hotel include the Smithsonian Museum, the Washington Monument and the National Mall, which offers two miles of open space for dogs to enjoy. Hotel accommodations range from standard guest rooms to family suites with skyline-, Potomac River- or monument- views. Hotel amenities include in-room spa services, a year-round rooftop pool, Foggy Brew Pub, offering microbrews, International beers and burgers and American Grill, serving up filet mignon and swordfish. Dogs are allowed for a fee; limit two dogs per room.

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Based in Atlanta, Baldwin Ellis has been a writer since 2007. He covers fitness, mental health and travel, with work appearing in print and online publications such as Scazu Fitness and USA Today Travel Tips. Ellis holds a Master of Arts in community psychology.

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